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Managing Editor- Product Development

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Human Kinetics is committed to building a more diverse workforce. We welcome BIPOC candidates and others who identify with underrepresented groups to apply.

Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000

Eligibility for remote work: All functions of this position can be successfully performed remotely.

Job Summary

As a member of either the AC or TP Editorial Department, the Managing Editor is the ProdDev expert responsible for supervising several editorial and production phases for assigned print and non-print projects according to the quality, budget, and schedule expectations established by the Acquisitions Editor. Responsibilities include reading standard-track manuscripts and handling project management tasks related to permissions, art, photo, and video; copyediting, indexing, and proofreading; and design and layout; and ancillaries. Essential functions 1-4 apply to standard-track projects. Essential functions 5-12 apply to both standard and DE-review track projects.

Essential Functions:

1. Performs light developmental work on initial batches and full manuscripts for standard track projects, including evaluating completeness of major text elements, art, tables, and photos and providing author guidance for minor revisions. As appropriate, provides guidance to freelancers or authors about strategies for ensuring HK content reflects diversity and inclusiveness and is free of bias.

2. For suites that include ancillaries, manages ancillaries according to established procedures, ensuring that ancillaries effectively support the print book, are integrated with the text and other ancillaries in terms of content, and follow HK standards. Plots out ancillary schedules that allow staff appropriate time for ancillary creation while releasing all suite components by the desired release. Collaborates with staff in other departments to ensure that ancillaries meet schedule, budget, and quality expectations.

3. Compiles art, photo, equation, and video manuscripts and completes those transmittals on standard track projects. Ensures photos and videos effectively support the text. Considers evolving accessibility guidelines for print and digital content and works with HK teammates to apply them as appropriate for the needs of the project.

4. Prepares design transmittal materials for standard track projects and provides feedback on design sample pages for all projects.

5. Identifies all items that need permission, obtains source information from the author, and transmits materials to the Permissions Manager on standard track projects.

6. Completes castoffs accurately. Resolves page count issues before production TM.

7. Applies knowledge of grammar, usage, and house and CMS style and proofs text, tables, artwork, covers, and other print and non-print project components for accuracy, consistency, and adherence to HK and project quality expectations.

8. Evaluates and integrates author and other reviewers’ changes at various stages. Applies good judgment in deciding what types of changes are necessary, depending on the type of change and the stage at which it is requested. Provides feedback about the quality of the work completed by non-HK freelancers and project managers.

9. Typemarks and styles manuscripts and ensures callouts for non-text elements are complete and placed appropriately.

10. Ensures accurate art, photo, and permissions data and costs are recorded according to established procedures so that reports are complete. Keeps the publication schedule updated with accurate schedule and project data.

11. Prepares complete project materials for internal colleagues or outsourcing partners at various project management stages according to established procedures (such as copyediting prep, art transmittal, production transmittal, and so on).

12. Contributes to HK’s profitability by working productively and ensuring project budgets and schedules are met. Suggests improvements to editorial processes or systems to increase efficiency and promote innovation. During periods of lighter workload, assists colleagues with tasks as needed.

Secondary Functions:

1. Develops resources for other editorial staff, authors, acquisitions editors, or production staff to improve or simplify the publication process, including the development of updated checklists, forms, or other planning/reporting tools that streamline or improve communication.

2. Provides leadership to other editors by developing and presenting training sessions.

3. Serves as an expert resource for staff inside and outside editorial to help clarify how editorial processes affect and are affected by other departments’ needs.

4. Works with Editorial Directors to ensure the effective functioning of HK’s editorial processes. Participates in the creation and maintenance of current, complete, and accurate procedure documentation for ME tasks. Makes adjustments to procedures or systems as needed to address quality problems. Coordinates as needed with directors of non-editorial departments to establish clear workflows, procedures, and communication channels.

5. Represents the ME role in various HK task forces.

Job Qualifications:

Required Education:
Bachelor’s Degree
Demonstrated proficiency on HK’s proofreading diagnostic test: “errors” score of at least 18/23 and “queries” score of at least 11/21

Preferred Education: Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree, preferably in a language-related field or in one of the sport sciences.

Required Experience:
Print or online publishing experience
Proficiency with Microsoft Word or comparable word processing software

Preferred Experience:
Proficiency with the complete Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat DC

Required Competencies:
Attention to detail
Computer literacy
Decision making
Financial awareness
Functional expertise and usage
Planning and organizing
Quality orientation
Results orientation
Stress tolerance
Interpersonal understanding
Oral communication
Organizational awareness
Written communication

Preferred Competencies:
Customer focus
Innovation orientation
Continuous learning
Conceptual thinking
Data gathering and analysis
External (strategic) awareness
People development
Strategic thinking

Job Demands:
R = Rarely (0-15%)
O = Occasionally (16 – 45%)
F = Frequently (46 – 100%)

Office Equipment: Frequent use of a computer (Windows) and occasional phone, copier, printer, and scanner. Rare use of a Mac computer.

Mental Demands:

Frequent use of time management, organizing, reading/writing, problem solving, and decision-making skills.

Occasional supervision and data interpretation.

Working Conditions: Indoor office environment.

Physical Demands: Frequent sitting, typing, and seeing. Occasional standing, walking, hearing, and talking.  Rarely lifting, carrying, traveling, or driving.

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, Responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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