Editorial Assistant

Full Time
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
$37,000 - $39,500 a year
Posted 20 days ago
Job description

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the University’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Editorial Assistant position serves a support role in the Editorial Acquisitions department of the University of Michigan Press. The incumbent in this position will assist Acquisitions editors in their efforts to recruit scholarly monographs and texts and to facilitate the various processes associated with acquiring and developing such titles.

The University of Michigan Press is a vital component of UM Library's Michigan Publishing, which is the primary academic publishing division of the University. In partnership with our authors and series editors, the Press publishes around 100 peer-reviewed books a year in a range of humanities and social science disciplines.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.

Responsibilities*

Administrative Duties:

  • Basic record and file maintenance and general assistance for two editors, including assisting editors in tracking projects

  • Maintaining communication between departments on active projects, preparing preliminary budget plans for new projects

  • Assisting editors in seeking reviewers and keeping review schedules on track and up-to-date

  • Drafting and processing contracts for new titles and book series

  • Mailing out contracts and manuscripts for review; mailing complimentary copies of books to authors and reviewers

  • Assembling and proofreading new project proposals for Acquisitions Approval meetings and Faculty Executive Committee meetings

  • Preparing manuscripts for production, confirming that all necessary elements of the manuscript are in-house and correctly formatted, permissions are in order, and images are usable

  • Functional supervision for undergraduate students

Developmental Tasks:

  • Working with editors to communicate with authors and make sure that the author’s vision and the Press’ vision are aligned

  • Assisting in educating less-experienced authors about the publishing process as a whole, and more veteran authors on the new challenges of publishing in the digital world

  • Serving as one of the author’s main contact points throughout the publishing process

Required Qualifications*

  • Community college diploma or high school diploma and one to two years of relevant experience in collaborative project management or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills; possess a good vocabulary and writing skills; demonstrated ability to prepare and format electronic documents.

  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem-resolution skills; ability to meet deadlines consistently in a production environment

  • Ability to work independently and in a group environment as part of a well-functioning and diverse team

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Familiarity with desktop publishing tools.

  • Previous experience in book, journal, or magazine publishing.

  • Interest in new forms of digital scholarship and alternative (e.g., open access) business models.

Work Schedule

  • 40 hours/week; typically Monday - Friday, may change as needed

  • May require evening or weekend work during occasional special events

Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. This position receives 12 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

This position may have opportunities for both onsite and remote work.

The person in this position occasionally moves through the building to attend meetings/events and ascend/descends short flights of stairs to different floors of the building. Ability to move and/or transport materials that weigh up to 25 pounds.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely. More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.


Job Opening ID

219330

Working Title

Editorial Assistant

Job Title

Assistant Editor Associate

Work Location

Ann Arbor Campus

Ann Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time

Full-Time

Regular/Temporary

Regular

FLSA Status

Nonexempt

Organizational Group

Univ Library

Department

Mich Publishing-Acquisitions

Posting Begin/End Date

6/24/2022 - 7/15/2022

Salary

$37,000.00 - $39,500.00

Career Interest

Communications & Marketing

Libraries & Museums

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