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Position Announcement - Editor


Working Title: Publications Editor

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Serve as publications editor for the University of
Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, a statewide program of multidisciplinary
research, education and outreach dedicated to the protection and
sustainable use of Great Lakes and ocean resources.  Basic duties and
responsibilities are to work with the Assistant Director for Communications
and his staff to:

* Prepare (research, write/rewrite, edit, proofread, correct and format) a
variety of written information for both print and electronic publication,
including the institute's monthly newsletter, its World Wide Web site, news
releases, fact sheets, multi-media presentations, etc., in collaboration
with communications and other institute staff, outreach specialists and
university researchers.

* Create and desktop-publish (research, write copy, design and lay out) a
variety of institutional documents, including calls for research proposals,
new publication/product announcements, user feedback surveys, publication
review and evaluation forms, etc.

* Prepare information for and contribute to the development and maintenance
of UW Sea Grant's award-winning World Wide Web site (www.seagrant.wisc.edu).

* Evaluate manuscripts submitted for publication, arrange peer reviews,
obtain permissions, work with authors to revise manuscripts, and recommend
publishing priorities to the Assistant Director for Communications.

* Work on special communications projects as they develop.  Such projects
may include but are not limited to working with Sea Grant scientists,
outreach specialists and staff to develop grant proposals, media relations
projects, radio/video programs, research/outreach conferences,
educational/outreach activities, multi-media presentations and exhibits.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (REQUIRED): Bachelor's degree in English, print
journalism or mass communications, with at least of three years of
full-time professional editing experience (or an equivalent combination of
education and experience). Thorough knowledge of proper punctuation and
grammar, editing principles and practices, and Associated Press style. Must
be well organized, creative, attentive to detail and an excellent
proofreader. Demonstrated ability to adapt writing/editing style to
communicate effectively with different audiences. Self-starter able to work
independently as well as in a team setting. Proficiency in computer word
processing and desktop publishing techniques.

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS (PREFERRED):  Master's degree in a science or
communications discipline with two or more years of academic editing and/or
publications production experience. Knowledge of University of Chicago
Press academic publishing style. Familiarity with a broad range of
scientific disciplines, and demonstrated ability to understand and
accurately interpret complex scientific research findings for professional
as well as lay audiences. Experience using the Internet and the World Wide
Web, including creating pages for the Web. Familiarity with Great Lakes

SALARY AND STATUS:  This position is a fixed-term renewable appointment to
the University of Wisconsin-Madison academic staff.  Salary is commensurate
with professional qualifications and experience.  Minimum: $25,500.

* A letter describing your interest in the position.
* A resume, including post-high school education, a chronological list of
professional work experience, a list of computer software training or
experience, and other relevant information.
* At least three but no more than five examples that show the variety of
your editing experience.
* Three letters of recommendation, or the names and phone numbers of at
least three references we may contact for a recommendation.

SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO: Linda Campbell, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant
Institute, 1800 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705-4094.


SELECTION PROCESS:  A search and screen committee will review all
applications and recommend a selection of candidates to the Director of the
UW Sea Grant Institute.  Those recommended will be invited to Madison for a
series of editing tests and an interview.

PROJECTED START DATE: January 1, 1998.

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding
applicants and nominees must be released upon request.  Finalists cannot be
guaranteed confidentiality.

The University of Wisconsin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity