Senior Editor - Cooking Light Books
Position Description: Experienced senior food editor to provide creative and strategic leadership and creative conceptualization, organization, production, and coordination of compelling food-related books and bookazines and other publications for varied and specific brands.Duties:• Provide creative and strategic senior editorial leadership to assigned brand(s) and to editors working on that brand and on Senior Editor’s staff. Function as senior editorial client liaison as needed. • Function as brand editorial leader, collaborating and strategizing with brand leaders regularly as needed and ensuring a one-brand view between the magazine and books. Establish and identify needs and standards for brand’s recipe development, recipe testing, photo, and design.• Work with Publishing Director, Editorial Director, Creative Director, Brand Managers, and book Editors to generate and focus compelling ideas for food-related books and bookazines; spearhead regular brainstorming efforts, encouraging connecting with the marketplace and maximizing commercial potential.• Work with strategic managers (Editorial Director, Creative Director, Test Kitchens and Photo Directors, and Managing Editor) to facilitate scheduling, processes, and quality, and to minimize costs. Manuscripts must deliver on time and within established procedures for given brand. Own the budgeting process for given brands.• Be the direct reporting manager for Editors on your staff; responsible for hiring permanent and temporary edit staff as needed.• Recommend, recruit, supervise, and edit freelance writers and other freelance personnel as needed.• Make assignments to optimize scheduling, maximize as well as build talents, and mentor and train staff.• Guide creative, content and design development by Editors on Senior Editor’s staff, as well as guide schedule development and management.• Provide sole leadership to several personal projects, from concept through published work, including conceiving and proposing compelling books competitive in retail sales markets; creating and managing deadline schedules; collaborating on recipe development, testing, and editing as needed; researching, writing, and editing text; planning and supervising photography; delivering clean manuscript in a timely manner; and supporting marketing and promotions departments. • Collaborate as needed with all teams to make sure end product meets approved specifications.• Collaborate frequently with editors, designers, freelancers, test kitchens, photo, production, and other related team members to assure efficient and effective workflow for all.• Devise plans for key but streamlined approval stages for editors on your staff. Coordinate with ED on approvals on per project basis. Each individual editor is responsible for the content, quality, and accuracy of their projects, with their manager approving key checkpoints (SEs for their staff, and ED for SEs). Key approval checkpoints are: proposals, initial design plan, design, manuscript, layouts, covers. • Participate in taste testing and/or recipe testing as needed. • Oral and written communication with brand, consumers and industry as needed.• Ability to travel periodically to meet with brand and author representatives.• Additional responsibilities as needed.Requirements:BS in food-related field with a strong writing background or additional coursework; or BS in journalism or communications with strong food background/training or significant experience in food publishing. 3 to 5 years related work experience required; experience in digital industry a plus. Strong oral and written communication skills as well as ability to creatively conceive and visualize concepts and work efficiently within a team are a must. Nutrition knowledge a plus.