Acquisitions Editor / Senior Acquisition Editor, Astronomy
Springer Nature is one of the world’s leading global research, educational and professional publishers. It is home to an array of respected and trusted brands and imprints, with more than 170 years of combined history behind them, providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals and resources reach millions of people, helping researchers and scientists to discover, students to learn and professionals to achieve their goals and ambitions. The company has almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries. Springer Nature is looking to hire a dynamic, progressive Acquisitions Editorial colleague to build our Astronomy list. We are primarily looking to hire in our New York City office but are open to hiring a Senior Editor in our San Francisco office, as well. We are open to hiring either an Acquisitions Editor or a Senior Acquisitions Editor, depending on experience level. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to build a network in the Astronomy field and source authors to publish with the esteemed Springer Nature brand. JOB DUTIES The Editor/Senior is responsible for growth of part of the company’s astronomy, astrophysics and space science portfolio via acquisition as well as development of existing assets consistent with the company's reputation as a leading academic publisher. The role involves extensive author and editor contact, journal management, book and journal proposal review, contract negotiation, preparation of book manuscripts for production, promotional planning and monitoring of sales, budget and financial planning, long-range planning for growth and development of the program. Specific responsibilities include: A. Editorial Acquisition Pursues an active and efficient acquisitions policy through correspondence, required meetings / trips, telephone, consultations with advisors, etc. Approximately 25-30% travel as well as strong initiative and independent functioning. Attends key astronomy and space science conferences for the purpose of acquisition. This also includes planning, setting up and staffing exhibits of relevant publications. Prepares and executes publishing contracts. Maintains and develops a circle of reviewers and advisors and evaluates their judgments. B. Project Development and Management Manages and develops a selection of astronomy and related journals. Supervises final editorial preparation of book manuscripts for production. Discusses, assumes and proposes financial and budgetary plans for program. Develops guidelines, plans, reporting systems, etc., for publishing plans and projects. Monitors staffing requirements and trains and develops staff. Performs related duties as required. C. Strategic Planning Assesses trends and funding in Astronomy and Space Sciences, evaluates strategies, strengths and weaknesses of competitors. Prepares long-term planning documents and strategic goals as requested. Maintains communication with US, European and Asian editorial counterparts about specific immediate questions as well as long-term strategy questions. Reviews and discusses new projects and plans with editorial colleagues particularly in overlapping areas. A Senior Editor level candidate will also take on business development initiatives as well as people management responsibilities. JOB REQUIREMENTS Bachelor's degree in a STEM field required; preference for degrees in the natural sciences (astronomy, space sciences, physics); advanced degree (PhD) ideal. Experience as an acquisitions editor or related editorial / publishing experience highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills are required. Must be willing and able to travel. For a Senior Editor candidate, experience organically developing a list as well as people manage experience required. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: - Medical, Dental and Vision - Life and AD&D - 401(k) - Flexible Spending Accounts - Transit Accounts - Tuition Assistance - Summer Hours. Springer Nature is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following EEO Is The Law Poster: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf.