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Aperture is a not-for-profit foundation, connecting the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, with the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.

Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multiplatform publisher and center for the photo community. From our base in New York, we produce, publish, and present a program of photography projects, locally and internationally. The Foundation offers public programs including lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and conferences that contribute to and expand the dialogue on photography’s role in our society as well as outreach education for children and teens building visual literacy and aimed to engage diverse new audiences.

Managing Editor

Position Description

Aperture is seeking a Managing Editor for our flagship publication, Aperture magazine. The Managing Editor works closely with the Editor of Aperture magazine to ensure that all magazine materials, from artwork to the final text file, are delivered to production on schedule. This position requires the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, strict attention to detail, troubleshooting, creativity, a passion for photography and writing, and the ability to work closely with a small team, prioritize tasks, and thrive under deadline pressure.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Editorial Coordination:

  • Managing freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and translators
  • Trafficking materials to the offsite design team
  • Coordinating and commissioning front-of-book content, assembling and writing captions/credit information
  • Researching ideas for magazine content
  • Proofreading, copyediting, and fact checking
  • Managing the close of each issue
  • Providing editorial support for Aperture’s online platforms (web and app

Artwork Coordination:

  • Researching, requesting, and securing permissions for artwork
  • Coordinating with production department to ensure that all reproduction artwork meets requirements for printing and that files are coded according to the internal file-management system
  • Organizing offsite photo shoots, when required, or any additional art prep (scanning, etc.)

General Administrative Duties:

  • Requesting, receipting, and trafficking all artwork to production
  • Distributing complimentary copies for writers and artists, and maintaining magazine contacts database
  • Managing editorial budget and magazine expenses, and handling payments for writers, contributors, photo agencies, and other parties
  • Hiring, training, and supervising one editorial intern to assist in tasks listed above

Candidate Qualifications

  • BA in Art History, English, Literature, or related field of study
  • Superior written and spoken communication skills
  • 3-5 years of publishing/media experience
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Knowledge of the contemporary photography and art world
  • Familiarity with Chicago Style, solid copyediting and proofreading experience
  • Familiarity and comfort with Adobe Photoshop and Bridge
  • Knowledge of a second language preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Comfortable working the occasional weekend/or night to meet deadlines

To Apply

Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhiremagazine@aperture.org. Please use the following conventions:

  • Subject line: Managing Editor Magazine
  • Cover Letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.pdf
  • Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.pdf

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE
Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Production Manager

Position Description

Aperture seeks a Production Manager to oversee the production of Aperture’s books and quarterly magazine, ensuring that, across the range of Aperture’s list, we are achieving the most competitive pricing possible, the quality desired, with delivery to schedule.  The Production Manager will work closely with and report to the Executive Managing Editor.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Supervise a small in-house production team comprised of the Production Coordinator and Production intern, as well as all relevant outside suppliers
  • Cultivate good working relationships with all suppliers
  • Establish and update pool of print, repro and other suppliers for books, Aperture magazine, promotional materials, and limited editions.
  • Lead negotiations with printers with respect to print partnerships; best possible trade pricing (including consolidating print purchasing where relevant); and best possible pricing for Aperture’s more specialist books
  • Prepare annual production budget for books and limited editions. Review annual production budget for Aperture magazine
  • Review all production invoices and alert CFO to any potential cash flow issues
  • Maintain awareness of current exchange rates and their impact on production budgets
  • Investigate new technologies and cost-saving measures
  • Prepare, or supervise preparation of, cost reports for books and Aperture magazine
  • In coordination with Director of Sales and Foreign Rights, request estimates for, and supervise production and delivery of, foreign co-editions and selected reprints
  • In coordination with relevant editors, Exhibitions Manager and Sales & Marketing Director, request estimates, establish schedules, and oversee production of Limited Editions

 

Candidate Qualifications

  • 3-4 years photography publishing production experience, including negotiating contracts and supervising press work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with ability to work under tight deadlines and managing multiple projects simultaneously with little supervision
  • Strong grasp on issues of contemporary photography and/or the arts a plus.

 

To Apply

Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhireproduction@aperture.org. Please use the following conventions:

  • Subject line: Production Manager
  • Cover Letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.pdf
  • Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.pdf

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE
Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Editorial Assistant

Position Summary

 

Aperture is seeking a full-time Editorial Assistant to provide critical support to senior editorial staff in our book publishing program. This is a junior editor position with room for growth.

Key Responsibilities

 Assisting in the management of twelve titles per year, working in close collaboration with a Senior Editor, including:

  • Assisting in research and development of editorial content
  • Managing art logs, trafficking artwork, and performing related editorial and administrative tasks for the development and completion of individual book projects
  • Overseeing photo permissions and acquisitions on a project-by-project basis; identifying and contacting sources; negotiating prices; tracking payments; preparing captions, and maintaining files and records
  • Preparing catalogue copy and press image selection; assisting in the preparation of materials needed for sales kits, such as websites, blads, synopses, dummies, excerpts, and presentations for sales conferences
  • Hiring and supervising freelancers for project-specific tasks, including copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers, etc.
  • Checking and tracking layouts through all stages of review
  • Assisting in maintaining correspondence and communication with photographers, designers, authors, and others involved in book projects
  • Drafting and tracking contracts, maintaining payment schedules, tracking complimentary copies on assigned book projects
  • Generating budgets for each title in collaboration with the Production Department and Senior Editor; monitoring distribution and updates throughout each project
  • Reviewing unsolicited book proposals and following up with submitters, including participation with the Aperture Portfolio Prize.
  • Working in collaboration with the intern coordinator and Managing Editor to interview and train an editorial intern every intern session (July-December; January-June).

 

Candidate Qualifications

  •  Bachelor’s Degree
  • Editorial experience in illustrated books, an arts organization or publisher, or related field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of photography preferred
  • Detail-oriented, with an ability to multitask and remain well-organized under deadline pressure
  • Ability to work in a team environment, with all levels of staff
  • Sense of humor appreciated

 

To Apply

Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, your current/most recent salary, and how you heard about this opportunity, to newhireeditorial@aperture.org, using the following conventions:

Subject line:  Editorial Assistant

Cover Letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.doc

Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.doc

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE.

Aperture is an Equal Opportunity Employer