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Associate Editor—Publications, Interpretation, and Editorial Services

As a critical member of the Publications, Interpretation, and Editorial Services department, the Associate Editor supports all editorial services for Museum exhibitions, programs, and events. Reporting to the Director of the department, the Associate Editor serves as the primary or secondary editor of a broad range of print and digital content, from full exhibition scripts to web updates, collaborating with colleagues across departments to push projects forward and meet tight deadlines. The ideal candidate is a skillful editor with knowledge of both print and digital communication, a highly collaborative team member with experience in project management, and committed to the Museum’s mission, vision, and values.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred) in English, journalism, museum studies, art history, or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of two years' editorial experience in a museum, cultural institution, or similar environment
  • Excellent skills in traditional editing, copyediting, and proofreading, with a keen eye for detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, diplomacy, and commitment to working tactfully with authors and colleagues
  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition
  • Experience and comfort with Microsoft Word (especially editing tools), Excel, and Outlook
  • Comfort and familiarity with digital publishing platforms and content management systems
  • Ability to work independently, manage time effectively, pursue several projects simultaneously, and meet agreed-upon deadlines
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and administrative skills
  • A commitment to equality as an institutional goal, and comfort with inclusive and accessible language

Additional qualifications (desired but not mandatory):

  • Familiarity with Google Workspace, Adobe Acrobat/Reader, Mailchimp, and general CMS tools
  • Experience editing exhibition didactic materials
  • Familiarity with basic HTML
  • Familiarity with digital-media-specific text styling and formatting
  • Interest in learning about and working with new digital publishing platforms and tools

Responsibilities:

  • Act as the primary or secondary editor for a wide variety of digital and print content, including but not limited to labels and didactics, educational supplements, web updates, event programs and signage, press releases, and marketing and membership materials
  • Fulfill editing requests from departments across the Museum, working efficiently and expediently to manage multiple projects with quick turnarounds
  • Edit texts for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and standard art historical usage, collaborating closely with authors and stakeholders
  • Ensure readability, clarity, consistency, and coherence across projects, considering audience, tone, voice, and messaging goals
  • Write queries and fact-check where necessary
  • Create and maintain style sheets, interpretation plans, and messaging documentation for assigned projects
  • Proof and circulate interim and final versions of projects, collate corrections from all parties, and monitor schedules
  • Participate in team meetings related to assigned projects
  • Communicate often and openly with colleagues to keep projects on time and on track
  • Work closely with the Managing Editor to develop and implement revisions to internal processes, procedures, guidelines, and forms
  • Review and publish content to the website through our CMS as needed
  • Assist in maintenance of records and archives
  • Additional duties as requested

Start date: Immediately

Department: Publications, Interpretation, and Editorial Services

Reports to: Director of Publications, Interpretation, and Editorial Services

Position type: Full-time

Union status: Union–UAW Local 2110

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, with evening and weekend hours as necessary

Apply online.

If you have questions about our online application system, please get in touch with us at job.application.questions@brooklynmuseum.org.

At the Brooklyn Museum, we value all types of experience. For us, a successful candidate has many of the qualities listed in our job postings, and the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job. So if much, but not all, of a job posting describes you, then we welcome your application.