Position Description
Press Johns Hopkins University Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Assistant Editor


Johns Hopkins University Press seeks a creative, entrepreneurial Assistant Editor to support the Editorial Director on the preparation of new books, as well as acquiring annually 8-12 new books in the field of education.

This position has three key responsibilities at the Press:

  • Assist the Editorial Director in the publication of books.
  • Aquire a sub-list of 8-12 new books annually.
  • Perform administrative responsibilities to ensure the smooth operation of the Press’s editorial program.


The ideal candidate is an early-career publishing professional responsible for working closely with Acquisitions Assistants, Editors, and authors to prepare projects for publication. They will work closely with the Editorial Director or other senior editor in deciding on the shape of projects, which may be commissioned, and in making other substantial decisions. They report to the Editorial Director.

In addition the Assistant Editor:

  • Seeks to become the Press’s content expert within their field and endeavors to be a resource for authors, scholars, and students.
  • Supports the Press’s objective of publishing books that will reflect high intellectual quality and realistic profitability, as well as helping inform the Press’s evolution within the industry.
  • Represents the needs of readers and authors within the field, as they build a coherent list of titles for a range of readers across professional, classroom, and general readerships.
  • Acquire approximately 8 to 12 new book projects of significant interest to the Press under the oversight of the Editorial Director.
  • Works collaboratively with staff in Manuscript Editing, Design, and Production, Marketing, and Finance to ensure that books are published to the highest appropriate standards. 
  • Participates in professional communities associated with the editor’s field, in the university community of Johns Hopkins, and among the community of scholarly publishers.
  • Mentors other acquisitions assistants, interns, and student workers as appropriate.
  • Prepares manuscripts for transmittal into production.
  • May represents the Press at academic meetings and book exhibits under the supervision of an editor or accompanied by a marketing colleague.
  • Hires and manages student workers and interns.



  • Bachelor’s degree required. 2-3 years scholarly publishing experience preferred.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
  • Demonstrates verbal, written, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment while multi-tasking in a dynamic environment.

 To apply:  https://jobs.jhu.edu/job/Baltimore-Assistant-Editor-MD-21218/540588500/




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