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4 Year Degree
We are looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Editor to join our team and participate in all stages of the publication process. The Assistant Editor supports the Managing Editor in all aspects of the administration, commissioning, planning, and production of HGA’s quarterly member magazine Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot and any other relevant publications. The position requires an eye for detail, the ability to spot mistakes, and excellent time management skills to ensure deadlines are met. Ultimately, the ideal candidate should be able to deliver exceptional and informative content to meet audience preferences. Office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm ET, Monday-Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours. The number of hours worked per week varies based on the needs of the business and fluctuates with the publication of the magazine. This is a remote position, but preference will be given to candidates who reside in one of the following states: Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, or South Carolina.
Major Responsibilities & Duties:
Collaborate with the Managing Editor to research and plan new articles.
Liaise with staff and contractors such as writers, photographers, printers, designers, and production staff to negotiate and monitor timescales for stages in the publishing process.
Write and edit pieces as necessary.
Proofread and check articles for accuracy for the quarterly magazine and all supplemental publications.
Suggest possible sources and improvements for pieces.
Choose supporting material like images and illustrations, and check images for resolution, color format, missing or confusing information, etc.
Assemble and proof annual Index.
Follow current events and developments in the fiber art community and art world and suggest original ideas. This includes reviewing fiber art calendars, the museum list, and guild news for upcoming fiber art exhibits to feature in the magazine, on the HGA online calendar, and/or social media platforms.
Correspond and follow up with museums, publishers, and/or potential contributors, pre- and post-submission.
Support the Managing Editor in all activities leading to publication, including, when needed, acting as a personal assistant to overseeing tasks such as issuing contracts.
Assemble mailing list, (comp list) tear sheets, etc. for the printer.
Manage quarterly Copyright registration and annual Statement of Ownership.
Report activities in the database for Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot related communications
Collect & help track article assets, especially for in-house content from colleagues.
Prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the development and management of all marketing and communication initiatives.
Provide exemplary and proactive customer service to all internal and external clients such as members, teachers, vendors, board members, etc. Answer questions and dispense information about programs, policies, and procedures.
Exercise confidentiality and integrity upon handling personal and financial customer information.
This list of essential duties, tasks, and responsibilities is not all-inclusive; the individual will perform other related duties as assigned.
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:
Meticulous attention to detail and excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Self-motivated with superior time management skills and the capacity to work in a fast-paced organization. The ability to juggle and organize multiple tasks is essential.
Ability to work independently, but also as a member of a team; a self-starter with a high level of motivation, creativity, and proactivity.
Flexibility to embrace change and unexpected opportunities.
A strong instinct to think outside the box and experiment with new ideas.
Experience with outreach and community building.
Cultural sensitivity and understanding of diversity.
Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills; strong ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisor, fellow employees, contractors, and the general public.
Technology aptitude and experience with an emphasis on managing computer-based information and data.
Education and experience in the fiber arts are required.
Qualified applicants may possess any combination of education and experience enabling them to successfully perform the responsibilities of the position. Preferred qualifications are: Bachelor's degree (preferably in Communications, English, or Journalism) from a four-year accredited college/university and 2-3 professional years' experience working in a similar or related position (internships and other educational experience will be considered). Excellent working knowledge of printing, publishing, and graphic arts procedures, and related computer software. Excellent keyboarding and other computer skills. Excellent command of vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing skills. Competency in using a variety of computer software and advanced knowledge of Photoshop. An editing test may be required. Passion for the organization’s mission is a must!
Founded in 1969 to inspire creativity and encourage excellence in the fiber arts, the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA), brings together weavers, spinners, dyers, basket makers, fiber artists, and educators as part of our mission to educate, support, and inspire the fiber art community. With more than 3,500 members, we provide educational programs, conferences, and an award-winning quarterly publication, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot.
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