Job Announcement: Editor of Manuscripts

Editor of Manuscripts

Manuscripts is the quarterly journal of The Manuscript Society.  Tracing its history to 1948, The Manuscript Society has grown to an international membership of approximately 750 individuals and institutions.  The journal is presently published only in a paper edition.

Duties:  The Editor has complete oversight of the publication of Manuscripts. The position solicits and edits articles for publication; coordinates peer review of submissions as appropriate; obtains copyright and author approval forms; proofreads, collates proofs, etc.; prepares the journal’s index for the Fall issue; works directly with the person responsible for design and layout; works with the printer to maintain a timely publication schedule and to develop a high-quality product; and works effectively with the coeditors for “Auction Trends” and “Reviews” sections of Manuscripts and the editor of The Manuscript Society’s News.  The Editor also serves on the Publications Committee, participates on a regular basis with the Executive Committee, reports at Board of Trustees meetings, and attends annual meetings.

Desirable Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to write well, as exhibited through publications, editorial projects, service on editorial boards, etc.  Broad knowledge about collecting manuscripts and archives, American history or other pertinent humanities background.  Familiarity with current trends in electronic text submission, editing, and publication, including handling of PDF files.  Ability to collaborate and work well with authors, assistant editors, production staff, design staff, the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and other members of The Manuscript Society.  Ability to plan and adhere to schedules.  Ability to provide attention to detail, to inspire contributors, and to work well under pressure and with a variety of people. Familiarity with word-processing programs and electronic document transfer via the Internet. Budgeting experience desirable.  Familiarity with The Manuscript Society, its goals and the role Manuscripts has in realizing them.

Salary is $2,750.00 per issue.  Expenses to attend board and annual meetings are covered by the Society. The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility for re-appointment. There will be a six-month probation period.

We are looking for someone who is innovative, creative and a team player.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their application (CV, cover letter, and examples of their work) to the Mr. Allen Ottens, Chairman, Editor Search Committee, 1802 Old Oaks Court, Rockford, IL 61108; email: aottens@comcast.net.

 

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