Editor (Publications Officer)
This position is located in the History department, National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Smithsonian Institution.
The National Portrait Gallery’s Publications Editor is responsible for the planning, development, editing, and dissemination of all NPG published materials. The incumbent plans and coordinates all publications of the National Portrait Gallery, including exhibition catalogues, popular books, multi-author volumes, Gallery newsletter, brochures, labels, social media and website text, calendars of events, and other written works. The incumbent must have experience in editing text in American art history or American history.
- Occasional Travel
- Domestic travel:1-2 trips per year.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE SELECTIVE FACTOR AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS BELOW IN ORDER TO BE MINIMALLY QUALIFIED FOR THIS POSITION. YOUR APPLICATION MUST SHOW WRITTEN EVIDENCE OF BOTH REQUIREMENTS.
SELECTIVE FACTOR REQUIREMENT:
Experience with publications development, negotiating image rights for museum catalogues, editing scholarly texts for museum publications, choosing fine art illustrationss for manuscripts within an art or history museum or other similar cultural institution.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT:
You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as: experience which includes activities overseeing publications editing, illustration management, publications budgeting and contracting.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
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- Coordinates all publications for the NPG and develops publications either in-house or with co-publishers.
- Assesses all types of manuscripts for the NPG and edits for content and accuracy.
- Edits text in American art history or American history.
- Oversees budgeting and contracting for NPG publications.
- Researches outside publishers, presses and distributors for NPG publications.