Editor, Afterall Journal


Academic Development and Services
CSM - King's Cross, London UK
Part time
Fixed Term
Two years, with an option to extend.

5 September 2019 23:55

£34,326 - £42,155 pa (pro-rata)

This role offers an exciting opportunity to work as the managing editor of Afterall – a journal of art, context and enquiry in collaboration with an international network of research and editorial partners. You will be an experienced editor with excellent command of the English language and extensive knowledge of contemporary art. Please note that fluency in a second language would also be desirable. 

Based at Afterall Research Centre, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, you will join a team of researchers and editorial staff working on One Work, Exhibition Histories, Critical Readers and other projects produced within the Centre. 

Afterall is internationally respected for its contemporary art publications and events. It is located at Central Saint Martins in King's Cross in close proximity to the gallery, museum and other public-facing and high profile activity. Central Saint Martins is a college of University of the Arts London, which draws together six colleges with reputations for excellence in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.

Based at Afterall Research Centre, you will be responsible for the following tasks related to Afterall Journal: 

  • Supporting the Directors in maintaining and developing international partnerships
  • Working with Partners and Editorial staff within the Afterall team to research content and secure contributors to the programme of activity
  • Commissioning and editing texts for publication and dissemination, in line with the Afterall style guide and working closely with an external copy editor on proofing
  • Working with the Advertising Director to secure adverts in the journal and on the Afterall website
  • Liaising with Designers, Printers, Distributors and e-pub producers as required
  • Working with the Afterall team to devise discursive events, launching each issue of the journal in London and in liaison with our partner organisations located in Antwerp, Toronto and Singapore
  • Liaising with the Afterall Manager on the production of author contracts and monitoring payment of invoices 
  • Mentoring Research Assistants in securing permissions for reproducing text and images
  • Mentoring our annual Writer in Residence, and editing the essays they produce for the Afterall website
  • Working within allocated budgets and to production schedules agreed with the Publishing Director
  • Maintaining regular communication with the Afterall research, editorial and management team
  • Developing knowledge in Afterall subject areas, building and maintaining contacts with interested parties e.g. potential research partners, curators, artists and authors
  • Being an advocate for the Afterall Research Centre and all its publishing projects
  • Supporting fundraising efforts and grant-writing

Requirements of the role:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degree(s) in related discipline or subject field.
  • Knowledge of contemporary visual art and contemporary art theory.
  • Experience in art research and publishing in an editorial role.
  • Communicates effectively orally, in writing and/or using visual media. Excellent command of the English language, knowledge/fluency in a second language is desirable.
  • Experience of motivating and leading a team effectively, setting clear objectives to manage performance.
  • Contributes to advancing professional practice or scholarly activity in own area of specialism.
  • Experience of planning, prioritising and organising work to achieve objectives on time, using initiative or creativity to resolve problems.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a team and where appropriate across or with different professional groups.

Posting date – 23rd July 2019.

Closing date – 5th September 2019.

Interview date – 16th September 2019

To apply, please download the attached job description/person specification for the role which contains the full list of requirements/ experience and selection criteria. Disabled people, those from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds and those identifying as LGBTQI+ are under-represented in our workforce, so we particularly encourage applications from people in these groups.

If you have any queries contact ADS Recruitment Team via email ADSRecruitment@arts.ac.uk or telephone: 020 7514 2965.

UAL is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive university - a place where we all can be ourselves and reach our full potential in our work, learning and creative practice. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

This opportunity is closed to applications.