Job: Associate Editor, Mark Twain Papers

Associate Editor (4018U)

About Berkeley
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 03/01/2019

Departmental Overview
Located in the midst of the Mark Twain Papers in The Bancroft Library, the Mark Twain Project is a longstanding, distinguished scholarly undertaking which is creating a comprehensive scholarly edition of Mark Twain’s writings, including all of his letters, notebooks, and unpublished manuscripts, as well as his published journalism and literary works. Before 2007 all editions were published as printed books. Since 2007 we have been building an electronic edition of these writings, http://www.marktwainproject.org, which draws upon the Web’s strengths of search, organization, and display.

Responsibilities

• Researches, writes, edits, and checks for accuracy texts, textual apparatuses, explanatory notes, and other documentation (maps, charts, schedules, and lists) for a variety of purposes, including publication in books, on the Web, and in internally accessed databases. Applies a mastery of both subject matter (Mark Twain’s life and writings, nineteenth-century American history and literature) and Project specific editorial standards and modern textual theory. Assignments may include writing parts of individual editorial content, grant proposals, articles for publication, briefing materials, talking points, press releases, web sites and site content.

• Determines content and sources for publications and written work, conducts research with multiple and sometimes conflicting sources, decides how a text by Mark Twain should read based on that research, and ensures accuracy, clarity and sound judgment in establishing such a text and its technical apparatus.

• Consults with and advises scholars seeking help in solving their problems searching Mark Twain.

• May edit and oversee design and production of a variety of print and online material.

• May develop publications or web sites to meet communication needs.

• Assesses submitted manuscripts and recommends materials to be published, including working with nonresident authors on developing material for publication.

• May oversee or lead staff; hire, assign, and oversee freelance staff.

• May respond to media inquiries, directing reporters to campus media relations officers and other subject­ matter experts as appropriate

Required Qualifications

• Masters degree in related area (e.g. American literature, history) and/or equivalent experience/training. Ph.D. is preferred.

• Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation and advanced skills in writing clearly and effectively for both scholarly audiences and the broader public.

• Advanced knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.

• Some knowledge of and/or ability to quickly learn computer applications for writing, editing, publishing, image handling, and/or web production, especially XML-based workflows.

• Advanced research and fact verification skills.

• Good interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.

• Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills.

• Ability of maintain absolute confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications

• Familiarity with library metadata.

• Experience with transcribing manuscripts.

• Experience with devising and running unit and system tests.

• A keen eye for proofreading and copy-editing.

Salary & Benefits
$69,000.00 – $105,200.00 annual
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
All applicants should submit a writing sample with their application.
Please submit your sample, cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/1399319

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