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The University of Washington Press is the oldest and largest publisher of scholarly and general interest books in the Pacific Northwest. UW Press publishes exciting, award-winning new work in critical ethnic studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, anthropology, art history and visual culture, Asian American studies, Asian studies, environmental history, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and US history. The press also publishes books about the Pacific Northwest for a wide range of readers, often in partnership with regional museums, cultural organizations, and local Indigenous communities. We value and promote equity, justice, and inclusion in all our work.
The UW Press has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Project Editor.
Under the general direction of the editing, design, and production (EDP) manager, the senior project editor is responsible for the production of approximately 25 to 30 titles annually. Working closely with the rest of the EDP department, this position is the point person for in-house colleagues, authors, and outside vendors on all projects they manage, from delivery of raw manuscript through finalization of printer-ready book files.
Projects range in book type and complexity from standard scholarly monographs to highly illustrated art history, visual culture, and regional trade titles. Other kinds of books include key regional reference works for scientists, translations of important literary works, and books about social justice topics written by scholar activists and for course use.
DUTIES: •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 •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 •Vetting author and proofreader corrections through all proof cycles, and ensuring their accuracy; reviewing and approving printers’ proofs •Assessing assigned projects for production: preparing and maintaining production schedule and editorial budget, with due attention to editing needs, requested bound-book dates, and budgetary constraints •Editing jacket copy, indexes, and small pieces (e.g., forewords) as required •Participating in departmental and press-wide meetings •Other duties as assigned
Required: •Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the humanities or social sciences; •Three years of professional editorial and project management experience with books; •Fluency with different scholarly writing styles and comfort working with theoretical language; •Thorough knowledge of standard scholarly apparatus (e.g., footnotes, 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 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 proof-handling skills; •Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
Preferred: •Demonstrated interest in equity, inclusion, and justice; •Knowledge of effective strategies for working with authors and other professionals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences; •Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite: Acrobat, Bridge, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator; •Experience with FileMaker Pro, the Allbooks database, or other database software; •Experience with cost control as relates to book production.
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