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Organization: P&R Publishing
Date Posted: 2/28/2018
City: Phillipsburg
Location: New Jersey
Country: United States
Primary Category: Acquisitions/Author Relations
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 3-5 years

Description & Details

P&R Publishing, an established non-profit Christian publisher in Phillipsburg, NJ, is looking for a qualified person to work with our editorial department as a senior acquisitions editor.


Are you interested in partnering with a publisher that shares your faith and practice and develops scripturally grounded projects? If you are a book lover and skilled communicator in the Reformed tradition, this is an exciting opportunity to become a key player in creative, strategic work that makes a real difference in the Christian community in today’s world.


Acquisitions Requirements: In collaboration with the existing acquisitions team of series editors, part-time acquisitions editors, and P&R’s editorial director, the senior acquisitions editor will:

  • set overall editorial direction for the company by managing its acquisitions process and small team of acquisitions editors
  • seek out and uncover author contacts and book proposals from new and existing P&R authors, making recommendations that result in 10–15 new books published per year
  • champion titles by making effective presentations and recommendations to P&R’s publication committee and chairing its acquisitions meetings
  • draw on knowledge of needs in Christian book publishing to develop goals and plans for the acquisitions department
  • build and maintain good relationships with potential and existing authors
  • evaluate submissions and develop manuscripts and book ideas to determine what is publishable, consistent with P&R’s editorial philosophy, and financially responsible
  • represent P&R from time to time at conferences, events, and/or seminaries—generally 10–15 business days each year within the guidelines of available travel and entertainment budget


Editorial Requirements: The acquisitions editor should be able to:

  • advise on content of accepted manuscripts at the macro level
  • provide long-term editorial input for each accepted project, including working with authors to help them obtain permissions, develop illustrations, and develop ancillary content
  • develop and improve content to enhance the readability and sales potential of each title
  • coordinate with freelancers and other staff who carry out the detailed copyedit of accepted manuscripts


Communication Requirements: Acquisitions editor will communicate with potential and existing authors primarily by phone, email, or video call. The acquisitions editor should be skilled in making and continuing contact with potential authors. He or she should also be skillful in personal communications with other staff members, promoting support for acquired authors and manuscripts so that they work as a unified team in publishing effective lists of titles each season.


Personal Qualities and Qualifications


Education and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree expected and Master’s degree desired, especially with some work in biblical and theological studies
  • five or more years of experience in book acquisitions and editing, or a closely related field (such as church or parachurch staff experience). Candidates with fewer years of experience will be considered if they strongly meet the other qualifications.
  • strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word
  • excellent writing skills
  • history of management and project development
  • thorough knowledge of the Reformed faith and the Westminster Standards and their application to the Christian life
  • up-to-date understanding of current publishing trends in the Christian market
  • strong grasp of the acquisitions process


Personal qualities: The acquisitions editor should be:

  • a strategic thinker and problem solver
  • a devoted reader in multiple fields
  • communicative and self-motivated
  • a team player who enjoys interacting with people




A compensation scale will be provided to applicants accepted for interview with the amount contingent on the level of experience and education.

How to Apply / Contact

To apply, email with your résumé, cover letter, and a writing sample. The subject line should include your name and “Acquisitions Employment Application.” In your cover letter, give an overview of your qualifications and a brief statement on how you became involved in acquisitions or a related field.


Mention you saw this job posting at the ECPA Career Center for Christian Publishing.

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