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University of Washington

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University of Washington

Location Seattle, Washington, United States

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Category Accounting / Financial Services,Administrative / Office,Arts / Entertainment / Media,Health Care,Marketing / Advertising / PR

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Posted on Feb 12, 2018

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Editorial Assistant/Mellon Diversity Fellow (Temp) Req #: ****** Department: UW Press Job Location: Other Location Job Location Detail: UW Tower Posting Date: 02/09/2018 Closing Info: Open Until Filled Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Shift: First Shift Notes:

This is a TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME position. It begins in June of 2018 and is expected to run through May of 2019.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The University of Washington Press is the leading publisher on the arts, cultures, and history of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to these regional strengths, the Press is nationally known for its distinguished lists in art history, architecture and sustainable design, Asian studies, Asian American studies, Native American studies, anthropology, Western and environmental history, natural history, and environmental studies. The Press is also well known for the quality and design of its highly illustrated books, with a history of producing collaborative and award-winning publications through partnerships with museums, tribes, and cultural organizations.

The University of Washington Press has an outstanding temporary opportunity for a Editorial Assistant/Mellon Diversity Fellow.

Through this temporary, full-time entry-level position, the Mellon diversity fellow will be immersed in the acquisitions department of a leading scholarly press, working closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. In this experience, the fellows main role will be to coordinate and support the work of evaluating, developing, and acquiring book-length manuscripts for publication by UW Press.

Through this experience, he or she will acquire deep and specialized knowledge of how editors identify emerging areas of scholarship, work with authors to develop manuscripts, manage the process of peer review and revision, present projects for approval, and represent them through each stage of publication. The fellow will also work with other press departments including marketing, design, manuscript editorial, and production on behalf of specific book projects, and may take on additional projects to gain a deeper understanding of these other publishing areas.

In addition to excellent organization and communication skills, the fellow is expected to have an understanding of a wide range of scholarly topics in order to appropriately research and recommend peer reviewers for scholarly content. The fellow must be able to read and evaluate manuscript proposals for quality and suitability for the Presss publishing program. Working directly with authors after manuscripts are accepted for publication, the fellow must be able to respond to technical questions regarding copyright issues, copy editing, and image quality. The fellow must use utmost tact and discretion in handling confidential material and difficult communications.

Duties and responsibilities:

Assist editor-in-chief and other acquisitions editors with evaluation of book manuscripts.

30% Screening manuscript proposals, researching competing books, potential course adoptions, areas of growth in emerging fields, and potential expert peer reviews contacting peer reviewers and tracking reviews; writing book descriptions.

30% Guide authors on manuscript formatting, art preparation, and permissions.

15% Prepare materials for internal editorial approval and launch meetings.

10% Attend in-house acquisitions, editorial review, press committee, transmittal, and launch meetings.

5% Assist with contract requests, production cost estimates, and financial projections for projects.

5% Represent UW Press and interacting with book buyers and authors at academic conferences. Travel to and participate in two AAUP annual conferences.

5% Perform other acquisitions department tasks as assigned by editor in chief. REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors degree or equivalent.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, plus proven ability to efficiently handle multiple long-term projects simultaneously.

Proficiency using Microsoft Office.

Ability and desire to work both independently and cooperatively in a highly collaborative environment.

Commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books.


M.A., M.S., or Ph.D.

Evidence of superior academic achievement, either in fields relevant to diversity or in fields that correlate to the major lists of the University of Washington Press.

Sustained personal engagement with low income communities and/or communities within the U.S. that are underrepresented in publishing and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing.


Position may occasionally require attendance at publication events outside normal working hours.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your My Jobs page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at ************ / ************ (tty) or **********. Apply for this job


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