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Associate Acquisition Editor, Social Sciences

University of Toronto Press Published: March 1, 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:          Associate Acquisition Editor, Social Sciences

Reports To:    Manager, Social Sciences Acquisitions
Location:         Downtown Toronto – College & Bay area

Here’s what you’ll be doing ….

You are highly organized, results-driven, and detail-oriented with excellent verbal and writing skills. Responsible for managing all political science textbook manuscripts currently under contract and in development to deliver books on schedule and on budget, as well as for signing new editions. Over time, the role may expand to cover new disciplines and types of books (i.e. scholarly and/or trade books).

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with at least two full year of publishing experience who is looking to move into Acquisitions.

Key Responsibilities include:

List-Building/Acquisition of Manuscripts:
o Develop robust course grids for Political Science to identify signing opportunities and identify ideal publication windows
o Track to ensure textbooks are on an appropriate cycle and sign new editions of successful texts
o Solicit manuscripts in relevant subject areas for potential publication
o Meet and correspond with authors and editors of manuscripts
o Help to shape the long-term publishing program of the Press
o Maintain and expand network of authors and advisors and engage routinely with faculty at the University of Toronto

Manuscript Review and Approval Stage:
o Identify and recruit appropriate readers to evaluate proposals and manuscripts, ensuring quality readers
o Evaluate reader reports and provide direction to authors on requirements for changes to proposals and manuscripts 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)

Manuscript Development
o Provide manuscript preparation direction to Authors to ensure timely transmittals
o Prepare final manuscript (including images) for transmittal into Editorial/Production

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 Some campus travel and/or attendance at relevant academic conferences in Canada and/or the US will be required.

Education, Qualifications and Experience:
• Post-graduate degree(s) preferred
• 2 years relevant publishing experience with demonstrated impact on the organization in his/her role. Editorial or sales/marketing experience in academic publishing is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes:
• Knowledge of the higher education community and the publishing industry, particularly academic publishing
• Results-driven and able to meet deadlines
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and collaborate with authors, vendors, and Press staff
• An effective negotiator and influencer
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Highly developed organization skills
• Expertise with Microsoft Suite; proficiency in Adobe Professional, Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter)
• Excellent time management skills and capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing across departments, activities, and projects
• Detail-oriented with an awareness of how details relate to the “big picture”
• Proactive, flexible, and adaptive to change
• Proven analytic ability, excellent research skills
• A great 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.