Editor or Senior Editor, Religious Studies (Books)

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Date: May 2, 2023

Location: New York, US Dordrecht, NL

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Title: Editor or Senior Editor, Religious Studies (Books)

Location: New York or Dordrecht (Hybrid Working Model)


Purpose of the role:

The Editor/Senior Editor acquires and publishes high quality content with the aim to become one of the market leaders within the field of religious studies. The Editor/Senior Editor drives growth of the list and develops the religious studies portfolio as part of the strategically defined overall portfolio of the Publishing Unit, while overseeing and managing the editorial processes within the team and implementing strategies to deliver upon the departmental objectives. The Editor/Senior Editor works together with the Editorial Director to review development opportunities for the portfolio. The focus of the role is on further development and growth of the existing religious studies portfolio.


The Editor/Senior Editor will report into the Editorial Director for Springer Humanities and commission up to 60-70 titles per year.



  • Maintains the existing religious studies book list
  • Acquires and develops new products that fit within the strategic objectives determined for the Publishing Unit to achieve budgets
  • Seeks out new authors and books: actively research ideas, topics, and people for potential books and book series in line with the list and company strategy
  • Generates proposals and recommendations for new projects keeps up-to-date with developments in the field
  • Develops a strategic plan for further growth of the religious studies portfolio
  • Identifies and drives forward new areas for growth; be highly aware of and motivated by changes in the wider publishing landscape, such as digital transformation
  • Evaluates proposals and manuscripts to determine commercial viability, audience, and market; offer editorial feedback
  • Negotiates the acquisition/contract process with authors, signing an agreed number of new titles
  • Liaises with global editorial colleagues as well as production, sales, marketing, and publicity
  • Initiates and/or approves product title lists for booth presentations
  • Business travel (domestic/international)


Experience, skills and qualifications

  • College degree preferably in the humanities or social sciences, advanced degree a plus
  • Experience in an editorial acquisition capacity and/or in an academic publishing environment
  • Good communication, interpersonal and networking skills
  • Effective negotiating skills.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and numerate and IT systems-literate, with a sharp eye for detail.
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Able to be resourceful and proactive in dealing with problems, queries and opportunities


Springer Nature US provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes the benefit offerings listed below: 
•    Medical, Dental and Vision 
•    401(k) with company match and contribution
•    Hybrid office working policy, Summer Hours, and paid time off
•    Flexible Spending and Commuter programs
•    Multiple Life insurance options
•    Disability coverage
•    Tuition Assistance
•    Voluntary benefits: Identity Theft Protection, Pet Insurance, and Legal Assistance Insurance
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Family friendly benefits and a variety of employee discounts
•    An array of Employee Social Networks  


Annualized Base Salary Range: Editor: $66,00 - $80,000 / Senior Editor: $91,000 - $100,000. The salary offer may vary based on work experience, education and skill level.
Springer Nature is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following “Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law” poster: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf  
Internal applicants: We encourage that you speak to your manager once the interview process has started. At the point of offer acceptance, it is required that you inform your manager.  If for any reason you’re unable to do so, please contact HR who can provide guidance as required.


Note for candidates in the Netherlands: As per our local policy, please be aware that this role will be open only for internal candidates within the first 2 weeks. Afterwards, external applications will be progressed.
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