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Remembering Marshall McLuhan
Last week marked the birthday of Marshall McLuhan, who would have turned 106 on July 21st. Marshall McLuhan is a famous media theorist who was born in Alberta and spent most of his professional career as a professor at the University of Toronto.

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Career Opportunity


Position: Acquisition Editor, Social Sciences (including Health & Mental Health, Medicine, and Social Work
Posted: July 13, 2017
Location: Downtown Toronto - Yonge & Bloor area
Appointment Type: Full time, salaried
Summary and Key Responsibilities:

You will oversee the development and growth of the Press's publishing program in the assigned disciplines with a particular focus on Health & Mental Health, Medicine & Social Work. You will be responsible for signing and developing both scholarly and crossover trade books across the list acquiring approximately 25 new book projects each year.

Key Responsibilities include:

• List-Building/Acquisition of Manuscripts
o Develop annual plan for list – identifying signing priorities, consulting with experts (UofT and other universities) to identify key talent.
o Through consultation and agreement with the Manager, Social Sciences Acquisitions, identify appropriate targets for signings.
o Sign and publish approximately 25 new books each year.
o Solicit manuscripts in relevant subject areas for potential publication.
o Evaluate and judge suitability of proposals and manuscripts for the Press.
o Consult with other members of the department and the Press, as needed, and with external editor and editorial board where appropriate.
o Secure subventions as required for individual project including the ASPP.
o Meeting and corresponding with authors and editors of manuscripts.
o Help shape long-term publishing program of the Press and for building the list in these areas accordingly.
o Maintain and expand network of authors, advisors and engage routinely with staff at the University of Toronto.
o Maintain high standards of scholarship.

• Manuscript Review and Approval Stage o Identify and recruit appropriate readers to evaluate manuscripts ensuring quality scholarly readers.
o Evaluate reader reports and provide direction to authors on requirements for changes to manuscript based on peer review process.
o Prepare materials including budgets to support publication of suitable manuscript for submission to the Publishing Committee and the Manuscript Review Committee.
o Prepare contracts and other formal agreements and proposals.

• Manuscript Development
o Provide direction to Authors for manuscript preparation meeting UTP requirements well in advance to ensure timely transmittals.
o Track delivery dates of manuscripts from authors, ensuring timely delivery.
o Prepare final manuscript (including images) for transmittal into Editorial/Production as per UTP guidelines.
o Assist if needed in settling problems of copyediting, proof-handling, scheduling, communication, and procedures.
o Transmittal expectations achieved with a minimum number of titles (agreed to annually) put into copy editing each year.

• Marketability of Books
o Initiate cover design development.
o Consult with marketing staff ensuring appropriate back cover, inside cover, pg i, copy & catalogue copy for each text.
o AE consults with marketing to ensure appropriate promotional activity for their key titles (advertising, exhibits, etc).

• Press Representative
o Responsible for representing the interests of the Press by initiating contacts with new authors, discussing ideas with them, and inviting submissions of their actual or potential manuscripts to the Press.
o Responsible for keeping informed of relevant conferences and meetings and recommending attendance, and trends within the discipline.
o Maintain a high level of visibility in the academy through campus visits in Canada and the US along with attendance at relevant academic conferences.

Education, Qualifications and Experience:

• Post-graduate degree(s) preferred.
• 4-years relevant publishing experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes:

• Knowledge of the higher education community and the publishing industry, particularly scholarly publishing.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Expertise with Microsoft Suite.
• Highly organized and an effective negotiator and influencer.
• Adobe Professional, Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter), familiarity with Illustrator.
• Proven analytic ability, excellent research skills.
• Tact and diplomacy under pressure.
• A good fit with our core values of respect, innovation and accountability.

Interested in Applying?:

Please send your resume with a covering letter by July 28, 2017, to: hr@utpress.utoronto.ca. Please indicate, Acquisition Editor, Social Sciences in the subject line and your salary expectations in the covering letter.