Production Manager (print magazine/digital media)

New York City, New York (US)
Competitive salary.
Jun 06, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

This position is focused on the production of the print edition of the magazine and digital advertising operations for the website and other digital products, which involves interacting with various departments to track and close each monthly issue and hit other weekly deadlines. It is also focused on the production and distribution of content for content licensees. The production manager also has the opportunity to contribute to new digital tools and help shape the future of our workflow. The ideal candidate will be able to see a complex project through from initial conception to completion.

The role offers opportunity to advance in our evolving business, so interest in a long-term commitment and amenability to changes in responsibilities over time are a must. Interest in and aptitude for digital development, production, and quality control required. Additional interest in scripting and automation, application and product development, technology market research, analytics and/or database management is a plus.

Please note: this job is not a track for writing or editing positions, though appreciation of and interest in those areas is most welcome.

Job Duties:

  • Create and maintain magazine maps
  • Work closely with the point editors on page count and to track timely issue close
  • Work with editors, proofreaders, art editors, and checkers (“closing group”) to secure all the components of products: articles, layouts, ads, and media
  • Manage the closing process, from setup to publication
  • Review and sign-off on the final assets delivered to the printer and to digital platforms
  • Interface directly with the press and pre-press representatives
  • Prepare XML, HTML, and CSS files for web, tablet, and mobile devices
  • Prepare articles, as needed, for publication on the website via the CMS
  • Perform quality control reviews on digital editions, including ePub, PDF, mobile web platforms, native applications
  • Assist with the quality review and testing of new digital renditions
  • Articulate found technical issues or bugs that may appear as part of the closing process for the technical team
  • Perform one-off archive conversions to digitize content from the archive as needed
  • Contribute to process documentation
  • Gain familiarity with the workflow automation system in order to eventually contribute ideas and changes
  • Keep up-to-date with current departmental production policies, including evolving styles and workflow protocols.


  • Ad Ops experience and working knowledge of DoubleClick, Spotible, and BlueConic
  • Comfortable with a variety of desktop and mobile operating systems. Ability to thoroughly research and troubleshoot problems within these systems
  • Knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, HTML, and CSS
  • Experience working with a content management system (such as Hippo) for publishing web content
  • Ability to sustain a high level of care and meticulous attention to detail in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional capacity to learn and solve problems
  • Ability to self-motivate, meet deadlines, and take initiative to complete tasks both within and beyond the scope of duties
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously and maintain flexibility with shifting responsibilities
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to give and receive honest and direct feedback
  • Calm demeanor and positive attitude under pressure
  • Willingness to be part of a close-knit team and thrive in a collaborative environment

Preferred, But Not Required:

  • Strong knowledge of copy-editing marks and editorial procedures
  • Familiarity with markdown text formatting
  • Familiarity with Javascript or other scripting languages; knowledge of programming principles
  • Experience with and knowledge of social-media conventions and best practices
  • Familiarity with the K4 InDesign Plug-in and Adobe Illustrator

• Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance.
• Paid Volunteer Day Off
• 401k plan, with a generous match, 100% vested after one year of service.

About Us:

School Library Journal: More than 100,000 librarians who work with students in public and school librarians read School Library Journal. Each monthly issue of SLJ includes reviews of children's and young adult books, audio, and multimedia products, as well as news, features, and columns that deliver the perspective, resources, and leadership tools necessary for its readers to become indispensable players in their schools and libraries. 

Library Journal: 

Founded in 1876, Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. Over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries ready LJ. In its twenty annual issues, LJ reviews nearly 7,000 books, and provides coverage of technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. 

LJ / SLJ are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



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