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University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers, committed to influencing public discourse and challenging the status quo. At a time of dramatic change for scholarship and publishing, we collaborate with faculty, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today's knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing.
Under the general direction of the Managing Editor, the Senior Production Editor (Trade) is responsible for the production of approximately 30 books a year, with a particular emphasis on trade titles. Projects range in complexity from standard academic monographs (with fewer than 15 figures, tables, and photos) to complex manuscripts over 1,000 pages in length and with more than 200 pieces of accompanying art, sometimes in color. Trade titles may require additional development, close editing, author liaison, and design attention, as well as occasional accelerated production schedules. The editor is responsible for overseeing editing budgets and production schedules for assigned projects and for guiding authors throughout the prepress production process. Work includes preliminary assessment of projects; preparing a copyediting and composition budget; preparing files for copyediting and typesetting using the press's Word-based editing software; hiring, instructing, and checking the work of freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers; coordinating art production with design and production staff and freelance graphic artists; liaising with outside typesetters, prepress vendors, and printers; checking corrections through all proof cycles; and inspecting printers' proofs and final books (including ebooks).
Management of Freelancers
Coordinates and schedules freelance work through all stages of editing and production, supervising the work of approximately 15-20 freelance editors, proofreaders, and indexers at a given time. Selects appropriately qualified freelancers for particular jobs and sets freelance fees, within general press guidelines, according to the level of difficulty of an assignment; provides instruction to freelancers for adherence to the press's editorial standards. May also train workstudy students or interns and guide them through editorial work for the department.
Preparation of Files
Prepares ms. files for editing, design, and typesetting, applying design style codes and assessing editorial needs of ms., identifying and inventorying the art, and completing transmittal documents for designers and typesetters. Reviews edited files and typeset pages to make sure press standards for editorial accuracy and design/composition quality are met. For approximately one-third of manuscripts, performs additional duties: recommends standard design adaptation, conveys type requirements directly to compositor, checks compositor's fulfillment of design review, and approves compositor's work.
Editorial Assessment and Development
Evaluates manuscripts to determine the level and type of editing required, analyzing manuscripts for styles, logic, coherence and content. Develops trade titles for general readers.
Management of Vendors
Coordinates and reviews work of typesetters, prepress vendors, and printers. Approves final files for printing. Also instructs vendor on creation of EPUB files from final print PDF, checking draft EPUB files and approving final file for publication.
Independently plans, schedules, and tracks production details for a range of full-length book projects, building and maintaining live production schedules and database records. Sets editing, composition, and manufacturing budgets, updates P&L records in in-house database, oversees invoice payment for vendors and freelancers. Creates purchase orders for manufacturing vendors.
Advises authors on the preparation of typescripts, tables, charts, illustrations, permissions and other details prior to copyediting and production; provides instructions to and answers the authors' questions regarding review of the edited manuscript, proofreading, and indexing.
Handling As requested, takes on additional projects to serve the Editing department such as database or software upgrade testing, freelance-list management, etc.
Three to five years of professional editorial experience in book production Knowledge of editorial and production standards for both scholarly and trade titles
Time and project management skills to effectively establish priorities and meet competing deadlines
Knowledge of and ability to use different editorial styles, style manuals, and standard editorial reference works; familiarity with scholarly writing and understanding of scholarly apparatus, such as footnotes, bibliographies, and tables
Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, database software, and Adobe Creative Suite software (PhotoShop, InDesign, etc.), Adobe Acrobat
Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills; ability to communicate complex ideas clearly in speech and writing; strong skills in collaboration
Advanced editing, reading, writing, and proofhandling skills and competence in mathematical logic and computation
Ability to handle many small and large multiple projects simultaneously
Developmental editing skills; ability to collaborate with acquiring editors, authors, and designers to shape a project for a trade market
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job is July 22, 2020.
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