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Cataloging Coordinator, First Book

Editorial Development Director, American Psychological Association (APA)

User Support Specialist (Publishing Support), Congressional Research Service

Managing Editor, American Foreign Service Association

Posted February 27, 2019
Cataloging Coordinator, First Book

About First Book:
First Book is an exciting, nonprofit social enterprise with a 26-year history of growth and expansion, providing educators with the brand new, high-quality books, educational resources, and other essentials needed to help kids learn and thrive. The First Book team is dynamic, agile, smart and mission-oriented. To date we have distributed over 175 million books and educational resources to kids in need throughout the USA and Canada. It’s truly rewarding work!

Our Network of over 400,000 is comprised of passionate advocates who care deeply about education equity for all kids. With access to our exclusive on-line eCommerce site, our members can shop for the highest quality books and resources to delight and engage the kids they serve.  Go on and take a look at We think you’ll like it!

About the position:
As First Book grows the number and variety of products we make available on the First Book Marketplace, we are looking for a detail-oriented, thoughtful individual to support our current cataloging efforts. The Cataloging Coordinator will play a crucial role in expanding the number of high-quality books and resources we offer to our network serving kids in need. This role will focus on ensuring that we deliver an outstanding shopping experience that is customized for and best meets the needs of the programs we work with.

The Cataloging Coordinator will be responsible for gathering product data and implementing our cataloging process on newly acquired products, so that customers can find what they need easily and intuitively. In addition, he or she will review product data for accuracy and consistency, providing customers with a reliable and seamless experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide customer-focused cataloging for all products, as assigned, including product data research, category assignments, some basic HTML, and image optimization
  • Follow standards and best practices to assure data accuracy and consistency
  • Evaluate existing product data and make necessary corrections
  • Support merchandising efforts, as needed
  • Provide book and reading insights/expertise to all teams as needed, including book-focused content for social media


  • Exquisite attention to detail and methodology
  • Demonstrated excellence as a critical thinker and problem solver
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to partner with others
  • Must be able to successfully manage more than one project at time and adapt to changing objectives
  • Intuitive learner with regard to technology
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Experience with product merchandising, children’s literature, and/or educational products preferred.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or above
  • Experience working with children preferred

Candidates are invited to submit a resume, and a cover letter that details your interest in the position to If you need assistance applying please reach out to Ashley Jones, 202-499-5935

Posted February 7, 2019
Editorial Development Director, American Psychological Association (APA)

The Editorial Development Director oversees the work of the development and reference editorial teams, directing the editorial development and project management of all professional, reference, textbook, scholarly, and adult trade books published by APA.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree would be helpful.
  • Ten or more years of experience in book development working in partnership with academic authors. Successful track record of publications that meet market needs and demonstrate editorial excellence, preferably with a range of book types including professional books, reference works, textbooks, trade titles, and monographs.
  • Knowledgeable about scholarly and/or association publishing issues including legal and ethical concerns.
  • Understanding of and interest in the psychology discipline and field.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
  • Experience supervising and training staff and/or freelancers.

The Editorial Development Director, working in close coordination with the acquisitions and production teams, ensures that each APA title meets established editorial standards and financial goals, and conforms to APA policies.

  • Provides leadership and oversight to the APA Books development editors and reference editors to ensure that short-term and long-term objectives are met.
  • Monitors and continually looks to improve book development and project management.
  • Manages the flow of information about book products between editorial, design, production, marketing, and other departments.
  • Ensures that appropriate administrative and editorial procedures and guidelines are in place and followed.
  • Works with editors and authors (and when necessary, legal staff) to resolve any major problem that arises (e.g., suspected plagiarism, an author dissatisfied with editing)
  • Prepares or presents written and oral reports on behalf of APA Books.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system and attach a resume and cover letter specifying your salary expectations. Applications that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to check your Spam folder if you do not receive an email from us.

The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.

Posted January 2, 2019

User Support Specialist (Publishing Support), Congressional Research Service

Opening Date: December 28, 2018

Closing Date: January 11, 2019

LC Organization Unit: Congressional Research Service

Grade: GS-11

Series: 0301

Availability: U.S. Citizens Only

Duration: 6 Months

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a service unit of the Library of Congress, works exclusively for the United States Congress providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation.

The ideal candidate must be proficient in using software applications such as Microsoft Word to provide publishing support on documents. This also will include assisting users in their use of technology to prepare documents for publishing online.

