Managing Editor, CEU Review of Books

Application deadline: 
Open until filled
Starting date: 
As soon as possible

Full- or Part-Time: Part-time (20 hrs/week)

The Central European University Press (CEU Press) invites applications for a Managing Editor, CEU Review of Books position. The initial contract is for one year, with the possibility of renewal.

Reflecting on the intellectual strengths and values of its parent institution, Central European University, the CEUy Press has been publishing books since 1993 by authors from around the world on a wide range of subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences, including political philosophy and practices of open society, history, Jewish studies, economics, medieval studies, literature, legal studies, nationalism, human rights, political science, international relations, gender studies, media studies, and art history. We publish authors that bring a regional perspective to some of the major issues of the world, contributing to global debates on pressing topics such as democracy and climate change.
In early 2022, we are planning to launch the CEU Review of Books, an open access review journal, that brings a distinctly Central European flavor to the way books are curated. The platform will publish reviews of books on the region, published by various publishers — and/or by authors from the region on topics of global significance. It will also review important titles written in languages of the region with all reviews written in English.

If you have a passion for writing, editing, and curating written content and you know how to manage an online platform, please contact us.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation of the platform needed to support the CEU Review of Books,
  • Create a strategic plan with the Editor in Chief for the CEU Review of Books with both qualitative and quantitative metrics to evaluate its success,
  • Track usage and readership and adapt the strategy accordingly,
  • Define the scope with the Editor in Chief of the CEU Review of Books and set up an Advisory Board to support its development,
  • Build networks of reviewers and publishers, as well as calls for reviews,
  • Curate and publish a diverse content set according to targets (articles, podcasts, video blurbs, etc.),
  • Market the CEU Review of Books using social media, newsletters, and other methods,
  • Devise and execute ways to increase awareness and engagement with the Review of Books.

Person Specification:

  • Someone with an advanced degree in the social sciences or humanities,
  • Has excellent organizational skills to manage a busy publication schedule,
  • Possesses flair and tact in dealing with reviewers and publishers,
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, as well as editing experience,
  • Can meet ambitious deadlines for building up the number of reviewed books,
  • Has an understanding of the role that books play in the scholarly knowledge ecosystem,
  • Ability to work collegially with an Advisory Board,
  • Self-motivated.

Skill & Experience:

  • At least 2 years of experience working in a similar position or working experience in/with an academic institution,
  • Passion for, and experience with, working with written content,
  • Proven ability to build an online audience and capacity to ensure strong editorial content,
  • Awareness of digital research communications and capability to work with diverse content (videos, podcasts, etc.),
  • Experience of databases and digital record keeping,
  • Understanding of publication ethics and issues around copyright,
  • Excellent English language proficiency with other languages of the region desirable,
  • Established author or someone with publishing networks preferred.

We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience, as well as a dynamic and international academic environment.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • Cover letter, directly explaining how your experience fits the responsibilities and expectations of this position,
  • Full resume,
  • Contact information (name and email address) of two professional references.

Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2021/091

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

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