• Acquisition Editor, Communications

    Location US-DC-Washington, D.C. | US-US Remote OR Thousand Oaks, CA - DOE
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/9/2018 1:34 PM)
    Req #
    # Positions
    Editorial (US) - College Acquisitions
  • Overview

    For over 50 years SAGE has published high-quality authoritative works across the social and behavioral sciences. We are proud of our long-standing tradition of offering innovative content created by influential minds from across the globe. As one of the few remaining, truly independent publishers, we are a publisher, first and foremost. Our goal is to publish leading-edge content that offers innovative teaching solutions, approaches, and perspectives to the disciplines that we serve. We are firmly guided by the needs of our market. We are driven to publishing titles that contribute to the learning experiences of students, the teaching needs of instructors, and the practicing needs of professionals. 


    In accordance with a strategic editorial plan, this position is responsible for the acquisition and development of core and supplemental textbooks as well as digital course market products and content for the designated discipline of Communication (Speech Communication and Mass Communication specifically).

    ·         Acquire, develop, and publish new books, digital products, revisions of current books, in assigned discipline(s) to meet targeted goals and strategic list plan.

    ·         Work in conjunction with current and prospective authors, contributing editors, freelancers, and SME's as well as internal staff including editorial assistants, product management, production, marketing and sales, art/design, IT and Contracts to accomplish acquisitions, development, digital and transmittal tasks.

    ·         Responsible for hiring, development, and management of editorial assistant, or other editorial staff as assigned.

    ·         Set standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with all internal staff.

    • Represent and act as ambassador for SAGE Publishing externally.
    • Manage controllable costs associated with the development of new titles and revisions.
    • Perform daily work with moderate supervision from direct manager.

    Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities

    The essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:


    • Develop, in consultation and collaboration with the Executive Publisher a strategic editorial plan for growth of the designated list. This plan will chart the short term and long term acquisition and development of textbooks and related print and digital content for the college course market for the designated discipline(s) within the context of market trends and competitor activity. The plan should be reviewed and revised on an annual basis.


    • Acquire books and create complementary digital within the specified discipline(s) in accordance with annual goals set by the Executive Publisher for new book signings and digital innovation. Prepare  all relevant profit and loss projections and competitor analysis  and present prospective new acquisitions to the Publishing Committee.  Negotiate contracts and other agreements with authors and other external parties and oversee the preparation and completion of book agreements.


    • Work closely and frequently with authors through a variety of media (phone, e-mail, videoconference, in person) for acquisitions, market research, development, contract negotiation, etc.


    • Manage the development of all projects under contract ensuring that schedules are met and all projects reflect the highest quality and meet gross margin and profit targets. Manage controllable costs, the peer review process, manuscript revisions, permissions, and contract documents.


    • Transmit to production in a timely manner, and with all necessary information, all manuscripts that have met the established publication criteria, in accordance with annual transmittal goals set by the Vice President/Editorial Director/Executive Publisher/Executive Editor.


    • Prepare and provide to Marketing and Sales departments necessary product and competitor information to enable Marketing and Sales to formulate effective marketing plans. Collaborate with Marketing and Sales to present print and digital products at National Sales Meetings.


    • Provide support to Marketing and Sales in review/preparation of copy, promotional materials and sales tools.


    • Manage controllable expenses such as T&E, reviewing, and freelance budgets, and other operational costs.


    • Travel to college campuses for the purposes of commissioning new authors, supporting sales efforts to close adoptions, and performing various market research functions. Represent and act as ambassador for SAGE Publishing at national/international organization conferences and regional meetings.


    ·         Hire, train, and supervise Editorial Assistant, and/or other editorial staff as assigned.


    Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


    • Assist the Vice President/Editorial Director/Executive Publisher/Executive Editor in creation and development of special projects, including annual budget preparation, as defined and assigned.


    • Oversee aspects of conference book exhibits, displays, and sales.


    Qualifications & Education



    Any combination equivalent to, but not limited to, the following:


    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university required
    • 3 years of content acquisition experience preferably in the digital or text book area with an academic or college publisher required
    • Ability to manage simultaneously multiple aspects acquisitions, development, and profit and loss for a print or digital program required
    • Experience owning a higher ed discipline (managing a list or something comparable) required
    • Market development experience for first editions or for digital products required
    • Ability to present to a group (whether inhouse strategy/list or sales (sales committee or sales meeting) required
    • Experience supervising staff to include editorial assistant, peer reviewers, and freelance editors
    • Knowledge of educational market trends and the competitive environment, particularly within the specified discipline(s)




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