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Editor | Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Corporations of Fine Arts Museums (COFAM) is seeking an Editor to join the Publications team. Under the general supervision of the Director of Publications, the Editor is primarily responsible for all editorial aspects of the publication of exhibition catalogues and other books. The Editor also edits other museum didactics and printed materials. The editorial requirements shall include developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading to ensure the highest quality in final written content. The Editor also assists in other publishing tasks and traffics other museums’ materials, as requested.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Edits and/or project manages book projects by coordinating with authors, editors, proofreaders, photographers, designers, and others, in consultation with the Director of Publications. Developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading of books is required. Ensures that proper controls and schedules are implemented.
  2. Edits other printed material (e.g., labels, didactics, brochures, and letters) and some digital material (e.g., website and e-newsletters) generated by the Museums in coordination with the Director of Publications and/or various museum departments. Writes, edits, and refines such material as necessary, and in accordance with the Museums’ style. Helps to oversee edited content and its distribution within the Museums.
  3. Edits web, including the online exhibition pages and calendar, and other digital materials for the Museums, and manages and edits online articles and/or other texts for the website. Conceptualizes and edits texts in liaison with curators and other stakeholders, and writes and rewrites online articles when necessary.
  4. Edits for readability, style, voice, accuracy, and consistency. Proofreads books and other printed materials as needed. Writes and rewrites as necessary. Develops style procedures and maintains up-to-date style guides in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, Getty ULAN, the Grove Dictionary of Art, the Museums’ style guide, and other relevant sources.
  5. Assists the Director of Publications with aspects related to the printing and publishing of books, including color proofing and distribution reports. Duties may include attending press checks on location, including foreign locations.
  6. Develops promotional material for books as needed for dust jackets, brochures, advertisements, and sales catalogues. Writes and edits content appropriately for other usages throughout the museum.
  7. Coordinates schedules with contractors, temporary staff, and interns for editing, proofreading, translating, indexing, and other tasks needed in preparing books or other museum content.
  8. Keys manuscripts for design and production, and prepares design and production art logs and memorandums. Creates manuscript files for transmittal to designer. Reviews final layouts for books and other printed material.
  9. Helps to maintain standards of editorial excellence and consistency throughout the museum and plays an active role in the development and implementation of style guidelines for books, didactics, and other material.


Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in English or Art History OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Work Experience: Minimum of five years of experience in writing, editing, and project managing books (including developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading). Experience in scholarly editing. Experience with art museum publications or the editorial equivalent.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven ability in delegating and supervising editorial tasks, setting priorities, anticipating demands, and coordinating stringent deadlines.
  • Skill in communicating clearly and effectively, working under pressure, and dealing effectively and tactfully with curators, writers, designers, other museum staff, freelancers, and vendors.
  • Ability to work on a computer (Mac literate).
  • Ability to visually inspect detailed printed material.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member and to work independently when required.
  • Proven experience in making a final product that upholds the highest editorial standards and publishing protocols.
  • Experience in digital publishing is preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours as needed and to travel as needed.


COFAM offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco.

COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s largest public arts institutions and are comprised of the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Job Details
Job Reference: 19676
Posted on: 02 Oct 2019
Department: Publications
Job level(s) Experienced
Work type(s) Full-time