Senior Acquisitions Editor, Computer Science

Massachusetts, United States
04 May 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture  and benefits that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future  then take a look at this opportunity.

ACQUISITIONS EDITOR, MIT Press, to acquire and develop books in computer science (CS). Responsibilities include commissioning CS textbook, trade books, and research monographs; determining the need for and commercial viability of proposed projects; evaluating unsolicited queries/proposals/manuscripts from authors/agents to identify prospective projects; arranging for projects to be independently peer reviewed by qualified experts and speaking with authors about revisions; consulting with academics at MIT and other universities to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects MIT’s standing among research universities in the field; traveling to campuses and academic conferences to meet with authors and represent the list; building the press’s networks in CS and positive relationships with researchers/instructors/reviewers/series editors, etc.; drafting and preparing external contracts, negotiating terms, and working with authors to ensure that contractual terms are met; reviewing the backlist for revision opportunities; coordinating with other departments to evaluate potential of and costs for prospective projects; preparing production estimates, P&Ls statements, and publishing plans; ensuring the efficient production of projects and promotion of books; presenting book projects to the editorial board and its marketing and sales staff; preparing assessments of the list, list profiles, and other materials; and performing other duties as needed. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: B.A./B.S., preferably in computer science, mathematics, or related field; at least five years’ experience and strong track record in book acquisitions including textbooks in computer science or related field; excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong negotiation skills; knowledge of publishing contracts and terms and of the higher education community; ability to work with academic authors; and discretion and judgment with confidential information/issues.  PREFERRED: advanced degree and knowledge of LaTeX.  Job #18603-8

Campus and conference travel are required.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.