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Senior Editor

Company: Center for Responsive Schools
Location: Turners Falls
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Job Description:

Working under the supervision of the Editor in Chief, the Senior Editor is responsible for ensuring that-- CRS Publishing acquires and develops content for maintaining a robust publications pipeline. This-- position collaborates with the Editor in Chief to ensure that CRS Publishing products match CRS' overall-- direction, program and service needs, and customer needs and interests; it is responsible for ensuring-- that the print and digital products are high-quality and are profitable.--
This position works closely with the Editor in Chief on managing multiple projects simultaneously for the-- lifetime of projects. Projects may be multi-year and multi-component, or small in scale (for example,-- new books, reprints, workshop products, articles, new or replacement lessons, lesson components and-- products, small guides, research reports, and marketing collateral). The Senior Editor also ensures that-- CRS Publishing is able to meet CRS' general internal publishing needs.--
This position requires developmental-level editing skills, excellent command of editorial processes and-- styles, and the ability to project manage in multiphase projects with multiple components. To ensure-- the fluid communication needed for high-quality, timely work, this is an on-site position.--
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:--Content and Author Acquisition------- Works closely with the Editor in Chief on planning for a publishing pipeline of 5-8 books for-- educators and 4-8 children's books each year and managing the slush pile.----- Collaborates with the Editor in Chief, in conjunction with relevant program and research-- stakeholders, to identify potential topics and authors for the publishing pipeline. --- Ensures that the content acquired for print and digital projects are appropriate for CRS'-- audience, programmatically accurate, written to high standards of quality, and completed within-- a specified time frame and budget.----- Cultivates relationships with potential authors and solicits proposals designed to meet member-- and customer needs.------- Works closely with the Editor in Chief to negotiate contracts with authors.------- Identify, source, and build a pool of freelancers with relevant skills for the diverse titles-- produced (including translators, copyeditors, designers, illustrators, proofreaders). --- Works closely with the Editor in Chief to research trends in the educational marketplace. --- Establishes and maintains professional relationships with program experts and practitioners-- who contribute content to CRS.----- Collaborates with colleagues in other departments.----- Contributes to the concept development and content review for other CRS programs, products,-- and services as required.
Proposal Development, Solicitations, and Review----- Works closely with the Editor in Chief on proposal development and author (and illustrator)-- acquisition for a publishing pipeline of book titles and retail products that CRS identifies as-- important for the publishing pipeline.----- Prepares for routine editorial meetings to review proposals, ensures there is a well-designed-- review process that engages team discussions, and provides clear feedback to prospective-- authors.----- Implements and manages a peer-review process that ensures manuscripts are original, research based, practical, specific, and conversational in tone.----- Evaluates completed manuscripts for quality, reviews permissions, and makes recommendations-- for copyediting and production.----- Works closely with the Editor in Chief to plan and/or attend CRS-sponsored events to identify-- potential authors, to seek potential authors, and raise awareness of author opportunities among-- diverse educators.------- Makes presentations, organizes conference exhibits, and shares information gathered on-site.--
Project and Production Management------- Works closely with project editors and authors whose projects are under contract, and provides guidance and support during the writing phase.------- Provides guidance that ensures content is shaped and organized in line with the expectations of-- the proposal.----- Ensures freelancers are properly briefed and have all the necessary materials.-- --- Chases work prior to agreed delivery dates, assessing work when it is delivered to ensure that it-- is complete and in accordance with the proposal, and reviews feedback before passing to-- production.----- In collaboration with Editor in Chief and project editors, monitors and draws up schedules for-- projects, ensuring that all deadlines are met; keeps the Editor in Chief informed of any changes-- to deliverables schedules.----- Collaborates with the Editor in Chief to develop proposal project budgets for all parts of a-- project; monitors costs during the duration of the project and keeps the Editor in Chief informed-- of any budgetary problems.----- Demonstrates and uses understanding of the significance of the relationship between the-- reasonableness of the project budget and profitable, viable product; adheres to project budgets-- and timelines.----- Records all details relevant to the accurate costing and invoicing of a project.--General Administration and Internal Publishing Needs----- Supports Editor in Chief in managing and monitoring product titles, consistent with CRS-- guidelines for front list, back list, sunset, and revision.----- Prepares text of completed projects for website, marketing sales, or other as required. --- Supports all work units in achieving their editorial, print, videography, photography, graphic-- design, illustration, and production goals.----- Supports Editor in Chief in ensuring consistency and accuracy of internal and external-- communications for CRS.----- Assists with general publications tasks as needed.----- Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.--
Other----- Appreciates and values diversity.--
Page 2 of 3----- Represents CRS positively and professionally in interactions with clients, vendors, and the-- community at large in both real and virtual interactions.--
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES REQUIRED:----- Bachelor's degree in communication, English, journalism or related field----- At least four years' experience in writing and editing, preferably in book publishing and-- preferably in an office setting----- Experience with a publisher specializing in K-12 education and multimedia projects is a plus --- K-12 education experience in professional development or as an educator is a plus --- A high level of professional judgment to organize, plan, and manage multiple priorities --- Deadline-oriented with the ability to juggle myriad details while maintaining a big-picture-- strategic view, calm, and perspective----- Ability to make sound editorial decisions----- Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, MS Word, PowerPoint, Google, and other-- publishing and/or productivity software----- Ability to work in both a Mac and PC environment as required by project----- General knowledge of copyright law and publishing processes and procedures, including project-- planning and production scheduling----- General knowledge of book conceptualization and development practices, editing standards,-- and publishing contract terms and negotiation strategies------- Ability to set and meet project milestones and work under aggressive deadlines --- Strong interpersonal skills to negotiate complex editorial issues with authors, illustrators, and-- other roles related to publishing----- Receptive to direction and feedback from people with varying roles and backgrounds --- High attention to detail----- Effective as a team player in a highly collaborative work environment----- May require occasional travel----- Must maintain regular and reliable attendance----- Demonstrate professionalism and caring for CRS and its mission at all times--
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:----- Ability to use a computer for up to 8 hours per day, with breaks and lunch----- Ability to talk on the telephone for up to 4 hours per day----- Ability to lift 30 pounds on occasion----- Ability to work in a suite environment--
These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required-- to perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with-- disabilities to perform the essential functions.--
This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of this position, not an exhaustive or-- comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties. Responsibilities, tasks, and duties-- of individual jobholders may vary from the above description. Other duties, as assigned by the-- jobholder's supervisor, may also be required.--

Keywords: Center for Responsive Schools, Springfield , Senior Editor, Advertising , Turners Falls, Massachusetts

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