Technical Communications Specialist 3 (Acquisitions Editor)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
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Level/Salary Band:
03 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
University Libraries
Penn State University Press
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The Pennsylvania State University Press, a not-for-profit publisher of scholarly books, journals, and online content in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, is looking for an experienced and dedicated acquisitions editor to who will manage the ongoing development of its imprint Eisenbrauns Publishing. Eisenbrauns publishes in a number of academic fields, all related to ancient Near East and biblical studies, including, specifically, Mesopotamian studies, Levantine history and archaeology, Semitic languages and linguistics, and biblical studies. Problem-solving instincts, a commitment to quality, and an appreciation for the purpose and mission of the university press are essential qualities for this position. The candidate is expected to acquire 20–22 scholarly titles annually, serving as the primary point of contact for projects under consideration for the Eisenbrauns imprint of The Pennsylvania State University Press. Working closely with the editor-in-chief and the director of the Press, the candidate will perform the following duties: They will solicit and evaluate book manuscripts, either independently or in conjunction with series editors; travel to 4-6 academic conference per year; conduct peer review of manuscripts under consideration, and advise authors on necessary revisions prior to publication; compile new book proposals and title budgets; present new projects to in-house committees for approval and to the Eisenbrauns Editorial Committee for final approval; prepare final manuscripts for production; and participate in staff meetings about Eisenbrauns titles and general Press operations. Series at Eisenbrauns/Penn State Press managed by the Acquisitions Editor: Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplements; Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible; Explorations in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations; History, Archaeology, and Culture of the Levant; Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements; Languages of the Ancient Near East; Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic; Mesopotamian Civilizations; Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Bible. This is a new, on-site position at The Pennsylvania State University Press, a division of The Pennsylvania State University Libraries and Scholarly Communications. The University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates who thrive in a welcoming, multicultural environment to apply. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An advanced degree in a related field, plus four to six years of experience in scholarly, society, or professional publishing is preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate a functional knowledge of assigned list areas, including a familiarity with important trends and key scholars in the field; they will have outstanding oral and written communication skills and will be capable of effective networking with potential authors and editors; they will have a firm understanding of the mechanics of list building and list shaping; they will demonstrate an awareness of the finances of book publishing, both on a title-by-title basis and as this relates to the broader workings of the academic marketplace; they will show a strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088