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  • Non Union

Job Category

  • AAPS


AAPS Salaried
  • Editorial and Production Services , Level A

Job Title

Production Editor


Production / UBC Press

Compensation Range

  • $7,151.50 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date

April 12, 2021

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

UBC Press

The University of British Columbia Press, better known by its imprint UBC Press, is the largest scholarly press in western Canada. Since its establishment in 1971, it has published over a thousand titles. The Press now publishes sixty to seventy books a year and is widely considered to be Canada's social sciences publisher of choice.

Job Summary

Coordinates the production of assigned book projects, from approved manuscript to final printed book and e-book, and performs assigned administrative tasks related to the overall goals of the department.

Organizational Status

Reports to the Assistant Director, Production and Editorial Services and ultimately to the Director of UBC Press. Works with three other in-house production editors and one assistant editor, and supervises dozens of freelance copy-editors, proofreaders, technical artists, indexers, designers, typesetters, and printers, as well as interns and student support staff.

Work Performed

  • Contracts, coordinates, and assesses the work of suppliers for assigned book projects, including freelance copy-editors, proofreaders, technical artists, indexers, designers, typesetters, printers, interns, and occasional student support staff.
  • Confers with acquisition editors and authors to ensure that all project elements for a project have been received in acceptable form; checks permissions and ensures compliance for text and illustrative materials.
  • Liaises with director and reps from acquisitions and marketing to develop and finalize a production plan for each new book project.
  • Prepares and coordinates files for the Press's XML-first digital workflow system.
  • Sets and monitors production schedules for assigned book projects and ensures that projects stay on schedule and meet deadlines.
  • Performs copy-editing and proofreading tasks on book projects; reviews all stages of page and printer proofs.
  • Coordinates the production of promotional copy for books (cover copy, catalogue and website copy, and metadata) and writes copy as required; liaises with marketing department on catalogue issues.
  • Works with graphic designers to create book cover designs and manages production of final cover spreads.
  • Provides book cost estimates and obtains printer quotes for new book projects.
  • Obtains CIP for assigned books.
  • Ensures book information and digital assets are entered into the appropriate data management systems.
  • Coordinates and assesses the development of accessible digital publishing products (i.e., ePDF, ePUB, OA); liaises with digital publishing team on born digital products when required.
  • Performs other administrative tasks for the department as needed.

Consequence of Error / Impact of Decisions

A production editor is responsible for the editorial and production quality of books produced by UBC Press, as well as the efficient and cost-effective management of that process. Inexperience or lack of attention to detail at any stage of the editorial production process could affect sales of a book or damage the reputation of the Press. Poor management of time and resources could

seriously impact the schedule, affecting sales, and increasing book production costs.

Supervision Received:

Reports to the Assistant Director, Production and Editorial Services and generally to the Director.

Supervision Given:

Supervises freelance copy-editors, proofreaders, indexers, designers, typesetters, interns, and occasional student support staff.

Working Conditions:

Works in the offices of UBC Press at a desk equipped with a PC computer workstation on the Local Area Network.*

  • Working conditions are currently guided by UBC policy in response to BC Provincial Health Services measures.

Personnel Specifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Two years' publishing experience, preferably with a scholarly press.
  • Demonstrated copy-editing, proofreading, and writing skills.
  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and scholarly production and editorial practices.
  • Production and/or design skills for interacting with printers and designers.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; proficiency with figures; time management and negotiating abilities; and the capacity to work as a member of a publishing team.
  • A good understanding of database and other information systems used in the publishing industry.
  • Good computer skills, including MS Word, proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, and familiarity with HTML/CSS coding.

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