Managing Editor/ Assistant Director of Ploughshares magazine

Boston, Suffolk County
Apr 02, 2014
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Responsible for managing all daily operation, developing and implementing strategic new initiatives, and hiring, training, and supervising staff and interns. Manage administration and finances, marketing, circulation, web presence, and manage staff.

Campus Location

Boston Campus

Primary Duties, Responsibilites, and Tasks

Management: Responsible for assisting director with strategic planning and budgeting for organizational and fiscal stability and expansion. Advises Emerson grant writer on applications and final reports to NEA and MCC, maintains existing grant and foundational support. Prepares annual budget. Manages production manager, editorial assistants, digital production assistant, and student interns who are responsible for production and editorial tasks. Manages off-site work done by contractors and vendors, staff editors, guest-editors, guest-bloggers, and volunteer readers. Execute strategic plans, goals, and priorities, designing and monitoring plans and benchmarks to measure progress toward objectives.

Marketing and Circulation: Responsible for integrated marketing communications and all marketing activities, including annual new business direct mail campaign, annual fundraising direct mail campaign, renewal efforts, circulation projections and promotions, customer relations management, conference and bookfair strategy, expanding influence with social media management and promotions, press relations and maintenance of media list, reputation management, blog editorial content and management of writers and book reviews editor, planning guest editor visits, designing marketing collateral (including media kit and in-house advertisements), selling advertisements in Ploughshares and on website, and placing advertisements in other publications and media outlets. Responsible for gathering up-to-date information about customers through surveys and informal information gathering.

Digital publishing: Identify opportunities in digital publishing field, create strategies, and translate those plans into concrete goals and outcomes. Stay up-to-date on trends in digital publishing, including those outside of literary publishing. Manage current digital publishing projects: Pshares Singles and conversion of all current and back issues to eReader accessible files. Manage distribution and payments from digital publishing platforms, such as Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Business administration/operations: Direct and manage operations and business dealings. Oversee financial management including revenue forecasts, operating budgets, and cash flow management. Liaison to Emerson College’s finance, purchasing, IT, and mail departments. Researches, purchases, and implements new office and computer systems. Responsible for organizing any office moves. Manage contracts with partner organizations, manages royalties. Oversee order fulfillment process, ensures shipping efficiencies. Oversee manuscript screening process, and all editorial and production processes. Invoices advertisers. Manage copyrights, ISBNs, and UPC bar codes. Make payments to contributors, vendors, and consultants. Administer awards.

Webmaster: Work with Emerson College web services to develop any website updates or redesigns and develop eCommerce capabilities. Monitor website performance and reports any bugs or service errors. Review and analyze data from analytics reports of main website and blog. Ensure optimized user interface and make changes as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

A highly motivated, organized, and energetic self-starter. MA or BA with relevant experience. Computer skills relevant to publishing required. Proven ability to manage finances and people.

Preferred/Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

Some knowledge of InDesign is desirable. Ability to work with databases and content management systems strongly preferred. An understanding of how to harness social media for marketing purposes. An appreciation for contemporary literature a plus. Ability to market both print and digital publications. Ability to recruit and retain editorial assistants. Knowledge of digital publishing platforms and ability to stay up-to-date with evolving technologies.

Required Prior Work Experience

At least two years of relevant experience in publishing required. Magazine publishing preferred. Experience with a literary journal preferred but not required. Proven record as a manager.

Diversity Statement

Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

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Open Until Filled


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