Managing Editor/Journals & Books

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National Association of Social Workers Published: December 18, 2020
Washington, DC
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Responsible for management of daily activities performed in the editorial unit for NASW Press journals, books, and ancillary products. Work activities are performed under general supervision.

  2. Manages the editing and production of NASW journals, books, and other products as assigned. Develops production schedules. Handles the correspondence on issues related to these products. Works with authors and Editors-in-Chief to resolve submissions and editorial issues. Coordinates design process, with graphic designers for books and journals.
  3. Supervises the daily work activities of assigned staff. Determines their work assignments, schedules, and priorities.  Manages, trains, and assigns daily work activities of assigned subordinates.  Recommends personnel actions which affect assigned subordinates.  Counsels and trains employees, enforces work rules, recommends disciplinary action when necessary, approves leave, approves timesheets, evaluates their performance, and recommends personnel actions.
  4. Edits assigned manuscripts for journals, books and other NASW publications. Reviews and rewrites manuscripts to meet NASW's editorial specifications.
  5. Manages the preparation of the editorial department’s annual operating budget. Responsible for operating within the approved budget. Monitors and tracks actual performance against budget. Reviews and makes recommendations on related expenses.
  6. Assists in the development and responsible for the implementation of the NASW Press’ editorial and production policies, practices, and procedures. Ensures adherence and recommends changes.
  7. Proofreads manuscripts and page proofs. When necessary, makes corrections.
  8. Assist with product uploads and updates to the NASW Press web site.
  9. Serves as a staff resource to NASW editorial boards and committees. Keeps committees informed on the status of assigned publications. Assists in scheduling and arranging board and committee meetings, and in establishing meeting agendas.
  10. As assigned, coordinates the work assignments of editorial freelancers. Provides work instructions and checks work for quality and correctness.
  11. Assist with coordinating the submission, evaluation, and/or review process of book proposals, when needed.
  12. Keeps abreast of the latest technological developments in the publishing and printing industries. Evaluates the effectiveness of the Press’s publishing processes and systems and recommends changes.
  13. Performs additional duties and responsibilities as required.


  1. Internal: Work with staff and NASW management to ensure that high-quality products are published by the NASW Press and that they meet the Association’ standards. Interact with boards and committees on their assigned publications. Member of the NASW Press marketing meeting team.
  2. External: Interacts with authors, freelancers, and vendors to coordinate the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  4. Skills: Requires demonstrated management and supervisory skills. Requires substantial knowledge of book and journal publishing. Must have excellent editing skills. Requires excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as, production and financial management skills. Must have ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  5. Knowledge: Requires a command of the English language. Must have knowledge of editing procedures, production techniques, printing processes, graphics and design, print production and all related publishing procedures and processes. Must have experience in planning and budgeting. Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline or equivalent* relevant work experience.

Experience: Requires at least five years of related work experience and proven experience in publishing, management, or a supervisory capacity.

  2. Represents management at appropriate steps(s) in grievance procedures. May participate in contract negotiations with collective bargaining unit.
  3. Manage editorial production process.
  4. Manage the production schedules of assigned products.
  5. Work with editorial boards and committees on related publications.
  6. Work with outside vendors in development of products.
  7. Work with NASW Press staff in keeping NASW Press web site updated.
  9. Supervision: Supervises assigned staff.
  10. Financial Scope: Assists in the preparation of the annual budget. Project and track expenses throughout the fiscal year.


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