Yale University


Editor, Humanities (YUP)

149 Elm Street, New Haven, CT, United States, 06520

Position: Full-Time

University Job Title: Editor

Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type: Full time

Duration Type: Regular

Compensation Grade: Administration & Operations

Wage Ranges: Click https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/careers/wage-ranges to see our Wage Ranges

Work Location: Central Campus

Worksite Address: 302 Temple Street

New Haven, CT 06511

Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Searchable Job Family: Yale University Press

Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5

Position Focus:

Yale University Press is seeking an editor to acquire and commission 12-15 books per year in the humanities, with an emphasis on works that elevate diverse voices both within and outside of academia. A key aspect of the position will be a lead role in the development of Yale's Black Lives series, which publishes accessible biographies of leading and overlooked Black figures through history and is advised by a team of notable scholars. This editor will also take over responsibility and oversight for the Yale Drama Series, an annual competition for emerging playwrights supported by the David Charles Horn Foundation, which includes publication of the winning play; as well as the Yale Series of Younger Poets, the oldest annual literary award in the United States. In addition, the editor will develop a list of titles to compliment these series, with a focus on providing new perspectives to understand our past, present, and future; ; and will collaborate with relevant departments across the University (i.e., Beinecke Library, Department of African American Studies, etc.) in service of that goal. 

Potential applicants for this position should show a demonstrated ability to establish and cultivate editorial relationships with leading and emerging academics and public intellectuals; a familiarity with trends regarding diversity, equity, inclusivity and accessibility within academic and publishing communities, and experience in contributing to such efforts in previous work environments; and an editorial vision to expand upon Yale University Press' current strengths in literature and literary studies, and the visual and performing arts in shaping an exciting and field-defining list in the humanities. Applicants should ideally also have the knowledge to substantively inform the marketing and publicity outreach for books signed; a grasp of the potential market and sales opportunities for the books; experience in successfully editing works for a general audience; and the ability to acquire and publish a cohesive list.

Essential Duties:

1. Responsible for acquiring titles in designated areas. Responsible for signing and/or independently managing approximately 10-20 titles per year.
2. Reviews and assesses publishing potential of submitted projects and proposals and/or commission new projects for the list. Prepares proposals for Acquisitions Panel and Publications Committee.
3. Researches and identifies key authors in the field, with the goal of developing a list of the highest scholarly standards; meets authors; develops and commissions projects. Attends scholarly conferences to meet with authors, attends academic panels to scout potential books, and networks with potential authors who are scholars in the field.
4. Works closely with the author to improve content, tone, and style of manuscript. Recommends revisions to author and ensures they are properly incorporated into final manuscript.
5. Researches, selects, and commissions scholarly review manuscripts. Manages the peer review process, responsible for relationships with authors, advisory board, and outside readers.
6. Manages the creation and maintenance of manuscript log, art logs where applicable, and related publishing databases as necessary to track budgets related to books, reviews, honoraria, and list signings within assigned disciplines. Also manages the maintenance of an organized system of tracking manuscripts, art for reproduction and accompanying permissions, reviews, and other relevant materials in existing databases.
7. Manages the preparation of manuscripts and accompanying materials for release to editing and production departments, including management of permissions for copyrighted illustrations and literary passages; tracks manuscript progress through departments; supervises acceptance checklists and contract compliance.
8. Works as part of a team to develop effective promotional/sales strategies and material; manages author expectations; presents titles at in-house pre-production, launches, and sales meetings.
9. Monitors expenditures to ensure book budgets are met. Ensures timely payment of expenses including reviewer honoraria, advance payments, and fees.
10. Identifies subvention sources and supervises the preparation of grant applications.
11. Experiments with and develops new digital products for the list and creatively modify traditional book projects to fit new needs of digital customers. Keeps pace with industry-wide developments; adapts to changing business practices and market conditions; uses foresight in acquiring books for rapidly changing marketplace.
12. May perform other duties as needed.


Required Education and Experience:
 

Bachelor's Degree in a related field and a minimum two years of publishing experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1: 

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

An understanding of the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proficiency in creative problem-solving, decision making, and time management.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: 

A history of working with writers, academics, and creatives to shape ideas into accessible works aimed at reaching a broad audience.

Drug Screen: No

Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements:

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:

Thank you for your interest in employment at Yale University. Please also note that the university has a https://covid19.yale.edu/covid-19-vaccination-policy for all students, staff & faculty which is described in the https://yalehealth.yale.edu/yale-covid-19-vaccine-program As you search our open positions, you will see that all postings list their on-site addresses which gives more detail on the on-campus work location of the role.

Posting Disclaimer:

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments. 

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About Yale University:

By publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs, Yale University Press aids in the discovery and dissemination of light and truth, lux et veritas, which is a central purpose of Yale University. The publications of the Press are books and other materials that further scholarly investigation, advance interdisciplinary inquiry, stimulate public debate, educate both within and outside the classroom, and enhance cultural life. In its commitment to increasing the range and vigor of intellectual pursuits within the university and elsewhere, Yale University Press continually extends its horizons to embody university publishing at its best.

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