Responsibilities include:
The selectee for this temporary position will provide publishing support on CRS products to ensure they meet approved standards; correct formatting inconsistencies in document files; check for discrepancies between multiple formats of CRS products; convert legacy CRS products into newer formats for posting online; troubleshoot and resolve issues with the tagging of content in documents, such as the application of styles; and use specified systems to track CRS products and workflow. Previous related experience is required. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a hardware support position.

Knowledge/Education requirements:

  • College degree or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Word, with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience
  • One (1) year familiarity with database, communications, and spreadsheet software
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to learn other types of software programs
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, follow up on commitments on a timely basis and adhere to deadlines
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment as part of a team
  • Must have a professional demeanor
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to work efficiently within strict production schedule deadlines
  • Experience formatting formal documents
  • U.S. Citizenship is also required by law, regulation, executive order, or government contract for this particular position.

Anticipated Start Date: January 28, 2019

Duration: Full time (40 hours per week) temporary position lasting 6 months

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Salary: GS- 11 ($68,036 – $88,450)

Series: 0301

Location: Washington, DC (Candidate must be in the Washington, DC metro area)


How to Apply: Please email a resume, copies of college transcripts, and a cover letter to Please provide all dates of work experience (Month and Year), along with the amount of hours performed at each occupational listing.

Posted December 18, 2018

Managing Editor, American Foreign Service Association

The American Foreign Service Association seeks an individual with strong editing and writing skills, at least five years’ experience in all aspects of magazine production, and a background in international relations, to serve as Managing Editor. The position is in the Publications Department, which produces The Foreign Service Journal. This is a full-time position located at AFSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Applications will be accepted until January 14, 2019.

The Organization
The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), established in 1924, is the professional association and exclusive representative/labor union for the U.S. Foreign Service. AFSA’s 16,700 members include active and retired Foreign Service officers and specialists primarily at the Department of State as well as at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Foreign Agricultural Service, the Foreign Commercial Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

The Foreign Service Journal is AFSA’s flagship magazine, published 10 times a year. The Journal provides a forum for lively debate and discussion of diplomacy and development and issues of concern to the U.S. Foreign Service. It is both an in-house magazine for the Foreign Service community and an outreach vehicle for raising awareness about the role of the Foreign Service and the importance of diplomacy.

The Position and Its Principal Responsibilities
The Managing Editor (ME) is a critical member of a small team that produces The Foreign Service Journal and runs the AFSA book publishing program. The ME reports to the Publications Director/FSJ Editor in Chief and is involved with all aspects of content development, production and publication of the Journal, as well as any future book projects.

The ME has primary responsibility for overseeing publishing operations for The Foreign Service Journal, including setting and managing the FSJ production schedule, serving as primary liaison with the art director/designer, advertising manager and printer. Oversees proofing, fact-checking and research. Oversees administrative functions of production. Conducts vendor searches as needed. Maintains relationships with professional/trade associations.

The ME works with the publications team to expand distribution and reach of the Journal and oversees efforts to repurpose FSJ content. The ME will be involved in all aspects of the Journal’s centennial year (2019) activities, including campaigns to share and bring traffic to the FSJ digital archives and to develop and host an FSJ centennial exhibit at the U.S. Diplomacy Center.

The ME reviews, edits (as lead or second) and proofreads all Journal content each month, including AFSA News. The ME may work with the EIC to solicit articles and work with authors, taking submissions through the Editorial Board vetting process, and then managing the editing and preparations of manuscripts for publication, as needed.

The ME will be responsible for certain Journal departments and special sections, to be determined.

The ME oversees the work of the Publications Coordinator as well as an Editorial Intern (when applicable).

Required Skills and Characteristics

  • 5+ years’ experience in print and digital publishing (preferably magazine), including production management and managing an editorial calendar.
  • Excellent, demonstrated substantive editing, copyediting and proofreading skills and experience.
  • Highly organized (a systems thinker) and a great communicator.
  • Supervisory experience and ability to work well with internal teams and external contributors.
  • Experience writing for publication, as well as strong analytical skills and the ability to synthesize, interpret and report on complex issues.
  • Familiarity with the Foreign Service.
  • Strong technical skills, ideally with experience managing a publication’s online presence and social media platform.
  • Must have plans to be in the D.C. area for at least five years.


  • Experience overseeing circulation and advertising programs preferred.
  • Book publishing experience preferred.


Salary is in the GS12 – GS13 range, depending on experience, with excellent benefits. Please send cover letter and cv by January 14, 2019, to AFSA offers an excellent benefits package and collegial working environment. EOE. No calls, please.

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