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Asst. Managing Editor (Coordinating Editor)

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  • Asst. Managing Editor (Coordinating Editor)
    Editing, Design, and Production Group

    Duke University Press is seeking an Assistant Managing Editor to oversee the editorial processes for a set of journals primarily in the areas of science, technology, and mathematics/medicine (STM), but not exclusively.

    The A.M.E. ensures editorial quality of the set of journals and balances this objective with schedules; has solid editorial experience and excellent project management skills; demonstrates the ability to make decisions and solve problems independently; and demonstrates a commitment to continuous learning.

    If interested in applying please follow directions on left side of this webpage to submit the University-required electronic application, including your résumé and cover letter, before close of the position AT NOON on Wednesday, May 23rd.

    Position closes on 05/23/2018. Please apply for requisition number 401416912.

  • Job Description:

    I. Manage Editorial Processes for a Set of Journals

    • Evaluate manuscripts that are submitted for publication. Determine level of editing that is required to maintain high standards and assess areas of manuscripts that require special focus.
    • Oversee freelance copyeditors. Provide instructions for improving comprehensibility of prose, correcting technical errors, and imposing style guide. Review and critique work of freelance editors. For areas not covered in style guide and for solving complicated editorial issues, review style manuals and independently choose best course of action.
    • Copyedit manuscripts, improving comprehensibility of prose, correcting technical errors, and imposing style guide. For areas not covered in style guide and for solving complicated editorial issues, review style manuals and independently choose best course of action.
    • Correspond with authors, academic editors, and editorial office staff, as needed, to explain editorial approach and decisions on manuscripts as well as to ask or to respond to questions.
    • Review corrections by authors, academic editors, and editorial office staff and create the master set of manuscripts and proofs. Adjudicate differences, deciding which changes are preferable and negotiating with parties as needed.
    • Oversee freelance proofreaders. Provide instructions for proofreading typeset material. Review and critique work of freelance proofreaders.
    • Proofread and perform quality check of proofs. Proof covers for journal issues.
    • Balance editorial standards with schedules, deciding when work on an editorial stage has achieved an acceptable level of quality and outstanding problems have been sufficiently resolved and then releasing the issue to the next stage in the production process to meet publication dates.
    • Collaborate with production staff on solving scheduling issues and the presentation of complex textual and visual materials. Provide guidance on the layout of mathematical equations to improve readability and visual appeal.
    • Implement and utilize new software tools to create workflow efficiencies, especially for digital publishing.
    • Manage editorial logistics for multiple projects and priorities. Develop and oversee procedures, methodologies, and internal schedules for project management.
    • Update and maintain style guides for journals.

    II. Additional Duties

    • Proofread marketing copy and website content, as assigned.
    • Assist with training & task assignment for Central Administration team’s student workers
    • Assist with planning & execution of all DUP special events
    • Work on professional development goals to improve skills. Complete special projects to create efficiencies, solve problems, etc.
    • Attend professional conferences and participate in meetings at the Press to improve understanding of scholarly publishing and the Press's operations as well as to share information. Make presentations and write blog postings as requested.
    • Other duties as assigned.
  • Education/Training

    Work requires communication, analytical, and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree. Master's degree preferred.

  • Experience

    Work generally requires at least one year of editorial or production experience in a publishing or related setting. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.


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