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UCIS-Office of the Director - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (21003840)
The Managing Editor will work under the supervision of the Editor of The Journal of Asian Studies and the Director of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Published quarterly by Cambridge University Press (CUP) for the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), The Journal of Asian Studies has played a defining role in the field for the past 80 years. The Journal receives more than 340 manuscripts per year for peer review. The Editor coordinates and oversees the work of eight associate editors and seven book review editors, based around the world and encompassing academic expertise in the region as a whole, to select, request revisions and publish the best work from this pool. The Managing Editor is primarily responsible for coordinating the Journal’s workflow using Editorial Manager, CUP’s online platform, to communicate with authors, associate editors, book review editors, the production team at CUP and staff in the AAS secretariat, especially the digital media manager. Specific responsibilities will extend to supporting the editorial work of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Seventy-five percent effort will be committed to The Journal of Asian Studies and twenty-five percent to the Asian Studies Center. Applicants must have relevant work experience, well-developed organizational skills, and expertise in communication. Serving as the predominant point of contact for an editor, the employee will need to tactfully utilize his/her technical skills, as well as diplomatic and interpersonal skills, to meet the operational and deadline-driven requirements of the journal with uncompromised high quality. As an administrator of the online review and notification system, the incumbent will assist in assuring that there is accurate and time-critical flow of assignments and correspondence regarding the operation of the journal. Attention to detail is an absolute necessity, as well as evident meticulous organizational skills. Must be able to use judgement to trouble-shoot and problem-solve. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with thorough knowledge of English grammar. Knowledge of Asia and Asian studies is highly recommended but not required. The Managing Editor will have an office with appropriate technology interface at the University of Pittsburgh. Under supervision of the Editor, the editorial team will include the managing editor, a graduate student assistant and undergraduate interns. The team will meet regularly, at least once every week, to review progress, assign work responsibilities and ensure efficient and effective workflow.
The incumbent should have 2-3 years of relevant experience, as well as responsibilities that have honed the correspondence/technical writing skills. Experience/demonstration of good interpersonal skills is required. Based on the level and complexity of interactions with the external customer base, the incumbent must have a BA in an applicable discipline as well as first-hand experience with peer review publishing. Graduate research experience is preferred. The diversity of topical interests to be covered by the journal ranges from pre-modern to contemporary culture and society in Asia; the incumbent needs to have a solid background in the humanities or social sciences so that diverse topics submitted to the journal can be generally assessed to the extent that prospective reviewers can be identified and issues arising from reviews can be directed to the proper specialists for assessment and adjudication. In addition to the technical understanding of the general subject material, the incumbent must be skilled at trouble-shooting and problem-solving, as well as developing general correspondence that contains technical terminology. Chinese, Japanese or Korean language familiarity is not required but highly recommended.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. With approximately 6,500 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind.
Through its publications, online resources, regional conferences, and annual conference, the AAS provides its members with a unique and invaluable professional network.
The AAS was founded in 1941, originally as publisher of the Far Eastern Quarterly (now the Journal of Asian Studies). It has gone through a series of reorganizations to serve better the broadening disciplinary and geographical interests of its membership.
In 1970 four elective Area Councils—China and Inner Asia (CIAC), Northeast Asia (NEAC), South Asia (SAC), and Southeast Asia (SEAC)—were established to guarantee each area constituency its own representation and a proportionate voice on the Board of Directors.
In 1977 a Council of Conferences (COC) was established as a liaison with several regional conferences which serve the needs of Asian studies scholars in differ...ent parts of the U.S. and abroad.
The AAS is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies, actively participating with its sister societies in a wide range of activities, including joint participation in research and informational exchanges.