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Production Specialist/Production Coordinator - JHUP Books

Coordinate and provide support for book production and design functions, including archive management and online applications, digital art, invoices, and oversee production for selected reprint, on demand, and new JHUP titles.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 

Archive management: Serve as gatekeeper and cataloger for JHUP with outside archive (when implemented) and file conversion service; confirm receipt of first page proofs into the archive, and acquire final page and component files for all new and changed reprint titles to post to the external archive.  (30%)

Ebook conversions and Distribution: Work closely with Production Controllers and Books Marketing so that new and reprint book files are ready for ebook conversions and distributions, simultaneously with print title publications.  (20%)

Digital art evaluation and trafficking: Determine suitability of original digital line and photo art for printing, working together with Acquisitions Assistants, and monitor outside vendors assigned large art programs to evaluate, according to individual book schedules and cost guidelines.  (30%)

Invoice coding and tracking: Receive, electronically code, and route all new and reprint production and design invoices in a timely manner to the Production Manager, and log signed invoices sent on to Accounting; monitor payments with outside supplier accounting staffs.  (10%)

Assist Production Controllers and Art Director: Retrieve, complete,  and route files, corrections, and proofs for new books, reprints, and on-demand titles, as needed.  (10%)

Qualifications

 

Knowledge: Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Macintosh, Outlook, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat skills; will train to use Filemaker database.

This position has a primary focus in digital asset management and book publishing production processes. The successful candidate must be able to understand, translate, adapt to, and simplify requests and responses in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Degree of independent action performed on the job:
Demonstrated ability to quickly prioritize and meet multiple deadlines, to work with minimum supervision, and to combine appropriate input from production coordinators, designers, production editors, and marketing and acquisitions staff with information from outside vendors.

Internal and external contacts required as part of the job:
The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work and communicate effectively with peers and senior staff at the Press as well as with outside vendor customer service and sales representatives. This position requires teamwork and relationship building with people both inside and outside the Press.

 

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Production Specialist

Project MUSE is a multi-million dollar electronic database of academic journals in the humanities and social sciences.  We produce over 400 academic journals as well as front-list and back-list monographs from over 80 academic publishers. 

Project MUSE is a division within The Johns Hopkins University Press, one of the largest of the US-based university presses. In continuous operation since 1878, the Press has been and remains a leader in scholarly book, journal, and digital publishing.

The position of Production Specialist will work with content from scholarly publications including journals, books and electronic references.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • PDF quality control
  • XML quality control
  • Table of Contents quality control
  • Special projects as assigned

The Production Specialist supports content in a variety of Web-based formats including PDF, HTML, multimedia, and XML. The daily activities of the Production Specialist include assigning ebooks to subject discipline collections as well as PDF creation and manipulation, XML manipulation, Web publishing, troubleshooting production schedules and PDF/XML file editing. The candidate should be comfortable in a fast-paced production environment with competing priorities while maintaining an excellent attention to detail.

Qualifications

High School/GED. Bachelors preferred.

Related work experience:

  • High School/GED. Bachelors in a social science or humanities field preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 yrs of production experience in Web publishing.
  • Additional education beyond High School may substitute for required experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job

Personal Skills:

  • Diligent work habits and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated, creative problem-solver with an excellent attention to detail
  • Must be a team player
  • Willingness to learn new applications and follow web standards

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency in technologies for electronic publishing including Adobe Acrobat
  • Proficiency in web publishing technologies including HTML and CSS.
  • Knowledge of XML.
  • Knowledge of web standards and web browser capabilities and ability to create cross-browser compliant publications.
  • Knowledge of 508 compliance and ADA accessibility standards and tools for both Web page and PDF publishing a plus.
  • Ability to learn new electronic publishing technologies
  • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues and errors   

Internal and external contacts required as part of the job:
Publishers, XML Vendors, Production Staff Members

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Sr. Programmer Analyst

Project MUSE is a division of The Johns Hopkins University Press. Founded in 1878, the Press is the oldest continuously operating university press in the United States as well as one of the largest. The Press is a leader in scholarly book, journal, and digital publishing.

Project MUSE is a multi-million dollar electronic database of academic books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. Producing content from over 260 academic publishers, including more than 600 academic journals and 40,000 front-list and back-list monographs. We recently received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to expand our open access offerings.

The Senior Programmer Analyst is a member of Project MUSE's technical development team involved in software and database development. The position works with a small talented team who continues to output and design innovative publishing features in record time, with the quality and depth of a large organization.  Project MUSE has thrived on creating custom solutions, offering flexibility to both the product and the customer.  This position will report to the Manager, Publishing Technologies at Project MUSE.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops or modifies computer programs; develops test plans and performs unit, system and integrated testing for individual assignments, and or vendor software releases.
  • Database design, development and implementation, including user and system requirements collection, proto-typing and testing, application database schemes design and integration with applications, production maintenance and user support.
  • Develops, maintains, documents and tests new or existing programs; adheres to project wide standards for data collection/storage, structured programming techniques, documentation requirements, testing, reporting, software/hardware releases.
  • Uses programming knowledge and critical thinking to resolve moderately complex technical or procedural problems
  • Create reports and work with end users on report specifications; create and run queries as needed, both scripted and ad hoc.
  • Participates in institutional-level information technology initiatives as assigned.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
  • Manage several projects simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines.

Qualifications

  • Expert experience with Web programming using Perl, CGI/Mod_Perl is required.
  • Experience with MySQL.
  • Working knowledge of JavaScript, (eg. JQuery), HTML, CSS is desirable.
  • Experience and or knowledge with XML and or XSLT would be a plus.
  • Knowledge to implement and or support data analytics projects (eg.WebBI, Tableau) a plus.
  • Working environment is UNIX.
  • Publishing Experience a bonus.
  • Ruby and Python a bonus but not required.

Bachelor's degree and three years related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. Direct programming experience while pursuing education may count towards related experience. Significant undergraduate programming coursework or independent project can be considered as related experience.

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