Oxford University Press is seeking a versatile Acquisitions Editor to oversee and develop our Psychiatry and Neuroscience publishing programs. This is a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role on two prestigious, best-selling publishing lists at the world’s largest university press.
The ideal candidate will have familiarity with the scholarship in both psychiatry and neuroscience, or at least one discipline and a desire to learn more about the other. We are looking for someone with previous medical and/or science commissioning experience, who is innovative, resourceful and quick-thinking; who is excited about the possibilities of print and digital scholarship, and who has a sharp eye for different types of publishing opportunities.
Responsibilities will include: establishing a publishing strategy in both psychiatry and neuroscience; commissioning authors, volumes editors, editorial boards, and contributors; preparing projects for internal approval by drafting proposals, commissioning reviews, and negotiating contracts, and having full responsibility for the financial health of the lists The Editor will work closely with OUP Editors in both the US and the UK as well as colleagues in Sales, Marketing, Digital Development, Production, and others in a collaborative and interactive environment.
Establish, develop, and execute publishing strategy for digital and print projects in both psychiatry and neuroscience. Manage existing projects under contract, those that are currently in production, develop revisions of core copyrights, and develop new and exciting opportunities in both disciplines. Represent Oxford University Press at relevant conferences and during campus visits to further awareness of the Oxford University Press brand.
1. Commission authors and editors to oversee print and online publishing projects in psychiatry and neuroscience.
2. Work with academic advisers and editors to develop strategic publishing plans for monographs, edited treatises, and major print and online works.
3. Work closely with US and UK counterparts in editorial and marketing; share strategy for UK/US collaboration and products; brainstorm ideas with the digital development group for the continued growth of online products.
4. Acquire a mix of new projects, as well existing core copyrights in need of updating; guide all projects from development of initial proposal, through external review and internal approval to the preparation of budgets and contracts.
5. Assume responsibility for all pipeline and front list management and act as the point person for authors.
6. Represent the department and project within OUP and at relevant academic conferences.
7. Identify and evaluate print and online publishing and distribution opportunities, analyze competition, and conduct market research.
8. Contribute to the strategic direction of the Medical Publishing group by focusing on new areas that we’re well positioned to market and promote, focusing on existing core lists so that OUP remains a key player in the relevant field, and identify growth opportunities for the continued development of your lists and the lists of the department.
9. Work closely with marketing, sales, content operations and all other groups within Oxford University Press to ensure competitive costs are achieved, to meet minimum gross-margin goals, to ensure a healthy surplus department wide, and to manage and maintain the overall profitability of the publishing programmes.
A four-year degree, 3-5 years editorial experience, and a proven track record of commissioning are required. Candidates will have a familiarity with relevant scholarship in the field, and an established network of contacts and advisors. Familiarity with trends in digital research, scholarship, and publishing is preferred. Other qualifications include: project management aptitude/experience; strong problem-solving and organizational skills; interest in digital publishing; ability to communicate clearly/effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to manage time effectively; ability to work in a team.
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