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Stanford University Press seeks an energetic, experienced publishing professional to acquire scholarly and trade books in the humanities. Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, this individual will play a key role in the development and shaping of lists in literature, religion, and philosophy for the Press.

Stanford University Press publishes 130 books a year across the humanities, social sciences, law, and business. Stanford University Press is located in Redwood City, CA. If not already local to the San Francisco Bay Area, the successful candidate must be willing to relocate and work in our Redwood City office.


• Acquire and develop 25 titles per year, solicit and evaluate proposals and manuscripts, work with series editors, prepare publishing plans to present to the editorial board, negotiate contracts with authors or agents, and consult with production and marketing.
• Work closely with authors, as well as an editorial assistant, to ensure manuscripts are of high quality, well prepared, and meet scholarly, market, and financial expectations.
• Travel to scholarly conferences and to university campuses.
• Develop, execute, and oversee written communications of moderate complexity, including presentations, talking points, and correspondence.
• Participate in regular meetings of key researchers with media relations needs to develop strategies and tactics for facilitating effective communications.
• Assist in identifying and maintaining professional relationships with key Press and community leaders.
• Assist in preparing content for internal or external publication. Understand email and digital content distribution. 
• Identify individuals/groups to attend and/or speak at public meetings or other events.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

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Stanford University Press is looking for a sharp, talented, and creative Publicist to promote our titles from our Redwood City, CA office. This person will spearhead the day-to-day efforts of publicizing our books to a variety of print, online, and broadcast media. In particular, the Publicist focuses on our key trade titles, ensuring that we garner both book review coverage and “off-the-book-page” author interviews and mentions.

Our ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of two years experience actively pitching titles to print, broadcast, and online media with demonstrable results.
  • Experience pitching books and authors in a variety of ways, including email, social media, by phone, and in person
  • Strong writing skills designed to engage the media successfully
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with internal and external stakeholders
  • Wherewithal to toggle back and forth between academic and general interest/trade content

 To learn more about the position and to apply, click here.