Job Opening: Managing Editor, University of Hawai’i

job opening - 5Institution: University of Hawai’i
Location: Manoa, Hawai’i
Date Posted: October 25, 2013
Closing Date: November 27, 2013
Type: Fulltime/Temporary (renewable annually and indefinitely)
Education: BA

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviews manuscripts for substantive and stylistic problems and adherence to The Chicago Manual of Style; advises authors regarding required alterations and revisions of manuscripts, page proof, and indexes. (cont. below)
  • Reviews the work of freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers.
  • Establishes Press guidelines for editorial style and procedures, regularly researching and implementing updates to accommodate changes in scholarly standards and/or technology.
  • Analyzes manuscripts to ensure conformity to technical requirements and establish the required level of editing; instructs outside project managers and freelance copy editors regarding specific stylistic and substantive questions.
  • Exercises sole responsibility for planning, coordinating, and overseeing the flow of manuscripts, illustrations, page proof, and indexes through the editorial and production processes.
  • Creates a budget for each manuscript for the work of freelance copy editors and proofreaders.
  • Exercises independent judgment in the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the services of freelancers.
  • Exercises oversight and serves as the primary conduit of information among authors, freelancers, and Press as manuscripts move from final editorial acceptance to published book.
  • Establishes and maintains schedules to ensure that books meet their projected publication dates.
  • Exercises independent judgment regarding schedule changes, ensuring that authors, freelancers, the Production Department, and other staff are informed of schedule progress and changes.
  • Copyedits discrete parts of manuscripts, such as tables, bibliographies, and indexes, to accepted scholarly standards as needed.
  • Interviews, hires, and supervises freelance copy editors, proofreaders, and student assistants as needed. Contracts for and supervises the work of outside publications services in preparation of manuscripts from copy editing through composition.
  • Researches all relevant technical developments in pre-press preparation of manuscripts and updates the training of freelancers and Press staff.
  • Produces a detailed summary of design and composition elements of manuscripts, which becomes the essential reference for Production during the manufacturing phases of the project.
  • Oversees and ensures the preparation to Production’s technical standards of the final, updated electronic manuscript and illustration files.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Arts & Sciences or related field and 3 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for editing book-length manuscripts or equivalent publishing related experience; or equivalent education/training or experience.
  • Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in the field of editing book-length manuscripts or equivalent publishing related experience as demonstrated by the broad knowledge of the full range of pertinent standard and evolving concepts, principles and methodologies.
  • Considerable working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and theories and systems associated with editing book-length manuscripts or equivalent publishing related experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and the resolution of the problems in an effective, innovative and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members, and individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software.
  • For supervisory work, demonstrated ability to lead subordinates, manage work priorities and projects, and manage employee relations.
  • Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated.
  • Knowledge of editing book-length manuscripts following The Chicago Manual of Style.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience assigning duties and scheduling workloads in a book publishing or editorial setting.
  • Functional knowledge of Asian and/or Pacific Island studies.
  • Editorial experience at a university press.
  • Familiarity with Filemaker Pro or comparable relational database application.

Full application details on UH’s careers website and UH Press’s blog.

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