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Position Summary The managing editor is responsible for managing Rice Architecture's publications program--both printed and digital--serving as the primary point of contact for all school publications and editorial needs, including Rice Design Alliance, the school's community engagement arm. The scope of work includes, but is not limited to school prospectuses, handbooks, program brochures, posters, Cite magazine, and the Architecture at Rice book series. Working collaboratively with the school's faculty, staff, publication committees and the entire communications team--as well as external editors, designers, and printers--the managing editor develops and implements publication strategies that promote Rice Architecture's academic excellence and public reach, broadening the global awareness of its programs, research, and creative practice. Rice Architecture is a top-ranked school in one of the most diverse cities in the United States. Both the Architecture at Rice series and Cite Magazine have a long and established history of thoughtful content, which ranges from cutting-edge faculty research and creative practice to urban, social and civic-minded articles and commentaries.
Materials to submit: Cover Letter, resume and writing sample - incomplete applications will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a portfolio or its equivalent, contact information for three references. The salary for this position is $55,000-68,000, commensurate with experience. Highly qualified applicants outside of the Houston area will be considered for hybrid/remote work.
Makes decisions on proposed changes and amendments to communications or publications
Supervises the distribution of the publications
Ensures that information included in publications follows policies and procedures
Maintains high-level interactions with specialized constituents to promote departmental goals, visions, and strategies
Applies advanced knowledge to determine the approach necessary to achieve department objectives
Manages editorial and production processes that are complex in nature and reach across organizational levels
Performs all other duties as assigned
Actively engages in, cultivates, and researches design strategies to promote Rice Architecture's programs, events, and other projects
Develops and directs Architecture at Rice's publication plan and branding strategy across a range of media channels to promote and advance Rice Architecture's scholarship and public image
Engages with the school's faculty and programs to develop content for publication.
Manages the work of writers, editors, designers, and researchers in order to meet editorial direction and oversees the print and digital production process for all publications
Adequately plans and schedules content review and feedback sessions to meet publication deadlines
Supervises the distribution and archiving of publications
Builds and fosters relationships with designers, printers, and publishers
5 years experience working with architectural or academic publications and managing complex editorial projects
A degree in architecture, art history, communications, English, journalism, or a related field; masters or Ph.D. degree preferred.
Demonstrated ability to oversee all aspects of editorial and publication process
Demonstrated advanced editorial and public relations skills and the ability to synthesize material from multiple sources
Demonstrated ability to determine publication and editorial approaches
Extensive experience managing and coordinating complex editorial and publication projects
Expert-level knowledge of job-required tools and applications
Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
Current Rice University COVID policies, which include vaccination, face mask, testing, gatherings, occupancy limits, and travel policies can be found here: https://coronavirus.rice.edu/policies
As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.