• Acquisitions Editor, Video

    Location US-DC-Washington, D.C.
    Posted Date 1 week ago(4/11/2018 1:40 PM)
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    # Positions
    Editorial (US) - Online Products
  • Overview

    As Acquisitions Editor, Video you will be responsible for developing the strategy, acquiring and developing the content for an agreed number and size of video subject collections per year for the academic library market and some non-academic markets too. You will be the strategic product lead for designated video collections, leading them from first inception and approval, all the way to launch (and beyond), representing them both internally (e.g. at sales conferences) and externally (e.g. on some library customer visits).


    Using a mixture of strong acquisitions, editorial, market research and relationship management skills you will be someone able to work expertly and strategically to deliver upon the content goals for each subject collection. You will work intelligently with other members of the SAGE Video team, for example the Licensing Editor in relation to third-party content, film production companies, Editorial Boards of the video collections, academics and Licensors to ensure that video content commissioned is meeting the needs of its audiences and end users as effectively as possible. You will also work effectively across the business to ensure that proper communication with relevant departments is maintained and schedules are kept in relation to content delivery.

    This position is part of the Global Video Editorial team at SAGE, working in a dynamic part of the business to significantly increase SAGE’s online product portfolio for our library customers. 

    Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities


    • Editorial and Acquisitions:
    • Prepare New Product Development proposals for new subject collections in collaboration with other Video team colleagues (e.g. the Product Manager for Video).
    • Formulate / develop content plans for each subject video collection, including finalizing taxonomies and identifying content types and sources
    • Manage the budget and costs for designated videos collections including the preparation of product profit & loss statements
    • Identify, interview and commission Editorial Advisory Board partners for each video collection in conjunction with the goals of Library Marketing and Library Editorial
    • Identify, commission and manage all original production video content for designated collections
    • Work effectively with film production companies on content briefing to enable original production streams to be developed and managed according to strategy
    • Work effectively with other Editors in College, Reference, Journals and Online Products as well as Licensing to maximize opportunities for leveraging content from our network of authors, editors, societies
    • Help in identifying potential licensing partners for relevant video subject collections, working closely with our Licensing Editor
    • Implementing other acquisitions plans effectively and successfully


    • Developing Subject and Market Knowledge:


    • Through course research, be aware of and able to communicate the pedagogical needs for each managed video collection subject area
    • Examine and become aware of market indicators for video success in subject areas where leading on video collections (e.g. college course size, digital trends)
    • Work with College and Journal subject editors to develop a network of potential participants for video
    • Follow industry news, blogs and other reports on the use of streaming video in higher education.
    • Attend conferences each year as required, including Sales conferences


    • Content Assessment, Collation and Film Preparation:


    • In conjunction with the Licensing Editor (and with the help of EAB members) perform content assessment of video prospects in terms of fit for the subject collections.
    • Evaluation of video content to ensure fit with the pedagogical goals and taxonomies of the video collections
    • Briefing Video Production for video edits as appropriate
    • Work with internal Video team members to develop and maintain accurate and up-to-date content trackers for each subject collection.
    • Scripting interviews and briefs to facilitate filming at conferences and on campus according to agreed SAGE video types


    • Other Responsibilities:


    • Interact regularly with academic users and the wider market, to ensure the video product ideas are based in a deep knowledge of the library market and faculty needs. This includes defining market research priorities, making campus visits, joining sales calls and conducting competitive research
    • Develop an understanding of who is using streaming video products and for what purposes, by attending conferences, participating in market research, analyzing usage data, working closely with the Video Publisher and Product Manager.
    • Develop relationships among SAGE discipline-focused editors as a means of understanding curricula and pedagogical standards, as needed.


    Qualifications & Education


    • A Bachelor’s degree required
    • A minimum of 18 months acquisitions experience in an academic/college higher education publishing house or video publishing company required
    • Experience with streaming video or digital / multimedia products required
    • Ability to prioritize and focus to drive successful delivery
    • Ability to work globally, building relationships with individuals in other offices
    • Excellent time management, organizational skills and efficient execution of tasks
    • Must be comfortable working in a remotely managed position
    • Strong IT skills, specifically Microsoft Office, Outlook and Skype.

    Language - Reasoning - Analytical - & Mathematical Skills

    Include, but not limited to, the following:

     Effective listening, verbal, and written communication skills
     Ability to conceptualize and translate ideas into books
     Ability to set and follow through on priorities
     Ability to plan and manage multiple projects and effectively multi-task
     Ability to manage and motivate external professional relationships and internal staff
     Ability to effectively manage time to meet deadlines and work professionally under pressure
     Ability to negotiate effectively
     Ability to effectively manage budgeting, analyze costs, and perform financial reporting
    • Ability to foresee trends, situations, or problems
    • Ability to read, comprehend, analyze and interpret concepts, documents, etc.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with diplomacy
    • Ability to reason and problem solve
    • Ability to work with constant interruptions
    • Proficient analytical and mathematical skills
    • Ability to effectively make presentations to internal/external groups
    • Effective decision making


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