Production Managing Editor


UBC Press


Oct. 24, 2019

Organization Description: 

UBC Press produces books integral to Canada’s cultural, political, and social fabric and is widely touted as the country’s pre-eminent social science publisher. The Press publishes sophisticated and transformative works by authors whose thought and research push the boundaries of scholarly discourse and make a vital contribution to the democratic exchange of ideas.


Job Description: 

UBC Press seeks a Production Managing Editor for RavenSpace, a groundbreaking publishing platform for media‐rich, networked, interactive books in Indigenous studies. In this part-time position (50%), the Production Managing Editor will join a team of innovators developing this new model of publishing, which supports collaborative authorship and offers different paths through the work for different audiences.

The Production Managing Editor has two core areas of responsibility: (1) Overseeing the production of the RavenSpace media-rich, multi-path books to ensure that the contents are appropriately shaped and presented for their audiences. This includes managing the development and production of the select book projects; establishing and maintaining production schedules; coordinating the work of the editorial team; and ensuring delivery of quality digital products on time and on budget. (2) Standardizing processes and workflows for book development and production. This includes documenting workflows, refining processes for collaborative book development and digital production, and developing, deploying, and maintaining author guidelines.


Work Performed

• Assesses the scope of work and feasibility of: the initial author proposals; the digital developmental editor’s plan for additional content; and the required media/ components development.
• Oversees the development of the Digital Multi-Path books, advising on the restructuring of content and the substantive editing of the work to meet defined user requirements.
• Confers with the acquiring editor, digital development editor, and authors to ensure quality, consistency, and integrity throughout the book production workflow.
• Creates briefs for commissioning approved new book media/components.
• Develops and provides guidelines to authors for preparing and submitting manuscripts and liaises with the authors when the book is in production.
• Meets with the director, acquiring editor, digital developmental editor, and marketing manager to present and finalize a production plan for each new book project.
• Sets and monitors production schedules for assigned book projects, in coordination with the project manager, to ensure that book projects stay on schedule and meet deadlines. Coordinates the work of the digital developmental editor and book production suppliers, including freelance copy editors, proofreaders, technical artists, indexers, designers, and occasional student assistants.
• Ensures that work is completed within approved scope and budget.
• Gathers, assesses, and organizes the digital files of the media content, and ensures that all elements for a book project – such as photos, videos, audio, animations, and interactives, etc. – have been received in acceptable form.
• Confers with the project manager, digital developmental editor, and the authors to ensure complete and accurate metadata and permissions for the media materials.
• Designs and writes documentation related to editorial and book production tools and workflow (Author Guidelines; templates and forms; etc.), in consultation with the internal production team.
• Participates in refining the workflows for book development and digital production.
• Ensures that a style sheet is established for each book, consistent with the standards for RavenSpace.
• Pursues ongoing knowledge and expertise relating to changes and key developments in print and digital publishing technology.
• Performs copy-editing and proofreading tasks on book projects on occasion.
• Writes and coordinates the production of promotional copy for books (including the cover, catalogues, ads, website, and metadata).
• Proofreads catalogue copy and liaises with marketing department on catalogue issues.


• Two-year diploma in publishing or journalism
• Bachelor’s degree preferred
• Minimum two years of experience working in book publishing, or equivalent
• Experience in electronic publishing preferred
• Proven production management or project management experience
• Knowledge and expertise with production management systems and conventions
• Demonstrated ability to learn new systems and tools in digital publishing
• Proven ability to work in a collaborative environment and as part of a cross-sectional team
• Highly developed interpersonal skills, demonstrating confidence and poise with a strong community-engagement orientation
• Professional experience with diversity and inclusion in editing and publishing
• Awareness of ethical principles for Indigenous cultural heritage materials
• Ability to autonomously manage large-scale projects from start to finish
• High level of organization and ability to multi-task effectively, managing overlapping activities within and across projects
• Enjoys innovative projects and engaging with new models to support effective knowledge mobilization

How to Apply: 

Please apply through UBC's HR portal at


$28,630.00 (minimum) - $34,369.00 (midpoint) - $41,243.00 (maximum)

Contact Name: Darcy Cullen
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