University of Illinois System - Urbana
The University System Office seeks an Editor-in-Chief. This position establishes the editorial vision and sets the overall direction for the books acquisition program. This position directs the editorial agenda and plans the book publishing program to ensure the highest levels of quality and peer review excellence across all subject areas. The editor-in-chief leads and supervises the acquisitions staff, overseeing budgeting, travel, and work of the department. This position also performs all the functions of an acquisitions editor, acquiring a minimum of 25 high quality new manuscripts per year across several fields and representing the Press to other University units and at scholarly conferences and public events. The editor-in-chief serves as a member of the Press management team, participating in planning, budgeting, and strategizing with director and other department heads.
Additional responsibilities include:
1. Serve as supervisor of the Acquisitions Department, guiding and encouraging high quality acquisitions, balancing lists, mentoring and evaluating staff, and providing editorial vision for the books program.
2. Participate actively as a member of the senior management team, helping to establish the priorities, goals, and strategic direction for the Press. Participate in planning, budgeting, and problem solving. Along with the Press director, lead aspects of strategic planning for the Press. Work collaboratively with other managers. Resolve conflicts as needed in a constructive and collegial way. Partner to remove barriers to working efficiently across workgroups.
3. Supervise the budget and travel of the Acquisitions Department.
4. Conduct departmental meetings. Chair internal review meetings to discuss contracting of new projects. Oversees the input of all manuscripts for internal review and transmittal to copyediting.
5. Personally acquire a minimum of 25 high quality new book manuscripts each year that have scholarly merit and commercial viability and that support the mission of the Press. Lead the Department to acquire 100 high quality new book manuscripts each year.
6. Attend scholarly meetings and conferences, keeping abreast of developments in the academic fields of acquisition.
7. Identify sources of outside funding and secure grants to offset publishing expenses.
8. Maintain harmonious and productive relations with authors, series editors, and other Press departments.
9. Present talks and workshops on best practices and careers in publishing. Serve as positive representative of the Press to the public. Support outreach efforts of the Press.
10. Other duties and responsibilities appropriate for an Editor-In-Chief.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree in related field (advanced degree preferred). Other qualifications include: deep familiarity with three or more academic disciplines of importance to the Press. The Editor-in-Chief needs to be aware of evolving trends, leading and emerging scholars, and competition in these disciplines; thorough knowledge of academic standards and the use of the peer-review process for manuscript evaluation; thorough knowledge of the publication process; strong verbal and written communications skills to effectively interact with University and departmental officials/staff; steadfast willingness and ability to keep Acquisitions aligned with the best interests of the Press and the University of Illinois; strong interpersonal skills that reflect courtesy, diplomacy, and a collaborative approach to develop and maintain effective work relationships; practical management skills with personnel and budgeting; ability to work independently and to exercise good judgment and discretion in the performance of all work assignments; supervisory, administrative, and decision-making abilities; advanced computer skills using Microsoft Office suite (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as proficiency with an Internet browser (e.g. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or comparable browser); ability to effectively handle stressful, sensitive, and demanding situations and personalities.
This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by April 28, 2020 at https://uajobs.hr.uillinois.edu/.
The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
System Human Resource Services
The System Office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.