Position Description
Press University of Virginia Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Senior or Executive Editor for History and Social Sciences


DESCRIPTION: The University of Virginia Press (UVAP) seeks a dynamic, creative, and experienced editor to acquire and develop 25 new book projects each year in the areas of American History and Political Science. This full-time staff position reports to the Editor in Chief.

The Editor for History and Social Sciences will be responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and developing proposals and manuscripts for high-caliber scholarly and trade books, acting as primary liaison with those authors, managing all aspects of the editorial process, and overseeing the books through the entire course of publication.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the Editor in Chief to develop a strategic editorial plan for developing the list.
  • Collaborating with outside editors of assigned series.
  • Supervising one shared assistant.
  • Coordinating the peer review process.
  • Submitting projects with a preliminary financial plan to the in-house publication committee, as well as to UVAP’s faculty editorial board.
  • Negotiating publication contracts.
  • Working with authors and editorial assistant on manuscript development, preparation, revisions, and formatting.
  • Collaborating with EDP Manager and staff for best copyediting, design, and production.
  • Working with Sales & Marketing on concepts for packaging, reviewing catalogue and jacket copy, and strategizing with Publicity for promotion of all assigned titles.

The History and Social Sciences Editor will be expected to develop networks of advisors and editorial contacts in the fields in which they acquire, travel to conferences and campuses approximately 4-6 times a year, and stay abreast of current trends in academia and scholarly publishing.

Because the University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson, UVAP’s list of books in American history and politics is central to its definition. UVAP has published works by such leading scholars as Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter Onuf, Amitai Etzioni, Larry Sabato, Alan Taylor, Ralph Ketcham, Charles Dew, William Freehling, and many others. The Press also works closely with the scholars at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, the National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, and the nonpartisan Miller Center for Presidential Scholarship, Public Policy, and Political History at UVA. The new History and Social Sciences Editor will be expected to nurture these relationships and build on UVAP’s legacy in these categories.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate degree in history or political science and at least five years’ experience at a university press or scholarly publisher, with a strong record of acquisitions in American history and political science.

SALARY: Commensurate with Experience

ABOUT THE PRESS: The University of Virginia Press was founded in 1963 to advance the intellectual interests not only of the University of Virginia, but of institutions of higher learning throughout the state. A member of the Association of University Presses, UVAP currently publishes seventy to eighty new titles annually and operates a successful digital imprint, Rotunda. UVAP is located in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia, a historic and diverse intellectual and entrepreneurial community near the Blue Ridge Mountains with exceptional music, arts, food, sports, and other cultural resources.

TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online through the University of Virginia’s Office of Human Resources:  https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/Acquisitions-Editor--History-and-Social-Sciences_R0005607

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until position is filled.

A moving and relocation budget is available for the candidate hired.

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