Media Editorial Assistant, Composition and Communications

    • Job ID: 512989-781755
    • Location: New York, NY
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Years of Experience: College
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Job Description:

W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. is seeking a media Editorial Assistant to support the Media Editor for college textbooks in Composition and in Communication. The person in this role will have the opportunity to begin a rewarding career in academic publishing and be joining a collegial community of lively, humane people who share a common goal of publishing distinctive educational materials.

Essential Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Management of media content in all stages of production. This can include sending content to be reviewed by college instructors and students, setting and adhering to quality assurance and editorial review schedules, and preparing content for copyediting and production. Media content can include, but is not limited to, questions in InQuizitive, ebooks, instructor manuals in print and digital formats, premade quizzes and test banks in Testmaker, videos/animations, PowerPoints, and digital resources for Norton Teaching Tools.
  • Communication management. The Editorial Assistant will professionally interact with editorial and production colleagues, authors, college faculty, vendors, software developers, and marketing & sales staff to coordinate production schedules and delivery of content, and should anticipate when to proactively act on messages.
  • Project management. The Editorial Assistant will collaborate with and provide support to the media editorial team to move various multi-step projects forward in order to meet publishing deadlines, for both newly-authored or revised content.
  • Editorial projects. The Editorial Assistant will act as the primary editor for three online readers in blog form and select other projects, working with authors from initial reading selections through to posting selections with attendant apparatus.
  • Accessibility review. The Editorial Assistant will collaborate with various digital departments to ensure media content is accessible. This can include authoring and updating alt text for various ancillaries, particularly ebooks.
  • Document management. This can include creating and editing Excel, Word, and Smartsheet documents to support projects and carry out office responsibilities; establishing and maintaining complex tracking documents; organizing author contracts and payments; compiling art logs and manuscripts; tracking and submitting reprint corrections; and creating file management systems.
  • Data management. This can include extracting data from internal web-based information portals, aggregating data from various sources, and gathering information.
  • Market research. The Editorial Assistant will assist with research on market trends in online learning.

Please note - this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.

Experience and Skills:

  • 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 from Norton’s New York City Headquarters. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily providing employees the option to work remotely.
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of electronic media as it applies to education and/or learning, particularly in the humanities.
  • Experience working formally or informally as a writing tutor is preferred but not required.
  • Must be comfortable effectively and logically troubleshooting technical issues, and then defining and describing those issues accurately.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communications skills are essential.
  • Must be highly disciplined and self-motivated.
  • Must be a proactive problem solver, anticipating needs, seeking out answers, proposing solutions, and developing and improving processes.
  • Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects.
  • Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees and with authors. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
  • Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy, with minimal mistakes.
  • Must have a passion for learning new software programs.
  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs, Windows and Mac OS required.
  • Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools required.
About Norton:

W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W. W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to 'publish books not for a single season, but for the years.' In college publishing, that imperative applies not only to books, but also to an ever-growing list of essential print and digital resources that support teaching and learning. For more information about the Company, visit us online at: http://www.wwnorton.com.