Job Opportunity (ctd.)

August 8 2016

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Picture: Burlington Magazine

Many raised eyebrows in AHN's email inbox over the advertisement for a new editor at The Burlington Magazine. The magazine is art history's most esteemed publication, and it was only last year that editor Frances Spalding was appointed, after the long tenure of Richard Shone. 

The job application details are the same as before:

The Burlington Magazine is looking for an Editor to lead the publication forwards in both print and digital formats. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining the integrity and academic standards of the editorial content, including selecting, commissioning and editing articles with the assistance of an experienced editorial team. The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree, but an advanced degree in art history, literature, or a related field is desirable. A high professional standing in a scholarly press, museum, university or equivalent environment is required. The candidate must also have a tested understanding of the editorial process, be able to work to tight deadlines and have a a broad knowledge of art. The successful candidate must also have proven leadership and management skills, and the ability to create a positive and productive team environment. The candidate should be able to collaborate effectively with a wide range of colleagues and contacts, both external and internal, and must possess excellent communication skills. This is a board-level position that reports to the Chairman and so requires a candidate who is organized, able to set priorities and juggle competing demands. Occassional travel is required.

If you're interested, the deadline is 31st August. I'd secretly like to have a go myself, but I fear my changes would be too radical for the trust that owns the magazine. Here were some of my suggestions last time the editorship was vacant. I see also this time around that the new editor will need to be:

Responsible for planning future issues at least 4 – 6 months in advance

I'm not sure how any publication these days can hope to stay relevant and up to date with a such a long lead time.

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