Peer Review Production Coordinator - TRB Technical Activities

Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jun 27, 2018
Closes
Oct 23, 2018
Industry
Consulting
Hours
Full Time
Job Description Summary:
Coordinates production services. Provides technical consulting, project planning, on-site coordination, contractor oversight, quality control, and contract management. Advises staff, National Academies' members, and authors on production-related matters. Coordinates and tracks print and online content for the printer as well as for online service providers.

Working under general supervision and functioning with the ability to deviate from subscribed courses of action as needed, incumbent applies general professional knowledge and principals of function to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of various factors and uses independent judgment and discretion to recommend best course of action. Incumbent may lead and/or supervise lower level support employees and may establish processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of routine support functions.
Job Description:

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is a unit of the National Research Council, a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. The Board's mission is to promote innovation and progress in transportation by stimulating and conducting research, facilitating the dissemination of information, and encouraging the implementation of research results.

TRB fulfills this mission through the work of its standing technical committees and task forces addressing all modes and aspects of transportation; publication and dissemination of reports and peer-reviewed technical papers on research findings; administration of two contract research programs; conduct of special studies on transportation policy issues at the request of the U.S. Congress and government agencies; operation of an on-line computerized file of transportation research information; and the hosting of an annual meeting that typically attracts 8,000 transportation professionals from throughout the United States and abroad.

JOB SUMMARY:

Coordinates peer review production services for the Transportation Research Record, a scholarly journal publishing ~900 articles a year. Provides technical consulting, project planning, editor, author, and reviewer coordination, contractor oversight, and quality control.

Working under general supervision and functioning with the ability to deviate from subscribed courses of action as needed, incumbent applies general professional knowledge and principals of function to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of various factors and uses independent judgment and discretion to recommend best course of action. Incumbent may lead and/or supervise lower level support employees and may establish processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of routine support functions.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

1. Handles peer review process from receipt of work through delivery of final product. Identifies potential problem areas or missing information.

2. Requests and evaluates enhancement quotes from vendor, and advises managing editor about utility. Serves as a liaison to and monitors performance of outside vendors.

3. Develops production schedule from due dates and receipt of production materials and communicates to constituents. Coordinates schedules among functional departments. Monitors schedule and any backlog of items.

4. Tracks and transmits manuscripts and other documents. Coordinates quality control efforts. Prepares reports on turnover time and other production-related benchmarks and statistics.

5. Assists Publishing Projects Manager with training, assigning work, and monitoring performance of staff. Provides assistance and serves as a resource to production assistants and other staff on production-related matters.

6. Responds to routine and non-routine queries from authors, reviewers, editors, vendors, and readers. Alerts Managing Editor to possible ethical violations or threats to the integrity of the peer review process.

7. Assists with related duties such as copyediting, design, and advertising.

8. May oversee the production department in the absence of Publishing Projects Manager.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

In depth knowledge of scholarly peer review best practices. Familiarity with the Committee on Publishing Ethics guidelines regarding peer review. Ability to solve varied and complex problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies' departments through effective communication. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS: Two years of experience using industry standard peer review software

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in a related field, or equivalent knowledge.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Aries Editorial Manager. Demonstrated excellence in customer service.

Employee Type:EmployeeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5

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