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The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland: Managing Editor

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is a charity (charity no. SC 010440) and independent publisher of high-quality peer-reviewed books and journals covering the entirety of Scotland's past with a particular focus on archaeology and history.

The Society is seeking an experienced and motivated Managing Editor to take overarching responsibility for the management, design, production and marketing of a mix of online and print archaeology and history resources. This highly varied position will offer excellent experience in all aspects of academic publishing, including editorial, design and marketing responsibilities.

Deadline for applications: 11pm on Sunday 9th June.

It is expected that interviews will be held on Monday 17th June.

Starting Salary: £29,443 to £32,568 depending on experience, with a 10% pension contribution, flexible working, childcare voucher scheme available.

Hours: 5 days a week/37 hours a week. This is a permanent post with a probation period of 6 months.

Key Duties of the role:

  • Work with the Director, Council Trustees and Editorial Advisory Board to deliver the Society's Strategic Plan 2016-2021 in relation to publications, and develop and deliver a new Strategic Plan for the next five-year period.
  • Oversee peer review, editorial, production and marketing of online and print books and journals ensuring that the Society's publications' policies are fit for purpose and up to date.
  • Manage one member of staff as well as freelance publishing professionals.

Essential skills:

  • Experience in a mid-level editorial role, including experience of digital and journal publishing.
  • Knowledge and experience of Open Access publishing issues.
  • Proven ability to think strategically to develop a publishing plan.
  • Excellent computer skills (particularly MS Office) with confidence picking up new digital software.
  • Excellent time-management and organisational abilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to work well independently.
  • High standard of accuracy with close attention to detail.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant professional experience.

Desirable skills:

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (in particular InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).
  • Demonstrable interest in Scotland's past and heritage.
  • Experience line managing in-house and freelance staff.
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills.
  • Experience working with highly illustrated books, for example colour management and image sizing.

Person specification:

The ideal candidate will have strong experience in academic publishing, as well as an interest in Scotland's history and archaeology. They will be used to handling a busy and varied workload, balancing the need to develop long-term strategies with carrying out the day-to-day running of the publishing programme. Excellent communication skills and computer literacy are vital.

For full details and to apply, please see the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland website