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Job Summary

Founded in 1930, the University of Michigan Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher that publishes around 100 new books annually, mostly academic monographs. With around 5,000 titles in print, the University of Michigan Press is best known for its lists in classical studies, political science, the performing arts, American studies, and the natural history and culture of the Upper Midwest. It also has distinguished publication lists in Asian studies, German studies, African studies, and Disability studies. English Language Teaching (ELT) is a separate division of the Press, respected globally for its language teaching materials and study guides. The Press is an integral part of Michigan Publishing, the publishing division of the University of Michigan Library.


A key member of the acquiring team for the Press, the new Senior Editor will be responsible for the ongoing growth and development of the University of Michigan Press lists in American Studies, with a particular emphasis on race and ethnicity, gender, class, and related contemporary social issues. The editor will commission, select, and evaluate manuscripts to cultivate an intellectually robust and sustainable program of projects for scholars, students, and professionals in these fields. The editor will be expected to sign 30 new books annually, in keeping with signing goals set each year by the Editorial Director. The editor will work closely with other departments to manage projects from acquisition to publication, including collaborating with Michigan Publishing Services and Deep Blue.  


The University of Michigan Library and Michigan Publishing is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.


  • Sign at least 30 new titles per year, in line with a coherent, intellectually robust, growth-oriented plan for the American Studies list.

  • Coordinate the schedules of titles under contract to ensure that authors meet agreed-upon deadlines to facilitate timely publication.

  • Work closely with series editors to ensure that series continue to foster innovative work that is respected in the field.

  • Develop productive and collegial working relationships with key faculty both locally and at other campuses.

  • Remain current with publishing trends and developments in relevant disciplines in order to incubate new publishing ideas and contribute to the development of long-term Press strategy.

  • Manage all necessary editorial aspects of the publishing process while working closely, collaboratively and collegially with the sales and marketing, production, technology, and finance departments.

  • Oversee the work of the Editorial Associate assigned to help manage the list.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any field and at least 5 years’ of publishing experience. Track record of success as an acquisitions editor.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with leadership and staff in all departments of a publishing operation, including sales and marketing, production, technology, and finance.

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.

  • Solid grasp of publishing finances and of the evolving markets for scholarly content.

  • Ability to travel as needed to professional conferences and to other campuses. Travel is anticipated to be about 25%.

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Interest in expanding Michigan’s list into allied disciplines in the social sciences and humanities as resources permit.

  • Interest in new forms of digital scholarship and alternative (e.g., open access) business models.

Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

The person in this position occasionally moves through the building to attend meetings/events and access files or information and occasionally ascend/descends short flights of stairs to different floors of the building.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.


Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.