Position Description
Press Northwestern University Press
Manuscript Editorial
Project Editor


Job Summary  

The Project Editor of the Northwestern University Press prepares 25-30 book manuscripts per year for type and print, overseeing all editorial processes from raw manuscript to bound book. This work involves hiring and overseeing freelance copyeditors, typesetters, and indexers; maintaining copyediting guidelines, quality assessment techniques, and feedback mechanisms for use before, during, and after copyediting phase; and advising copyeditors in collaboration with managing editor on quality of work. Attention to quality control, deadlines, and publication schedules is essential.

Principal Accountabilities

Manages all editorial aspects of book production from manuscript to bound book, including tagging in Scribe XML workflow, and inputting all relevant data in the title management database, updating on an ongoing basis.           

Hires and manages freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers. Supervises and reviews the work of student interns, work study students, and graduate assistants.   

Creates and maintains production schedules and editorial budgets for all book projects.

Analyzes manuscripts for editorial and design requirements and prepares them for design, typesetting, and production.        

Edits and proofreads covers, marketing copy, and sales materials as needed, e.g., the biennial seasonal catalog.  

Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications: (Education, experience, and any other certifications or clearances)

  1. Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience where similar knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired.
  2. Five years of book publishing experience
  3. Experience in editing copy, proofreading, and electronic editing
  4. Must pass with a 90% or higher proofreading test
  5. Experience with contracts, permission, and copyrights

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  1. Adaptability – Works effectively in an environment in which the parameters may change daily; adjusts behavior to meet the needs of different people and situations.
  2. Collaboration – Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one’s own team; respects the needs and contributions of others.
  3. Collegiality - Being helpful, respectful, approachable, and team oriented building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
  4. Communication – Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
  5. Computer Proficiency - Successfully uses multiple software programs independently. Software may include Microsoft Office, applications such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, email and web browsers.
  6. Efficiency/Dependability - Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly.
  7. Ethics and Integrity - Follows through on commitments; incorporates honesty, respect and fairness in daily actions; demands trustworthiness from others; demonstrates courage and objectivity.
  8. Initiative – Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
  9. Judgment - Demonstrates logic, rationality and objectivity; shows common sense; uses all available information to make educated decisions.
  10. Meets Deadlines - Displays consistency and success in adhering to deadlines.
  11. Organization - Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail; targets projects or initiatives that require special attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with limited time and/or resources.
  12. People Management - Setting clear expectations, reviewing progress, providing feedback and guidance, holding people accountable.
  13. Quality/Compliance - Striving for excellence with our work processes and outcomes, honoring University policies and regulatory requirements.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  1. Graduate degree in the humanities or social sciences. 

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  1. Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and imposing a house style

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