Senior Editor History
Princeton, NJ - Princeton, NJ
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Senior Editor ? History

Princeton University Press (PUP) seeks an Acquisitions Editor to join our dynamic team of publishers and contribute to its longstanding and distinguished program in the field of history. The editor will be responsible for signing, developing, and publishing a diverse list of outstanding books for multiple readerships – including trade books and scholarly monographs – and contribute significantly to the Press's reputational and fiscal well-being. This role is well suited to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding acquisition and list building experience, although specific experience acquiring in history or in university press publishing is not required. Interested applicants should include with their submission materials a list of signings and publications and may be asked to prepare a list analysis and publishing proposal to demonstrate acquisitions acumen. 

Core responsibilities:

  • Publish a list of 15-20 outstanding books a year in specified academic field(s) of study.
  • Lead in developing a diverse list that is balanced across genres (trade, monograph, reference, course books), fiscally robust, and that includes a diverse group of authors.
  • Conceive of new book ideas, establish and maintain author and advisor collaborations, and solicit new proposals and book manuscripts.
  • Travel to academic conferences and campuses to expand professional contacts, cultivate new book prospects, and stay abreast of key developments in relevant fields.
  • Present new titles for consideration, including publishing and financial rationale, at weekly internal meeting and negotiate contract terms with authors and/or agents.
  • Collaborate successfully with peers across all press departments and international PUP offices.  
  • Perform all duties associated with the successful management of list, including working with authors under contact to ensure timely delivery and meeting of annual transmittal goals; editing and developing manuscripts to ensure they are appropriate for intended audience; overseeing formal peer review process of proposals or manuscripts to determine suitability for publication; preparing materials for monthly faculty Editorial Board meetings and semiannual sales conferences; and collaborating with colleagues in other departments to effectively produce, position and publish books.
  • Supervise one editorial assistant.

Location: Princeton, NJ but will consider UK based candidates.

  • 4-year degree and five years’ experience as an editor; demonstrated track record in publishing titles that make a major intellectual and financial contribution.
  • Demonstrated superior judgment and editorial knowledge with the ability to evaluate, identify, create, and develop book concepts.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, make critical decisions, negotiate, follow through on projects, meet deadlines, and take creative risks.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to network and build key relationships with authors and others in the publishing community, as well as internal colleagues.
  • Knowledge of techniques of acquisition, manuscript preparation, and general publishing processes and practices, including the ability to understand and use financial tools to assess the viability of book projects.
  • Ability to successfully manage projects through all stages of publishing process and problem solve when needed.
  • Previous acquisition experience is desirable.
  • Adept with computers, including databases and Microsoft Office.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should send a cover letter with salary requirements, and a résumé, including a list of signings and publications via our online application system.

Only finalists will be contacted. For more information on Princeton University Press, visit

The Press is one of the leading academic publishers in the world, provides a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and the main office is located in a historic building on Princeton University’s campus.