Associate Production Editor/Project Manager.

Paradigm Education Solutions is looking for an Associate Production Editor/Project Manager.

The Associate PE/PM is Responsible for the project management and production of assigned print, digital, and multimedia products from draft content to project close by planning, coordinating, and directing the production process. Responsible for collaboratively creating and meeting schedule and cost requirements, while ensuring quality and accuracy within these requirements. Works closely with project stakeholders, Content Development, project teams, Production Editors, and external production services. Inspects and approves work of external production services. Prepares draft content for print, digital, and multimedia deliverables, with some copyediting, proofreading, and photo research. Directs proofing phases to ensure quality of deliverables, verifying proofing edits in coordination with internal project teams and/or external creative services. Demonstrates independent decision making, analytical thinking, problem solving, planning, and organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Project Management. Plans, organizes, and tracks the production process for each assigned product to meet schedule, cost, and quality requirements by employing project management and department and industry best practices and methodologies.
  • Schedule. Establishes major schedule milestones in collaboration with Directors of Content, Developmental Editors, and Director of Production (PPIJ) to attain desired delivery dates.
  • Budget control. Manages project budgets, tracking project cost actuals against estimated costs. Works to reduce costs for all operational expenses. Requests and tracks commitments (purchase orders) and work-for-hire agreements (WFH).
  • Design. Reviews design information prepared by Directors of Content and/or Developmental Editor prior to design launch. Participates in and contributes to design review meetings. Evaluates impact of design on production and manufacturing, as well as usability. Ensures that final designs and specifications for print, digital, and multimedia products are complete, accurate, and meet ADA requirements.
  • External Vendors. In consultation with Director of Production, hires external vendor services (WFH) for copyediting, proofreading, indexing, art, photos, and more. Prepares requests for quotes, bids, and contracts. Prepares detailed instructions to vendors. Verifies invoices. Establishes and monitors schedules for external vendors. Checks vendor work while in progress to ensure accuracy and quality. Evaluates vendor work upon job completion.
  • Authors. Advises or directs as necessary the work of authors throughout the production process to ensure correct and efficient review of copyedited manuscript, art, photos, and page proofs.
  • Production Execution. Prepares draft content for print, digital, and multimedia production, ensuring all elements are accounted for and queries resolved; with some copyediting, proofreading, and photo research required. Directs proofing stages, coordinating with internal project teams and/or external
  • Vendors. Coordinates internal project team and external contributors. Reviews all phases of print, digital, and multimedia iterative proofs, assuring appropriate quality at all stages.
  • Manufacturing. Writes manufacturing specifications. Monitors manufacturing, digital, and multimedia work in progress. Reviews printer proofs and digital and multimedia iterations.
  • Post Production. Participates in post-implementation review process. Archives project materials per department standards and best practices.
  • Documentation. Completes established production forms throughout production. Captures and revises processes and best practices. Prepares weekly status reports for Director of Production, executive sponsors, stakeholders, and project teams. Maintains the Production portion of the Master Publication Schedule.
  • Professional Development. Keeps up-to-date by taking offered classes, seeking out other training opportunities, reading industry literature, and taking on growth projects.
  • Performs related work as apparent or assigned. Examples may include preparing and presenting information on topics related to project management and production in departmental training sessions; writing or revising training notes; researching new methods of production; documenting newly established processes, procedures, and best practices; evaluating outsider services, and serving on departmental committees.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Major in English, journalism, communication, project management, or marketing preferred.
  • Minimum of 1 years of experience in creative project management, including the management of multiple simple to moderately complex print, digital, and multimedia projects, ideally with a concentration in educational solutions courseware. Sound editorial skills and working knowledge of print and digital bookmaking processes and practices, including proofreading, copyediting, product design and layout, electronic prepress technologies, accessibility and art preparation. Experience with project tracking and/or scheduling applications.
  • Excellent organizational skills: able to handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously. Excellent eye for detail. Excellent design judgment. Knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style. Knowledge of graphic design, typography, and design style sheets. Competency with MS Office suite, Adobe Acrobat, and a working knowledge of InDesign. Embraces technology. Flexible and able to deal effectively with change.

To apply, please send your resume with monetary requirements to employment@ppij.com.