Posted: Mar 12, 2021

Acquisitions Editor

West Academic - St Paul, MN
Salary: $65,000.00 - $70,000.00
Application Deadline: N/A

Acquisitions Editor

Req#: 1122
Location: St. Paul, MN
Hiring Manager: Director - Editorial Acquisitions; Editor in Chief


Rooted in 100 years of history, West Academic is the leading provider of casebooks, study aids and other legal education materials in the US in both print and digital media formats. We are a growth oriented organization, dedicated to providing our customers with the best available legal education materials. We are looking for people to help us transform the legal education industry by bringing new technology and products to market.

When you work with West Academic, expect to make an impact at any level. You’ll have ample opportunities to dive into challenging projects and enhance and expand your skill sets.  

We value honest, ethical relationships, which is why our customers are at the core of what we do. We’re a company that’s committed to each other and our organization as a whole, and we’re not afraid to adapt as business needs change. Your fresh ideas and willingness to learn will be welcomed.  Being committed to each other means employees are respected, comfortable to express their ideas and valued for their unique voices and abilities.  Here you will discover an inclusive environment and have the chance to collaborate with other curious and creative minds to develop educational materials for the next generation of lawyers and legal professionals.

We are currently seeking an Acquisitions Editor who will assist in acquiring new publications and developing new publications for the Law School market, arranging for revisions of existing titles, ensuring timely manuscript delivery, coordinating production of titles under contract and marketing forthcoming publications.


Job Responsibilities

  • Acquire new products: solicit manuscripts, review proposals, perform market research, negotiate contracts for products developed for the law school market. (20%)
  • Assist authors and editorial team in development of manuscripts and design features for products aimed at the law school market.(30%)
  • With editorial team, ensure updates of backlist of approximately 1000 published titles through supplementation and timely publication of new editions. (15%)
  • Ensure manuscripts are received and produced consistent with publishing plan objectives by maintaining constant communication with authors and production staff both prior to and during manuscript production. 15%)
  • Work with authors and marketing team on promotional pieces for law school products. (10%)
  • Educate Account Managers on features and attributes of products. (10%)

Required Skills and Experience

  • JD required
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, high level of professionalism and poise required
  • Strong legal research, writing and analytical skills
  • Exceptional editorial judgment and attention to detail
  • Ability to interpret, analyze, organize and communicate complex legal material
  • Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with all contacts, both in and outside West Academic
  • Must be able to perform well both independently and in a team setting
  • Some travel required (25-30% during academic year)

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience in legal education, academic publishing, editorial or related business experience preferred but not required
  • Interest in legal academia and/or academic technology a plus