University of New Mexico Press

Sr. Acquisitions Editor

The UNM Press seeks to hire a Sr. Acquisitions Editor to be a part of a well-known and respected publisher in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, indigenous studies, Latin American studies, American studies, Chicana/o studies, art, architecture, and the history, literature, ecology, and cultures of the American West.  The Sr. Acquisitions Editor will solicit, evaluate, and secure book-length manuscripts from authors, and perform all editorial activities with respect to manuscripts acquired, ensuring that all published work meets established standards for appearance and content. Manuscripts may be in a highly technical, scientific, or specialized field of endeavor. He/she will participate in long-range list planning and development.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Solicits, secures, and coordinates the acquisition of thirty or more book-length manuscripts per year, 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. Prepares financial objectives by assisting in preparing the annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions; prepares formal planning and reporting documents as needed.
  4. Assists in establishing and implementing short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
  5. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  6. Plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating resources and/or revenues for the organization.
  7. Serves on committees which recommend, coordinate, and implement changes and/or improvements in fiscal controls, policies, procedures, and/or financial and human resource management systems.
  8. Represents the organization at various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces; promotes existing and new programs and/or policies.
  9. Provides leadership to editors in the acquisition of publication materials, recruits authors, negotiates contracts, oversees rights and permissions, approves revisions, and sets production schedules and priorities.
  10. Negotiates contracts with authors and publishers for new and distributed books, and for reprints.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 4 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven ability to recruit and maintain networks of authors, peer reviewers, advisors, series editors
  • Experience acquiring in one or more of the following disciplines: Anthropology/Archaeology; Latin American Studies; Native American Studies; US History
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to develop and implement accurate title budgets and sales forecasts.
  • Experience managing the peer-review process.

The Senior Editor will be expected to stay current on research in their fields and with broader trends in academia and scholarly publishing. They will develop networks of advisors, readers, and editorial contacts in the fields in which they acquire; will travel to academic conferences four to six times annually, and non-conference campus travel as needed. 

Founded in 1929, The University of New Mexico Press is an important element in enhancing the scholarly reputation and worldwide visibility of the university. The press produces scholarly books and digital scholarship in disciplines such as Western History, Latin American Studies, Native American Studies, Archaeology and Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Literary Criticism, and is a leader in Latinx, Chicanx, and Border Studies. In addition, as the largest publisher in the state, UNM Press publishes poetry, fiction, art and architecture, photography, popular history, science, guidebooks, cookbooks and other works of general interest for regional and national audiences.

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Contact Information

Leah Boetger, HR Administrator
University Libraries & Learning Sciences
1 University of New Mexico
MSC05 3020
Contact Phone: 
(505) 277-7168
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