Jobs for Medievalists

Publications Manager at UCLA-CMRS
Requisition Number: 25897
Working Title: Publications Manager
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The Publications Manager is responsible for all aspects of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) publications program, including: negotiating agreements and contracts, identifying potential authors, contributors, or publishers; critically evaluating manuscript submissions and directing them to editorial board members or readers for peer review; editing, proofreading, and translating manuscripts for publication; and overseeing the publication production

from manuscript submission to the delivery of digital print-ready files to the publisher. CMRS’s internationally acclaimed publications include:

Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies (a scholarly journal published in three 400page issues per year);

Cursor Mundi: Viator Studies of the Medieval and Early Modern World (a series of book-length works, three to five volumes published per year);

Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (a graduate student journal published annually); and, the International Encyclopedia for the Middle Ages Online (approximately 100,000 words of text translated and edited per year).

As an integral member of the CMRS team, the Publications Manager works closely with: 1) the CMRS Director and faculty to develop and implement new publication projects and digital publishing initiatives, as well as to provide them with one-to-one editorial assistance; 2) the CMRS Assistant Director to plan publication-related budgets and programming; 3) the Program Coordinator to integrate publications into CMRS’s conferences and events; 4) the CMRS Publicity and Technical Specialist to promote CMRS publications through the web, social media, and other digital technologies; and 5) the CMRS Financial Analyst to process revenue deposits and royalty and payments to readers and assistant editors.

Detailed knowledge of one or more areas of research relevant to medieval, Renaissance, and/or early modern studies. PhD or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Required

Minimum of three years of experience editing for style, content, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Required

Excellent written and oral English language skills, with expert knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and style. Required

Ability to critically evaluate manuscripts for content, value, logic, and accuracy. Required

Ability to critically evaluate manuscripts written in at least one language other than English (French, German, Italian, or Spanish preferred). Preferred

Working knowledge of Latin, French, and German. Preferred

Published author of articles or books relevant to medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies. Preferred

Detailed knowledge of standard copyediting procedures to prepare manuscripts for publication. Required

Meticulous attention to detail and the ability to discern errors and inconsistencies in printed and digital content. Required

Utilize word processing and publication software (e.g., MSWord, InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, WordPress, etc.) with a high degree of competence. Required

Utilize software to prepare images and illustrations for publication. Required

Experience negotiating author’s agreements and publication contracts. Preferred

Ability to keep accurate records of publication sales, royalties, expenses, and subscriptions to stay within budget. Required

Knowledge of UCLA Sales and Service account budgeting and reporting requirements. Can be trained

Skill writing effective marketing and promotional copy to generate interest in publications and to expand customer base. Required

Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, students, authors, coworkers and staff. Required

Strong organizational skills and the ability to juggle multiple tasks. Required

Highly motivated and able to set priorities, meet deadlines, and problem solve independently. Required

Ability to work some evenings and weekends. Required

Ability to travel four or five times a year to professional meetings. Required

Application Deadline: 07112017

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Special Instructions:

Please submit three (3) writing samples. Candidates may be required to complete an editing test if interviewed. The targeted salary range for this position is between $56,508 and $62,000 per year

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