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Senior Acquisitions Editor, Computer Science

Position Overview:

Acquires and develops our books in computer science. Selects and signs approximately 25 book projects each year including textbooks, trade books, and professional monographs. Project manages a large pipeline of projects and works with authors to and colleagues to publish them. Works and exercises good judgment to promote the growth and continued success of this program. 


Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Commissions textbook, trade books, and research monographs in computer science. Tracks original and consequential research and teaching. Solicits proposals from qualified authors on subjects for which a need has been determined.
  • Using all available data, determines the need for and commercial viability of proposed book projects
  • Evaluates unsolicited queries, proposals, and manuscripts from authors and agents to identify prospective projects: new and revised textbooks along with trade books, monographs, reference works, book series, and (in cooperation with the journals division director) journals. 
  • Arranges for projects to be independently peer reviewed by qualified experts, and talks with authors about needed revisions.
  • Consults with qualified academics at MIT and other universities to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects MIT’s standing among research universities in the field.
  • Travels to key campuses and academic conferences to meet with authors and represent the list. 
  • Builds the press’s networks in CS and positive relationships with researchers, instructors, reviewers, series editors, and others in the field.
  • Drafts and prepares external contracts; negotiates terms with authors, volume editors, contributors, and series editors.
  • Works with authors to ensure that contractual terms are met; prepares publishing plans for projects ready to go into production.
  • Regularly reviews the backlist for revision opportunities.
  • Coordinates with Marketing and Production departments as needed to evaluate potential and costs for prospective projects.
  • Prepares production estimates, P&Ls statements, and publishing plans. Makes recommendations on commercial viability of new projects.
  • Works with editorial, production, and design departments to ensure the efficient production of projects, including manuscripts prepared in LaTeX; and with marketing and sales staff to ensure the effective promotion of books for their intended readers.
  • Presents book projects to the Press editorial board, and its marketing and sales staff.
  • Prepares qualitative and quantitative assessments of the list along with list profiles and other materials.
  • Maintains a high standard of professionalism and leadership in interactions with colleagues at MIT and beyond.
  • Represents the MIT Press effectively with authors and prospects, and generally in external interactions.
  • Performs other duties as needed or required.


Supervision Received:
This position reports to and meets regularly with our Editorial Director. 

Supervision Exercised:
Receives support from an Assistant Editor, who also supports and reports to one other Senior Acquisitions Editor. The two Sr. AEs are responsible for hiring, supervising, and mentoring the Assistant Editor, supporting this person’s development in the role and beyond, conducting annual performance evaluations, and meeting regularly to assure that work obligations are appropriately distributed and performed to expectations. 

Qualifications & Skills: 

EDUCATION: B.A, B.S, or the equivalent. 

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five years of book acquisitions experience in computer science or a related field. 

SKILLS: 

  • Strong track record of book acquisitions, including textbooks in computer science or a related field;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; 
  • Strong negotiation skills;
  • Knowledge of publishing contracts and terms;
  • Knowledge of the higher education community;
  • Ability to work with academic authors. 
  • Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment. 
  • Campus and conference travel are required. 


This position is based in our Cambridge, MA office and does not allow for remote working arrangements.

PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Advanced or bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related field.  Knowledge of LaTeX.
 

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2/26/2020


** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

The MIT Press welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. Candidates who have significant personal experience or engagement with low-income communities or communities that are underrepresented in scholarly publishing are strongly encouraged to apply.
 

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