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Associate Editor for the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Internal Number: 223942
Note: To be considered for this position, candidates must include a cover letter specifying their interest in and qualifications for this position. The cover letter should be the first page of your resume and uploaded as one document. Please also include a CV. *The salary listed is the part time rate.
As a comprehensive performing arts school set in one of the world’s finest public institutions of higher education, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and dance. We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields. We assert and celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University of Michigan. Further, SMTD is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion as a means of achieving and sustaining excellence.
The primary duty of the Associate Editor of the George and Ira Gershwin Criticla Edition will be as lead editor of the edition’s musical theater projects. As needed, he/she/they also may assist the Managing Editor in other areas or work on other projects, especially around deadlines.
This is a term limited position for up to three (3) years.
The Associate Editor will report to the Managing Editor. Ultimate responsibility for editorial decisions, project productivity, and edition policy is vested in the Editor-in-Chief.
The Associate Editor’s primary responsibility will be engraving scores and parts for the musical theater works of the Gershwin brothers in accordance with the style and editorial methods of the Gershwin Critical Edition. This will include the writing of critical notes as required.
The Associate Editor will do an initial edit and proofreading of these projects. Some of these will be entirely in-house while others may have collaborating volume editors.
For those projects with collaborating volume editors:
Completing a thorough content- and/or copyedit on a given project, incorporating edits provided by other Gershwin Initiative assistants.
Creating clean copies of the score and critical notes documents: clean, easy-to-use, and correct copies that include content-edits, copyedits, and editorial queries (EdQs).
Typing up lists or spreadsheets of EdQs for the Managing Editor and Volume Editor.
Informing the Managing Editor of large-order issues with content or format, so that these issues can be addressed with the Volume Editor.
Maintaining quality while working efficiently and according to scheduled due dates.
For in-house projects, the duties will be similar, but the Associate Editor will prepare the relevant documents to discuss with the Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief.
The Associate Editor also may make editorial decisions, ensuring that all editorial interventions are properly documented. The Associate Editor will discuss the editions with the Managing Editor.
While the Managing Editor is responsible for communicating with Volume Editors and other personnel outside the office, the Associate Editor’s work may not be proofed by the Managing Editor; the Associate Editor should therefore understand that his/her/their proofed copies will be communicated directly to relevant parties without intervention.
The authority for directing other Gershwin Initiative assistants remains with the Managing Editor, but in some circumstances the Associate Editor may be asked to collaborate with and direct the work of assistants.
The Associate Editor will remain in regular communication with the Managing Editor, and be in regular collaboration with Editorial Assistants.
The Associate Editor will contribute to the refinement and adjustment of GCE editorial policies.
Graduate degree in music is required.
Experience with musical edition-making of vocal and/or instrumental work, in particular critical editions, as well as experience creating performance scores and parts is required.
Fine attention to detail.
Experience with music engraving and expertise with Sibelius software is required; experience with Adobe InDesign is valuable.
Strong ability in project management.
Ability to work well as part of a team.
This job will be posted for the minimum of 7 days and can be removed at any time there after.
The Associate Editor will be trained in the edition’s editorial practices by the Managing Editor, using the Volume Editor’s Guide, our Style Guide, and the Schott Music Editor’s Guidelines as resources.
The Managing Editor will be available as needed to respond to questions, ideas, and concerns.
A pre-employment background check must be conducted before a candidate may receive a firm offer of employment to a staff position at the University of Michigan.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.