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Editor: Tessa L. Dysart
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

Monday, March 28, 2022

Managing Legal Editor Position at NITA

My good friends at NITA, who help edit and publish the Journal of Appellate Practice and Process are hiring a legal editor.  The details are below. Please contact Gary Pope at with question or to apply.

Managing Legal Editor – Virtual position – U.S.
Fulltime position: 40 hours per week – Exempt – Benefits eligible
Salary Grade 60: Minimum $72,000 – Midpoint $90,000 (Based on qualifications and experience)

Position Purpose
Under limited supervision, this role is responsible for the overall quality and production work of the Publications Department. The Managing Legal Editor manages the strategic development of published works. The position is a key player in creating strategies for content distribution, considering the full range of print, digital, database, and other distribution methods. The position collaborates to support and execute new and existing initiatives with Operations, Marketing, and Programming.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Customer Service/Consulting. Provides information to customers (including law schools, law firms, and internal) regarding products and ordering.
    o Assists customers in identifying the appropriate materials for their class or training.
    o Refers customers to publishing partner representatives as needed.
    o Works to resolve any issues in a timely manner.
    o Represents NITA at conferences and other events.
    o Manage reproduction requests including entering orders into SalesForce and providing electronic version of materials.
  • Acquisitions and Development. Coordinates the production of new titles and updates. Acquires authors, solicits manuscripts, reviews proposals, negotiates contracts, and
    schedules submittal of manuscripts.
    o Works with Publications team to identify potential new topics and titles and research appropriate authors to approach.
    o Reviews solicited and unsolicited manuscripts and accepts or rejects them as deemed necessary.
    o Prepares publication proposals including descriptions of books, assessment of review process and market, sales analyses, profit and loss analyses, royalty arrangements, and competition for submittal to publishing partner.
    o Acts as primary liaison between the author and NITA and publishing partner. Keep authors informed during proposal process, contracting, and scheduling.
    o Builds and maintains the yearly editorial schedule.
  • Product Management.
    o Enters author and product information into SalesForce.
    o Reviews product packages prior to submittal to publishing partner and prior to production approval.
    o Monitors NITA and publishing partner’s website to ensure products are active and displayed correctly.
    o File for copyright. 
  • Sales Reporting and Analysis.
    o Inputs monthly publication sales reports (including direct and third-party sales) from publishing partner into SalesForce.
    o Complies, proofs, and presents data for Accounting and Leadership teams.
    o Reviews sales to identify and forecast trends.
    o Assists with reviewing invoice and royalty reports to insure accurate reporting from publishing partner.
    o Measures, evaluates, and reports the performance of the business unit to the AED for Operations on a regular basis. Budgets and forecasts revenue and costs for
    department and manages to budget. Evaluates the substantive and financial benefit of the business in the context of NITA’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Marketing and Sales.
    o Manages marketing, sales, and data reporting on sales, including management of external relationship with any marketing and distribution provider.
    o Assists NITA marketing team and/or external relationship marketing team as appropriate, providing input and strategic guidance on suitable channels and audiences for publications,
    o Obtains, reviews and approves marketing plans, reviews and monitors marketing materials produced.
    o Engaging and growing sales in the law school market.
  • Editorial and Administrative: Proofreading, editing, and other tasks as needed.


Supervisory Responsibilities--Manages Publications Department

Minimum Qualifications:
Experience: 5 years’ experience in managing staff or projects involving high-process, deadline-intensive deliverables, preferably in legal services environments.
Work experience in legal publishing, including writing and editing, supervision of editorial staff, managing portfolio, developing content, working with outside authors, handling publication and other contracts, managing editorial workflow, pre-press, print production, digital publishing, and marketing. Non-profit experience a plus.

Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of process for acquiring manuscripts.
Knowledge of publishing and production operations.
Knowledge and ability to manage large-scale publishing projects.
Knowledge of legal market customers, product, competition, and trends,
Knowledge of the business operations of bookstores, law libraries, and reproduction centers.
Knowledge of word processing programs, desktop publishing programs, and CRM software.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Research and analytical skills.
Strategic planning skills.
Interpersonal, negotiation, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
Good judgment, tact, and diplomatic skills.

Physical Demands to Perform Essential Duties
• Uses eyes to read and edit extensively online and on paper.
• Uses hands, fingers, and wrists to write and work with computers and office machines.
• Sits and works at a computer for extended periods of time.
• Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds of books, paper, or office equipment.
• Minimal travel.

Displays the Following Company Values Through Behaviors and Actions:

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