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Acquisitions Editor

University of Toronto Press Published: March 26, 2019
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Want to work with Canada’s leading scholarly publisher? Then come and join our incredible Book Publishing team!

Here’s our Current Opening: Position:         

Acquisitions Editor Reports To:    Manager, Social Sciences Acquisitions

Location:        Downtown Toronto – College & Bay area

Here’s what you’ll be doing ….

You will oversee the development and growth of the Press's publishing program in the assigned social science disciplines. You will be responsible for signing and developing course, scholarly and trade books, ultimately acquiring approximately 20 new book projects each year.

Key Responsibilities include:

Acquisition of Manuscripts

o Through consultation and agreement with the Manager, Social Sciences Acquisitions, identify appropriate targets for signings.
o Sign and publish approximately 20 new books each year.
o Solicit manuscripts in relevant subject areas for potential publication.
o Assess suitability of proposals and manuscripts for the Press.
o Consult with other members of the department and the Press, as needed, and with external editors and editorial boards where appropriate.
o Secure subventions as required for individual projects
o Meet and correspond with authors and editors of manuscripts.
o Help to shape the long-term publishing program of the Press and to build the list in these areas accordingly.
o Maintain and expand network of authors and advisors and engage routinely with faculty at the University of Toronto.
o Maintain high standards of scholarship.

Manuscript Review and Approval Stage

o Identify and recruit appropriate readers to evaluate manuscripts, ensuring quality scholarly readers.
o Evaluate reader reports and provide direction to authors on requirements for changes to manuscript based on peer review process.
o Prepare materials, including budgets, to support publication of projects for the internal Publishing Committee and the Manuscript Review Committee (editorial board).
o Prepare contracts and other formal agreements and proposals. Manuscript Development
o Provide manuscript preparation direction to Authors to ensure timely transmittals.
o Track delivery dates of manuscripts from authors, ensuring timely delivery.
o Prepare final manuscript (including images) for transmittal into Editorial/Production.
o Achieve transmittal expectations, with a minimum number of titles (agreed to annually) put into copy editing each year.

Marketability of Books

o Initiate cover design development. 
o Consult with marketing staff ensuring appropriate descriptive copy and to ensure appropriate promotional activity for their key titles (advertising, exhibits, etc).

Press Representative

o Represent the interests of the Press by initiating contact with new authors, discussing ideas with them, and inviting submissions of their actual or potential manuscripts to the Press.
o Build partnerships with key stakeholders to ensure a steady pipeline of projects designed for a general audience
o Keep informed of relevant academic conferences and meetings and trends within the discipline.
o Maintain a high level of visibility in the academy through campus visits in Canada and the US along with attendance at relevant academic conferences.

Education, Qualifications and Experience:
• Post-graduate degree(s) preferred
• 4-years relevant publishing experience, minimum of 1 year in an acquisitions role
• Experience with textbook publishing an asset

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes:
• Entrepreneurial self-starter
• High level of professionalism and superior written and verbal communication skills
• Highly organized and an effective negotiator and influencer
• Knowledge of the scholarly community and the publishing industry
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Expertise with Microsoft Suite
• Adobe Professional, Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter), familiarity  with Illustrator
• Proven analytic ability, excellent research skills
• Tact and diplomacy under pressure
• A good fit with our core values of respect, innovation and accountability

About our Book Publishing Team

The Book Publishing division has a staff of 47 full-time and contract employees and operates out of our new location at 800 Bay Street. The division publishes 180 books annually including scholarly monographs primarily aimed at university libraries and faculty, course books intended for student use, and trade titles aimed at the informed general reader. Our authors come from around the world although a higher percentage are Canadians and our books reach a global market.

About University of Toronto Press

Our organization is steeped in a rich history (UTP was founded in 1901) and today is Canada's leading scholarly publisher and one of North America’s premier academic presses. Our authors praise us for our commitment to quality and innovation and for our ability to successfully market books both in North America and around the world. We are honoured and proud that many of our books have received a number of awards.

Through the operation of several complementary divisions, it is our mission to publish exemplary works of scholarship, and to disseminate knowledge widely for the benefit of society. In addition to publishing books, we own and publish numerous high profile scholarly journals, distribute books to a broad range of other publishers through our warehouses in Toronto and Buffalo and operate highly regarded and successful campus stores for the University of Toronto.

We operate with mutual trust, respect, and integrity. We communicate in an open, honest, sensitive, and intelligent manner. We acknowledge the diversity, dignity, and worth of all individuals and respect their competencies and contributions. We seek continuous improvement, and foster an environment that encourages creativity and inspires people to make a difference. We are committed to making UTP a great place to work and grow!

Interested in applying?

Please visit our website to apply online https://utorontopress.com

We truly thank all applicants for their interest in joining the Press; only those candidates considered for an initial interview will be contacted.

The University of Toronto Press encourages applications from all qualified candidates. If you need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies, please contact Human Resources at 416.978-2239 ext. 2255.