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Media Editorial Assistant, Sociology and Cultural Anthropology

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
New York City, New York
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Media Studies
Organization Type
W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees. W. W. Norton & Company strives to carry out the imperative of its founders to "publish books not for a single season, but for the years." In college publishing, that imperative applies not only to books, but also to an ever-growing list of essential print and digital products that support teaching and learning.


W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support the editor and associate editor for digital and print resources for sociology and cultural anthropology courses at the college level.

Essential Job Responsibilities Include:
  • Management of manuscripts in all stages of production: sending manuscripts to be reviewed by college instructors; setting and adhering to schedules; preparing manuscripts for copyediting and production.
  • Communication management: professionally interacting with authors, college faculty, marketing, and sales staff to relay messages; following up on requests; anticipating when to proactively act on messages (including relaying messages with a sense of urgency).
  • Document management: organizing and maintaining files, creating and editing Excel and Word documents to support projects and/or office responsibilities.
  • Data Management: extracting data from internal web-based information portals; aggregating data from various sources; gathering information, making recommendations based on the data, and following up.
  • Project management: collaborating with and providing support to media editorial team to move numerous different projects forward in order to meet publishing deadlines.
  • Market research: assisting media editor with research on market trends in online learning.

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover all activities required of the employee.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Employment eligibility to work with W. W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
  • Must be able to work full business hours.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communications skills.
  • Must be able to anticipate needs and deliver timely, relevant solutions and actions.
  • Must be able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of employees. Must be seen as knowledgeable and capable of handling sensitive, critical information.
  • Must be proactive, flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing environment and adjust with a "can-do" attitude.
  • Must be self-directed and independent.
  • Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing across departments, activities, and projects.
  • Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of digital media as it applies to education and/or learning.
  • Must have strong research skills.
  • Must have a passion for learning new software programs.
  • Subject matter expertise is not required, but applicants should note whether they have taken any college-level sociology and cultural anthropology courses.

Technical Skills
  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs; proficiency with both Windows and Mac OS; proficiency with Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
  • Mastery of email, calendar management, and file management tools.

Compensation and Benefits*

Currently available benefits include:
  • Annual compensation for this position is $48,000. All salaries and salary ranges posted by Norton may vary depending on experience, skills, location, and like considerations.
  • Generous paid time off, paid holidays, and summer Friday afternoons beginning in July
  • Generous health benefits, including PPO and EPO medical insurance options, vision insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending accounts for healthcare, dependent care and commuter, gym membership reimbursement, and more. Coverage for spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children is available.
  • Profit-Sharing and 401(k) benefit plan with discretionary contribution matching by employer
  • Disability and life insurances
  • FMLA, parental and other leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (for mental health, financial planning, and other needs)
  • Company-provided laptop
  • Employee discounts on Norton books
  • Limited matching of employee donations to eligible non-profit organizations

*All policies and benefits described are subject to change at any time.

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