Acquisitions Editor

University Press of Colorado is looking for an Acquisitions Editor. We are a leading scholarly publisher of both academic and general-reader books and are hiring an editor who will be responsible for acquiring 20–25 books per year in the subjects of anthropology, archaeology, environmental justice, and history. They will work closely with the director of the press and with our dedicated and creative staff.

University Press of Colorado is located in Louisville, Colorado, but we invite applicants from around the country. This position may be based in our office or performed remotely.


Responsibilities of the acquisitions editor will include (but are not limited to):

  • pursuing, inviting, and developing appropriate book projects (including monographs and occasional course-use titles)
  • reviewing submitted manuscripts for quality, fit, and financial potential
  • managing the peer review processes of encouraged projects
  • presenting recommended projects to the UPC editorial committee
  • organizing the project materials and evaluating digital art and permissions for production
  • participating in trustee and staff meetings
  • attending appropriate conferences

Skills we value in this position:

  • understanding of higher education and scholarly publishing
  • ability to read, comprehend, and critique complex writing
  • organization, efficiency, and creativity
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • commitment to the values of publishing scholarship and sharing knowledge
  • sense of collaboration and the desire to be part of a team
  • strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion

Additional beneficial qualities include:

  • experience with acquisitions and peer review processes
  • experience in at least one of the scholarly fields of anthropology, archaeology, environmental justice, or history
  • awareness of trends and issues in scholarly publishing
  • professional experience in or exposure to publication production, management, or marketing

The University Press of Colorado is actively committed to maintaining a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity, and respect. We seek applicants who, like the press, are interested in building upon and contributing to a larger community that values a culture of learning, appreciation, and diverse identities, lives, and experiences. Throughout this difficult past year, UPC has embraced flexibility above perfectionism, honored caretaking and individual needs, and consistently valued a work-life balance. 

We will consider candidates without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, ability, age, or veteran status.


Compensation and Benefits:

Pay Range: $50,000–$60,000, based on qualifications and experience

Benefits include: health insurance, sick leave, PTO, 403(b) retirement plan


How to apply: 

Please send cover letter and resume to

Closing date: May 15, 2021