Acquisitions Editor I, Remote

Location US-Remote U.S.
Posted Date 1 month ago(4/27/2023 1:53 PM)
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Editorial (US) - Online Products


As Acquisitions Editor, you will be primarily responsible for commissioning content for our academic skill digital products for academic libraries. With a mix of strong commissioning, relationship-building, and project management skills, you will be someone who works both strategically and independently to deliver on signing goals on-time and within budget. With a keen editorial eye, you will assess content for fit with product goals and work with contributors and editors as they complete their work. You will also work effectively across the organization to ensure that communication with relevant departments is productive and content-delivery schedules are achieved.


This position is part of the growing academic and professional skill editorial team at SAGE, working in a dynamic program to significantly increase SAGE’s digital product portfolio for our academic library customers. A successful candidate will represent Editorial both internally and externally (e.g., library customer or faculty calls).

Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities

Editorial and Acquisitions:

  • Translate a product vision into an actionable content plan
  • Responsible for the commissioning of content to meet the academic and other skill needs of higher education students, including text, video, and data content
  • Recruit a large network of editors and contributors
  • As needed, edit content to ensure strong fit with strategic product goals
  • Contribute to the strategic editorial plans for new products in collaboration with the Executive Editor to achieve ambitious growth plans
  • Negotiate and execute contracts and other agreements with editors, authors, and contributors
  • Deliver content on schedule and on budget, implement commissioning plans effectively and successfully
  • Collaborate with team members in development and launch of new products
  • Prepare and provide to the Marketing and Sales departments necessary product and competitor information to enable them to formulate effective marketing plans
  • Work effectively with peers to maximize opportunities for leveraging content from our network of authors, editors, societies
  • Clearly and effectively communicate SAGE’s vision and product goals to customers and prospective collaborators


Developing Subject and Market Knowledge:

  • Through market research and conversations with experts, be aware of and highly capable of communicating the evolving needs of students, faculty, librarians and administrators
  • Develop relationships and build a network of authors and editors
  • Follow industry news, blogs, and other reports on trends in higher education
  • Attend conferences and visit university campuses annually, as required


Other Responsibilities:

  • Meet with and speak to leading academics and other subject matter experts to ensure our digital products are based on market need
  • Identify opportunities for process efficiencies and work with relevant colleagues to implement solutions

Qualifications & Education

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5+ years of related experience in an academic/college higher education publishing house
  • Experience independently commissioning and contracting materials for a higher education audience
  • Ability to plan, organize, analyze and establish priorities to achieve results
  • Ability to work independently within a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to turn a product vision into an actionable commissioning plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively solve problems
  • Excellent professional written and oral communication skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Familiarity with basic publishing contract components
  • Good organization, research and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to craft compelling and persuasive external communications
  • Ability to prioritize tasks by relative importance
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly and effectively
  • Must be able to work in a changing environment
  • Must be comfortable working in a remotely managed position



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

  •  Ability to set and follow through with priorities
  • Ability to plan and manage multiple projects and effectively multi-task
  • Ability to effectively manage time to meet deadlines and work professionally under pressure
  • Ability to work with constant interruptions
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work professionally under pressure
  • Reasoning/problem solving ability
  • Effective communication skills
  • Effective decision making
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret concepts, documents, diagrams, etc.
  • Ability to foresee trends, situations, or problems
  • Ability to effectively make presentations to groups at all levels within the organization
  • Ability to manage and motivate professional relationships and internal staff
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with diplomacy
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization
  • Fluency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to use the internet effectively for research
  • Familiarity with database software

Compensation at SAGE is influenced by several factors, including but not limited to skill set, nature and level of experience, qualifications, and other relevant considerations. We anticipate the minimum full-time salary range for this position to be between $64,000 - $75,000. Please note that the compensation details listed in U.S. role postings reflect the base salary only and do not include bonuses or benefits. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range and additional aspects of the compensation/benefits package for this position during the hiring process. If your desired salary falls outside of this range, we hope you'll still apply as there may be other positions that better align.


In addition to compensation, SAGE offers a highly competitive and comprehensive PPO medical, dental, and vision care benefits package with SAGE covering most of the premium costs. Unique program benefits that support a healthy life, a company-sponsored anniversary trip every 5 years, a 401(k)-matching program of 100% up to 5% of pay, and other significant meaningful benefits. In alignment with our value for education, SAGE offers financial support for bachelors and graduate-level degree programs as well as learning for personal interest.


SAGE offers freedom and autonomy in your day-to-day with hybrid or remote work, depending on the role. Join the nearly 2,000 SAGE employees worldwide who deliver products and services that serve to fulfill our noble goal of education and dissemination of knowledge globally. We’d love to meet you!

SAGE U.S. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Charter

SAGE Publishing is committed to being an inclusive employer where all individuals are treated with fairness and respect, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and partnership status, pregnancy and parental responsibilities, race, religion and belief, sex, or sexual orientation.


We believe that diversity is a cornerstone of a vibrant culture. We want SAGE to be an organization where the most talented staff and high-potential staff are recruited, have the opportunity to grow, and want to work. We strive to achieve a better representation of diverse talent at all levels, including leadership, across our workforce.


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