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Editorial Associate II

The University of Chicago Press

Chicago, IL ~ August 31, 2018

Job Summary:

The University of Chicago Press seeks an Editorial Associate to support and work in collaboration with its acquisitions editor for the life sciences. Responsibilities include acting as a liaison with authors and peer reviewers as well as with other Press departments (design, editing, production, marketing). The successful applicant will be organized, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, and passionate about books. The position is based on the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus.

Responsibilities:

  • The Editorial Associate assists with a program of 25-35 new titles a year, including trade, scholarly, course, and professional books, and collaborates closely with other Press departments to help manage projects throughout their lifecycle. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Oversee collection of confidential materials in preparation of dossiers for Editorial Committee and Board of Publications meetings.
  • Prepare book estimates, budgets, and contracts.
  • Research sales of comparable titles and prepare applications for publication subsidies.
  • Assiduously maintain database of proposals and manuscripts under review.
  • Prepare transmittal materials on new manuscripts for editing, design and production.
  • Evaluate and in some circumstances complete illustration and permission programs for books.
  • Proofread page proofs, catalog and cover copy, and other materials circulated as part of the prepublication materials for books.
  • May travel to scholarly meetings with editors to participate in author meetings and to staff book exhibits with the marketing department.
  • May present projects at Press editorial, transmittal, and Board meetings in editors’ absence.

Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Creativity required.
  • Interpersonal skills required.
  • Customer service skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Ability to respond quickly and appropriately to emails and queries required.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
  • Ability to work as part of a team required.
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
  • Ability to manage stressful situations required.
  • Knowledge of database, word processing, and spreadsheet software required.
  • Ability to represent organizations positively to internal and external clients required.
  • Ability to travel required.
  • Ability to set up and break down book exhibits at academic conferences required.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

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