Job opening detail :
Editorial Supervisor
posted: Feb. 7, 2019
Offered by:
WPS - Western Psychological Services
Health; Dental; 401K; Bonus; Flexible hours; Pension; Paid-Time Off
Full Time
Torrance, CA
About WPS

WPS offers the excitement, opportunity, energy, agility, and collaborative spirit of a startup within a stable, family-owned company that’s been thriving for 70 years. We publish educational and psychological assessments that allow helping professionals to accurately screen, diagnose, and treat people in need. A great opportunity to grow your editing skills and feel good about what you do at work!

This is a full-time position in L.A.’s breezy South Bay, and local candidates are preferred. WPS offers a competitive salary (DOE) and benefits including paid time off, medical, dental, 401(k), and retirement plan. We work hard and take care of business, while mindful of the value of work–life balance. On-site car wash, weekly meditation, exercise boot camp, a lunch lottery, mentorship program, and quarterly cultural outings are a few of the reasons why working here is awesome!

We encourage optimism, collaboration, and growth, as well as “building relationships that last.” We’re looking to build such a relationship with the right individual.

About the position…

The Editorial Supervisor supervises WPS’s team of editors and proofreaders, collaborates with the editorial team to maintain and evolve WPS editorial standards, and contributes to the team as a senior-level editor.

Essential Functions:
• Offer editorial guidance and feedback to other editors.
• Work with Production Manager and WPS editorial staff to maintain the integrity of the WPS editorial standards across all products and collateral. Maintain internal editorial style guide and work to evolve and refine editorial standards over time.
• Directly supervise day-to-day work of WPS editorial team, consisting of three editors and one full-time proofreader; collaborate with and support Production Manager in performing managerial duties such as giving performance reviews and setting performance goals.
• Copyedit and proofread large, complex assessment projects published both in print form and online. Work closely with the project director, R&D support staff, Production Manager, and graphic designers to ensure content completeness, accuracy, and quality while meeting publishing deadlines. Offer design and formatting guidance that adds value to new and revised assessments.
• Set proper durations for project tasks and keep within those durations to finish projects on time. Give accurate and timely updates to Production Manager. Update Production Manager about any delays, either with individual work or in the team’s workflow, and ask for help with prioritizing and delegation if needed.

• Excellent project and workflow management skills, including estimating task durations, prioritizing work, assigning resources, coordinating approvals to meet multiple competing deadlines.
• Great collaborator and team player.
• Experience centered around writing, editing, design, production, proofreading, and quality control of printed materials and, to a lesser extent, electronic content.
• Heavy experience with long documents with multiple heading levels and many tables, figures, and citations and references.
• Significant experience working in a production environment involving hard deadlines.
• Ability to maintain consistently high performance on complex publishing projects with multiple concurrent deliverables.
• Extensive experience with Chicago style, experience with APA style.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong proofreading skills; use common proofreader’s marks correctly and efficiently.
• Neat, legible, confident handwriting.
• Extensive experience editing both on hard copy and electronically.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft Word track changes and Adobe Acrobat PDF markup.
• Proficiency with Macintosh, competency with Windows.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft Office (highly proficient with Word, can get around in Excel, PowerPoint); familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud.
• Knowledge of table formatting basics.
• Familiarity with technical art norms and practices.
• Ability to create simple technical illustrations, take and crop screenshots.
• Familiarity with advertising copywriting/marcom norms and practices.
• Familiarity with commercial printing and prepress norms and practices.
• Familiarity with principles of design, typography, page layout, text formatting.
• Experience or interest in psychology or psychological/educational testing.
• Some acquaintance with statistics, or interest in learning.
• Spanish language proficiency a plus.

Required Education and Experience:
• Minimum BA/BS in English, social sciences, or related.
• Minimum 15 years’ combined experience as copy editor, line editor, production editor, technical editor, technical writer, advertising/marcom copywriter, journalist, proofreader, graphic designer, book designer, production artist, or related, in psychological or educational publishing, book publishing, journal publishing, technical publications, advertising, marketing communications, commercial printing, journalism, or related.
• One to three years’ supervisory experience in an editorial environment.

Our Story
Western Psychological Services (WPS) was established in 1948 in a little pink house in Brentwood, not far from the local VA hospital. Dr. Morse Manson, the company founder, developed a psychological test that would help returning World War II vets adjust to civilian life. This was the first of many psychological and educational assessments that WPS would publish over subsequent decades. Today these assessments are used by helping professionals throughout the world to evaluate, diagnose, and treat people in need—especially children and teens who have developmental, social, or behavioral challenges. WPS is known world-wide for our industry-leading autism assessments.

That’s the first part of the story: WPS is a stable, successful, family-owned company, 80+ employees strong, engaged in work that you can feel good about doing. This is a place where you can build a career—Many of our employees stick around for 10, 20, or even 30+ years.

Our Latest Chapter
The second part of our story starts with Jeff Manson, grandson of the founder (and now president of WPS), who’s making a big investment in the company’s future. He’s nurturing a transformative company culture that encourages innovation, creativity, transparency, and collaboration. And, as part of his commitment to a more open work environment, he moved the company a new home in Torrance, with plenty of elbow room, state-of-the-art equipment, and lots of amenities. The idea is that employees who are happy, empowered, acknowledged, and listened to will better serve the customer and the bottom line. It seems to be working—WPS continues to do well year after year!

WPS is an equal-opportunity employer.
Kerrie Watkins
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