The Executive Editor and Series Editor is responsible for editorial leadership and day-to-day management of International Security, a quarterly journal of international politics edited at the Belfer Center and published by MIT Press. Leads a small, highly productive editorial team that includes the journal’s managing editor and publications coordinator. Oversees the process of annually selecting approximately twenty articles for publication from approximately 300 submissions. Evaluates submitted article manuscripts and assigns them to external reviewers. Works closely with article authors to revise article manuscripts. Develops and implements strategies to market the journal and to promote individual articles to relevant audiences. Serves as primary liaison to the journal’s publisher, MIT Press.
Responsibilities also include primary day-to-day responsibility for the International Security Program’s book series, Belfer Center Studies in International Security. Duties include: identifying and obtaining outstanding book manuscripts; evaluating unsolicited manuscripts; managing the review process for series manuscripts; managing and participating (with colleagues from the Belfer Center’s International Security Program) in the decision-making process; helping to comment upon and edit accepted book manuscripts; and (in collaboration with the Belfer Center’s publications staff) overseeing the flow of manuscripts through the production process.
The position also entails regular participation in seminars and other Program activities, providing comments and advice to pre- and postdoctoral fellows, and contributing to the research life of the Center through participation in collaborative projects or via independent scholarship, as appropriate.
Ph.D. or equivalent experience. Demonstrated knowledge of the field of international security studies, including knowledge of research trends and traditions and the work of established and emerging scholars, is essential. Applicants should have a record of publication in the field.
Experience in a publishing/editorial environment desirable. Strong writing and communication skills are necessary. High levels of discretion, diplomacy, and tact in dealing with highly confidential material, authors, reviewers, editors, and press are essential. Must have good judgment and interpersonal skills. Experience in an academic environment and/or demonstrated ability to work in a diverse research setting is desirable. Strong desire to help others improve their work.
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