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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N1008 / Acquisitions Editor
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Solicits, evaluates, and secures book-length manuscripts from authors, and performs all editorial activities with respect to manuscripts acquired, ensuring that all published work meets established standards for appearance and content. Participates in selection and oversees the work of indexers, illustrators, and other contractors associated with the production of the finished book.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Solicits, secures, and coordinates the acquisition of book-length manuscripts, to include recruitment of authors, selection of topics in accordance with department objectives, evaluation of manuscripts, budget/sales forecasting, and contract negotiation.
  2. Serves as liaison between the unit and authors and/or publishers; locates peer reviewers and mediates between peer reviewers and authors.
  3. Evaluates and edits material for content, as appropriate, and coordinates the trafficking and inspection of proofs; negotiates revisions of materials to be published.
  4. Recruits and hires contractors, such as indexers, photographers, illustrators, and/or cartographers, as appropriate for the needs of each publication; reviews and approves the work of contractors.
  5. Provides guidance and training to authors, editorial staff, support personnel, and contractors, as appropriate.
  6. Prepares copy for marketing and promotional materials for forthcoming publications.
  7. Negotiates contracts with authors and publishers for new and distributed books, and for reprints.
  8. Assists in the development and management of departmental budget.
  9. Represents the department at scholarly, professional, business, and community meetings.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of the acquisition process for book-length manuscripts.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to develop and implement accurate title budgets and sales forecasts.
  • Knowledge of publishing processes, procedures, and techniques.
  • Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
  • Knowledge of peer review principles and procedures for scholarly manuscripts.
  • Ability to evaluate and edit on-screen the content, structure, and foremat of a range of written material.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of procedures, and regulations pertaining to the recruitment and hiring of contractors.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017