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Editorial Associate, II

The University of Chicago Press

Chicago, IL ~ November 27, 2018

Job Summary:

  • This Editorial Associate collaborates with two acquisitions editors in the areas of science studies (history, philosophy, and social studies of science, technology, and medicine) and music studies.
  • The associate acts as a liaison with authors and reviewers as well as with other Press departments (design, editing, production, marketing).

Responsibilities:

  • The associate oversees collection of confidential materials in preparation of dossiers for Editorial Committee and Board of Publications meetings.
  • Prepares book estimates, budgets, and contracts; researches sales of comparable titles and prepares applications for publication subsidies.
  • Assiduously maintains database of proposals and manuscripts under review and researches appropriate reviewers for projects.
  • Prepares transmittal materials on new manuscripts for editing, design and production; evaluates author illustration and permission programs and directs authors on the modification and completion of these programs; proofreads page proofs, catalog and cover copy, and other materials circulated as part of the prepublication materials for books.
  • The Associate also collaborates with other Editorial Associates in Books Acquisitions to assess and refine best practices for departmental workflow.
  • 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 written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and tactfully with authors, vendors, and members of Press staff required.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and work in a highly productive environment required.
  • Excellent organizational skills required.
  • Excellent time management skills required, including the ability to multi-task with minimum supervision and meet overlapping deadlines.
  • Meticulous attention to detail required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Analytical skills and the facility to engage with academic writing and the university community required.
  • Excellent computer skills in PC environment and knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  • A genuine interest in and intellectual engagement with the publication of scholarly books preferred.
  • Decision-making skills required.
  • Ability to handle confidential matters required.
  • Ability to travel required.

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