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Senior Acquisitions Editor for Architecture and Art

The MIT Press seeks an experienced Acquisitions Editor to acquire, manage, and build our internationally recognized list of trade and scholarly books on architecture, art, and cultural studies.  

The Senior Acquisitions Editor will report to the Editorial Director and will:

  • Evaluate, develop, sign, and publish 25 to 30 new book projects each year by emerging and established authors whose work is fundamental to contemporary art and architectural thought and practice and to the shaping of future discourse in those fields;
  • Work with press colleagues, authors, and editorial advisors to cultivate and grow a publishing program known for its editorial quality, design excellence, global reach, and intellectual challenge; 
  • Sustain and develop productive and collegial ties with a large network of authors (including practitioners as well as scholars) and institutions (museum, galleries, institutes, foundations) throughout the world; 
  • Travel to conferences, exhibitions, campuses, and book fairs as needed to meet with authors, curators, and publishers;
  • Establish priorities and consult with qualified academics at MIT and other universities to ensure that the publishing program reflects the highest standard of work being done at MIT and other universities in these fields; 
  • Evaluate and commission proposals for trade books, scholarly works, professional monographs, textbooks, reference works, exhibition catalogs, book series, and (in cooperation with the journals division director) journals; provide constructive feedback on all such projects to realize their maximum impact and potential; 
  • Arrange for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts; 
  • Arrange for the review and translation of works written in foreign languages. 
  • Procure external funding as needed to offset production costs, enhance design elements, or lower retail prices of contracted projects; 
  • Negotiate contracts for books, book series, new imprints, and co-publication arrangements; work with authors, agents, publishing partners, and rightsholders to ensure that contractual terms are met; prepare publishing plans for projects ready to go into production; 
  • Work with editorial, production, and design departments to ensure the efficient production of projects in print and digital formats, and with marketing and sales departments to ensure the effective distribution of books to their intended audiences; 
  • Present new and proposed book projects to the press’s staff, its editorial board, and its sales representatives; 
  • Prepare annual qualitative and quantitative assessments of the list along with list profiles and other materials to help market and promote the list;
  • Over time, develop a vision and selection strategy for the publishing program that reflects its historic origins, anticipates its future directions, and insures the uniqueness of its character from other offerings;
  • Work cooperatively with our team of acquisitions editors and assistants;
  • Set standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with internal staff and external clients and partners; 
  • Manage an assistant, shared with one other acquiring editor
  • Represent and act as an ambassador for the MIT Press in all external interactions;
  • Perform other duties as needed or required.

Required: Qualifications include a BA or BS; at least five years of relevant publishing experience; a strong track record of acquisitions in the fields of art and architecture; broad cultural experience and connections; exceptional written and verbal communication skills; solid negotiation skills; familiarity with art and architectural communities and histories in academic and non-academic, Western and non-Western contexts; the ability to work with scholars, practitioners, and activists working in different languages and cultural contexts; and knowledge of publishing contracts, budgets, and workflows. 

Location: Position can be based in our Cambridge, MA or London, UK offices. It does not allow for remote working arrangements.

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