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Acquisitions Editor, Journals

Acquisitions Editor, Journals

Job Description

Division and Unit Overview
The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top ten science publishers in the world.  The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences. The Division publishes a weekly magazine, over 45 high-quality scholarly journals focused on chemistry and chemistry-related topics, and peer-reviewed books developed from ACS symposia (ACS Symposium Series).
The Editorial Development Department is focused on maintaining and improving the editorial performance of existing titles and the development of new products.  The unit is responsible for reporting to staff and external editors, and governance committees on performance of the journals, collaborating with external editors to ensure they have the appropriate resources to help their journals perform ably; collaborate with staff and editors create and implement strategic plans for journals; and for a number of titles, work directly with editors on the day to day management of peer review, author/reviewer outreach, and journal issue management.
Position Summary
The Acquisitions Editor is responsible for the strategic development and management of a portfolio of 7-10 journals in chemistry and related areas. The Acquisitions Editorensures that the publications are produced on time, on budget, and with appropriate levels of quality. S/he is responsible for assisting the Editors and ACS Publications with refining and implementing the strategic goals for the journals to ensure their continued growth and success and monitoring the strategic progress of the journals against competitors. The Acquisitions Editor will develop publishing strategies and editorial initiatives to lead the journals within the portfolio to flagship positions in their disciplines. The Acquisitions Editor is responsible for the conception, development, and launch of one or more new product proposals or services/year. The Acquisitions Editor manages 2-3 Managing Editors with assigned day-to-day responsibility for journals within the portfolio. S/he works with ACS staff from Production & Manufacturing, Global Editorial and Author Services, Web Innovation, and Sales & Marketing to implement strategic initiatives for the journal portfolio. S/he also represents the journal to the scientific community through laboratory visits and international conferences. The incumbent reports to the Director, Editorial Development.

Job Requirements

  • Responsible for the strategic development of a portfolio of journals in chemistry and related areas in collaboration with journal Editors, editorial boards, and ACS staff and in accordance with divisional and departmental objectives and the Society’s high standards for quality and excellence.
  • Monitors overall financial and editorial performance according to business plan and ensure that products are meeting revenue and growth expectations.  
  • Coordinates with other departments (Production & Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, Web Innovation, Global Editorial and Author Services, others) to ensure efficiency, timeliness, and overall high quality of the published products.  
  • Monitors journal portfolio and competitor statistics, reporting on issues/trends.
  • Assists in the conception and development and leads the launch of 1 or more new products/publishing services per year from the Editorial Development Group in accordance with divisional and departmental objectives and the Society’s high standards for quality and excellence. Identifies new areas for product development and develops cohesive business plans and metrics to track and evaluate new products and services.
  • Maintains a deep understanding of the needs and trends within the communities served by the journals and publications portfolio. Maintains frequent contact with journal Editors, authors, reviewers, and outside experts including those in the publishing industry.
  • Responsible for the overall development, motivation, and management of assigned staff of Managing Editors within the Editorial Development Department, ensuring that all duties are properly executed in order to achieve the goals and objectives assigned to the department.  The incumbent is directly responsible for performance appraisals, development of annual goals and objectives, and individual development plans for staff reporting directly to this position.
  • Makes written and formal verbal presentations as required to groups such as: Society Committee on Publications; Governance Subcommittees and Task Forces; Editorial Advisory Boards; ACS Editor’s Conference; outside publishing and marketing groups and other societies and associations, both domestic and international.
Advanced degree (Ph.D.) in the sciences, preferably chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or a related field, is strongly preferred; combined 10+ years of relevant training and experience in an academic or industrial chemistry setting; experience in STM publishing preferred. Experience working with standard scientific literature databases (SciFinder, Web of Science, PubMed, etc.) and analysis tools strongly desired. Excellent written and verbal communication, decision making, demonstrated ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities, leadership, and management skills required.  Portfolio management and product development skills preferred. This position is based in the Washington, DC offices of the American Chemical Society. Some travel required.
The American Chemical Society offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans.  EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Business Development, Education, Media - Journalism - Newspaper
Education Graduate Degree
Experience At least 10 year(s)
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Not for Profit - Charitable
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID A14-11-L9-33150
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Acquisitions Editor, Journals

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