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Editorial Assistant

  • Organisation:The British Museum
  • Location:Bloomsbury, London
  • Salary:£23,916 per annum

The British Museum is seeking an Editorial Assistant to join the Publishing department. The Editorial Assistant works across a range of projects to assist the Head of Publishing in the delivery of an exciting publishing programme for the Museum. Working in collaboration with the Museum’s adult and children’s publishing partners, the Editorial Assistant coordinates the editorial and content review process for a varied collection of titles. Working closely with in-house project teams and with our key publishing partners the Editorial Assistant researches, sources and negotiates fees for images required for publishing projects, including liaising with the Museum’s Photographic and Imaging section to review existing files and order new photography. This is a great opportunity for a junior editorial or publishing professional, with experience working in illustrated publishing, coordinating a varied workload and a genuine interest in the Museum wishing to further their career.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Assist in the management of our relationships with third-party publishers, checking content for errors, liaising with authors and curators and supplying material where appropriate.
  • Manage acquisition of images for publication: commissioning new photography of BM objects, researching, sourcing and clearing rights from a wide range of suppliers, keeping meticulous records and negotiating fees to tight budgets and within tight deadlines.
  • Work with third-party publishers to deliver book projects, ensuring that they are launched to market on time, on budget and to the highest quality.
  • Work with curators and other members of Museum staff to ensure timely delivery of content.
  • Clear rights for reprints of backlist titles as required.
  • Assist the publishing team with the creation of guide books for the Museum.
  • Act as the department liaison for colleagues across the Museum to coordinate ordering and delivery of publications as required.
  • Keeping meticulous records and updating Publishing records on the Museum systems.
  • Support the Project Editors in the delivery of major exhibition titles for the Museum.
  • Any other tasks as required of the role.

Person Specification:

  • A Levels or equivalent.
  • Specific technical/professional skills & experience: experience in publishing, media or other editorial area; experience of proofreading and copy-editing; familiarity with design software such as Adobe InDesign; familiarity with rights clearance for images and text; excellent attention to detail.
  • Work experience: Editorial Assistant, Publishing Assistant, Rights Assistant, Production Assistant, Administrative/support roles in the heritage sector or media industry.
  • Specific managerial skills: ability to juggle conflicting demands and prioritise workload appropriately; reliably report any issues or concerns at an early stage and propose solutions; ability to work on own initiative; strong planning and organisation skills.
  • Specific interpersonal skills: excellent communication both written and verbal; practical, reliable, conscientious and thorough approach to work; all employees of the Museum are expected to behave in a professional and collegiate manner; the ability to manage and develop good relationships with external clients/customers.

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