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Acquires new titles in science and technology for Harvard University Press.
Harvard University Press seeks an entrepreneurial, experienced Senior Editor to acquire 15-20 new books each year in science and technology. Reporting to the Editorial Director, the Senior Editor will build a strong list of books on topics of interest to both professionals and the general public, across a wide range of basic and applied sciences, and technology.
The Senior Editor for Science and Technology closely monitors innovative research by establishing contacts with scholars, journalists, and other experts, reading widely and deeply in the literature, attending professional conferences, and traveling to campuses throughout the United States. He or she maintains a network of prospective authors, along with agents and other publishing professionals, commissions new works of broad appeal and significance; and selectively solicits and evaluates proposals for trade books, professional books, and cutting-edge research monographs.
The Senior Editor for Science and Technology negotiates contracts, sends manuscripts for peer review; works closely with authors to ensure that manuscripts are well written and contractual obligations are met, writes fact sheets and design briefs, present new books at the marketing launch meeting, and to the Press's faculty board.
Undergraduate degree required, plus 8 years of publishing experience, including five years of book-acquisition experience in the physical or life sciences, technology, engineering, or medicine. Other relevant qualifications such as academic or institutional appointments will be considered.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Advanced degree in a related STEM field is strongly preferred.
Harvard University supports a hybrid workplace model which will actively support some remote work. Specific days and schedules for on-site work and remote work will be discussed during the interview process. Please note hybrid workers must reside in a state where Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA).
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.
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