Assistant Editor

Requisition # 2024-18336
Date Posted 3 months ago(1/11/2024 10:01 AM)
Department
Art Museum
Category
Arts and Museum Administration
Job Type
Full-Time

Overview

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks an Assistant Editor to support the delivery of the Museum's content to a wide array of audiences, including students, faculty, and other members of the University community; scholars worldwide; and visitors to the Museum and the University campus. The Museum is preparing for dramatic growth, including the opening of its new facility in spring 2025, which will provide enhanced spaces for the display of the collections and temporary exhibitions, collections study, education, and public amenities.

 

The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues across the Museum to ensure that all publications accurately reflect the Museum’s vision, values, and messaging strategies. The Assistant Editor edits and proofreads a broad range of materials, including website content, special event materials, activity guides, brochures, membership newsletters and eblasts, and calendar listings. The Assistant Editor will also be assigned select interpretive materials, including object labels and other gallery didactics for editing and proofreading.

 

The Assistant Editor provides editorial and production assistance to the Associate Director for Education, Managing Editor, and Editor as assigned for publications such as the Museum’s quarterly magazine, the Annual Report, the Advisory Council Report, the Record of the Princeton University Art Museum (the Museum’s scholarly journal), and exhibition and collections catalogues. As directed, they edit and proofread texts, gather and caption images, and track author contracts and expenses.

 

The Assistant Editor creates and maintains publication production schedules using Airtable, the Museum’s project management software.

 

About the Museum:

 

With a collecting history that extends back to 1755, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in the country, home to collections that have grown to include more than 115,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Committed to advancing Princeton’s teaching and research missions, the Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for visitors worldwide. The Museum currently presents exhibitions in its two downtown venues (Art on Hulfish and Art@Bainbridge) and is touring collections exhibitions nationally and internationally. When the Museum opens its dramatically reconceived building, scheduled for spring 2025, it will initiate a new exhibitions program with annual exhibitions on-site and on tour.

 

To learn more about the Princeton University Art Museum, visit artmuseum.princeton.edu.

Responsibilities

Editing and proofreading

  • Edits and proofreads website content, gallery guides, invitations, travel brochures, membership newsletters, and additional education and development materials, ensuring consistent use of Museum style across all platforms.
  • As appropriate, routes materials for approval, compiling and checking all corrections.
  • With oversight from the Associate Director for Education, the Managing Editor, and the Editor, serves as project coordinator for the Annual Report and Advisory Council Report, gathering and editing content, acquiring and organizing images, proofreading, and assisting with production.
  • As assigned, tracks, edits, and proofreads object labels and other gallery didactics for collections installations and special exhibitions.

 

Editorial and production assistance

  • Assists the Managing Editor and Editor with image gathering, editing, proofreading, and project management for various publications, including the Museum’s quarterly magazine, scholarly journal, and exhibition and collections catalogues.

 

Administration

  • Creates and maintains production schedules using Airtable.
  • Attends meetings to coordinate cross-departmental production schedules.
  • Drafts and tracks author and reader contracts.
  • Creates meeting agendas, manages updates to the Museum’s style guides, and helps track catalogue inventory with the Museum’s book distributor.

Qualifications

Essential Requirements:

  • BA in art history or closely related field
  • 3+ years experience writing, researching, and editing in the arts and humanities
  • Superb attention to detail and accuracy of content
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and time management skills, including experience juggling multiple time-sensitive projects
  • Experience following the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Exceptional ability to work both independently and as a team, emphasizing collaboration in a complex and fluid environment

Finalists will be required to take a copyediting test and successfully pass a background check. Sample publications (printed or digital) will be required.

 

Preferred Requirements:

  • 2+ years experience managing editorial production processes for printed and/or online content and digital publications
  • Experience in a university or museum environment

 

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Standard Weekly Hours

36.25

Eligible for Overtime

No

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

No

Physical Capacity Exam Required

No

Valid Driver’s License Required

No

Experience Level

Associate

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