Print Publishing Production Supervisor

ARRL, Newington, CT USA

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Salary: Salary will commence with experience.

Salary min: $70,000

Salary max: $80,000

Level: Manager (Supervisor)

Duration: Full-Time

Summary of Position
Reporting to the Director of Publications and Editorial, this position will manage the day-to-day activities involving the production of ARRL books and magazines, from design and layout, to release
of production files to the printer, to warehouse delivery of finished product.

This is a full-time, on-staff, on-premises job, located in Newington, Connecticut.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
• Manage projects to meet scheduled deadlines across multiple editorial calendars, resolving problems as they arise.
• Liaise with various printers on behalf of various ARRL departments to obtain quotes, spec projects, schedule printing projects, approve proofs and arrange delivery dates.
• Work with editorial and production staff on layout, design, scheduling, and deadlines for projects.
• Coordinate with other ARRL departments (primarily Marketing, Advertising, and Warehouse) on projects/deliveries for those departments, to understand project parameters and schedule the projects into their workflow.
• Aggressively negotiate with printers for optimum project pricing.
• Research new vendors and techniques with an ongoing effort to reduce production costs.
• Design and execute layouts for books, magazines, and ads with a high degree of attention to detail, accuracy, and efficiency.
• Lay out and check book and magazine advertising pages for size and color. Provide printer with any pages that present concerns (two-page spreads, low-res files, etc.). Approve pages on Insite and give approval to print.
• Liaise with other vendors (digital publishing/eBook conversion, DVD production, etc.) to obtain quotes and schedule projects.
• Consult with Editorial and Marketing to develop the specifications for individual titles.
• Obtain cost estimates for titles, including multiple options for a variety of formats and quantities.
• Issue prepresses and manufacturing purchase orders and approving invoices.
• Keep abreast of current and emerging print and digital publishing processes and standards to move ARRL publications toward improved digital delivery.
• Keep abreast of current and emerging design trends, to keep ARRL publications at the forefront of the market.
• Work with editorial and production staff to develop book project procedures andworkflows.

• Approve books prior to acceptance into the warehouse and negotiate with printer in the event of unacceptable printing and/or condition.
• Archive final print files.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Contribute to creating a positive energy and fostering a team atmosphere, showing excitement and pride in the team’s work, and being accountable for results.
• Schedule and manage publishing projects to meet all production, print, and delivery deadlines, and fall within budget.
• Design and lay out books, magazines, and other publishing projects in a way that positions ARRL publications as a leader in our content area.
• Execute layouts and changes to layouts with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency.
• Develop and maintain strong, constructive relationships with internal stakeholders and external contractors and vendors.
• Be a key player in moving ARRL’s publications into a new era of digital delivery.
• Maintain a high degree of organization (projects, files, materials, etc.).

Knowledge and Skills Experience:
• Five to seven years in a publishing production environment.
• Extensive knowledge of prepress, color correction, printing, binding, and special effects.
• Extensive knowledge of digital publishing technologies and formats.
• Strong commitment to meeting deadlines.
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects at a time, within budget and meeting all deadlines.
• Proven skills in design and layout of print and digital publications.
• High degree of organizational skills.
• High degree of resourcefulness, tenacity, and creative problem-solving skills.
• Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat) and Microsoft Office (especially Word).
• Proficient basic math skills to accurately estimate and evaluate production and printing quotes.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, communications, or journalism.

Interpersonal Skills:
• The ability to be clear, specific, professional, and courteous in spoken and written communication.
• Work normally involves much personal contact with others inside and/or outside the organization for the purpose of first-level conflict resolution, building relationships, soliciting cooperation, and negotiating fees and delivery dates. Discussions involve a higher degree of confidentiality and discretion, requiring diplomacy and tact in communication.

Work Environment: Office
To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to

About ARRL

The American Radio Relay League is the largest membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in the United States. ARRL is a non-profit organization, and was co-founded on April 6, 1914, by Hiram Percy Maxim and Clarence D. Tuska of Hartford, Connecticut.

ARRL's Vision Statement
As the national association for Amateur Radio in the United States, ARRL:

  • Supports the awareness and growth of Amateur Radio worldwide;
  • Advocates for meaningful access to radio spectrum;
  • Strives for every member to get involved, get active, and get on the air;
  • Encourages radio experimentation and, through its members, advances radio technology and education; and
  • Organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications.


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