Job opening detail :
Editor in Chief
posted: June 7, 2021
Offered by:
University Press of Florida
Full Time
Gainesville, FL

The University Press of Florida, the official publisher for the State University System (SUS) for the State of Florida, is looking for an Editor in Chief (EIC). This leadership position establishes the editorial vision and sets the overall direction for the book acquisitions program with a focus on the humanities and social sciences and furthering brand reputation. The position directs the book publishing program to ensure the highest levels of quality, peer review excellence, and market viability across all subject areas, while managing the title pipeline for a predictable and timely flow of manuscripts into the publication process. The EIC manages the acquisitions department, leading and supervising acquisitions staff and facilitating and coordinating the work of the department to acquire 75–100 titles annually. This position also performs the functions of an acquisitions editor, acquiring 15–20 high quality manuscripts per year and representing the Press to other departments at UF and the other state universities, the academy at large, and at scholarly conferences and public events. The EIC is a key member of the Press management team, participating in Press-wide planning, budgeting, and strategizing with the director and other department heads. The successful candidate will be an experienced and thoughtful leader, adept at prioritizing multiple time-sensitive projects and communicating clearly, collegially, and tactfully. They will remain current with market and publishing trends and developments, including digital publishing. They will be a creative problem solver, open to challenges, and able to generate new ideas. The EIC will take appropriate actions to support a diverse and equitable workforce and participate in the Press’s and the University’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.


Department Management

-Develops and implements policies and procedures within the acquisitions department that streamline efforts and help achieve operational effectiveness;
-Develops and implements policies and procedures for the acquisition, handling, and transmittal of manuscripts that recognize production priorities and ensure a consistent schedule of manuscripts into production;
-Works with the director to establish and monitor departmental goals, as well as short- and long-term goals for individual editors, including list plans and signing and revenue goals;
-Works with the director and other department heads to assess the composition of and finalize seasonal lists, analyze financial performance of titles, and map strategies for editorial and financial growth;
-Assists the director in leading Faculty Editorial Board meetings to discuss new acquisitions projects for consideration by the board, determining the meeting agendas and overseeing the preparation of the editorial docket for board member review;
-Leads quarterly decision-to-publish meetings and bimonthly transmittal meetings, as well as other acquisitions-focused meetings;
-Mentors acquisitions editors and acquisitions assistants, supervising and facilitating their work, monitoring and reviewing their performance, assessing their progress, and when necessary, assisting each editor in building their lists, negotiating contracts, and copyright interpretation;
-Reviews and balances staff performance expectations and goals with organizational strategies, incorporating new responsibilities and new roles into the department as necessary;
-Establishes effective training and professional development programs for all members of the department;
-Establishes a culture of teamwork, continuous learning, and collegiality within the department and with other departments at the Press;
-Recommends personnel actions including but not limited to hiring, promotions, and corrective actions;
-Prepares and monitors annual department budget, including author advances, travel, other expenses, and personnel salaries.

Book Acquisition

-Manages and develops 2–3 book lists within the humanities and social sciences and for the regional-interest trade market, acquiring 15–20 new titles annually;
-Develops list strategies, including the management of backlist titles and conception of new book ideas, and determines whether projects are publishable editorially and financially;
-Maintains excellent relationships with authors and series editors and builds a wide and reliable network of leading scholars, authors, and others in appropriate list areas for the purpose of obtaining manuscripts and advice on book publishing opportunities;
-Evaluates manuscripts and book proposals and recruits qualified peer readers;
-Prepares dockets for projects and presents them to the Faculty Editorial Board for approval, negotiates publishing contracts with authors, and presents new projects to staff;
-Works with authors and acquisitions assistants on manuscript development, preparation, revisions, and formatting;
-Collaborates with EDP staff for best copy editing, cover and interior design, and production;
-Collaborates with marketing staff to effectively position titles, and develop necessary marketing and sales materials;
-Provides complete, accurate, and timely information about contracts and manuscripts to other Press departments;
-Acts as liaison between authors and staff members;
-Identifies sources of outside funding and secures grants to offset publishing expenses;
-Remains informed of up-to-date developments in the academic fields of acquisition.

Strategic Planning & Outreach

-Participates actively as a member of the Press management team;
-Works collaboratively with the director and other department heads to establish the priorities, goals, and strategic direction for the Press;
-Participates in Press-wide planning, budgeting, and problem-solving;
-Represents the Press to other University units, to departments and units within the State University System, and to the academy at large, including but not limited to presenting talks and workshops on best practices and careers in scholarly publishing;
-Serves as a representative of the Press to the public and supports outreach efforts;
-May prepare grant proposals or participate in other fundraising activities for the Press.

Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes and needs in the organization by assuming similar duties and responsibilities as assigned and appropriate for an Editor-In-Chief.


Minimum Requirements

-Master’s degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and four years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

-Advanced degree is desirable but not required;
-Experience working for a university press, especially acquiring titles for the trade market;
-Familiarity with two or more academic disciplines of importance to the Press;
-Demonstrated success as an acquiring editor;
-Demonstrated ability to manage editorial staff effectively;
-Thorough knowledge of academic standards, the peer review process, and the publication process;
-Knowledge of book markets and trends, and knowledge of and experience with electronic publishing initiatives.
-A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and at least six years’ experience in acquiring scholarly books, or an equivalent amount of experience and education;
-Three years of demonstrated managerial experience;
-Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills;
-Ability to travel as needed to professional conferences and to meet with faculty at other campuses.
About Our  
Founded in 1945, the University Press of Florida is the official publisher of the State University System of Florida. UPF has published over 2,500 books since its inception and currently releases approximately 80 new titles each year. Its publishing strengths include archaeology, history, literature, Latin American studies, African American studies, space studies, sustainability, and Florida history and culture. UPF engages educators, students, and discerning readers by producing works of global significance, regional importance, and lasting value.

The Editor in Chief position is located at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The University of Florida was ranked #6 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges Rankings. Located in north central Florida, Gainesville is the nation’s first Butterfly City and is routinely listed as one of the best places to live in the nation. It is home to award-winning restaurants, exceptional museums, beautiful nature parks, championship-winning college athletics, and thriving cultural and music scenes. The beaches on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts are close enough for a day trip and the central Florida theme parks are less than two hours away.
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