Harvard University
Jamaica Plain, MA
Tue Sep 14 2021 12:01:52 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time) save share

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After a century of publication, Arnoldia, the quarterly magazine of the Arnold Arboretum, has become the definitive forum for conversations about the nature of trees and other woody plants, as well as the landscapes they occupy. Importantly, Arnoldia also reports on the history of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and other botanical gardens, and the growth, development, and study of their archival, preserved, and living collections. It is the core publication of the Arnold Arboretum and plays a central role in disseminating knowledge to specialist and lay audiences alike. In 2022 (the Arboretum’s sesquicentennial year), Arnoldia will relaunch with a redesigned format that will engage new audiences and expand its impact.

The Editor plays a key role in maintaining the magazine’s reputation as a scholarly publication and respected research resource. Working with the Keeper of the Living Collections and the Editorial Committee, the Editor has primary responsibility for managing the people and the processes required to deliver a high-quality publication.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Editor manages all phases of print and digital production to ensure the timely and consistent publication and delivery of four (4) quarterly issues of Arnoldia per year. To accomplish this, the Editor develops and implements strategic planning and sets publication priorities. To do this, they liaise with the Arnoldia Editorial Committee and other stakeholders to create and sustain a vision commensurate with the publication’s, and the Arboretum’s, singular legacy and future. They solicit and evaluate all manuscripts and proposals (including artwork) to build a robust content inventory. The Editor reviews all submitted articles, which includes the coordination of external review when necessary, and conducts/coordinates all proofing and copyediting. They are in charge of establishing Arnoldia’s style guidelines and ensuring these and other aspects of brand identity are maintained. They oversee all layout and design and manage the vendor(s) responsible for printing and mailing. Administratively, the Editor supervises the graphic designer, copyeditor, and occasional interns. They also maintain the magazine’s digital presence, oversee circulation, and manage a budget to accomplish all of the above.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
  • Bachelors’ degree required.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience editing, writing, and/or publishing preferably with science and research publications.
  • Facility with and knowledge of literature in the plant sciences (particularly horticulture).
  • Must be fluent in all Microsoft Office programs.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Graduate degree preferred. A background in science and experience in horticulture, botany, and/or public gardens are strongly preferred. An understanding of the context in which Arnoldia fits, particularly its role within the collected literature, and across the history of plant science. Must be comfortable with the use of the Web as a research, and publication, tool. Familiarity with graphics software (InDesign, Photoshop, Quark) desirable.

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The position takes place in an office environment.

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE: This position is performed on-site in Jamaica Plain, not in a remote environment.

We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. Founded in 1872 and designed by America's first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Arboretum's first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, the 281-acre Arboretum is a historic landmark and one of the best-preserved of Olmsted's landscapes. A unique blend of beloved public landscape and respected research institution, the Arboretum provides and supports world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of woody plants. Along with a horticultural library and herbarium encompassing some 4.8 million dried plant specimens, the Arboretum comprises one of the largest and best-documented woody plant collections in the world, with over 15,000 living plants. To learn more about the Arnold Arboretum, please visit: www.arboretum.harvard.edu

Diversity Statement
The Arnold Arboretum views diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a culture where everyone can thrive. Our community is made of individuals who draw from a dynamic range of backgrounds to contribute to the pursuit of our common goals. The work and well-being of the Arnold Arboretum are strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, age, ability, political views, veteran status, and more. We actively seek and welcome people of color, women, persons with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and those who are at the intersections of these identities, from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods to join us. Together, we strive to create an environment that values diversity, promotes an inclusive culture, and establishes a profound sense of belonging for each member of our community.

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USA - MA - Jamaica Plain

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405004 Comm Professional (N)


Arnold Arboretum


Arnold Arboretum

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55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

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Full Time. Monday through Friday. 35 hours per week.

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