Project Editor

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Posting Number NC893P

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Working Title Project Editor

Position Number 16407

Department University of Arkansas Press

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.
Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

TheUniversity of Arkansas Press supports the aim of its parent institution bydisseminating academic knowledge and creative work that advance the goals ofthe university. We curate a list ofbooks from scholars and artists of diverse backgrounds and publishpeer-reviewed titles in an array of specialty areas as well as books thatserve audiences with bothregional and international interests. In all of our activities, we value powerful ideas, peer review, careful editing, beautiful design, widely available content, diversified funding, targeted marketing, the success of our contributors and, mostly, the understanding of our readers.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief of the press, the Project Editor at the University of Arkansas Press heads up a group of expert editors who copyedit and prepare for design approximately two dozen manuscripts annually-from scholarly works in the humanities and social sciences to illustrated trade titles, reference volumes, and books of poetry-and make their content clear, effective, accessible, and pleasant. This position oversees copyediting, page proofing, file preparation, and record keeping and does so according to a managed budget. As a member of the editorial team, the Project Editor works closely with the Editor-in-Chief and Production Manager to maintain a smooth and reliable workflow that produces high quality books that safeguard and advance the reputation of the press as an academic publisher of the highest caliber.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • At least two years of experience editing and developing academic copy

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications
  • Terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education in English, journalism, communications, or a related field
  • At least two years of experience editing and developing creative writing, especially poetry
  • Experience preparing and copyediting manuscripts, including permissions auditing, proofreading, indexing, and basic image analysis

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Mastery knowledge of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Demonstrated effective management skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage, track, and bring to completion a great number of projects and tasks in an efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner
  • Ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with departmental staff, colleagues, authors, freelancers, and vendors
  • Confident ability working through messaging and social-media platforms, via voice and video conference, and with cloud-based solutions using collaborative document markup

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Feeling
  • Grasping
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Reaching
  • Sharps
  • Standing
  • Walking


  • Hearing
  • Talking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting

The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - McIlroy House (University Press)

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? No

Does this position require a background check? Yes

If yes, please specify
  • Criminal background check
  • Sex offender registry check

Does this position require a substance abuse test? No

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 10/19/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

[email protected]

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you hold a Master's degree or higher?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least two years of experience editing and developing academic copy?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Proof of Veterans Status





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Posted: 10/5/2017
Application Due: 10/20/2017
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