Writing & Editing
Senior Editor Books
Senior Editor Books Who may be considered for employment: Current Smithsonian En
Position: Senior Editor
Salary: $42,876-55,740 per year
Type: Full Time
Who may be considered for employment: Current Smithsonian Enterprise Employees. The Smithsonian
provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation
for the application or hiring process, please call 202-633-6409 (TTY).
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variety of educational, cultural and experiential backgrounds support and enhance our daily work life and
contribute to the richness of our exhibitions and programs.
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U.S. employment eligible
The employee serves as Senior Editor in the Smithsonian Books division of SE. In the capacity of Senior Editor,
the employee assists the Director of Smithsonian Books by creating complex books from initial concept
through production and managing al book schedules. Responsibilities involve developing and implementing
overarching editorial, design, and production plans for a variety of books.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
Acts as Project Editor for an average of 8-10 complex and simple “project titles” a year, including titles
created with museums and new titles undertaken by Smithsonian Books: discuss and shape contents with
authors, conceive of book elements, review and perform substantive edit on all materials submitted,
manage freelance editorial and design teams and resolve all editorial and design issues as necessary.
Serves as managing editor for all SB titles in production: analyze print bids; create p&l with input from
Director and marketing; create and maintain schedules and ensure that projects meet established
schedules; give reminders and updates to authors, freelancers, and staff; approve invoices; manage color
correction and proofing schedules in collaboration with the Media prepress department.
Supports acquisition of new titles by conducting a high-level review of proposals to assess suitability for
the Smithsonian Books list, generating P&Ls and tentative schedules in collaboration with the Director,
serving as the primary point of contact for Agents and Authors whose books are in acquisitions, and
drafting offers and contracts from the established bases in collaboration with the Director. Act as
Acquisitions Editor for one title per year.
At the higher level, will supervise Assistant Editor and Editorial Intern to ensure accurate, high-quality
content is delivered on time and on budget.
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university and 3-5 years of related experience training; or
equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified, simultaneous projects.
Work experience with time management and attention to detail.
Experience in following a manuscript through all of the required processes for publication.
Ability to read and evaluate potential book projects, outlines, and various stages of manuscripts and
layouts for approval and to shape as necessary.
Experience with substantive editing, copyediting, proofreading, and with all aspects of book editorial
Ability to solve practical problems with supervisor guidance and deal with a variety of concrete
variables in situations where only limited information exists.
Project management experience.
Knowledge of book production processes, specifications, and timelines and experience in working with
al aspects of book production.
Knowledge of design and editorial integration for illustrated books.
Ability to manage and coordinate schedules to meet publishing deadlines.
Strong communication skills to include negotiating and conflict resolution,
Attention to detail; must be able to handle information with a high level of confidentiality.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The
requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Applicants, who wish to qualify based on education completed outside the United States, must be deemed
equivalent to higher education programs of U.S. Institutions by an organization that specializes in the
interpretation of foreign educational credentials. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and
should be included as part of your application package.
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cover letter, and the link to any samples to:
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Application materials submitted without salary
information will not be considered. Applicants
not meeting the mandatory and minimum
requirements wil not be considered.
Once the vacancy announcement closes, a review of your resume wil be made compared to the
qualifications and experience as it applies to this job. What to expect next: After a review of
applicants is complete, qualified candidates résumé’s will be referred to the hiring manager.
Relocation expenses are not paid.
Any false statement in your application may result in your application being rejected and may also result in
termination after employment begins.
The Smithsonian offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees who qualify. Benefit programs
Health, Dental & Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Transit/Commuter Benefits, Accidental Death and
Dismemberment Insurance, Annual and Sick Leave, Family Friendly Leave, 403b Retirement Plan,
Discounts for Smithsonian Memberships, Museum Stores and Restaurants, Credit Union, Smithsonian Early
Enrichment Center (Child Care), Flexible Spending Account (Health & Dependent Care)