The Editor manages all phases of production to ensure the timely and consistent publication and delivery of four (4) issues of Arnoldia per year (August, November, February, May). To accomplish this, the Editor solicits and evaluates manuscripts and proposals (including imagery); builds a content inventory; reviews and edits submitted articles (including the coordination of external review); copyedits/proofs all content; oversees layout and design, printing and mail house, and external vendors associated with those tasks; maintains the magazine's digital presence; and manages a budget to accomplish all of the above.
The Editor strategically positions Arnoldia as a publication and resource unique in the botanical garden world. To do this, they liaise with the Arnoldia Editorial Committee and other stakeholders to create and sustain a vision commensurate with the publication's, and the Arboretum's, singular legacy and future.
Lastly, in addition to their responsibilities related to the production of Arnoldia (75%), the Editor plays a central role in promoting the Arnold Arboretum's rich botanical and horticultural legacy and contemporary impact. They shall accomplish this by working with the Keeper of the Living Collections and other staff to create, edit, publish, and disseminate botanical and horticultural information using print as well as digital media. This digital set of responsibilities will be a critical part of the overall horticultural communications strategy of the Arnold Arboretum.
For over a century, Arnoldia, the quarterly magazine of the Arnold Arboretum, has published articles that reflect the institution's mission as a center for the preservation, research, and display of temperate woody plants. Articles cover a broad range of topics in the plant sciences, including botany, horticulture, forestry, and ecology; essays also cover landscape history as well as public garden practice (particularly plant exploration and curation). Importantly, Arnoldia also reports on the history of the Arnold Arboretum, and the growth, development, and study of its archival, preserved, and living collections. It is a core publication of the Arnold Arboretum, and plays a central role in disseminating knowledge to specialist and lay audiences alike.
The Editor plays the key role in maintaining the publication's reputation as a scholarly journal and respected research resource. Working with Keeper of the Living Collections and the Editorial Committee, the Editor has primary responsibility for managing the people and the processes required to deliver a high-quality publication. In addition, the Editor is responsible for an enhanced digital presence of Arboretum horticultural information on the website of the Arnold Arboretum.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelors degree required, graduate degree preferred. A minimum of three years' experience editing, writing and/or publishing preferably with science and research publications. Strong familiarity with associated literature in the plant sciences (particularly horticulture). Must be fluent in all Microsoft Office programs.
A background in science, and experience in horticulture, botany and/or public gardens strongly preferred. Prior publication in a scientific field preferred. An understanding of the context in which Arnoldia fits, particularly its role within the collected literature, and across the history of plant science. Must be comfortable with the use of the Web as a research, and publication, tool. Familiarity with graphics software (InDesign, Photoshop, Quark) desirable.
Competencies Required (skills/behaviors): Excellent writer and editor. Proactive collaborator, able to work with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. Goal oriented, able to prioritize, with a strong track record for meeting deadlines in an efficient manner. Highly motivated and committed to the high standards of quality for which the Arnold Arboretum is valued. Able to manage multiple task streams efficiently and effectively. Creative.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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