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Title: Editorial Assistant
Description: 1517 Media is a multimedia company composed of five vital, creative imprints: Fortress Press, Broadleaf Books, Beaming Books, Augsburg Fortress, and Sparkhouse. We create resources for spiritual growth and development, for Christian worship and faith formation, and for academic study and professional development. 1517 Media strives to create an environment of inclusiveness, equity, and respect for all regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, nation of origin, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Individuals who are committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in publishing are encouraged to apply, including members of groups historically underrepresented in publishing (which is - according to industry research – a traditionally white, straight, cisgender, and nondisabled field).

Editorial Assistant (Hybrid Work Model)
Fortress Press

Fortress Press seeks an Editorial Assistant to join our team. Reporting to the Editor in Chief, this position is responsible for supporting the success of the Fortress Press imprint by providing support to key publishing processes, creating, or editing high quality, compelling public facing copy, and developing and editing a small list of titles each year. The role will assist in evaluation of submitted manuscripts for quality and conformity, regularly interact with a wide range of authors, and have significant opportunities for growth and development. The position is an important part of a talented, high-energy team publishing over 100 titles per year.

The Editorial Assistant will be part of our hybrid work model, where employees reside in the Twin Cities but have the ability to work in the office and from home.

The Editorial Assistant will provide support in the areas of process management, editorial development, and copywriting and editing.

Process Management:

•Provides support to weekly editorial meetings, including coordinating agendas,
record keeping, and file management
•Manages endorsement process and gratis copy distribution for frontlist titles
•Runs seasonal list processes, including cover design process, on behalf of
Fortress Press, ensuring that book metadata is passed from editorial to other
teams accurately and on time
•Sets up approved titles in internal systems, ensures prompt requests of
contracts, and manages other processes related to book acquisition
•Collaborates with content management to set up distributed titles for the
trade

Editorial development:

•Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with authors and
acquiring editors to support publication of high-quality scholarly books
•Leads evaluation of over the transom projects and solicits feedback from
editors, as necessary
•Develops, copyedits, and sees to publication a small list of assigned titles
annually
•Consults with acquisitions editors on the vision and creative needs of each
book
•Serves as point of contact between editorial team and marketing, production,
and sales staff

Copywriting and editing:

•Work across the editorial team to create accurate, compelling copy to support
a book’s success. Examples include back cover copy, marketing descriptions,
and author bios
•Assist the marketing team in confirming the accuracy and appropriateness of
copy used in campaigns, emails, and social media

Desired education:

•Graduate degree in theology, religious studies, biblical studies, or related
field

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

•Ability to work effectively and efficiently with broad and diverse network of
authors
•Ability to set and maintain clear, consistent standards for internal and
external constituencies
•Ability to work in a fast-paced environment of change and manage multiple
projects simultaneously
•Ability to judge the quality of written content and make recommendations for
further action quickly and clearly
•Broad knowledge of the Christian tradition and doctrines, biblical traditions,
and disciplines germane to higher education in religion
•Knowledge of and facility with electronic media, including digital publishing
and formats appropriate for use in electronic publishing of all sorts
•Ability to communicate in written and verbal forms with precision and accuracy
•Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team, especially with acquiring
editors
•Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
•Ability to travel 1-2 times yearly to represent Fortress Press at conferences
or events

Please include your resume, cover letter, and references with your application.
Requirements:
Company: 1517 MEDIA
Location: Hybrid Work Model, Minneapolis, MN
How To Apply For This Job: Apply using the specified link: https://bit.ly/3onVeOv
Date Posted: 7/22/2022


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