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Editorial Director (Acquisitions)
posted: Mar. 9, 2023
Offered by:
Indiana University Press
Health; Dental; 401K; Remote or Hybrid options
Full Time
Bloomington, IN
Indiana University Press publishes 100-110 new books annually, with lists that emphasize scholarship in the humanities and social sciences but also prominently feature trade and reference titles. We seek an Editorial Director to lead the Press’s acquisitions department.

Department-Specific Responsibilities

Works with staff to coordinate seasonal list management goals and achieve individual objectives
Acquires 20-25 books per year in select scholarly fields
Provides mentorship and guidance to other acquisitions editors, assistants, and interns as appropriate
Maintains the Press’s commitment to a collegial, collaborative workplace culture that fosters diversity, inclusivity, and intellectual inquiry
Represents the Press at conferences, professional meetings, and university events as necessary

General Responsibilities

Provides highest level of operational leadership and coordination of assigned staff members to define publications and print production methodologies and standards; provides direction and guidance on high priority publications and print production projects/initiatives
Establishes short-term business plans and long-term operational objectives, including managing project timelines/deliverables and developing resource plans for multi-project/multi-phase publications and print production initiatives
Conducts a variety of personnel actions to include, but not limited to hiring, promotion, performance management, and dismissal
Manages high level assignments and allocation of publications and print production resources, including negotiating and coordinating initiatives that involve staff in other departments/areas/teams; may coordinate large-scale publications and print production projects with a wide range of audiences in support of academic initiatives
Makes budgetary recommendations/proposals based on resource needs and ensures cost containment
Researches and stays up-to-date on new industry publications and print production standards, technology, equipment, and methodology; responsible for the implementation of new protocols/procedures to address business needs
Works collaboratively with other publications and print production leaders across departments in recommending standards, best practices, and related policies/procedures
Prepares management reports and summaries for senior administration, executive, steering and advisory committees; acts as advisor to executive committees; serves on various university committees, communities of practice, and task forces related to publications and print production


Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, or related field


4 years in relevant field
1 year of management experience in relevant field

2 years of experience in acquisitions at a scholarly/academic press

Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.



Proficient communication skills
Maintains a high degree of professionalism
Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent collaboration and team building skills
Effectively coaches and delivers constructive feedback
Instills commitment to organizational goals
Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision making skills
Effective conflict management skills
Builds and manages effective teams

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. It also includes long-distance travel, as needed. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

Multiple plan options for medical insurance
Dental insurance
Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
Additional supplemental retirement plan options
Tuition benefit for IU classes
10 paid holidays per year
Generous Paid Time Off
Paid Parental Leave
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


Herman B Wells Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

This position is eligible for remote work or to work a hybrid schedule (mix between remote and in-person work), subject to change in the future based on university policy and business needs.
To apply for the position please visit: Job id: 305300
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