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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senior Acquisitions Editor, Art and Architecture, MIT Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Senior Acquisitions Editor, Art and Architecture, MIT Press

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M-F, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

SENIOR ACQUISITIONS EDITOR, ART AND ARCHITECTURE, MIT Press, to acquire 25-plus new book projects each year by emerging and established authors whose work is fundamental to contemporary art, architectural thought, and practice and to shaping future discourse in those fields. Will work with colleagues, authors, and editorial advisors to establish priorities and consult with qualified academics at MIT and other universities to ensure that the publishing program reflects the highest standard of work being done at MIT and other universities in these fields; evaluate and commission proposals for trade books/scholarly works/professional monographs/textbooks/reference works/exhibition catalogs/book series/journals; arrange for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts and for the review and translation of works written in foreign languages; procure external funding to offset production costs, enhance design elements, or lower retail prices; negotiate contracts; ensure that contractual terms are met; prepare publishing plans for projects ready for production; work with colleagues to ensure the efficient production of projects and effective distribution of books; present book projects to staff, editorial board, and sales representatives; prepare annual assessments of the list; represent the MIT Press in external interactions; and perform other duties as needed. A full description is available at

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REQUIRED: B.A. or B.S.; at least five years’ relevant publishing experience; strong track record of acquisitions in the fields of art and architecture; broad cultural experience and connections; exceptional written and verbal communication skills; solid negotiation skills; familiarity with art and architectural communities and histories in academic and non-academic, Western and non-Western contexts; ability to work with scholars, practitioners, and activists working in different languages and cultural contexts; and knowledge of publishing contracts, budgets, and workflows. Job #16447-P The position will involve travel to conferences/exhibitions/campuses/book fairs to meet with authors, curators, and publishers.Position can be based in either the Cambridge, MA or London, UK office. It does not allow for remote working arrangements. 8/17/18

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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