Acquisitions Editor

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Harvard Education Publishing Group Published: November 19, 2020
Cambridge, MA
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Job-Specific Responsibilities

The editor is expected to acquire 15-20 academic/professional books per year in the field of education research, policy, and practice. He or she will contribute to HEP’s editorial program by maintaining and expanding current publishing lists, while identifying new areas of interest. Our current lists focus on areas such as education leadership, instructional improvement, race and equity in education, and education policy. The editor solicits, develops, and evaluates proposals, in consultation with editorial colleagues; identifies appropriate reviewers and manages peer review process; and presents proposals to the HEP Editorial Advisory Board. He or she will work with authors to develop and revise manuscripts to ensure they meet the press’s standards and incorporate feedback from peer reviewers. The editor works closely with colleagues in production to ensure the smooth flow of the manuscript through that process and consults regularly with colleagues in marketing to ensure that the book reaches its target audience. Occasional travel required.

This is a one year term position with possibility of renewal.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree. Minimum Three years of publishing/editorial experience.

Candidates wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to a resume.

Please note that once Harvard resumes regular operations this position will no longer be remote and work will be performed on campus in Cambridge MA.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Five or more years of editorial/publishing experience desired. Proven editorial judgment. Excellent communication and networking abilities; proven initiative, ability to work independently, and strong interpersonal skills.

Academic/professional publishing background strongly preferred, with track record of outstanding acquisitions. Knowledge of education sector and current research and issues in K-12 and higher education strongly preferred.

Harvard Education Press

Harvard Education Press is the book publishing imprint of the Harvard Education Publishing Group, which is affiliated with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and also publishes the Harvard Educational Review. Founded in 2002, HEP is a peer-reviewed press overseen by an editorial advisory board drawn from the HGSE faculty and affiliated practitioners. We are a growing press whose mission is to publish books that link research, policy, and practice in the field of education and that address a readership of professional educators and policy makers as well as education scholars.

All interested applicants should apply directly through Harvard Careers.


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