Acquisitions Editor - Discipline Specialist
Cognella, Inc. - San Diego, CA

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Cognella, Inc. is a 60-person, rapidly growing, entrepreneurial, higher education publishing company located in San Diego, CA. We work with professors, authors, and editors all over the country to develop titles (in both print and digital formats) in a broad range of disciplines. We have a unique publishing model that our authors love.

We are looking for strong product sponsoring acquisitions editors in selected disciplines to acquire new titles for local and national markets. This is a highly stimulating, academically oriented sales position, where creativity, subject matter knowledge, and tenacity are all equally needed.
We are currently filling positions for part-time Acquisitions Editors to work from their own home office or from our San Diego/Sorrento Valley offices approximately 15-20 hours per week. San Diego area location preferred (working initially from Cognella offices), but not essential.

This is an incredible opportunity for the right individual who would enjoy communicating with professors on the phone in his or her discipline, while helping revolutionize the traditional academic publishing space.

Under the general supervision of the Vice President of Acquisitions and Sales, the Specialist Acquisitions Editor is responsible for acquiring new titles. This position is responsible for all phases of the publishing agreement process from researching courses, subjects, topics, and readings, to establishing contact with potential authors and editors, to securing and signing the final publishing agreement. The Specialist Acquisitions Editor is also responsible for supporting the author in creating a work that meets his/her needs within Cognella specifications. This position is responsible for reaching new signing goals by generating new business, and is instrumental in helping grow the Cognella brand through outreach. Each part-time Specialist Acquisitions Editor is expected to sign a minimum of 2 new projects per month.


  • Current PhD, postdoctoral scholar, PhD student, or equivalent education and experience in one or more of the following discipline areas:

Business/Management (broad business curriculum background)
Communication/Media Studies
Political Science
Any academic combination of these disciplines

  • Strong understanding of assigned discipline, including courses, topics, and readings
  • Some sales or business/organizational experience preferred (but will consider any candidate with the right raw skills, including the “fire-in-the-belly” to succeed)
  • Must be comfortable navigating a customer database and similar software applications
  • Proven ability to consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals
  • Must be a self-starter with initiative to work independently and possess exceptional problem solving skills
  • Must have the ability to develop and maintain strong and positive relationships with clients.
  • Proven ability to work cohesively with a variety of clients and demonstrated outstanding customer service skills
  • Professional demeanor along with superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Thorough understanding of English grammar and some experience with editorial processes
  • Fundamental understanding of publishing acquisitions, project targeting, and author development
  • Exceptional organizational skills with proven ability to prioritize daily operations and long-term projects in order to meet deadlines, ensure efficient workflow, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work well under pressure and multi-task effectively
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Must be able to work effectively and productively both independently and with a wide variety of people in an environment of rapidly changing deadlines and priorities
  • Highly proficient using computer and office applications

Company: Cognella, Inc. (Cognella Academic Publishing & University Readers)
Position: Specialist Acquisitions Editor
Status: Part-time, Non-Exempt. Approximately 15 – 20 hours per week.
Compensation: includes a combination of hourly, short-term signing incentives, and longer term commission payments on list gross profits. At goal, total compensation will be approximately $25-$35 per hour.
Start Date: Immediate

If you'd like to be considered for this role, please submit the following items:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter – Please clearly indicate your discipline expertise, along with a handful of courses for which you’d enjoy working with authors and editors to develop anthologies (reading lists using previously published book chapters, articles, and other readings).

No walk-in applications or telephone calls please
Recruiters, please do not contact this job post

About Cognella:
Cognella offers all of our team members a stimulating and entrepreneurial work environment in Sorrento Valley, great colleagues, and the opportunity to shape their positions. So, if you have a “fire-in-your-belly” to succeed, have a great attitude, and have always wanted to be part of a tight entrepreneurial team, this is your chance to join our company and help make a difference.

Cognella® is redefining academic publishing by providing teacher-driven, student-centric higher education course materials in print and digital formats under two imprints: Cognella® Academic Publishing ( and University Readers® ( Cognella enables professors to design and tailor educational materials to specific courses and learning objectives, while controlling their own choice of content. This unique approach has made Cognella a trusted source for more than 4,000 instructors and 125,000 students annually at over 650 colleges and universities across the US and Canada. Cognella has approximately 70 employees and is headquartered in San Diego.

Cognella, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer

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Cognella offers all of our team members a stimulating and entrepreneurial work environment with great colleagues, and the opportunity to...