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Acquisitions Editor

Hong Kong University Press—a distinguished academic publisher of approximately 50 new books a year primarily in English but also in Chinese—invites applications for an Acquisitions Editor who will find appropriate projects for the Press to publish in the humanities (focusing on, but not limited to, these disciplines within Asian Studies: history, cultural studies, film studies, LGBTQ studies, literary studies, religion, etc.).

Applicants must have a recognized university degree and at least 2 years’ work experience. Preference will be given to those with experience working for an academic press, especially in acquisitions, or considerable experience in some other areas of book publishing, and/or postgraduate training, especially those with (or those who will soon hold) a doctoral degree in one of the areas listed above. Proficiency in English is essential, and fluency in Chinese with a high standard of written Chinese is preferable. Familiarity with the general cultures of English-speaking countries (North America, the UK, Australia) as well as Asia is highly desirable, and preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a high-level understanding of academic cultures and norms in these areas, especially their varying publication standards and expectations. The successful candidate will feel equally comfortable discussing concepts and ideas with authors as discussing finances and marketing with Press colleagues.

The appointee’s duties include soliciting book manuscripts from top scholars; assessing manuscript proposals; obtaining and evaluating peer reviews; negotiating publishing contracts with authors; calculating book costs and proposing prices and print runs; liaising with authors to help them prepare manuscripts for production; coordinating with other Press colleagues on all aspects of the publication process; attending academic conferences internationally to sell books and to recruit potential authors; and developing relationships with a large international network of scholars. Custom-made database tools are available to facilitate all these activities. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

The University only accepts online application for this post; to apply, go to HKU Careers. As part of the application, applicants must upload an up-to-date CV and a cover sheet outlining how you envision developing the Press’s lists in above areas.

For more information, please contact Malcolm Litchfield, Publisher and Director of the Press.

Applications are accepted through December 7, 2018.