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Established in 1920, the University of Washington Press supports the university's research, education, and outreach missions by publishing important new work for an international community of scholars, students, and intellectually curious readers. As one of the largest book publishers in the Pacific Northwest, the press also offers a broad range of regional books for general readers, often developed in partnership with museums, cultural organizations, and local indigenous communities.
The UW Press has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Project Editor.
The press is currently expanding its publishing program and, with this growth, is eager to bring in new ideas, new enthusiasm, and the opportunity for a new editor to join a terrific team of publishing professionals. Based in Seattle, the press is part of a vibrant book culture, with independent bookstores, museums, libraries, and book supporters throughout the city and region.
Under the general direction of the editing, design, and production (EDP) manager, the Senior Project Editor is responsible for the production of 25 to 30 annual titles, often simultaneously. As the sole point person on each assigned project, the Senior Project Editor orchestrates all aspects of production, from delivery of raw manuscript through finalization of printer-ready book files. This position is responsible for independently managing project budgets and production schedules; assessing editorial, design, and production needs; hiring and supervising freelance editors, proofreaders, indexers, and graphic designers; instructing and advising authors; solidifying and clarifying details of design and illustration; directing the work of outside typesetters and book packagers; and balancing the competing priorities of multiple colleagues both in-house and out, all to ensure that production unfolds on schedule and on budget.
Projects themselves range in complexity from paperback reprints requiring minimal editorial attention, to standard academic monographs (with fewer than 15 figures, tables, and photos), to manuscripts more than 1,000 pages in length and with more than 200 pieces of accompanying art.
Working closely with the rest of the EDP department, this position is the sole point person for in-house colleagues and outside authors and vendors on all projects he or she manages, from launch through the end of composition. It requires decision making to balance the management and prioritizing of multiple projects at multiple stages of production, as well as of multiple professional relationships. It also requires mastery of editorial standards, bookmaking processes and procedures, and associated computer programs.
This position is important to the ongoing sustainability of the press's publication program. Approximately two-thirds of the press's annual operating budget consists of income from book sales, and the work of the senior project editor is essential to the timely and cost-efficient manufacture and delivery of all books.
Overview of responsibilities as a percentage of time:
30% Preparing manuscripts for copyediting and design/typesetting, including setting editorial requirements and standards for each manuscript and communicating these requirements; hiring, instructing, and vetting the work of freelance copy editors, proofreaders, indexers, and other vendors; liaising with authors.
20% Coordinating art production with design and production staff and with freelance cartographers or graphic artists; directing and liaising with outside typesetters through composition, and with outside packagers throughout production.
20% Vetting author and proofreader corrections through all proof cycles, and ensuring their accuracy; reviewing and approving printers' proofs.
10% Assessing assigned projects for production: preparing, maintaining, and communicating the production schedule and editorial budget, with due attention to editing needs, requested bound-book dates, and budgetary constraints.
10% Editing jacket copy, indexes, and small pieces (e.g., forwards) as required.
5% Participating in departmental and press-wide meetings.
| Bachelor's degree, preferably in the humanities or social sciences; |
Three years of professional editorial and project management experience on books;
Fluency with different scholarly writing styles and comfort working with theoretical language;
Thorough knowledge of standard scholarly apparatus (e.g., footnotes, back notes, bibliographies, tables);
Sensitivity to language relating to race, gender, and sexuality;
Proficiency with the details of multiple editorial style manuals and reference works (e.g., Chicago manual of Style, AP Stylebook, MLA Handbook);
Mastery of bookmaking procedures, including the use of style codes and their effect on book design, the requirements and limitations of book design and composition, and the details of illustration and graphics handling;
Keen interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills;
Ability to shift focus quickly, make independent decisions, and manage competing priorities;
Ability to communicate complex ideas clearly in speech and writing;
High-level reading, writing, editing, and proofhandling skills;
Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
| Four to five years of professional editorial and project management experience on books. |
Familiarity with usage of nonroman characters and exotic diacritics relating to the typesetting of non-Western languages.
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator.
Experience with FileMaker pro, the Allbooks database, or other database software.
Experience with cost control as it relates to book production.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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