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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.

Duke University Press is a strong advocate for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university press community. Individuals from groups under-represented in academic publishing are encouraged to apply.

If interested, please visit the Duke University jobs website and submit the University-required electronic application (including your résumé and cover letter), before close of the position at Noon on Friday, July 9, 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 schedule maintenance information in Title Management on all titles
    • Keep up-to-date reports; responsible for informing the managing editor about scheduling issues
    • Coordinate final book dates with EDP director and managing editor, as well as with book 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 manuscript 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
    • 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; communicate with author about copyediting issues; 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
    • Employ effective strategies for working with authors and other professionals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences; demonstrate interest in equity and inclusion
    • Demonstrate sensitivity to concerns relating to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability/disability

  • Edit and Proofread Cover Copy
  • Department-Preferred Skills and Experience:

    • 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, time management, decision-making, project management, and diplomatic skills

    Minimum Qualifications


    Work requires communication skills, plus 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.


    Read our Diversity Profile History

    Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

    As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

    Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

    Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

    Mission Statement

    Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

    “To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

     “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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