Job opening detail :
Associate Editor (Fixed-Term)
posted: Nov. 17, 2022
Offered by:
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Step 1 of wage scale - $30.22 per hour
Health; Dental; 401K
Full Time - Fixed Term
San Francisco, CA
Under supervision, the Associate Editor will support the production of all publications originating in the department of Publications, including, primarily, catalogues and other books as well as, secondarily, the Museums' member magazine Fine Arts; printed ephemera, signage, invitations, retail products; and other editorial projects created for the Museums. The Associate Editor will coordinate, edit, proofread, and traffic catalogue copy and other related materials in liaison with the Editors. Responsibilities also include assisting the Director of Publications and Editors in copyediting, proofreading copy, researching images, and performing other duties as assigned.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

Copyedits materials to conform to the Museums' house style, including materials originating from the Curatorial, Education, Exhibitions, Development and Membership, and Marketing and Communications departments.
Coordinates with curators, editors, designers, printers, and others to receive, edit, proofread, and traffic editorial materials, including books, articles, and gallery didactics. Reviews materials, tracks changes, and works with curators and editors to finalize texts. Submits edited text to graphic designers and reviews layouts.
Assists the Director of Publications in procuring images and copyright information for catalogues and books; helps to compose flap and marketing copy for catalogues; helps to compose book and catalogue proposals.
Assists with the book inventory and distribution. Assists the Director of Publications with invoicing and budget projects.
Assists members of the Publications Department, including routine office tasks, correspondence, phone calls, or record-keeping, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor of arts degree in English, journalism, or art history, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Work Experience: At least three years of experience in writing, copyediting, and proofreading, preferably in a publishing and/or museum environment.

Additional Knowledge: Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style required; AP style helpful.

Skills and Abilities:

Proven ability to set priorities, anticipate demands, and coordinate stringent deadlines.
Skill in communicating clearly and effectively, working under pressure, and dealing effectively and tactfully with museum colleagues, freelancers, and vendors.
Ability to manage multiple projects at one time.
Strong organizational, editorial, and proofreading skills; familiarity with art and art-historical terms and nomenclature preferred.
Knowledge of French, Spanish, or Italian desired but not required.
Ability to visually inspect detailed printed material.
Ability to work on computer, using editing, imaging, and design software on both Mac and PC platforms.
Ability to work well as a team member or individually, as required.


COFAM is committed to advancing career opportunities for a diverse pool of qualified and capable talent, centering equity and inclusion across all aspects of our recruitment strategy.

Step 1 - Start of the pay range is $30.22 per hour

This is a fixed-term union position with a duration of twelve (12) months. This role is eligible for the Museums' benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance plus a generous time off package.


Application Deadline: Friday, December 9, 2022

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All new COFAM employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Please contact with any questions.


COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco.

COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
About Our  
Together, the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park make up the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the largest public arts institution in the city and one of the largest art museums in the United States. Both sit on the land of the Ramaytush Ohlone, the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula.

Opened in 1895, the de Young is home to American art from the 17th century through today, textile arts and costumes, African art, Oceanic art, arts of the Americas, and international contemporary art. Opened in 1924, the Legion of Honor showcases European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, ancient art, graphic arts, and contemporary art.

To connect our visitors with local and global art in order to promote their knowledge of and curiosity about the past, deepen their engagement with the art and ideas of today, and stimulate their creative agency in their own futures.

To redefine the Fine Arts Museums as a forum that stimulates community and visitor conversations and explorations by applying inclusive and equitable perspectives to our collections and the histories they embody, and to support our staff to realize their potential in an inclusive and equitable workplace.

We aspire to be diverse, inclusive, equitable, accessible, welcoming, engaging, insightful, inspiring, reliable, generous, and fun.
April Deerr
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
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