Managing Editor

Apr 10, 2013
May 10, 2013
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Full Time
Manages production editorial staff and their projects. Oversees first-printing prepress activities of complex one-, two-, and four-color college textbooks; includes versions, splits, and ancillaries (as well as media ancillaries).
Requirements Major Responsibilities:

• Trains PEs (including in traditional print production editorial activities, but also with production tasks in emerging technologies).
• Monitors status reports from PEs and meets to review projects.
• Develops internal production processes to accommodate changes in production technology and to accommodate new media.
• As requirements for PEs change, manages PEs to change how they work to meet those requirements.
• Coordinates with internal customers (e.g., Editorial, Production Supervisors, Central Media) about project details such as quality and schedule, printer requirements and requirements to ensure efficient transition of product from production to manufacturing and/or new media. Helps project teams set priorities.
• Develops and maintains manuscript turnover requirements for editorial. Holds regular meetings with EAs and DEs to review these requirements.
• Advocates for PE team with Manufacturing Managers.
• Provides Production Supervisors with estimates of prepress costs; trains PEs to prepare estimates for budgeting for ATP.
• Confirms the PEs are managing budgets; and are developing project plans that maintain budget.
• Assures adherence to production plan via castoffs and length estimates and sample pages.
• Encourages creative and flexible approaches to maintain adherence, as applicable, or to implement a better approach.

Required Skills / Knowledge:

Innate leadership skills to manage a team to balance attention to quality against deadline pressures; curiosity about and ability to respond to market change and new pressures on production editorial; flexibility to adapt and to communicate processes as new tasks develop in response to changes in technology or market; ability to set priorities effectively – balancing short-term view of project management against long-term view of product development; strong organizational and communication skills; natural attention to detail.

Experience Needed:

• Minimum 15 years book production/manufacturing experience. Educational publishing background, especially college humanities publishing, a plus.
• People-management experience.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel and Word.
• Knowledge of InDesign a plus.
• Graphic Arts background helpful.

Educational Background Required:

• College Degree required.

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