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Editorial, Design, and Production Manager (Temporary), GU Press Georgetown University

Georgetown University
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Editorial, Design, and Production Manager (Temporary), GU Press Georgetown University

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


Editorial, Design, and Production Manager (Temporary), GU Press - Georgetown University

At Georgetown University Press (GU Press), we publish authors whose ideas will shape our collective future and inspire readers to know the world better. Our books and resources enable readers to reach across barriers, locally and globally, in order to engage with one another. Our publishing embodies the Georgetown University ideals of academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, and service for the common good.

The Editorial, Design, and Production Manager (EPDM) - in a temporary role - is responsible for all the stages involved in three separate but related functions of the press - editorial, design, and production - in publishing approximately 40 new titles and two journals and 30 reprint editions per year.

The EDPM oversee the many elements involved in producing manuscript pages into printed, bound books - creating and maintaining a publication schedule - the basis upon which the other Press departments organize their respective functions - and schedules all products, ensuring that all authors and editors follow a formal style guidelines that explains in detail our requirements.

Reporting to the Director of GU Press, the EDPM has duties that include but are not limited to:

Interview, Selection, and Guidelines
  • Interviews and hires freelance copyeditors, developmental editors, proofreaders, and indexers for the manuscript editorial process.
  • Determines the suitability of each freelancer, negotiates the rate of payment and provide contracts to each, discusses the schedule, and provides each freelancer with written appropriate press style guidelines and expectations.
  • Upon receipt of the freelancer's work, reviews it completely and provides detailed feedback to the freelancer before overseeing the next stage.

Interaction with Authors and Proofing
  • Directly provides the author with the edited material to review, and provides each author with guidelines and expectations as well as an explanation on what to look for and how to mark corrections to a book manuscript in production.
  • Upon receipt of the marked-up text, proofs from the author, the EDPM merges all corrections onto a master set and returns them to the compositor to make revised pages; and takes responsibility for determining how much an edited manuscript can be amended and to negotiate that level with the author.
  • Takes responsibility for the cover and interior design for each book published by GU Press.
  • Receives interim proofs of text and cover and then coordinates all manufacturing stages until receipt of the printed book.
  • Reviews portfolios of designers and negotiates contracts and rates of payment for each designer(s) (often several designers are needed per book); and provides design specifications and enforces timelines.

Printing and Design
  • Provides written, formal printing specifications to each book manufacturer who is able to match the printing requirements of the book, and then receives and compares written, formal bids.
  • Coordinates with the compositor and designer to send electronically prepared files of the text and cover or dustjacket according to each printer's specifications for receiving electronic data.
  • Serves as is the contact for the printer regarding any technical problems or scheduling concerns.

  • Provides the intellectual property manager at the press with web-ready PDFs of the cover and text for the press' digital archive.
  • Oversees the shipping arrangements and make sure that printed books are provided in time for meetings, course adoptions, classroom use, or special events, as charted on the master schedule.
  • Reviews the invoices from all vendors and oversees payment, negotiating adjustments if necessary; and then coordinates payment data into the individual book budget and provides this data to the business manager for input into the main press budget.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least 5 years of experience in all areas of book production, as well as editorial and design management - 3 of them managing complex print and multimedia projects
  • Knowledge of current trends in digital publishing

Preferred qualification
  • Master's degree
  • Experience in acquisitions editorial

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

Need Assistance:

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Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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