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Production Editor

Stanford University

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Production Editor
School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 6438
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: R99
Requisition ID: 93819

Production Editor

Founded in 1892, Stanford University Press publishes 140+ books a year across the humanities, social sciences, law, and business. Our books inform scholarly debate, generate global and cross-cultural discussion, and bring timely, peer-reviewed scholarship to the wider reading public.

We are currently seeking a Production Editor to edit and coordinate the production of 30+ academic and trade titles. Titles range across a variety of subject areas including anthropology, Asian studies, business, history, Jewish studies, Middle East studies, religion, and sociology. The Production Editor will directly manage authors and freelancers for most assigned titles and oversee full-service book production vendors on others.

Primary responsibilities include
  • Oversee the editing and production from manuscript to book.
  • Supervise the work of freelance copy editors and proofreaders and prepare manuscripts for design.
  • Establish new procedures and/or methods to improve book development.
  • Contribute to the design process to ensure each manuscript is developed according to overall press production functions and overall departmental goals.
  • Maintain the production schedule.
  • Inspect jacket copy, jacket mechanicals, and bluelines, and collaborate with design staff and marketing personnel.
  • Devise creative solutions to problems that arise.
  • Adhere to an established budget, and explain variances.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong experience managing print projects, possessing a strong knowledge of traditional and digital printing.
  • Comprehensive familiarity with all phases of book production, including in-depth knowledge of copy, editorial, project management, and the basic rudiments of art and design.
  • Understanding of typical book production graphic software.
  • Ability to work in a diverse department to publish books within deadlines and budget.
  • Ability to identify problems swiftly when they arise and exercise good judgment in developing solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to interface with internal departments and external book publication/production community.

Additional Highly Preferred Skills
  • Knowledge of Filemaker, Acrobat, Word, Excel, plus overall familiarity with email and browser software
  • Thorough understanding of the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Experience with the Scribe Publishing platform is desirable.

  • Note: The position is currently remote, but at some point, full-time onsite attendance at our Redwood City office might be required.

    Why Stanford is for You

    Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
    • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
    • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
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    • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
    • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

    The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classifications and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

    Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of their job.

    Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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    Change the world. And yourself.

    Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.

    We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

    At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

    Stanford Facts at a Glance

    Opened 1891

    Student Enrollment

    • Undergraduates: 6,980
    • Graduates: 8,897


    • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
    • Nearly 700 major buildings
    • 97% of undergraduates live on campus


    • 5,300 externally sponsored projects
    • $1.33 billion total budget


    • 2,043 faculty members
    • 21 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
    • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

    Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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