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Deputy Editor, RA Magazine (FTC)

Royal Academy of Arts
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   Location: London
   Salary: Up to £28,000
Experience: 3 years +
Deadline: 30 April 2018




Please note that this vacancy has expired and you can no longer apply.

About the Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions, famous for our world class exhibitions including Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, Ai Weiwei, and the recent blockbusters Abstract Expressionism and America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s. Dedicated to promoting the creation, study and enjoyment of art to all audiences, we are led by eminent artists and architects.
This is an exciting time to join the Royal Academy in our 250th anniversary year.  To celebrate, we’ve embarked on a major redevelopment that will unite our two sites, opening up our institution with new spaces for exhibitions, learning and debate. Led by the internationally-acclaimed architect David Chipperfield RA, the project will link Burlington House on Piccadilly and Burlington Gardens for the first time. In doing so we will create a 2.5-acre campus in the heart of Mayfair. This ambitious scheme will provide a new suite of temporary exhibition galleries, a double height auditorium, a dedicated learning centre and an RA Collections Gallery.
About RA Magazine
Published quarterly, RA Magazine is one of the country’s most respected and best-read art architecture magazines, with a circulation of more than 105,000.  The magazine is primarily distributed to the RA Friends, engaging readers with the RA’s diverse activities, exhibitions and artists, as well as the wider worlds of art and architecture.  RA Magazine’s articles are a key part of the Academy’s website, and are supported by regular blog posts and social media.
About this role
This is a 12 month fixed-term contract. The Publications team is looking for a Deputy Editor to take a central role in the delivery of the magazine each quarter.  This is a varied and exciting role that engages across all areas of the magazine, the Royal Academy and the world of art and artists. Supporting the Editor, the Deputy Editor helps commission the magazine, conceiving original editorial ideas and liaising with writers.  They take the lead on editorial production process, tracking the work flow of sub-editor and designers.  Other duties include copy-editing text, picture editing and writing articles both long and short ranging from exhibition previews to artist interviews.
About you
You will have at least 3 years’ editorial experience in magazines, newspapers or books, preferably in an arts publishing environment.  The position requires in-depth knowledge of art history and contemporary visual art.  You will be an all-rounder, possessing journalistic flair alongside excellent organisational skills.  Approachable, empathetic and a good communicator, you will be able to gorge strong working relationships with colleagues and external contacts including curators, artist and writers.  You should demonstrate a commitment to the vision of the Royal Academy of Arts.
The benefits we offer
  • A very generous pension, contributing up to 10% of your salary into a defined contribution scheme
  • In addition to 25 days’ holiday and 8 days’ bank holiday each year, we close between Christmas Eve and New Year, allowing staff additional paid leave
  • Staff are encouraged to attend free History of Art and life drawing classes on site
  • We also have a staff choir, running club and craft club
  • Best of all, we have reciprocal agreements with many leading museums and art galleries in London and New York that enable you to enter for free with your staff pass.
Closing date for applications: Monday 30 April 2018  (midnight)
Interviews to be held week commencing: 7 May 2018
JOB DESCRIPTION
 MAIN OBJECTIVE
To help deliver RA Magazine on time to a high quality and to agreed budgets.
MAIN DUTIES
  • To manage the editorial production process of the magazine in consultation with the Editor, including scheduling, tracking workflow and liaising with contributors, sub-editor, designers, repro house and printers
  • To work closely with the Editor and advertising team in producing a flatplan for each issue
  • To manage the magazine’s editorial budget in consultation with the Editor and process invoices
  • In consultation with the Editor, to edit articles to a high standard across the magazine, including generating initial ideas, commissioning writers, copy-editing submissions, commissioning layouts, supervising and correcting the work of the sub-editor, final proofreading and working on pages in Adobe InDesign where appropriate
  • To write articles for the magazine and online, including exhibition previews artist interviews, news and features
  • To act as a picture editor, in consultation with the Editor, including overseeing the picture budget; procurement of images, in consultation with relevant departments, such as Photographic; negotiating copyright where appropriate; briefing photographers; and briefing designers
  • To co-ordinate all magazine administration, filing and database management
  • To work closely with the Digital team, organising material to be published online, writing blogs and supporting RA content via social media
  • In consultation with the Volunteer Manager, to recruit and manage editorial interns
  •  To maintain good working relationships with all the Royal Academicians and the various departments and staff within the Royal Academy to ensure their requirements are fully considered when commissioning editorial, and their opinions taken into account before publication
  • To work closely with the Editor to ensure that the magazine’s Editorial Board receives papers and documents in good time and is kept abreast of any developments or changes to be discussed by the Board
  •  To represent the RA Magazine outside the Royal Academy, helping to promote and network the magazine to the wider art world
  • To deputise for the Editor
  • Under the direction of the Editor and Publisher, to work on strategic initiatives to build the RA Magazine and RA Publications businesses
  •  Undertake any other duty which may reasonably be allocated by the Editor of RA Magazine, Head of Publishing Operations or any other senior officer.
PERSON SPECIFICATION
 
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
ESSENTIAL
  • Graduate with at least 3 years’ editorial experience in print publications
  • Demonstratable in-depth knowledge of art history and contemporary art
  • Experience commissioning writers
  • Copy-editing experience, with first-class spelling and grammar
  • Strong writing skills; can produce engaging contenty for print and online
  • Supremely well organised, with knowledge of print production processes; able to maintain work flows to ensure magazine delivery to schedule and budget
  • Excellent communication skills; diplomatic and empathetic, able to communicate effectively with internal stakeholders and high-profile contacts
DESIRED
  • Picture editing experience
  • Competency with Adobe InDesign
  • Original editorial ideas
  • Knowledge of architecture
  • Experience of in-depth/structural editing
  • Experience managing interns or junior staff
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of the Royal Academy

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