Senior Project Editor

ROLE TITLE:  
Senior Project Editor

MISSION: 

We make great learning easy. 

PURPOSE:
The main purpose of this role is to manage and co-ordinate the development of content and the delivery of print and digital programmes to quality, time and budget thresholds. The role of the Senior Project Editor is critical in ensuring that all functions involved during the lifecycle of a programme work efficiently and effectively together.

REPORTS TO
Head of Primary

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Editorial Management

  • Assess the extent of editorial input – i.e. whether a development edit, copy edit, or structural edit is required on each element of the programme and brief and manage an external editor to carry out the work (unless the work is being kept in house).
  • Agree the time and budget needed to carry out the work with the external vendor.
  • Work with the PM to agree and take responsibility for the schedules for each element of the programme.
  • Along with Design and the CE, input into guidance to help authors write to length and to quality. Ensure communication with authors is timely, cordial and appropriate.
  • Edit and style sample chapters and agree with Design on the level of styling required.
  • Compile artwork and photograph briefs ensuring they are clear so that   an illustrator or picture researcher can carry out the brief. Provide reference material if needed (or brief external vendors to undertake the same task).
  • Create prelims and end matter for titles as required; write cover blurbs in agreement with the CE and Marketing. Edit and proofread marketing material, blurbs and covers as required. 
  • Check all proof corrections, CRC, high-res PDFs, printer proofs and ebooks. 
  • As the role with oversight of the whole programme, be responsible for the editorial quality of all print and digital content. Intervene immediately if quality slips.
  • Brief reviewers and fact checkers when required.

 

Project Management

  • Work effectively with all teams involved in product design, development and promotion.
  • Take responsibility for the parts of the schedule relating to editorial; anticipate and resolve potential bottlenecks and conflicts in schedules. 
  • Input to scheduling, meet agreed deadlines and flag any delays with all team members, including the author.
  • Manage the author relationship and act as the critical point of contact during production of their titles. Supervise external vendor liaison with authors as required intervening if communication falters.
  • Arrange CD recordings, budgets, schedules and sign off master CDs.

    
Vendor Management

  • Contract, brief and manage editors, proof readers, photo researchers, indexers, content checkers, reviewers and act as the main point of contact for them.
  • Contract, brief and manage illustrators and designers/typesetters when required.
  • Monitor and maintain editorial quality by reviewing materials from time to time to ensure quality thresholds are being delivered. 

 

Accountability in Leadership and Teamwork:

  • Collaborate with Functional and Department teams. 
  • Demonstrate effective communication with all levels of the organisation and engage all members of team in two-way-communication.
  • Show leadership and foster imagination, innovation and experimentation within the editorial team.
  • Assess and critique processes looking for ways to improve them.
  • Mentor junior staff if required.

 

COMPETENCIES:

  • Good initiative and decision-making skills, ability to problem solve.
  • Enjoys working in a team – experience of effective team working
  • Ability to prioritise, manage time efficiently and work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to judge when intervention is required in an otherwise externally managed project. Excellent organisational and IT skills
  • Firm ability to structurally edit, copy-edit, proofread and knowledge of BS proofreading symbols
  • Good attention to detail alongside excellent organisational and IT skills
  • Proven communication skills – written and verbal
  • Strong influencing and interpersonal skills

 

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

Must have (essentials)

  • 3rd level qualification 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in an editorial role 
  • High level knowledge of print and digital processes and how editorial decisions relate to this
  • Experience in highly illustrated, complex design books and integrated programmes
  • Interest and passion for Irish education

 

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the education market

If you have any further queries, please contact Folens HR on careers@folens.ie