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Managing Editor, History and Theory

Posted: 01/26/2020

Managing Editor, History and Theory



Established in 1961, History and Theory is the leading journal in the world for the study of theory and philosophy of history. Despite its focus, H&T is in many ways a general journal that addresses our understanding of history and the past. The journal publishes articles and reviews essays principally in these areas: critical philosophy of history; speculative philosophy of history; historiography; history of historiography; historical methodology; critical theory; time and culture; and history and related disciplines. Each annual volume consists of four numbers; the fourth number is usually in the form of a Theme Issue.

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief of History and Theory, the Managing Editor is primarily responsible for the production and editing of the journal, management of online innovation projects, and supporting functions.

Responsibilities include:

Production of the journal; management of manuscript traffic among editors; correspondence with authors and reviewers.

Editing, typesetting, and initial proofreading of journal content and, in consultation with graphic designer and Wiley production manager, updating cover content for each issue.

Setting the agenda for and scheduling editorial meetings and ensuring that all agenda items are acted upon in a timely manner according to established schedule as well as ad hoc.

Scheduling of content for publication to meet the priorities of the editors as well as the requirements of Wiley-Blackwell, the journal’s publisher.

Researching, developing and disseminating online content including website design/management and social media coordination.

Coordinating and consulting with Wiley in regard to production, marketing, subscriptions, pricing, online initiatives, and subsidiary rights.

Managing new projects arising from the Online Innovation Fund ($200,000) provided by Wiley under a new contract.

Planning and managing occasional conferences.

Managing department budget.

Managing informational email list.

Consulting with other Wesleyan departments regarding budget, graphic design, and IT issues.

Other duties as assigned by the Editor-in-Chief.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in publishing, editing, and web design or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Expertise in copyediting, proofreading, typesetting, and publication management.

Understanding of publishing workflow and process.

Strong knowledge of print and digital publishing best practices.

Familiarity with Chicago style conventions, excellent spelling and grammar skills.

A strong commitment to high-quality writing and scholarship.

Knowledge of journal management, peer-review process, and the academic publishing lifecycle.

Experience with website maintenance, management, and development.

Strong Social Media skills with knowledge of SEO strategies.

Effective communication skills.

Strong project management skills.

Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously
Strong skill in the MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimum supervision as well as with a team.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience managing an academic journal.

A passion for and curiosity about history.
Previous experience managing a budget.

Strong experience with web design and page layout software like Adobe Creative Suite, Wordpress, or other similar software.

Knowledge of and experience with HTML5/CSS, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, or other similar languages.

Experience managing conferences.

Management Competencies
Inform others, Innovation management, Meeting management, Project management
Action oriented, Composure, Decision quality/ judgment, Functional/technical skills, Interpersonal skills/savvy, Intellectual horsepower, Listening skills, Organizational skills, Peer relationships, Perseverance, Planning/priority setting, Problem solving, Project management, Respects diversity, Results-oriented, Teamwork/collaboration, Time management, Written communications
Special Instructions to Applicants

Application close date March 1, 2020

Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

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