||The Acquisitions Editor selects, acquires and edit manuscripts, products and product components that form the backbone of Church Publishing Incorporated’s product portfolio and seasonal sales catalogs; presents proposals for consideration and acceptance, builds Profit and Loss and other supporting documentation as required for that consideration; meets the delivery goals as called for by the production schedule. Acts as a “public face” of CPI to the Episcopal Church. The Acquisitions Editor has direct impact on CPI’s revenue via their activities and responsibilities of acquiring books and other resources.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
• Acquire and edit books, projects, products, or curriculum resources that, in the editor’s professional opinion, fit the CPI profile and serve our customers.
• Discover and solicit new product ideas (new resources, authors, distributed products, etc.) for publication consideration. Uncover local initiatives that could be brought to a national level through the efforts of, or acquisition by CPI.
• Collaborate with CPI Editorial Team on editorial strategies, projects, progress, concepts, trends and possibilities.
• Work with potential authors to guide them in the construction and creation of their proposal.
• Initiate Profit and Loss creation and other necessary supporting documentation for New Product Review.
• Present proposals to the CPI staff at New Product Review meetings, speaking as the project’s champion and resident expert. Respond to questions and concerns raised by any other members of staff.
• Negotiate author contracts.
• Complete such editorial projects as are approved at New Product Review: editing the manuscript.
• Confer with authors regarding a vision of their book’s cover, advocating for, and clarifying that vision with CPI production and marketing teams.
• Solicit endorsements and write back cover copy and web copy for all books and resources.
• Collaborate with the Production and Marketing team members as needed to see book or product to completion.
• Participate in New Product Review and other meetings as necessary and requested.
• Actively participate in the promotion and marketing of new titles and their authors.
• Serve as resource and subject matter expert for marketing and production colleagues.
• Respond to questions regarding planning, usage, content, and theological components of various CPI curricular resources for Christian Formation programs for Episcopal Church leaders by phone and email.
• Serve as one set of eyes/ears/face of CPI in The Episcopal Church (and, when possible, beyond), including attending conferences and presenting workshops as requested.
• Participate in various professional organizations, providing insight for CPI into both the current and future states of faith formation and other areas of interest in the church.
• Use continuing education opportunities and other means (the review of journals, blogs, books, etc.) to remain current in the field of Christian formation, particularly within The Episcopal Church.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Knowledge of The Episcopal Church—its polity, liturgy, theology, educational practices and programs.
• Experienced editor across a range of subject matters.
• Knowledge of theology.
• Communication Skills
• written and oral, including public speaking
• writing, editing and proofing
• Self-starter with ability to manage own time, schedule and projects.
• Intermediate to expert computer skills including Internet, web content, Facebook, blogging etc., Microsoft Office – Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point.
• Ability to travel, including weekends.
• Active and known in Episcopal networks.
• Ability to maintain a budget and track expenses.
• Knowledgeable of material from a variety of publishers.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
• 5 years or more of related editorial experience.