Senior Acquisitions Editor: Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and Occupational Therapy

Senior Acquisitions Editor: Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and Occupational Therapy

Cognella, Inc. is immediately seeking an entrepreneurial, senior acquisitions editor to help expand our rapidly growing health sciences publishing division by launching titles, projects, and online courses in kinesiology, physical therapy, athletic training, and occupational therapy. This is an ideal position for an editor with a “fire-in-the-belly” who is hungry to make a personal impact on a growing company with few constraints or corporate bureaucracy.

As a San-Diego based higher-education publishing company of almost one hundred team-members, Cognella works with professors, authors, and editors all over the country to develop titles and courses (in print and digital formats) in a broad range of disciplines. We have a hands-on, flexible, customer-driven publishing model that our authors love. This is a highly stimulating, academically oriented acquisitions position, where creativity, subject matter and market knowledge, tenacity, and a revenue focus are all equally needed.

As a Senior Acquisitions Editor, you will primarily acquire and develop content for both the higher education and professional markets. You will acquire, develop, and publish content and revisions in your assigned discipline to meet targeted goals and the strategic list plan. You will manage all phases of list development, including building a strategic plan and developing a list of target courses. You will drive the author relationship, including establishing initial contact, conceptualizing projects, peer reviewing content, negotiating publishing agreements, overseeing content development, and maintaining relationships. We sign at a much faster pace than the big traditional publishers, so you must love working in a fast, goal-oriented environment with a keen desire to quickly make an impact on your discipline.

We are looking for candidates who:

    • have deep higher education and professional health science experience in kinesiology, physical therapy, athletic training, and/or occupational therapy. You must be well respected and have a strong network of authors.
    • have a strong track-record of successfully developing profitable lists and course programs, including those for licensing exams, continued education, and other business upskilling and/or government programs. We want your ideas on ways to grow!
    • are driven, competitive, and tenacious with high energy. You should have a proven history of consistently exceeding your assigned goals.
    • have a strong editorial eye, with the ability to provide content recommendations relating to overall outline, structure, and writing style.
    • have excellent sales and customer service skills, including cold calling, networking, relationship-building, conducting small-group presentations and meetings, and closing new business. You must enjoy partnering with sales and marketing to drive your list’s performance.
    • have an ability to build a strong rapport, overcome objections and persuade.
    • have demonstrated teamwork, negotiation, and critical thinking skills.
    • have strong vocal and written communication skills coupled with excellent organizational skills.

Additional Qualifications:

    • Technologically savvy: superior computer and office application skills while being well-versed at learning new software tools and technologies. You are someone who embraces change (i.e., already using A.I. tools and looking for ways to gain efficiency).
    • Consistently meets or exceeds deadlines and goals.
    • Initiative-taker with initiative to work independently and possess exceptional critical-thinking skills.
    • Professional demeanor along with superior verbal and written communication skill
    • Exceptional organizational skills with ability to prioritize daily operations and long-term projects to meet deadlines, ensure efficient workflow, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
    • Works well under pressure with superb attention-to-detail.
    • Works effectively and productively both independently and with a wide variety of people in an environment of rapidly changing deadlines and priorities.

Compensation: Salary ranges plus annual bonus based on assigned professional levels and experience. Experienced, senior-level candidates will typically have salary + bonus packages between $100-$125k. Negotiable based on experience.

Cognella also provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package for Full-Time Employees. We offer a health, vision, and dental plan at a 70% contribution match for the individual; generous vacation with Cognella’s new “flexible” vacation policy of non-accrued paid time off; holiday (12 holidays/year); sick time (10 days/year); and 401K matching plan (4% match on the first 5% of an employee’s annual compensation after one year of employment (100% match of the first 3% and 50% match from 3%-5% of an employee’s annual compensation)); and anniversary, wellness, public transportation, and educational programs.

Reports to: Publisher, Health Sciences

Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Start Date: Immediate

Location: If local: Solana Beach (San Diego County), CA with hybrid/telecommuting schedule. Experienced candidates with history of successfully working remotely will be considered for full-time remote

Although Cognella currently embraces a hybrid remote/in-office work schedule for employees in San Diego County that balances the flexibility of telecommuting with the benefits and necessity of in-person work and collaboration, each role and department is different. Cognella reserves the right to change its telecommuting, remote, or hybrid work policies at any time. To successfully work remotely, employees must provide a proper home workstation set- up which includes internet connectivity and a workspace large enough to accommodate dual monitors, a laptop, and accessories that is free from distractions.

To Apply: For consideration, please e-mail cover letter and resume to All submissions held in confidence.

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About Cognella

Cognella® is redefining academic publishing by creating teacher-driven, student-centric higher education course materials in print and digital formats under three imprints: Cognella® Academic Publishing, Cognella® Custom, and Cognella® Active Learning. Cognella also publishes engaging nonfiction titles featuring modern perspectives as Cognella® Press. Learn more at

Cognella has been awarded a 2022 Top Workplaces designation by the San Diego Union-Tribune (the 6th consecutive year). We are proud to offer Cognella team members a work environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and the opportunity to contribute significantly toward the goals of the company.