How You Will Contribute

The Editor is responsible for the project management of individual publications covering a wide array of topics and in both print and digital formats. As one of four Editors in the department, he/she manages the publication process from initial manuscript development through proofreading and finalization of the content. The Publishing Department produces approximately eight to nine books a year, with an emphasis on scholarly collection and exhibition catalogues. Long recognized for the strength of its scholarly publications, the department will be expanding its program in the coming years to include more popular books, explore the development of books for children and families, and continue its recently launched work on digital publications.

Working with the Director of Publishing, Production Manager, and the author, the Editor shapes the content of a given publication, develops project schedules and works closely with other authors, curators, designers, photographers, production staff, translators, and other freelancers to keep the project focused and on schedule.

Specifically, you will

  • Serve as the project manager for individual books as assigned by the Director of Publishing. Participate in concept and manuscript development; be responsible for substantive editing, rights clearance, consolidating and communicating design feedback, proofreading, and blueline approval.

  • Be responsible for tracking deadlines for assigned projects and working with the Production Manager and Director of Publishing to adjust and troubleshoot as necessary.

  • Prepare materials for assigned books for copyright and CIP registration, and assemble promotional materials for copublication partners and internal marketing and communications staff.

  • Actively share information about book projects with other relevant Museum staff, including coordination of editorial guidelines with Editorial and Graphic Design Department as necessary.

  • Serve as the Publishing Department representative on the development and maintenance of a Museum-wide editorial style guide.

  • Participate in strategic conversations with other Publishing Department staff about the Publishing program, and implement specific initiatives as assigned by the Director of Publishing.

Your diverse background includes

  • BA in art history or English required; MA in art history, museum studies, or English preferred.

  • Minimum three to five years of editorial experience in art-book publishing; museum, trade, or university press experience are all desirable.

  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and the creation and implementation of editorial style sheets required.

  • Individual must be highly organized, detail oriented, self-motivated, and a creative thinker/problem solver, with the ability to multitask and manage complex schedules.

  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills required.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and Outlook is required.

  • Proficiency in foreign languages a plus, particularly French, Chinese, or Japanese.

  • Proficiency with electronic editing using PDFs and with website content management systems is desirable; familiarity with TMS, Photoshop, and InDesign is a plus.

  • Experience with digital publishing strongly preferred.

  • Must be flexible and able to work independently to meet rigid deadlines.

  • Must have meticulous attention to detail and well-developed organizational talents.

  • What We Do

    We are Philadelphia's art museum. A place that welcomes everyone. A world-renowned collection. A landmark building. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors-through scholarly study or creative play-to discover the creative spirit that lies within each of us. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable.

    Who We Are

    Our values define who we are. They drive the way we do things and the decisions we make. We are open - we welcome everyone, opening eyes and minds to the expressive power of the arts. We are connected - we sustain and strengthen the communities we serve, bringing together diverse audiences. We are vital - we bring the arts to life, engaging visitors from Philadelphia and around the world. We are provocative - we believe that the arts can change the way we understand ourselves and how we see the world.

    Working Together

    We expect every employee, department, and division to work collaboratively with all others, inspired by a shared purpose. We respect each other as individuals and colleagues. We encourage innovation and support one another's efforts, recognizing that innovation involves risk. We are an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks to employ a diverse group of people who embody our values.

    What We Offer

    Our employees are at the center of the Museum. We want to ensure they are engaged in their work and rewarded for a job well done. We offer generous benefits and compensation depending on the position such as:

  • Extensive paid time off, including up to four weeks' vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year

  • Retirement savings program with Museum match

  • Excellent health, dental, and vision benefits at low cost to employees

  • Fully paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance

  • Museum Perks - tickets for special exhibitions, store and cafe discounts, free general admission for immediate family, reciprocal memberships with local and national museums, and more.

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