The Associate Editor is an integral member of the Design and Publications team, working closely with the Director of Design and Publishing, Digital Designer, Studio Manager, and Photographer on a wide range of print and digital projects. This position is responsible for copyediting and proofreading Museum of Art publications, which include exhibition catalogues and books related to the collection, exhibition labels, gallery guides, special program brochures, curriculum materials, newsletters, marketing and press materials, and online communications. Working closely with the Director of Design and Publishing, curatorial, exhibitions, education, web, advancement, and marketing staff, the Associate Editor manages, monitors, and coordinates progress from concept through writing and production phases for all print and digital projects. In addition to working closely with the web and marketing departments to develop web content, this role assists in day-to-day web updates to ensure and maintain clear and consistent public messaging. This position serves as coordinating editor for Storyboard, the museum’s award-winning online journal and takes the lead on content development for other online initiatives. In addition to executing and providing substantive editing (including manuscript preparation and content/structural review), copyediting, and proofreading, the Associate Editor is responsible for developing, implementing, and enforcing editorial standards and museum style guide.
Develops and strategizes, in conjunction with the director of publishing, web and digital media, curatorial, education, and marketing to determine the best way to present website content, including exhibition posts and updates, exhibition microsites, Storyboard (online journal), education materials, etc.; actively searching out possibilities for developing and selecting web content.
Serves as coordinating editor for Storyboard—managing editorial calendar, communicating with contributors, editing essays, and commissioning new content.
Develops processes and procedures for seamlessly integrating the creation and production of online content into the museum’s operations.
Oversees web updates performed by marketing and proofreads content entered by other departments.
Assesses goals and requirements in conjunction with the director of publishing, curatorial, exhibitions, education, web, and marketing staff to for specific publications and projects, and manages, monitors, and coordinates progress from concept through writing and production phases.
Is the project manager for all print and digital publications produced by the education department.
Proofs all press releases, ads, and other marketing materials.
Works with the web and marketing departments to develop web content and assists in day-to-day web updates.
Takes the lead on content development for exhibition microsites and other substantive online projects.
Executes and provides substantive editing (including manuscript preparation and content/structural review), copy editing, and proofreading for the museum’s printed materials and in-gallery communications.
Develops, implements, and enforces, in conjunction with the department head, editorial standards and museum style guide in both print and online.
Lead editor/project manager on various exhibition projects. Manages project timeline, defines objectives, manages budget, assembles and coordinates project staff, works to resolve issues, and assesses progress and results of the project.
Assists with book and catalogue projects.
Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
BA in art history or English required; MA in art history, museum studies, or English preferred.
A strong interest in the visual arts is required.
Minimum five years of museum or publishing experience, preferably copyediting and proofreading experience in a professional editorial environment, such as a museum, cultural institution, newspaper, publisher, or corporate editorial or public affairs department.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Individual must be highly organized, detail oriented, self-motivated, and a creative thinker/problem solver.
Ability to prioritize tasks, manage conflicting deadlines, coordinate project schedules, and work in a fast-paced environment.
Highly developed aesthetic sensibilities, as well as superior communication, interpersonal, and organization skills are also required.
Ability to multi-task and manage a complex schedule of deliverables is essential.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and Outlook is required.
Proficiency with electronic editing using PDFs and with website content management systems is required; familiarity with Photoshop and InDesign is a plus.
Individual is expected to gain proficiency with EMu, the museum’s collection management database.
Proficiency with WordPress is required; all museum web properties are built in WordPress environments.