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The Assistant Editor will work as part of a multi-skilled team of experts to develop complex born-digital scholarship intended for publication with leading academic presses. In close collaboration with the Director, the Assistant Editor will play a key role in supporting humanities scholars in the creation of new scholarly forms that present research and advance arguments in ways not achievable in a conventional print format, whether through multimedia enhancements or interactive engagement with research materials. The Assistant Editor will help conceptualize, research, and administer multimodal monograph projects by building rapport and working effectively with a wide range of collaborators, including but not limited to Brown faculty researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, designers and technological developers, and university press staff. The Assistant Editor will contribute to the acquisitions process, undertake developmental editing, and copyediting as needed, manage timelines and budgets, and assist in the preparation of archival and multimedia assets for individual projects while working on multiple projects simultaneously. The Assistant Editor will take a proactive, critically engaged approach to digital content development, continuously looking for ways to support underrepresented voices and perspectives. The Assistant Editor will help administer national training workshops such as Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Roadmaps, an NEH Institute on Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities; and will participate in relevant meetings and events across and beyond the Brown campus.
The Assistant Editor will report to the Director of Brown University Digital Publications, part of Brownâ™s Center for Digital Scholarship at the University Library. The position is hybrid eligible (up to 3 days remote).
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in a humanities or humanistic social sciences discipline; advanced degree preferred
3-5 years of digital project management and/or scholarly editorial experience
â‹â‹Excellent copyediting skills, familiarity with style guides (CMOS preferred), and a firm grasp of rules of grammar and style; experience working for a publisher or for an academic journal preferred
Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; familiarity with one or more digital publishing platforms, such as Fulcrum, Manifold, PubPub, Scalar, or WordPress, preferred
Outstanding oral and written communication skills with exceptional interpersonal abilities
Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member
Ability to set priorities, juggle competing demands, and meet deadlines
Must be highly organized and detail-oriented
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace
demonstrated interest in communicating humanities scholarship to non-specialist audiences
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
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