Duke University Job Description:
EDITOR (2002)

Job Title: EDITOR 

Job Code: 2002 


Job Level: 12 

Revised Date: 07/01/2005  

Job Family: JF 28 

Occupational Summary

Assist in a variety of activities involved in the marketability assessment, solicitation, acquisition, and editorial review of manuscripts to be published as books; monitor the various stages of acquisition, review, advertisement and publication to ensure that required activities are adhered to and a reasonable schedule is met.

Work Performed

Assist in soliciting, acquiring and reviewing prospective manuscripts for publication.

Identify academic subject matter not fully addressed or covered within the market and develop new ideas for possible publication.

Identify authors and convince them to commit to publishing.

Monitor and coordinate manuscripts through the various stages of acquisition, review and publication to ensure required activities are adhered to and a reasonable schedule is met.

Arrange for reviews of selected manuscripts by experts in topic field.

Ensure manuscripts are reviewed for appropriateness as well as to critique and improve the substance of the document.

Review format to ensure conformity with set guidelines.

Assist in preparing acquisition proposals based on expert reviews of manuscript and estimated potential

Present recommendation to Editorial Advisory Board for approval.

Follow up on questions or suggestions by board members as appropriate.

Maintain liaison with authors to discuss recommended changes in approved manuscript

Prepare standard contract with authors outlining all appropriate and pertinent information.

Maintain contact with other university presses, authors and reviewers to identify trends in various fields; generate ideas for manuscripts, review with Editor-in-Chief and solicit authors.

Consult with Marketing Department to discuss advertising and sales programs.

Determine appropriate number of books to publish based on potential market sales

Participate in setting appropriate prices for books.

Compile reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations and conclusions.

Attend professional meetings and conventions as appropriate.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires organizational, analytical and communications skills normally acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree program.



Work requires three years editorial or marketing experience in a publishing or related setting to acquire skills necessary to perform activities associated with the solicitation and acquisition of manuscripts, editorial review, assessment of manuscript marketability, and preparation of books for publication. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE





The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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