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Job Advert: Journal Editor

November 18, 2020
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new journal editor to join our team at Alpine Garden Society headquarters. Find the job advert and details of how to apply below!

We’re looking for a skilled editor and designer to join our team to deliver our Society’s print journal, The Alpine Gardener and our accompanying print newsletter, the Alpine News.

These publications go out quarterly to our 4000 members (and counting!).

The Editor needs to be a skilled communicator who can commission work from Society members, a writer and proofreader, who can write and edit articles, and a skilled designer who can layout pages in Adobe InDesign.

Ideally, the Editor will also have knowledge of print production, enabling them to liaise smoothly with our printers in the final production stages.

Closing date for applications: 18th Dec 2020

Journal Editor: Job Description

The Journal Editor will be responsible for commissioning, editing and writing articles for the Society’s journal, The Alpine Gardener, as well as designing page layouts and illustrations.

The Journal Editor will also be responsible for putting together the AGS’s print newsletter, which is produced quarterly and sent out with the journal.

The role will take approximately 3 days per week on average, though this may vary depending on the tasks that need to be undertaken in a given quarter. The start date for the position is 1st March 2021.

About the Alpine Garden Society Journal, The Alpine Gardener

A standard issue of The Alpine Gardener is 128 pages of high-quality, full colour articles (including approximately 8 to 12 pages of adverts), which is sent out to our 4000-strong membership on a quarterly basis.

While carrying in-depth articles for the more experienced members, the journal also needs to be accessible to newer, less knowledgeable members of our Society, reflecting a good balance of interests.

Our new Journal Editor will be expected to provide members with a well-balanced publication that speaks to many different interests and ability levels, while at the same time offering novel ideas to continue the evolution of The Alpine Gardener.

Candidates are encouraged to take a look at the 90th anniversary edition of The Alpine Gardener, which has been made freely available online, to get a feel for the journal’s design and contents before interview.

About the Alpine Garden Society Newsletter, Alpine News

Our print newsletter is an A5 document that gives members the latest AGS news. It announces important changes and events, such as the appointment of new trustees or the details of our annual AGM.

The newsletter is also used to knit together our print and online presence by advertising our online initiatives to our audience in another format.

Journal Editor’s Place within the Team

The Journal Editor will work with our Associate Editor, who helps to produce content for The Alpine Gardener. They will also need to work in close collaboration with our Digital Content Manager, Fay Edwards, to ensure our message is consistent and coherent across all our channels.

The new Editor will report directly to our Director, Tony Bryan.

Essential Criteria

  • In-depth working knowledge of Adobe In-Design
  • 3 years’ experience of producing a similar publication in a leading capacity (examples to be presented at interview)

Desirable Criteria

  • Commutable distance from Pershore with a willingness to be present in the AGS office once or twice a month (Covid permitting)
  • Awareness of how to grow and propagate alpine plants and of the dangers that these plants are facing in the wild

Keys Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Producing a high-quality, well-balanced journal that reflects the AGS membership body’s wide interests
  • Ensuring The Alpine Gardener is produced on time each quarter for distribution in the first week of the issue month—March, June, September, December. Part of this process will be to draft a timetable of deadlines and a plan of work.
  • Work closely with the Society Director and Associate Editor, regarding editorial matters. The ultimate responsibility for any major changes in editorial policy would rest with the Society’s Board of Trustees.
  • Extensive experience of print production.
  • Responsibility for selecting and liaising with proof-readers (these would normally be members of the Society that perform the task on a voluntary basis)
  • Writing the editorial section in each journal issue, as well as writing some articles for the journal and the newsletter.
  • Receiving and soliciting articles from other authors to reflect (1) above.
  • Corresponding with contributors and potential contributors and commissioning articles.
  • Selecting appropriate images either from graphics submitted with articles, images on the AGS image library or by liaising with the AGS’s photographers to seek images that enhance articles.
  • Liaising with the Society’s Director over the annual budget for the journal, together with printing and production issues.
  • Checking journal proofs before submission to the printers and receiving print proofs prior to full printing. Dealing with any problems that may arise.
  • The Journal Editor will be required to be a co-opted member of the Trustee Board and will be required to attend meeting of the Trustee Board (normally 4 to 5 meetings per year, each on a Saturday). The Editor is also expected to attend the Society’s Annual General Meeting each year. Travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed in line with the Society’s expense policy.
  • Promoting advertising in the journal, by approaching existing and potential new customers.
  • Collaborating with the Digital Content Manager to ensure the AGS’s online and print content are aligned.
  • General advice and guidance on matters to do with the Society’s additional publications.

Salary & Benefits

The salary for this post is £20-25,000 per year for approximately 3 days a week of work (approx. £33-42k pro-rata). The final salary will be dependent on the successful candidate’s level of skill and experience.

The Journal Editor’s workload tends to increase at the end of the quarter when our publications are due and relax at the start of teh next quarter. This si why we’ve given only an approximate weekly commitment.

The role comes with a generous holiday package, which will be discussed at interview.

How to Apply

Interested? We’d love to hear from you!

Apply now by sending your CV and covering letter to our Director, Tony Bryan, at tony@alpinegardensociety.net. Alternatively, call (01386 554 790) or email for an informal chat about the role.

Closing date: 18th Dec 2020