Editorial Job Listings

    Developmental Editor, Music

    W.W. Norton & Company is seeking a Developmental Editor to work on college textbooks in Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and Music History. This position will report directly to the Managing Editor of the College Department.

    Essential Job Responsibilities:

    • Working with authors and in-house editorial teams to develop textbooks in music theory, music appreciation, and music history- both first editions and subsequent editions, both print and electronic products.

    • Assessing and responding to expert reviews.

    • Participating in the design review process and in the various stages of production as necessary.

    • Collaborating with sales and marketing on promotional copy, as needed.

    • Occasional travel to professional conferences.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree

    • Employment eligibility to work in the United States

    • Background in music theory and appreciation. Must read music at a high level.

    • College textbook development experience of at least several years.

    • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills; detail-oriented.

    • Must be highly disciplined, self-motivated, and flexible to the pressures and changing priorities of projects.

    • Teaching experience a plus.

    • Must be able to work full business hours Monday-Friday in our NY Office

    Technical Skills:

    • Word, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, PowerPoint.

    To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and résumé to: Recruiting. Please be sure to indicate the title of the job you are applying for in the subject line.

    Media Editor, Biology

    W. W. Norton & Company is seeking a digital media editor for its biology textbook team. Working closely with the book editor, the digital media editor will be responsible for the effectiveness, quality, and timeliness of the digital media that accompanies Norton’s biology textbooks. This position will report to the Editorial Director for Digital Media.

    Essential Job Responsibilities:

    • Understanding the undergraduate biology markets in college publishing and the diverse needs of adopters and students throughout the country.

    • Planning, developing, and implementing pedagogically-useful and innovative content to be used in digital products for teaching, learning, and assessment.

    • Creating budgets and development timelines to correspond with editorial, sales, and production schedules and the needs of the market.

    • Collaborating closely with editorial, production, and IT colleagues to ensure quality and timeliness of materials.

    • Finding, signing, and communicating with authors and subject matter experts for a wide variety of editorial projects.

    • Soliciting feedback from the market and incorporating this feedback into current and future editorial projects.

    • With the help of an associate editor and an editorial assistant, closely monitoring projects at all stages of editorial development and production.

    • Professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, and vendors, and effectively communicating ideas to colleagues including the college department editorial board and the advertising and marketing departments.

    • Clearly and compellingly presenting digital products to the Norton sales team and to faculty on campus, at focus groups, and at academic conferences.

    • Communicating the specifications for, and functionality of, digital media to fellow editors, designers, production managers, programmers, and software developers.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree.

    • Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required

    • Must be able to work full business hours Monday-Friday in our NY Office

    • At least four years prior experience in college publishing or experience creating digital science products in other industries is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have a strong college sales background and/or extensive editorial experience.

    • Must be highly disciplined and self-motivated.

    • Ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize

    • Must have a keen understanding of the teaching and learning needs of college professors and students.

    • Superior verbal and written communications skills are essential.

    • Must have a “can-do” attitude and be proactive and flexible in a rapidly changing environment.

    • Must be organized and detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.

    • While travel is moderate, media editors must be willing and able to travel several times per year throughout the United States and Canada. Travel includes attending academic conferences and Norton sales conferences, providing on-campus sales support, and recruiting authors on college campuses.

    • Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of digital media as it applies to teaching and learning.

    Technical Skills:

    • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Proficiency with Photoshop and InDesign a plus.

    • Must have a working knowledge of the benefits and limitations of HTML, JavaScript, and Flash.

    To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and résumé to: Recruiting. Please be sure to indicate the title of the job you are applying for in the subject line.

    Project Editor, College

    W. W. Norton & Company is seeking a Project Editor for its college textbook team in the discipline of composition and rhetoric. This position will report directly to the Associate Managing Editor of the college division. Working closely with the editorial and production teams, the Project Editor will be responsible for managing all aspects of editorial production for extremely complex college textbooks, ancillaries, and Digital Media projects.

    Essential Job Responsibilities:

    • Manage projects through production: prepare manuscripts for compositors; traffic and maintain quality control; review stages from manuscript to bound book or digital product.

    • Oversee and evaluate the work of copy editors, proofreaders, photo researchers, artists, compositors, layout artists, indexers, and printers.

    • Edit manuscripts as necessary: the Project Editor should have experience line editing, writing copy, copyediting (electronically and on paper), and proofreading.

    • Help devise and enforce schedules.

    • Help develop design packets and design specs.

    • Size, crop, and check art.

    • Collaborate with editorial colleagues to ensure quality and timeliness of materials.

    • Serve as liaison to editors, authors, designers, production, and manufacturing.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree.

    • Employment eligibility to work in the United States is required

    • Must be able to work full business hours Monday-Friday in our NY Office

    • At least 2 years as a project editor/production editor, ideally in college publishing. Prior experience in the discipline of composition/rhetoric is helpful.

    • Must be highly disciplined, self-motivated, and flexible to the pressures and changing priorities of assigned projects.

    • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills; detail-oriented.

    Technical Skills:

    • Word, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, and InDesign a plus.

    To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and résumé to: Recruiting. Please be sure to indicate the title of the job you are applying for in the subject line.

    Please note that these job descriptions are not designed to cover all activities required of the employee

    W.W. Norton & Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.