Community & Sport

Managing Editor

Part Time

Managing Editor
London or Edinburgh (Please note that while this role is advertised as office-based, IIED will remain a predominantly remote-working organisation for the foreseeable future)
The closing deadline for applications is midnight on 16 January
Interviews will be held the week commencing 7 February 2022
The Company
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent research and action organisation that delivers positive change on a global scale. Our mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others. Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. We harness the power of our networks, from grassroots communities to multilateral institutions, to mobilise action at local, national and global levels.
We are now looking for a Managing Editor to join our team and manage the publishing process for one of our critical publications, Environment and Urbanization (E&U).
E&U is IIED’s most-read publication and is considered a significant global platform for collecting and sharing knowledge on urban studies. Published every six months with a thematic focus, it aims to advance social justice in cities of the global South and includes a range of papers providing grassroots perspectives on urban development, social science-based analyses of urban challenges and solutions and innovative policy and programme reforms.
The Benefits
– Salary of £39,114 – £43,855 (up to £48,595 available for exceptional candidates) pro rata for part-time staff, based on skills and experience
– Benefits package
This is an incredible opportunity for a proven editing and publishing professional to play a key role in the publication of a vital journal and support our organisation as a thought-leader in our sector.
In producing an exceptional publication, you will be helping raise awareness of developing countries and urban areas and ensuring the spotlight is firmly on these areas when it comes to international development efforts.
We recognise that this is a varied role; the managing editor component is core, but we are also seeking people with experience of copyediting, social media editing and/or substantive editing. We may find all of this in one person, but we will also consider a job share/split. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply if you are strong in any of the areas
What’s more, for the right candidate, there may be opportunities for the role to gradually evolve to focus on substantive editing. If this sounds like the kind of role where you could thrive, we want to hear from you.
The Role
As a Managing Editor, you will ensure the smooth and timely production and publication of Environment and Urbanization, from receipt of articles to final print publication.
You will guide the journal through its next period, utilising your perspective to ensure a transformative publication.
Your core duties will include:
– Managing the production schedule
– Liaising with the authors and the journal’s publisher, SAGE
– Organising reviews and working with peer reviewers
– Running plagiarism checks and generally ensuring quality control
– Sourcing photographs, graphics, etc.
– Organising translations
– Managing Book Notes (summaries of relevant books)
Depending on your skill set, you may also be involved in:
– Maintaining the websites (with colleagues from the Communications Group and SAGE)
– Overseeing marketing and press, including collaborating with Communications Group colleagues and maintaining the journal’s social media accounts
– Copyediting and formatting the papers (including checking referencing, graphics, tables, etc.)
About You
To be considered as a Managing Editor you will need:
– Experience of scholarly publishing, including peer review and plagiarism checks
– Experience of working with researchers to produce both scholarly and more accessible research outputs
– Experience of working with geographically dispersed teams
– Experience of using and applying a consistent language style guide
– Knowledge of international development, environmental issues and/or urban studies
– Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
– Knowledge of academic citations and impact scores
– Familiarity with referencing systems (Endnote, Mendeley or similar)
– Familiarity with editorial workflows, including work with designers, translators and production staff
– A degree or equivalent in international development, environmental issues, urban studies or communications, ideally an advanced degree
Experience with a SAGE journal would be beneficial to your application. Experience of working for a non-profit research organisation would also be advantageous, as would proficiency in Spanish, French and/or Portuguese (in addition to English).
Knowledge of Google Scholar and Google Analytics would also be desirable.
Other organisations may call this role Editor, Development Editor, Content Editor, Production Manager, Journal Publishing Editor, Commissioning Editor, Features Editor, or Content Developer.
IIED is a committed Disability Confident and accredited Living Wage employer, committed to equal opportunities and the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality.
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