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The Editor is responsible for the project management of individual publications covering a wide array of topics and in both print and digital formats.  As one of four Editors in the department, he/she manages the publication process from initial manuscript development through proofreading and finalization of the content.  The Publishing Department produces approximately eight to nine books a year, with an emphasis on scholarly collection and exhibition catalogues. Long recognized for the strength of its scholarly publications, the department will be expanding its program in the coming years to include more popular books, explore the development of books for children and families, and continue its recently launched work on digital publications.

Working with the Director of Publishing, Production Manager, and the author, the Editor shapes the content of a given publication, develops project schedules and works closely with other authors, curators, designers, photographers, production staff, translators, and other freelancers to keep the project focused and on schedule.

Specifically, you will…

  • Serve as the project manager for individual books as assigned by the Director of Publishing. Participate in concept and manuscript development; be responsible for substantive editing, rights clearance, consolidating and communicating design feedback, proofreading, and blueline approval.
  • Be responsible for tracking deadlines for assigned projects and working with the Production Manager and Director of Publishing to adjust and troubleshoot as necessary.
  • Prepare materials for assigned books for copyright and CIP registration, and assemble promotional materials for copublication partners and internal marketing and communications staff.
  • Actively share information about book projects with other relevant Museum staff, including coordination of editorial guidelines with Editorial and Graphic Design Department as necessary.
  • Serve as the Publishing Department representative on the development and maintenance of a Museum-wide editorial style guide.
  • Participate in strategic conversations with other Publishing Department staff about the Publishing program, and implement specific initiatives as assigned by the Director of Publishing.

Your diverse background includes…

  • BA in art history or English required; MA in art history, museum studies, or English preferred.
  • Minimum three to five years of editorial experience in art-book publishing; museum, trade, or university press experience are all desirable.
  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and the creation and implementation of editorial style sheets required.
  • Individual must be highly organized, detail oriented, self-motivated, and a creative thinker/problem solver, with the ability to multitask and manage complex schedules.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and Outlook is required.
  • Proficiency in foreign languages a plus, particularly French, Chinese, or Japanese.
  • Proficiency with electronic editing using PDFs and with website content management systems is desirable; familiarity with TMS, Photoshop, and InDesign is a plus.
  • Experience with digital publishing strongly preferred.
  • Must be flexible and able to work independently to meet rigid deadlines.
  • Must have meticulous attention to detail and well-developed organizational talents. 
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