Acquisition Editor

Johns Hopkins University Press seeks a creative, entrepreneurial, and passionate editor to acquire 25 new book projects each year in the areas of American History and Current Affairs.

Primary duties and responsibilities: 
  • establish priorities and consult with qualified academics to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects Hopkins standing;
  • work with the Editorial Director and the Press Director to develop a strategic editorial plan for growth of the list;
  • Keep the Hopkins books at the forefront of these fields and track current research suitable for publication in book form;
  • Regularly visit key campuses, attend professional conferences, cultivate relationships with leading researchers, and engage deeply with the relevant literature;
  • Establish an active and engaged presence within the community of scholars in this field;
  • Contact prospective authors and commission book-length works that will make valuable contributions to existing knowledge;
  • Evaluate resulting proposals for professional, trade, and course books, book series, and reference works;
  • Arrange for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts;
  • Negotiate contracts for books and book series; work with authors to ensure that contractual terms are met; prepare publishing plans for projects ready to go into production;
  • Work with editorial, production, and design departments to ensure the efficient production of projects in print and digital formats, and with marketing and sales departments to ensure the effective distribution of books to their intended audiences;
  • Present new and proposed book projects to the Press’s staff and its editorial board;
  • Prepare annual qualitative and quantitative assessments of the list along with list profiles and other materials to help market and promote the list;
  • Work cooperatively with our team of acquisitions editors and assistants;
  • Set standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with all internal staff;
  • Represent the Johns Hopkins University Press and Johns Hopkins University in all external interactions with utmost professionalism;
  • Perform other duties as needed or required.

Required: qualifications include an undergraduate degree; at least 5 years of relevant publishing experience; a strong track record of acquisitions in the field; excellent written and verbal communication skills; proven analytic ability; knowledge of the higher education community; ability to work with academic authors; and knowledge of the publishing industry, particularly scholarly publishing. Campus and conference travel is expected. This position is based in Baltimore Maryland. 

Preferred: advanced degree; demonstrated engagement with the scholarly community.