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Editorial Director
  • Job Number: 23240
  • Functional Area: Publishing
  • Department: MIT Press
  • School Area: Libraries, MIT Press, Tech Review
  • Employment Type: Full-time (Hybrid)
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No
  • Schedule: M-F, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Job Description

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, MIT Press, to direct the acquisition department of 20+ staff and a book publishing program that outputs 300+ titles per year.  Will establish the editorial vision and set the overall direction for the book publishing at the MIT Press; ensure that each book project is well selected, developed, peer-reviewed, and prepared for publication; administer the editorial board, manage the acquisitions department, and serve as a senior member of Press management; work with the director of the Press and other managers to explore and implement new areas of the publishing program or the infrastructure that support the Press’s healthy future; set annual title targets and list goals for individual editors; meet regularly with the department and individual staff members; and direct and supports acquisitions staff through supervision, goal setting, performance evaluation, and professional development. 

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Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  B.A./B.S.; ten years’ relevant publishing/leadership experience; experience managing a team or leading projects/programs/functions; excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills; ability to work effectively with others across a range of constituencies; in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, publishing contracts and terms, and book markets and trends; familiarity with the academic community; ability to communicate with authors; and a proven track record as an acquiring editor.  PREFERRED:  advanced degree; experience working for a university press; ability to manage editorial staff effectively; knowledge of and experience with electronic publishing initiatives; skill with analyzing and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies; experience preparing budgets and analyzing results; and thorough knowledge of copyright and fair use practices.  Job #23240-12