Call for Applications: Publications Editor

Become Part of SAA’s Dynamic Publishing Tradition!

The Society of American Archivists seeks an energetic individual to serve as Publications Editor and to continue the momentum of our dynamic publishing tradition.  SAA’s robust book publishing program has brought a rich variety of content to readers since the 1970s. The 150+ titles published by SAA since 2000 include original research, advanced texts, fundamentals, manuals, readers, and classics. Twenty modules have been published in the modular series Trends in Archives Practice. The first three volumes in the new Archival Fundamentals Series III and the first volume in a new series co-published with ALA, Archival Futures, were launched this summer. There are now seven open-access case studies series. And there are seventeen more projects in the pipeline.  

The new Publications Editor will serve a three-year term beginning no later than April 1, 2020.  

The Publications Editor is responsible for:

  • Setting a vision for the program and providing philosophical and strategic direction;
  • Supporting SAA's core organizational value of fostering an open and inclusive culture of creativity, collaboration, and experimentation, as well as its ongoing commitment to provide a welcoming environment;
  • Directing the work of the Publications Board;
  • Acquiring manuscripts, writing, editing, and collaborating with authors;
  • Maintaining a clear and transparent review process;
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with other professional associations; and
  • With Council approval, seeking external financial support for specific projects. 

The Publications Editor reports directly to the SAA Council and works closely with the Director of Publishing, who is responsible for production and business matters. The honorarium is commensurate with experience ($20,000–$30,000).   

Qualifications:

  • SAA member with substantial archival experience;
  • Published author, skilled writer, and experienced editor;
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skills;
  • Ability to nurture authors and board members;
  • Sufficient financial skill to ensure that the program remains within the budget established for it; and
  • Knowledge of current trends in the publishing industry. 

Application

Please send a letter of interest and your curriculum vitae by November 1, 2019, to PubsEditorSearch@archivists.org.