JOB TITLE: Associate Editor (Regular/Full-Time)
REPORTS TO: Senior Manager of Creative Services
The High Museum of Art (HMA) is seeking an Associate Editor to join the Creative Services team. Under the general supervision of the Senior Manager of Creative Services, the Associate Editor is responsible for all editorial aspects of the publication of exhibition catalogues and other books. The Associate Editor also edits other museum didactics and printed materials. The editorial requirements shall include developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading to ensure the highest quality in final written content. The Associate Editor also assists in other publishing tasks as requested.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
- Edits all other printed material (e.g., labels, didactics, brochures, and letters) and some digital material (e.g., website and e-newsletters) generated by the Museum in coordination with various museum departments. Writes, edits, and refines such material as necessary and in accordance with the Museum’s style. Helps to oversee edited content and its distribution within the Museum.
- Edits and/or project manages book projects by coordinating with authors, editors, proofreaders, photographers, designers, and others, in consultation with the Senior Manager of Creative Services. Developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading of books is required. Ensures that proper controls and schedules are implemented.
- Edits web, including the online exhibition pages and calendar, and other digital materials for the Museum, and manages and edits online articles and/or other texts for the website.
- Edits for readability, style, voice, accuracy, and consistency. Proofreads books and other printed materials as needed. Writes and rewrites as necessary. Develops style procedures and maintains up-to-date style guides in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, AP style, the Museum’s style guide, and other relevant sources.
- Assists the Senior Manager of Creative Services with aspects related to the printing and publishing of books, including distribution reports.
- Keys manuscripts for design and production. Creates manuscript files for transmittal to designer. Reviews final layouts for books and other printed material.
- Helps to maintain standards of editorial excellence and consistency throughout the museum and plays an active role in the development and implementation of style guidelines for books, didactics, and other material.
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in English or Art History OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Work Experience: Minimum of five years of experience in writing, editing, and project managing books (including developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading). Experience in scholarly editing. Experience with art museum publications or the editorial equivalent.
Skills and Abilities:
- Proven ability in delegating and supervising editorial tasks, setting priorities, anticipating demands, and coordinating stringent deadlines.
- Skill in communicating clearly and effectively, working under pressure, and dealing effectively and tactfully with curators, writers, designers, other museum staff, freelancers, and vendors.
- Ability to work on a computer (Mac literate).
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite for Mac.
- Ability to visually inspect detailed printed material.
- Ability to work collaboratively as a team member and to work independently when required.
- Proven experience in making a final product that upholds the highest editorial standards.
- Experience in digital publishing is preferred but not required.
- Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and HTML is preferred but not required.