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Acquisitions Editor

Job ID: 59990
Job Views: 341
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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Job Category: Academia
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 11.17.2020

Job Description

Job Summary

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.

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

Job Requirements

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 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

5 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.

Additional Information

HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.

HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions.  We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school.
We do this by:

•    Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
•    Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
•    Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
•    Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
•    Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
•    Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment  

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

About the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit:

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