Position Description
Press Johns Hopkins University Press
Production and Design
Production Controller/Production Coordinator-JHUP Books


Production Controller/Production Coordinator

JHUP Books


General Job Description

Senior staff position as Production Controller for up to 120 new book and reprint titles per year. Project manager of digital workflow of edited manuscripts for design and to typesetters; route text, jacket, and art copy and proofs; post final files to printers; and distribute advanced books copies within the Books division. Responsible for daily electronic schedule updates, instruct vendors, confirm specifications and print runs, and issue purchase orders. Optional: Selected cover designs and text design supervision to assist Art Director. Position reports to the Design and Production Manager.

Principal Responsibilities

Project Management: Manage production of half of new books and 1st time paperbacks, along with reprint titles as assigned by the Design & Production Manager, by working with designers, compositors, printers, and in-house personnel. Monitor and update the database schedules to keep the projects timely and on budget. Communicate regularly with internal and external companies and individuals.  (60%)


Quality Review: Review and internally route printed sheets, digital book proofs, art proofs, jackets and color proofs from printers. Clearly instruct vendors on desired changes requested.  (30%)


Book Design: Assists the Art Director as needed, including modifying 8-10 format text design titles a season, sizing accompanying art, and reviewing text and art proofs; and also new and revised edition cover designs. (10%)


Factors Important in this Position


Knowledge: Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Macintosh, Outlook, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat skills; will train to use Filemaker database. At least two years experience in print production management and design.

This position requires communication across the Books division to set, hold, and anticipate book publication schedules and issues, while maintaining quality (including file printability) with designers, book compositors, and printers.

Degree of independent action performed on the job: Proven ability to initiate and work independently and collaboratively; plan, prioritize, and meet multiple deadlines; and to work with minimum supervision in a busy department.

Internal and external contacts required as part of the job: The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work and communicate effectively with peers and senior staff at the Press as well as with outside vendor customer service and sales representatives.

This position requires teamwork and relationship building with people both inside and outside the Press. Internal: daily coordination with Books Editing, Acquisitions, Marketing, and our warehouse fulfillment division. External: daily coordination with typesetters, production services, printers, and freelance designers.

To apply for this position:  https://jobs.jhu.edu/job/Baltimore-Production-ControllerProduction-Coordinator-MD-21218/506389600/



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