Position Description
Press University of North Carolina Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Assistant Editor


UNC Press is seeking candidates to join our dynamic and growing publishing program as an assistant editor. Working collaboratively under the supervision of other members of the Press’s acquisitions editorial team, the assistant editor will help cultivate relationships with current and prospective authors, identify and evaluate prospective manuscripts for publication, oversee project management for proposals and manuscripts at all stages of the publishing process, prepare a range of written materials for internal and external audiences, and support the work of the acquisitions team in other ways as needed. This position is particularly suited to applicants who are familiar with basic processes and tasks of book acquisitions and ready to expand their skills and responsibilities, both by supporting the work of experienced acquisitions editors and by gaining the experience and judgment necessary to sponsor and acquire books independently. We seek creative, intellectually curious individuals with broad interests and an eagerness to help shape ideas in history, the humanities, and social sciences for a wide range of readers.

Candidates must have a BA/BS or equivalent. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one year of previous publishing experience, including evidence of successful project management; familiarity with the publishing process from initial submission through review, approval, contracting, and transmittal for copyediting and production; readiness to help an acquisitions editor investigate needs and opportunities in particular fields of publication; familiarity with methods to identify prospective authors and appropriate manuscript reviewers; experience with hands-on advice to authors for the development of proposals and manuscripts; and care for authors’ works through the entire chain of publication. Excellent written and oral communications skills are essential, and familiarity with project management databases or similar systems is strongly preferred. Candidates must be highly organized, deadline-oriented, able to work collaboratively, and ready to contribute in a fast-paced publishing environment. An equivalent combination of relevant professional and educational experience may be considered.

This is a full-time position with salary and benefits commensurate with experience.  Review of applications will begin on September 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

About UNC Press:

UNC Press is a nonprofit publisher of both scholarly and general interest books and journals, affiliated with the University of North Carolina System. Over nearly a century, the Press has earned the reputation for publishing engaging, enduring scholarship and books that explore important questions, spark lively debates, generate ideas, and move inquiry forward. UNC Press prides itself on publishing books that do not merely observe but seek to understand, to explain, and thereby improve our world. The Press’s offices are located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the thriving Research Triangle region of North Carolina, and consistently rated one of the best places to live in the nation. Our publishing perspective is at once local, national, and international, extending from our offices in Chapel Hill across North Carolina and around the globe. To learn more about the Press, visit www.uncpress.org/about.

UNC Press values diversity, equity, and inclusion in word and deed. The work we publish reflects a commitment to engaging diverse voices and experiences and bringing them to the widest possible audience.  Similarly, we value a workplace that welcomes different perspectives to enhance the quality of our decision making as we carry out our work. We are strategically engaged in creating and enhancing policies and practices that will attract, retain, and develop a staff that is diverse along many dimensions.

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