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We are looking for a Journal Editor to join our team. The role is interesting and varied and offers the right candidate the scope to work with colleagues developing Lawrence Wishart’s content, profile and publication strategy. The role of the Journal Editor will be to manage the seven journals (19 issues per year) in the Lawrence Wishart portfolio: working with editorial boards, attending board meetings, working with a team of freelancers overseeing the production process from manuscript to published issue and working with the website and marketing team on each journal’s website and social media presence. We are looking for an ambitious and motivated self-starter with demonstrable experience in either a production or editorial role within journal or academic publishing. An ability to edit, copy-edit and proofread is essential as is strong attention to detail, great communication and excellent organisational skills.
This is a strategic role which supports the political and financial development of the company. The Journal Editor will have the opportunity to develop the journal portfolio and its distribution in line with Lawrence Wishart’s strategic vision. You will have good knowledge of print and digital processes as well as an insight into the way the journal landscape is changing in relation to digital distribution and open access.
The ideal candidate will feel confident working in and co-managing a non-hierarchical structure. Creativity is essential, as is an ability to demonstrate good commercial awareness. You will be proactive, happy making decisions and taking the initiative, as well as being prepared to take on aspects of the practicalities involved in running a small business in a collegial, well-supported environment.
Our benefits reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which include:
- 20 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days.
- 35 hour week for full time employees
- Christmas office closure from 24th December to 2nd January
- Flexible, hybrid home and office working
- Cycle to Work scheme
- 50% Discount on books and free copies of journals
- Funding for professional development
- Professional mentoring from an LW board member
This role is being offered either three or four days per week. Please let us know your preference for the number of days you would like to work in your application. We offer hybrid home/office working but also commit to working together regularly from our Chadwell Heath office at mutually agreed times, not more than once a week at present.
How to apply
If you have any questions, or if you wish to discuss this position further, please feel free to contact the team on email@example.com. If you are interested in applying for this position please forward a copy of your CV and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your covering letter should explain how you meet the essential and desirable knowledge, skills and experience in the person specification.
Deadline for applications: 14th February 2022
Interview dates: week commencing 28th February 2022 (via Zoom)
Despite our best efforts it is not always possible to respond to every application individually due to the high volume of responses, therefore only candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted for this role, and if you have not heard from us within 10 days, please assume you have not been successful.
About Lawrence Wishart
Lawrence Wishart is an independent, radical publishers based in East London. We have been publishing critical left ideas on politics and culture since 1936, including the English-language edition of the Marx and Engels Collected Works, Gramsci and Stuart Hall (who was one of the founding editors of our journal Soundings). Our current work is focused on the areas of race, gender, LGBTQ+ issues, intersectionality, climate justice and colonialism. We have recently launched a new book series titled Radical Black Women, a range of political biographies of Black women from social justice movements in Britain, and a new Soundings Journal imprint on race and ecology. The seven journals published by LW span a range of disciplines including cultural studies, politics, history and education.