Editor, Chemistry and Astronomy

New York City, New York (US)
salary DOE + extensive benefits package
Jan 17, 2020
Editor / Editorial
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an editor for college books in chemistry and astronomy. The editor will be responsible for overseeing and developing a list that includes several successful undergraduate texts in general chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory astronomy, and other subfields.  This position will report to the Editorial Director of the College Department.

Essential Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Understanding the undergraduate chemistry and astronomy course markets in college publishing and the diverse, evolving needs of instructors and students.
  • Finding, signing, and communicating with authors and other content contributors for a variety of editorial projects.
  • Planning, developing, and implementing revision plans for several successful titles.
  • Soliciting feedback from the market and incorporating this feedback into current and future editorial projects.
  • Collaborating closely with colleagues in the digital media, project editorial, design, and production groups to ensure quality and timeliness of materials.
  • With the help of an editorial assistant, closely monitoring projects at all stages of editorial development and production.
  • Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, and vendors, and effectively communicating ideas to colleagues including the college department editorial board and the advertising and marketing departments.
  • Clearly and compellingly presenting chemistry and astronomy course materials to the Norton sales team and to faculty on campus, at focus groups, and at academic conferences.  Providing support for the sales effort.

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
  • Must be able to work full business hours from Norton’s New York City headquarters.
  • At least five years prior experience in college publishing or comparable experience is required. The ideal candidate will have editorial experience, as well as subject matter and market experience.
  • Must be highly disciplined and self-motivated.
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize.
  • Must have a keen understanding of the teaching and learning needs of college professors and students.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Must be proactive and innovative in a changing environment.
  • Must be organized and detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
  • While travel is moderate, editors must be willing and able to travel several times per year throughout the United States and Canada. Travel includes attending academic conferences and Norton sales conferences, meeting with adopters and prospective adopters, and recruiting authors on college campuses.

About Norton:

W.W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W.W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to “publish books not for a single season, but for the years in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry”.  For more information about the Company, please visit us online at: http://www.wwnorton.com.

W. W. Norton & Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment with W. W. Norton is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, age, color, sex, religion, veteran status, national origin, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the human resource manager.

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