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University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers, committed to influencing public discourse and challenging the status quo. At a time of dramatic change for scholarship and publishing, we collaborate with faculty, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today's knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing.
Established in 1893 as a modest publisher of monographs by University of California faculty, UC Press emerged as a world-class university press in the early 1950s. Today we are one of the six largest university publishers in the United States, and the only one associated with a public institution, publishing approximately 200 books and over 40 multi-issue journals annually. As the nonprofit publishing arm of the University of California system, UC Press functions as a unit of the Office of the President and is not associated with any one campus. In disseminating scholarship of enduring value to diverse audiences, we support the UC mandates for research, teaching, and public service. Since 2014, UC Press has been located in Oakland, CA.
Reporting to the Director of Editing, Design, and Production, the Managing Editor has overall responsibility for the UC Press Editing Department and supervises all matters related to the editing of UC Press manuscripts. Responsible for the standard workflow and the trade/special projects workflows (40 percent of our titles), including supervision of six production editors. Launches all projects into production by vetting production readiness and establishing budgets and schedules. Oversees the preparation of the annual budgets for freelance editing, proofreading, and indexing. Interfaces with other Press departments regarding technology applications to editorial production and oversees the department's file-preparation and copyediting software. Manages the editorial production of a small number of book projects annually.
Although UC Press staff are currently working remotely in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it's likely the successful candidate would be asked to relocate to the Bay Area once our offices are open again.
Oversee Standard Workflow and Manage Production Editors: Oversee standard and trade/special workflows: Receive projects for launch; vet them for production readiness in accord with workflow policies; work with editorial assistants to find solutions to outstanding issues; and assign titles to Editing staff, along with target budgets and schedules. Hire, train, supervise, and support six production editors. Prepare annual and manage freelance budgets.
Manage book projects: Working with acquisitions editors, review manuscript and accompanying materials for production readiness. Advise authors on the preparation of manuscripts, tables, charts, illustrations, permissions, and other details prior to copyediting and production. Prepare or supervise the preparation of manuscripts and electronic files for editing and composition. Hire and manage the work of freelance editors, typesetters, and/or packagers.
Handle Special Projects: As needed, oversee special projects such as evaluating and refining our developmental editing (DE) options.
Manage Vendor Relationships: Conduct Requests for Proposal (RFP) to award composition and full-service production contracts to vendors in compliance with UC Purchasing requirements. Assign projects to vendors based on service needs and budget; liaise with vendors when recurring problems arise; ensure compliance with archiving policy.
Oversee File-Preparation System: Oversee EMS or other preproduction file-preparation system: Coordinate technology applications to editorial production and oversee the department's copyediting software. Lead research and review of new systems when appropriate.
Graduation from college and demonstrated editing and writing abilities. Incumbent ideally would have a minimum of 10 years of book publishing experience including at least 3-5 years of professional editorial experience in a management role involving editorial production and direct staff supervision.
Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written skills to communicate effectively with other UC Press staff as well as external contacts such as editorial freelancers, typesetters, book packagers, and authors.
Demonstrated ability to articulate ideas and issues clearly and concisely using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation.
Demonstrated strong organizational and project management skills including the ability to coordinate and prioritize a diverse workload, set and meet competing deadlines, and establish systems to successfully track tight production schedules in an unpredictable environment.
Computer literacy and proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database applications, and electronic email applications. Ability to the use the Internet for research.
Thorough knowledge of industry standards and procedures for book design and production, including ability to determine the production requirements of a given manuscript, to apply and modify design specifications, to devise a production plans for graphics, and to size art.
Proven copyediting skill and knowledge of the editorial requirements of scholarly books, particularly the conventions for treating foreign languages and scholarly apparatus, such as notes, bibliographies, charts, maps, tables, and glossaries. Proven proofreading skill and knowledge of the industry standards for typesetting and page composition.
Thorough knowledge of editorial style and mastery of English grammar and usage, as set forth in standard grammars, dictionaries, and reference books.
Thorough knowledge of traditional procedures and standards for book production.
Thorough understanding of the goals of the new procedures and standards for book production, including the preproduction issues facing Acquisitions colleagues and post-production issues with digital products. Thorough understanding of processes in Marketing, Design, and Manufacturing as they relate to the role of production editors.
Previous supervisory experience.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job is February 12, 2021. The position will be open until filled.
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