Managing Editor, University Press

Northern Illinois University in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 15, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Northern Illinois University (NIU) Press seeks a highly motivated professional to serve as its Managing Editor. NIU is a not-for-profit, state university located in DeKalb, IL. The Managing Editor will be responsible for managing and shaping all aspects of the editorial department of the Press. This involves preparing manuscripts for copyediting; selecting qualifying copyeditors and proofreaders and supervising their work; managing the schedule, content, and structure of publications; maintaining editorial standards; assisting in proofreading manuscripts and marketing copy; overseeing the departmental budget; and working independently and collaboratively to ensure the timely publication of books.

 

The Managing Editor provides manuscript editorial expertise and management and is responsible for maintaining and increasing the quality and reputation of the presss books. He/she should remain current with rapidly changing trends in scholarly publishing and innovations in digital publishing, and will participate with the Director and other members of the Management Team in press-wide strategic planning, goal setting, policies, and procedures.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Managing Editor will review manuscripts for substantive and stylistic problems and adherence to The Chicago Manual of Style and advise authors regarding required alterations and revisions of manuscripts, page proofs, and indexes. He/she will prepare manuscripts for copyediting; analyze manuscripts to ensure conformity to technical requirements and establish the required level of editing and instruct freelance copyeditors regarding specific stylistic and substantive issues. The Managing Editor will interview, test, hire, and manage several freelance copyeditors and proofreaders as well as assign projects, maintain quality control, assess performance, and manage the budget and verify invoices for each freelancer. The managing editor is responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing the flow of manuscripts, page proofs, and indexes through the editorial and production processes. In addition, the Editor will establish Press guidelines for editorial style and procedures, regularly researching and implementing updates to accommodate changes in scholarly standards and/or technology. The Managing Editor will proofread entire manuscripts when deemed appropriate and proofread advertising copy, cover/jacket copy, catalog copy, and other promotional materials. He/she will be responsible for all corrections by the author and proofreader during page-proofs stage and will serve as the primary conduit of information between authors, freelancers, and Press staff as manuscripts move from final editorial acceptance to published book.

 

The Managing Editor will review manuscripts for substantive and stylistic problems and adherence to The Chicago Manual of Style and advise authors regarding required alterations and revisions of manuscripts, page proofs, and indexes. He/she will prepare manuscripts for copyediting; analyze manuscripts to ensure conformity to technical requirements and establish the required level of editing and instruct freelance copyeditors regarding specific stylistic and substantive issues. The Managing Editor will interview, test, hire, and manage several freelance copyeditors and proofreaders as well as assign projects, maintain quality control, assess performance, and manage the budget and verify invoices for each freelancer. The managing editor is responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing the flow of manuscripts, page proofs, and indexes through the editorial and production processes. In addition, the Editor will establish Press guidelines for editorial style and procedures, regularly researching and implementing updates to accommodate changes in scholarly standards and/or technology. The Managing Editor will proofread entire manuscripts when deemed appropriate and proofread advertising copy, cover/jacket copy, catalog copy, and other promotional materials. He/she will be responsible for all corrections by the author and proofreader during page-proofs stage and will serve as the primary conduit of information between authors, freelancers, and Press staff as manuscripts move from final editorial acceptance to published book.

 

The Managing Editor will plan and manage department finances/budget providing data to assist in the preparation of provisional book budgets; apply for CIP data from the Library of Congress for each NIUP book and maintain the integrity of the copyright page by including the CIP data, along with all the other required elements; work in tandem with Business Manager to handle subsidiary rights requests; and manage text and illustration permissions. The Managing Editor will report to the Director and will supervise temporary staff, student workers, and interns as needed.

 

QUALIFICATIONS


Minimum Qualifications: A masters degree, preferably in English, and at least three years of experience in book publishing or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Expertise in Word and InCopy are necessary. An intimate knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style is necessary. Excellent project management skills as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. A demonstrated level of professionalism, positive attitude, and ability to motivate others along with a willingness to learn new systems is crucial. Since multiple projects are handled simultaneously, strong organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects is needed.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in University Press editorial setting. General knowledge of copyright laws and permission requests. A proven ability to manage tasks concurrently, continually setting priorities on emerging requirements and changing timelines. Supervisory experience.

 

Detailed job description available at: http://www.hr.niu.edu/employment/


 

MATERIALS

 

Send: Letter of interest, resume, and names and contact information of two professional references to: ccarlso2@niu.edu

 

By mail to:

Cara Carlson, Business Manager

Northern Illinois University Press

2280 Bethany Road

DeKalb, IL 60115

 

Deadline: Preference will be given to complete applications received by September 16, 2014; however, applications will continue to be received until the position is filled. 

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

 

 

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