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Duke University:

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

Duke University Press is seeking a Project Editor (Asst. Managing Editor) to manage 20 to 25 trade and scholarly books per year. The Project Editor is responsible for ensuring editorial quality and maintaining production timelines; has solid editorial experience and excellent project management skills; demonstrates the ability to make decisions and to solve problems independently; and demonstrates a commitment to continuous learning.

If interested, please submit the University-required electronic application, including your résumé and cover letter, before close of the position at Noon on Friday, April 16, 2021.


  • Responsibility for Timely Project Management of Editorial, Proofreading, and Indexing on assigned list of books, from manuscript transmittal to check of final files for printing
    • Maintain schedules throughout production; update managing editor with weekly information on all titles for schedule maintenance information in Title Management
    • Keep up-to-date reports; responsible for informing managing editor and EDP director about scheduling issues
    • Coordinate final book dates with EDP director and managing editor, as well as designers working on individual titles

  • Responsibility for Overall Quality of Editing, Proofreading, and Production of individual list of books
    • Evaluate manuscripts for completeness at assignment; prepare analysis of copyediting needs in collaboration with authors
    • Hire and supervise copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers as needed; send copyedited mss to authors for review; review author changes to copyedited ms; prepare ms for designer to complete interior text design; send manuscript into typesetting; send page proofs to authors and proofreaders; review author changes in proofs; edit indexes; check all subsequent passes of proofs to ensure accuracy; check final PDF files for printing; check advance copies
    • Provide timely and thorough feedback to freelancers about their performance, to ensure quality
    • Supply well-edited and well-prepared manuscripts for composition; oversee work done by compositors, to ensure quality of pages and final files

  • Monitor Costs for Books Produced, ensuring quality, schedule and budget
    • Determine copyediting and proofreading budget, and schedules for freelance services
    • Approve invoices; keep relevant Press staff informed of budget or author issues that could affect costs

  • Act as Liaison Between Authors and Duke University Press throughout the production process
    • Establish contact with author at project assignment; discuss manuscript with author before copyediting; communicate with author about copyediting; troubleshoot with author as necessary throughout copyediting, page proof, and index stages
    • Communicate schedules to authors and keep authors informed about upcoming stages as well as potential delays

  • Edit and Proofread Cover Copy

    • Prefer broad knowledge of editorial styles and practices; knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style author/date and numbered note reference styles
    • Prefer three years of copyediting experience
    • Technical requirements include word processing (electronic editing), Adobe Acrobat, database experience
    • Excellent communication skills; excellent time management skills; excellent decision-making skills; excellent project management skills; excellent people skills
    Minimum Qualifications


    Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


    Work generally requires one year of editorial experience in a publishing or related setting to acquire skills necessary to assist in managing and coordinating a variety of tasks such as copy editing, researching and evaluating technical or scientific manuscripts for accuracy, clarity, content, and completeness, monitoring production schedules, proofreading galleys and page proofs and checking layout, and illustrations. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

    Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

    Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

    Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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    Posted: 3/27/2021
    Application Due: 6/25/2021
    Work Type: Full Time