The Great Books Foundation is seeking a qualified and highly motivated Senior Production Editor. This person oversees oversees and coordinates all production and some editorial services: permissions, reprints, design, art, copyediting, proofreading, and print and digital production for all GBF content (digital and print publications, as well as website and online materials, services, and experiences). The Senior Production Editor works with external vendors, freelances, and staff from all functional areas and at all levels to meet their production and editorial needs.
Obtains and manages permissions and licenses for content use
Monitors inventory and manages corrections and reprints of low stock
Maintains master production schedule and monitors project deadlines
Creates, maintains, and monitors production budget; monitors individual project budgets
Briefs and manages freelance designers and artists working on page layouts, covers, illustrations, and digital media
Briefs and manages freelance copyeditors and proofreaders
Maintains GBF house style and project style documents
Manages other freelances and interns and works with external vendors
Oversees content conversion from print to digital, and manages publication of materials in GBF’s digital platform
Obtains print quotes and manages printing process, with various printers, through warehouse delivery
Assesses competition, trends, opportunities, and innovations that relate to production and editorial services
Functions as project manager, particularly for larger, more complex projects
Contributes to work in production and editorial areas for all GBF materials, including ebooks, print pieces, and digital platform
Makes recommendations for additional resources; hires and oversees training for new staff and interns
Other duties as assigned
A. required, and master’s level publishing qualification preferred, plus at least 7-10 years of applicable experience
Demonstrated skills, ability, knowledge, and experience to fulfill duties/responsibilities
Demonstrated proactive leadership, management, supervision, and organization skills; ability to effectively communicate and present ideas in a clear, concise manner
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills: pronounced ability to collaborate, communicate, and work in a team environment, resolve conflict in an appropriate manner, and deal tactfully with differences of opinion
Punctual, conscientious, and possessing a high attention to detail
Experienced in creating, monitoring, and analyzing budgets and expenses
Demonstrates a high degree of adaptability; comfortable in establishing new directions, managing rapid change, and trying innovative approaches
High level of personal integrity, with the Foundation’s reputation always in mind
Strong commitment to the Foundation’s mission, with a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of the Shared Inquiry method of inquiry-based discussion
Interested applicants should submit both a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Submissions without a cover letter and resume will not be considered.
The Great Books Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that creates reading and discussion programs for students and adults.
Through Shared Inquiry™ discussions of enduring literature, we advance social and civic engagement and help people of all ages think critically about their own lives and the world we share.
What We Do
- For nearly 70 years the Great Books Fou...ndation has fostered respectful, open discussion that promotes civil discourse, civic engagement, and social justice.
- We inspire students to explore essential ideas in literature, past and present, worth talking about. We teach students how to think critically, igniting a passion for ideas that establishes a foundation for learning and growth.
- We provide instruction for teachers, parents, and volunteers in Great Books Shared Inquiry™, a method of learning that promotes close reading, careful questioning, active listening, and the respectful exchange of ideas.
- We build communities of lifelong learners who, through discussions of contemporary and perennial issues, become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens.
- We sponsor outreach programs, forging partnerships with educational and community organizations to advance reading and discussion as a way to explore shared concerns and common ground.