Publications Editor

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Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Published: January 1, 2021
Cambridge, MA
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The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks a seasoned, exacting, collaborative publications editor and production manager. The editor will help produce a range of product types that explore land-based solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems, illustrating how innovative leaders can plan and pay for more inclusive, resilient communities. Our books are written by global experts in city and regional planning, urban economics, and conservation; our Policy Focus Reports deliver concise, evidence-based recommendations for policy makers, local leaders, students, scholars, and concerned citizens. The editor will oversee the entire production process—from manuscript editing to online publication or printing—rendering academic research into clear, accessible prose with compelling illustrations. The editor will also contribute to marketing and dissemination efforts with our distributor, Columbia University Press. Top candidates will demonstrate interest in advancing our long-term goals: low-carbon, climate-resilient communities and regions; reduced poverty and spatial inequality; efficient and equitable tax systems; sustainably managed land and water resources; fiscally healthy communities and regions; and functional land markets and reduced informality. The position is currently part-time, with potential to become full-time.


  • Assess and edit manuscripts, revising and sometimes rewriting as needed to improve readability and to correct spelling, punctuation, and syntax; traffic edits to authors and relevant content experts.
  • Manage entire editorial, design, production, manufacturing, and budget process for assigned publications.
  • Collaborate amid a team of talented editors, journalists, and instructional designers.
  • Oversee and manage the work of authors, volume editors, packagers, designers, copy editors, proofreaders, indexers, and printers for assigned titles and projects.
  • Direct cover and interior designs for assigned projects.
  • Perform photo research for assigned titles and projects as needed.
  • Hire freelancers, printers, and other vendors as needed.
  • Contribute to writing and editing marketing copy for assigned titles and projects.

Requirements (in order of importance)

  • Impeccable developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading skills
  • At least five years of experience in publishing
  • Project management and organizational skills for publications production
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree(s) in English, Journalism, or Communications; or demonstrable editorial expertise backed by degrees in Public Policy, Economics, Urban Studies, Planning, or other social sciences
  • Knowledge of print production processes and ability to communicate with outside designers and printers
  • Proficiency in MS Office: Word, Outlook, Excel; experience with InDesign helpful but not required
  • Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style helpful but not required to start
  • Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, or Mandarin helpful but not required

General Skills and Traits

  • Strong organizational skills and proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Effective listening skills and interpersonal communication style
  • Attentiveness to detail and high standards
  • Willingness to collaborate
  • Flexibility

About the Lincoln Institute

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide.

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