Technical Communications Specialist 3 (Production Editor)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
General and Academic Officers - University Libraries and Scholarly Communications
Full/Part Time:


Penn State University Press seeks a Production Editor with expertise in copyediting scholarly books. The purpose of this position is to ensure that scholarly books and other written materials published by the Press reflect standards set by the Press and the University. Specific duties of the position include analyzing the requirements of manuscripts transmitted to production; preparing text for copyediting and assigning and supervising copyeditors; communicating with authors about deadlines and expectations; keeping track of invoices, schedules, and deadlines for multiple projects; reviewing permissions for art or quoted text in manuscripts and flagging potential problems; reviewing page proofs, bluelines, indexes, catalogues, and the like; and editing/proofreading cover and jacket copy, marketing blurbs, and other texts as needed. The Production Editor will work closely with the Press’s production team, as well as with acquisitions and marketing, and will participate in regular staff meetings about titles in production and general Press operations. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in copyediting scholarly book-length works; knowledge of trends and challenges in scholarly book production; ability to communicate diplomatically and effectively with authors and coworkers; and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion. This is an on-site position at Penn State University Press, a division of The Pennsylvania State University Libraries and Scholarly Communications. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information about Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity initiatives, please visit Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Post-baccalaureate education in humanities or social science field; familiarity with one or more foreign languages strongly preferred. Demonstrated working knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style and familiarity with other style manuals.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088