Acquisitions Editor

Posted: 07/28/17 | SHARE:


The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (RF) is the largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country.

Serving SUNY and New York State, the RF provides essential services to SUNY faculty, students and staff who are performing life-changing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences; and computer and information sciences. More than 15,000 dedicated RF employees work on SUNY-led research, training and public service projects throughout New York, across the country and around the world.

This position is being offered through the Research Foundation for SUNY at SUNY Press in Albany New York. An acclaimed international publisher of distinguished research and notable works of general interest, SUNY Press supports the commitments of the State University of New York to research, education, and public service. Capitalizing on the latest advances in digital communication, the Press offers an innovative range of print and electronic publications to fulfill the evolving needs of scholars, students, authors, and readers. SUNY Press is an academic unit of SUNY Central Administration, with its personnel and business functions administered by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, a private, nonprofit educational corporation supporting research, education, and public service at the State University of New York.

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Co-Directors, the Acquisitions Editor will acquire new manuscripts and oversee publishing process from acquisition, evaluation, review, and presentation to the Editorial Board through transmittal to production, marketing, and sales. Areas of acquisition include education, gender studies, and Hispanic studies, with the opportunity to explore new areas of growth and development. Some travel is required.

Additional Information:

Role and Responsibilities: 

  • Review unsolicited query letters, proposals and manuscripts, assess worth and marketability, and recommend acceptance or rejection.
  • Prepare manuscripts for transmittal to production, marketing, and sales.
  • Negotiate and prepare basic book contracts.
  • Work with series editors to review and monitor projects.
  • Seek new manuscripts by letter, phone, and direct contract on campuses and at scholarly conferences.
  • Follow literature in assigned disciplines for manuscript leads.
  • Solicit and contract with potential series editors for new series in promising areas of development.
  • Locate and commission reviewers with specific knowledge or experience in appropriate fields for manuscripts under consideration.
  • Prepare background materials for all manuscripts that are to be presented to the Editorial Board.
  • Attend Editorial Board meetings and implement Editorial Board decisions.
  • Recommend potential Editorial Board members.


Education and Experience:

  • A Master's degree with 1-3 years experience in publishing is required
  • Doctorate is preferred



  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Initiative and ability to work independently


  • Subject-area knowledge
  • Understanding of scholarly publishing principles and industry trends

Application Instructions:

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

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