Job opening detail :
Senior Editor, Humanities
posted: Oct. 7, 2021
Offered by:
Yale University
Full Time
New Haven, CT
Senior Editor, Humanities (YUP)

Position Focus:

Yale University Press is seeking an editor to acquire and commission 12-15 books per year in the humanities, with an emphasis on works that elevate diverse voices both within and outside of academia. Working with a transatlantic team of colleagues, this editor will develop books for general trade and scholarly audiences that guide and define conversations around race, gender, inclusivity, and diversity within public and academic spheres.

A key aspect of the position will be a lead role in the development of Yale's Black Lives series, which publishes accessible biographies of leading and overlooked Black figures through history and is advised by a team of notable scholars. This editor will also take over responsibility and oversight for the Yale Drama Series, an annual competition for emerging playwrights supported by the David Charles Horn Foundation, which includes publication of the winning play. In addition, the Press is seeking someone who can explore the Yale libraries' substantial archival collections for potential publishing opportunities in the humanities, and collaborate with the library to bring these projects to fruition.

Potential applicants for this position should show a demonstrated ability to establish and cultivate editorial relationships with leading and emerging academics and public intellectuals; a familiarity with trends regarding diversity, equity, inclusivity and accessibility within academic and publishing communities, and experience in contributing to such efforts in previous work environments; and an editorial vision to expand upon Yale University Press' current strengths in literature and literary studies, and the visual and performing arts in shaping an exciting and field-defining list in the humanities. Applicants should ideally also have the knowledge to substantively inform the marketing and publicity outreach for books signed; a grasp of the potential market and sales opportunities for the books; experience in successfully editing works for a general audience; and the ability to acquire and publish a cohesive list.

Required Education and Experience:

• Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of four years experience working in publishing, media, communications, academic, nonprofit, or related organizations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates with a background in the area(s) of focus, or with experience managing content or forming relationships with writers, literary agents, influencers, and other relevant figures may also be considered.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

• An understanding of the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

• Proficiency in creative problem-solving, decision making, and time management.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

• A history of working with writers, academics, and creatives to shape ideas into accessible works aimed at reaching a broad audience.

Background Check Requirements

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Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University's Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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