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Content Acquisitions Director

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Content Acquisitions Director
October 7, 2011

A professional association is seeing a content acquisitions director. The director manages the acquisition strategy team, acquisition editors, and overall acquisition process for books and other professional development resources. This position requires a blend of education and publishing experience.

Responsibilities include:
Organizes and chairs an acquisition strategy team, which includes searching, identifying, and obtaining new and relevant content for association products.
Works closely with the Managing Director of Content Acquisitions & Development to use research intelligence to validate, prioritize, and hone new product concepts.
Ensures that projects acquired and developed are appropriate for our audience, written to high standards, and completed within a specified time frame.
Manages acquisition editors.
Cultivates relationships with potential authors and experts and solicits proposals designed to meet member and customer needs.
Attends to administrative and general tasks and performs other duties as assigned.

Successful candidates in similar roles typically hold an advanced degree.
Knowledge of trends, issues, and customer needs for the industry.
Knowledge of professional development strategies.
Knowledge of pedagogy and andragogy theories.
Knowledge of copyright laws and publishing processes.
Knowledge of uses for various media (books, video, virtual product).
Skills and Abilities/Critical Success Factors
Solid project management skills.
Ability to communicate clearly, both in writing and orally.
Excellent time-management and organizational skills, with the ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
Ability to handle ambiguity.
Solid technology skills with computers, mobile devices, and electronic content delivery devices.
A minimum of 10 years' experience in the industry.
Experience in publishing (i.e., authoring, editing, and production).



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