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Publications Assistant wanted (6 month post)

15th January 2016 | Categories: Appointments

The Society is looking for someone to assist in our busy publications office for six months!

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is a charity (Charity No. SC 010440) and independent publisher
of high-quality, peer reviewed books and journals covering the entirety of Scotland’s past with a
particular focus on archaeology and history. This role covers editorial, design, production and
marketing responsibilities for a mix of print and online archaeology and history resources. This is a
highly varied position which offers excellent experience in all aspects of academic publishing.

Starting salary: £17,229 to £19,921 per annum depending on experience, plus a 10% pension

Hours: Full time 37 hours per week for a period of 6 months. Part-time, secondments and job sharing
may be considered for this post if required.

Key Duties
● Assist in the peer review, production and marketing of print and online books and journals
● Update publications details on Society’s website as required (including book product pages,
journal contents, etc)
● Maintain detailed records and metadata for books and journals
● Provide general editorial support and administrative support for print and digital publishing
● Organise social media communications regarding the Society’s publications
● Create and distribute marketing materials including AI sheets and calls for papers

Essential Skills
● Excellent computer skills (particularly MS Word, Excel)
● Strong organisational ability and meticulous attention to detail
● Familiarity with academic journals and books, particularly digital publications
● Excellent communication skills
● Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant professional experience

Desirable Skills
● Previous publishing experience OR recent degree in publishing/Digital Humanities (experience
in an academic publishing environment is particularly desired)
● Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator and/or Photoshop in

Person Specification
The ideal candidate will have previous experience within an academic publishing environment and
have a good degree, or equivalent, in a Humanities subject. They will be adept at handling a
challenging and varied workload while maintaining a high standard of accuracy. The post also requires
excellent communication skills and computer literacy.

Please apply by emailing a cover letter indicating where your expertise meets each of our criteria and
full CV to Erin Osborne-Martin, the Managing Editor ( Your letter should
also provide the names and contact details (email preferred) of two referees whom the Society may
invite to comment on your suitability for the post in advance of appointment.

A full job description is available here: SOASAssistantjobdescription

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: end of Sunday 31 January 2016

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