• Managing Editor (Job ID: 2018-1886)

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(10/19/2018 4:46 PM)
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    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    The Brookings Institution and its scholars are known worldwide as a source for original and innovative thought  in foreign policy, American politics and governance, current affairs, metropolitan policy, economics, and development. In turn, the Brookings Institution Press helps bring the knowledge and research by scholars from within and outside the Institution to a wider audience of readers, researchers, students, and policymakers through  its books and journals. The Brookings Institution Press publishes books that are widely discussed in the media, assigned in classrooms, referred to in libraries, and picked up in bookstores—books that inform with clarity and persuade with conviction.


    The Managing Editor oversees the execution of all editorial functions connected with Brookings books and journals, from manuscript editing to bound books. Manages a staff of editors and freelance professionals, providing guidance to meet schedules and resolve technical problems. Manages costs; works with cross-functional teams to ensure on-time delivery of quality product that complies with internal policies and procedures. Recommends and implements changes to policies and procedures; drives and leads continuous improvement projects affecting tools and processes. Performs substantive editing involving proofreading and editing.


     Production (70%)

    • Reviews manuscripts delivered for editing; ensures that manuscripts and their electronic files are in acceptable condition and that files are ready for editing; determines the level of editing required; contacts authors to go over any initial issues or problems discovered.
    • Meets with authors as necessary to go over press guidelines, editorial style, procedures, and scheduling.
    • Assigns work to in-house editor and freelance editors; advises them on editing and production schedules; assists them in solving problems; spot checks their work on manuscripts and proofs; sets copyediting style; provides leadership in handling electronic files and editing online.
    • Hires and sets guidelines for freelance editors; answers their questions on style; shepherds manuscripts turned in by them through all stages of production.
    • Hires and sets guidelines for freelance proofreaders and indexers.
    • Develops schedule for each book and maintains weekly book production schedule shared throughout the institution.
    • Coordinates editorial functions and schedules with other units of the Press.
    • Reviews design and edits copy for book jackets and covers; writes cover copy, as necessary.
    • Replies to inquiries from freelance editors, proofreaders, and indexers; pursues candidates for potential work as appropriate.


     Editing (30%)

    • Copyedits, especially tables, figures, and other technical material, as well as indexes. Adds author’s changes and corrections to manuscript. 
    • When possible, substantively edits manuscripts, reorganizing, cutting, rewriting, and fact checking, as necessary.
    • Prepares front matter and back matter for typesetting.
    • Coordinates the page proof stage, inserting changes from author and others onto the proofread copy; verifies placement of all elements of book particularly tables, figures, equations, and notes; does additional fact checking, as necessary.



    Education/Experience Requirements:

    Bachelor’s degree; minimum of five years of editing and production experience with a book publisher, including supervisory experience. Proven experience with writing or publishing. Demonstrated ability to write about content clearly and concisely. Demonstrated expertise managing complex projects with shifting deadlines and involvement of multiple stakeholders.


    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

    Familiarity with all phases of substantive editing, copyediting, and production, including typography, proofreading, and page and book makeup, and some knowledge of book design and printing. High degree of facility with electronic editing using Microsoft Word and some facility using Microsoft Excel; familiarity with page layout software desirable.


    Additional Information:


    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


    Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


    Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.







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