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Job Title: Production Editor


Edit and coordinate production of a variety of types of printed material. Provide support for electronic editing and composition by converting, cleaning up, updating, and archiving electronic files provided by authors. Serve as liaison between author and editing, design and production staff on projects.


  • Oversee the editing and production from manuscript to book.
  • Supervise the work of freelance copy editors and proofreaders, and prepare manuscripts for design.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the production schedule. Inspect jacket copy, jacket mechanicals, and bluelines, and collaborate with design staff and marketing personnel.
  • Assist in training new production staff. Manage more involved and technically challenging books.
  • Handle complex authors and materials.
  • Serve as liaison to editors, authors, designers, production, and manufacturing.
  • Make important editorial decisions, as needed.
  • Adhere to an established budget, and explain variances.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and ten years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced experience managing print projects, possessing a strong knowledge of traditional and digital printing.
  • Thorough knowledge and hands-on experience with all phases of book production, including in-depth knowledge of desktop publishing and the basic rudiments of art and design.
  • Experience in implementing document design templates.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in FTP, file conversion, and printing processes.
  • Experience working on a project team.
  • Ability to effectively manage work flow with multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to interface with internal departments and external book publication/production community.
  • Ability to supervise the work of others.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks, use a telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >50 pounds. Good visual acuity including color vision.
  • Ability to work in a dusty, dirty and odorous environment.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • May work occasional evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  •  Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a TedTalk, watch a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

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