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Acquisitions Editor- Athletic Training & Physical Therapy

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Human Kinetics is headquartered in Champaign, IL. This position is eligible for on-site or remote work. Remote workers may not reside in CA, NY, or the city of Chicago.

Human Kinetics is committed to building a more diverse workforce. We welcome BIPOC candidates and others who identify with underrepresented groups to apply.

Salary Range: $63,000-$85,200

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Job Summary

The acquisitions editor (AcqEd) is responsible for acquiring products that increase profitability and advance the editorial mission of the division. The AcqEd will oversee athletic training, physical therapy, and related subject areas. Duties will include conceptualizing new resources, recruiting and contracting authors, reviewing manuscripts, and guiding products through the development process.

Essential Functions

1. Maintain a high awareness of developments in the field of physical education and related subject areas, including trends, competition, and advancements.

2. Cultivate and maintain a vast and respected network of subject matter experts within physical education and related subject areas.

3. Monitor the performance, profitability, and accuracy of published resources in physical education and related subject areas; recommend revisions or replacement as needed.

4. Prepare internal acquisitions proposals that contribute to the editorial mission of the division, analyzing project strengths, weaknesses, target market(s), and profitability.

5. Screen and recruit authors.

6. Provide guidance and direction to authors in their preparation of acquisition materials.

7. Negotiate agreements with authors, editors, contributors, literary agents, and others within the parameters discussed with, and agreed to by, the division director.

8. Work with authors and editors to ensure the manuscript adheres to the contracted parameters and all content is in line with HK standards.

9. Review and transmit the manuscript to Product Development. Work with internal staff to shape the project, and ensure budgets and schedules are met.

10. Contribute to the packaging of products, including consultation with the division director on title, cover and interior design, and marketing copy and materials.

11. Work with authors and internal staff to identify marketing, publicity, and sales opportunities for the division’s products.

Secondary Functions

1. Assist the director with strategic planning as required.

2. As the budget allows, attend conferences and trade shows to recruit authors and partners and represent the division. In most years, this will mean attending the annual conferences of NATA (National Athletic Trainers’ Association) and APTA-CSM (American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting), and possibly attending others.

3. Regularly evaluate published products to ensure and maintain quality and make suggestions to further promote the products and increase sales as needed.

4. Evaluate and assess unsolicited submissions; respond to inquiries from interested authors, agents, and partners.

5. Prepare reports on projects being pursued, in development, or recently published.

Job Qualifications:

Required Education: Undergraduate degree in athletic training and/or physical therapy.

Preferred Education: Graduate degree in athletic training and/or physical therapy.

Required Experience: 3+ years of relevant experience in athletic training and/or physical therapy. This experience should include having developed a network of contacts in AT and/or PT that can be drawn on for expertise and potential authors.

Preferred Experience: 3+ years of relevant experience in athletic training and/or physical therapy. This experience should include having developed a network of contacts in AT and/or PT that can be drawn on for expertise and potential authors.

2+ years of demonstrated success as acquisitions editor in professional, academic, or trade book publishing.

Required Competencies:








Attention to detail

Computer literacy

Conceptual thinking

Customer focus

Data gathering and analysis

Financial awareness


Interpersonal awareness


Organizational awareness

Planning and organizing

Quality orientation

Results orientation

Sociability and networking

Technical expertise and usage

Use of functional expertise

Written communication


Strategic thinking

Stress tolerance

Preferred Competencies:


Continuous learning

External strategic thinking

Innovation orientation


Job Demands:

Office Equipment: Frequent phone, computer usage. Occasional copier usage and rare use of a fax machine.

Mental Demands: Frequent use of problem-solving, supervision, organization, and reading/writing skills. Occasional decision-making and data interpretation.

Physical Demands: Frequent sitting, walking. Occasional lifting, flying, driving, and standing.

Working Conditions: Indoor, office environment.

Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, Responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Credit Card Security: This position has access to customer credit card data and must comply with all policies and procedures designed to keep that data from being compromised.

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