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ATLA Theological Librarianship Editor in Chief

The Editor in Chief is responsible for overseeing the publication of Theological Librarianship (“Journal”), which is published in April and October each year, and closely collaborating with other members of the Editorial Board. The position is appointed by the Executive Director of ATLA for a three-year term, with reappointment possible.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviews author submissions and other proposed content and assigns editorial responsibility to a member of Editorial Board or guest editor

  • Determines the structure of the Journal in consultation with the Editorial Board

  • Delegates responsibility for requesting and assigning review books to a member of the Editorial Board

  • Serves as primary liaison with ATLA for the Journal

  • Writes or assigns an editorial for each issue of the Journal

  • Convenes regular meetings of the Editorial Board, including online meetings and two annual in-person meetings (at the ATLA Annual Conference and one other meeting as determined in collaboration with ATLA staff)

  • Serves on the ATLA Press Coordinating Council (APCC)

  • Participates with the APCC in developing programming for the ATLA Annual Conference

  • Prepares the Journal’s Annual Report to ATLA

  • Oversees or delegates the routine monitoring of Journal analytics

  • Coordinates strategic planning for the Journal in consultation with the Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager and the APCC

  • Ensures that the work of the Journal aligns with the Mission, Organizational Ends, Core Purpose and Core Values of ATLA

Required Qualifications

  • Maintains ATLA Individual or Retired membership during term(s)

  • Demonstrated record of professional publishing and/or editorial responsibility

  • Professional experience building relationships, including liaison assignments, cross-unit committee work, etc.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Successful managerial experience or other indication of strong people skills

  • Capacity to work collegially with authors and editors

  • Proven ability to meet deadlines

  • Familiarity with Theological Librarianship and its function within and beyond the ATLA community

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with open access publishing, especially PKP’s Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues, particularly in the areas of theology and religion
  • Background of involvement with ATLA, including its committees, Annual Conferences, programs, or other activities

Compensation and Travel Expenses

  • A modest honorarium is paid with the publication of each issue

  • ATLA covers all expenses for meeting-related costs as outlined in the Journal’s bylaws.

How to Apply

Please send a current CV and a detailed cover letter addressing your interest in the position as well as the required and desired qualifications to Application materials must be received by February 10, 2019. Videoconference interviews will be scheduled in mid to late February. Anticipated appointment start date is March 15, 2019.