Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey
Position: Editor (00008402), Outreach and Public Service Section
KU Title: Communications Coordinator
Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications submitted online by September 27, 2012. Applications received after this date will be on hold until interviews have been completed and a determination has been made about the candidates who applied by the priority date.
Starting Date: Position available on December 3, 2012.
Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Half-time, regular position appointed to the unclassified professional staff at the University of Kansas. Starting half-time salary, $25,000 to $30,000 per year, plus benefits, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include University staff privileges; 22 days vacation leave, 12 days sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, life insurance, and retirement program options.
The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) editor develops and implements the KGS publication program. Responsibilities include editing technical and educational manuscripts, guiding authors through the editing and publication process, laying out technical publications using desktop publishing, and coordinating production of hard-copy publications with outside printers and online publications with the KGS web developer. An in-house, established 20-hour work schedule between the hours of 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, is required.
65% Editing, Publication Production and Printing
- Edit manuscripts and maps by in-house research staff and outside researchers to be published in print and/or online by the KGS. Work with authors throughout editing and publication process. Edit manuscripts for outside publication, presentations, and posters upon request by staff.
- Oversee scientific peer review of KGS publications and maps.
- Lay out printed technical publications using desktop publishing software and supervise production of graphics for those publications.
- Coordinate editing of educational materials, public information circulars, and other projects with KGS communications coordinator/writer.
- Oversee production and/or printing of all books and other written materials. Plan production schedules and coordinate outside printing jobs with printers' representatives. Write specifications for publishing jobs, bids on outside printing, and purchases of KGS desktop publishing equipment.
- Oversee budget preparation, planning, and expenditure of funds for internal publications and editing program.
- Provide assistance with annual proposal submitted to STATEMAP (a U.S. Geological Survey program that helps fund state geologic mapping projects).
- Determine assignment of publications to established KGS publication series. Solicit manuscripts for publication.
- Maintain publication-policy guidelines and internal style manual of the KGS. Answer staff questions about grammar, style, punctuation, and general writing.
15% Open-file Reports and Placement of Past KGS Publications on Website
- Review and edit works submitted as unpublished KGS open-file reports and coordinate their submissions with KGS librarian.
- Review, edit, and format previously published KGS publications for placement online.
15% Other Duties as Assigned; For example:
- Compile annual list of all internal and external staff publications.
- Manage online photographic archives. Provide photos in print or online formats upon request.
- Use layout and design software to produce and print business cards, position vacancy announcement brochures, the KGS organizational chart, and other small desktop publishing jobs.
- Handle permission requests for reproduction of KGS publications, photos, and illustrations.
- Serve as ex-officio member of KGS Stratigraphic Nomenclature committee. Serve on search committees and other committees, both internally and externally.
- Assist in planning conferences and programs both in scientific editing and for other KGS staff in their respective fields.
5% Professional Development
- Stay current on developments in online publishing, desktop publishing, technical transfer of data, and color printing, and related topics. Participate in professional organizations and pursue educational opportunities.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
- Minimum of two years' full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience in scientific or technical editing.
- Experience in desktop publishing. Experience using Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite on a Macintosh computer, or equivalent.
- Experience in editing a range of publication formats (books, brochures, posters, and maps) for offset printing and desktop publishing.
- Experience designing publications that contain photography and are reproduced by offset printing.
- Excellent organizational and written and verbal communication skills demonstrated by work experience and application materials.
- Bachelor's degree, or higher, in Earth sciences from an accredited university.
- Master's degree from an accredited university.
- Five or more years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience in scientific or technical editing.
- Experience in conducting scientific peer review of publications.
- Experience in file transfer from different computer platforms. Knowledge of HTML and web design.
- Experience in technical writing.
- Familiarity with Kansas geology and geography.
Apply online at https://jobs.ku.edu, search by position number #00008402. You can also use the QuickLink. Complete the University of Kansas Unclassified Professional Staff Application, attach (upload):
- Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications
- Contact information for three professional references.
A complete application will consist of all items above; incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact email@example.com if assistance is needed uploading materials.
Priority will be given to applications submitted online by September 27, 2012. Applications received after this date will be on hold until interviews have been completed and a determination has been made about the candidates who applied by the priority date.
Annette Delaney, Kansas Geological Survey
Phone: (785) 864-2152
Fax: (785) 864-5317
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Placed online Sept. 7, 2012
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