Managing Editor

Location: 
Boston, MA/Austin, TX

Position Overview

Six Red Marbles is looking for an experienced Managing Editor to oversee the content development of Higher Education-focused projects. A qualified candidate should have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Higher Education as a staff member at a publisher or vendor. The candidate should have a proven track record of taking customer projects to final expectation for print and digital products, all while delivering editorial excellence within budget, documenting process and budgets for development of market-competitive content, finding and hiring subject matter experts, along with providing oversight that ensures projects meet quality, schedule, and budget requirements, along with experience finding and training appropriate subject matter experts.

Job Duties

  • Benchmarks competitive, market-leading, profitable editorial practices in the industry
  • Develops workflows and estimates level-of-effort and schedules for market-competitive Higher Ed editorial work
  • Adapts standardized workflow and level-of-effort for specific projects as needed
  • Develops project-level editorial guidelines
  • Identifies, interviews and reviews work of prospective freelance editorial and subject matter experts for editorial projects
  • Trains freelance staff on project requirements and provide positive and constructive feedback in a timely and professional manner
  • Supervises employees and non-employees involved in editorial projects
  • Reviews and edits incoming content to ensure project quality meets customer specifications
  • Assists in the preparation of bids for editorial projects and is responsible for budget on editorial projects
  • Provides guidance and direction for development of images, illustrations and media required to accompany core content
  • Has a basic understanding of the end-to-end project workflows beyond content development and coordinates with cross-functional departments so editorial workflow fits appropriately within larger project workflows
  • Promotes our editorial program with prospective customers
  • Develops practices which can scale to growing business requirements of the Higher Education channel
  • Review, approve, and sign off on the editorial work of all titles prior to going to customer; ultimately, maintain high editorial quality
  • Directly communicate with customers, employees, and non-employee contractors, providing feedback, editorial assistance, and project management
  • Problem solves issues that arise during editorial development
  • Some travel to client locations may be necessary

Qualifications

Qualifications and Skills

  • Editorial Skills
    • Minimum 5 years experience in Higher Education editorial at a publisher or vendor
    • Track record of publishing high quality titles on-schedule and on-budget
    • Strong editorial subject matter expertise in various disciplines, possibly including business/marketing/accounting
    • Proven ability to manage projects and project-based teams of writers, editors, and SMEs
    • Ability to speak to process for different types of Higher Education projects
    • Experience negotiating contracts with subject matter experts
    • Detail oriented
    • Knowledge and understanding of the education industry (K12, HE, Test Prep and College Readiness).
  • Management skills
    • Ability to make decisions and to take accountability for decisions
    • Ability to clearly set project expectations, to communicate expectations clearly, and to measure performance against those expectations
    • Self-directed
    • Organized
    • Understands directives from clients and other stakeholders
    • Negotiation skills
    • Ability to delegate appropriate responsibilities to editors and assistants
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Ability to meet deadlines
    • Able to manage multiple projects at different stages, while meeting deadlines and high-quality standards

Budgeting, Forecasting, and Reporting

  • Develop and maintain the project budget, using Workamajig software.
  • Track project expenses against project budget and forecast remaining expenses to determine potential overages. Collaborate with Directors to strategize prevention/mitigation of overages.
  • Report regularly to the Project Director and other stakeholders on project milestones, financial status, and other needs as determined at project initiation.
  • Effectively manage project scope, minimizing changes by ensuring any changes to scope are documented, communicated, and managed through the change management process.

Leadership and Communication

  • Serve as the primary contact for all project communication, internally with the project team and externally with the client.
  • Anticipate, identify, and document issues on the project; collaborate with the team to troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the project life cycle.
  • Proactively lead, coach, and motivate project team members across all disciplines.
  • Communicate project status to the client and internal project team on a regular basis at intervals defined during project planning stage and as needed to meet client requests.
  • Keep Project Director and internal stakeholders apprised of any risks to the project schedule, budget, or deliverables as soon as they become apparent. Collaborate with Project Director to communicate risks and/or issues and their resulting solution to the client.
  • Hold regular internal and client status meetings as necessary. Set meeting agenda with input from the team and circulate minutes/notes following every meeting. Keep all meeting participants focused and on task to maximize efficiency.

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