Major Duties: The Editor manages and directs product planning, acquisitions, and editorial development of adult teaching and learning resources. The position requires mastery (or quick learning) of selected computer programs, an ability to produce products on time, and strong knowledge of the church and Christian education for adults. Coordinates and applies all steps in the editorial development process including articulating and verifying audience needs and objectives, acquiring and directing product creators, outlining concepts, securing concept and business plan approvals, negotiating and contracting with product creators, content editing manuscripts, working with copyeditors and/or production editors, consulting with design manager, production editors, and designers to select and approve illustrations, page layouts, and cover designs, reading and approving proofs, and securing schedules and final titles for new resources. Manages assigned projects and tasks for assigned product lines, under the direction of the Associate Publisher and in cooperation with other members of the team. Works closely with members of team, sales units, and shared resources units to research market trends, assess the competitive environment, and develop viable strategies and product proposals for approval by the Associate Publisher and Monthly Approval and Proposal Process (MAPP). Monitors and analyzes, in conjunction with the Business Manager and Associate Publisher, assigned product-related budgets. Attends conferences, professional association meetings, and other events in order to understand audience needs, acquire projects, and recruit authors.
Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree in English, religious studies, or a closely related field and at least three (3) years of adult religious publishing or religious materials experience, demonstrating a high level of competence in writing and editing, or at least three (3) years of experience as a pastor and/or working with adults in a church or other setting. In-depth knowledge of United Methodism and biblical studies are required. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Excellent attention to detail. Excellent personal computer skills, including intermediate proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred). Working knowledge of the American religious environment, local congregations and congregational systems, and the history, doctrine, and polity of major American church traditions. Basic leadership skills. Ability to be persuasive, resilient, and a self-starter. Basic proficiency with Macs and design layout programs (Adobe InDesign) is preferred. Current or previous participation in local church religious education for adults is preferred. Knowledge of or experience with persons of the audience age level is preferred. Knowledge of markets served by The United Methodist Publishing House and of the competitive environment related to product appeal, utility, and sales is preferred.