SNAG Seeks New Editor for Magazines

Open call  /  ProfessionalPractice   CriticalThinking  /  05 Sep 2017  -  15 Oct 2017
Published: 05.09.2017
SNAG. Society of North American Goldsmiths
Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith
DEADLINE: 15/10/2017

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The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is looking for its next Editor to oversee the editorial direction of both Metalsmith magazine and a new publication, Metalsmith Tech magazine, as well as magazine-related content on SNAG’s website.
Metalsmith gives you a front row seat in the world of studio art and design in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. It’s smart, beautiful and provocative, and guaranteed to inspire and invigorate. Coverage spans contemporary makers, artists in their studios, edgy work, limited production jewelry, fashion, objects, Hollowware, collectors’ collections, and related content.

Metalsmith explores, analyzes, promotes and documents excellence and innovation in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. Pursuing this goal, SNAG produces and oversees the direction and content of this significant resource for the metalsmithing field. The editorial content of Metalsmith emphasizes contemporary activities, makers, and ideas and incorporate supportive content, relevant critical issues and the exchange of viewpoints. For over 35 years, Metalsmith has brought the best in the field of jewelry and metals to the forefront, and we look forward to the magazine’s future.

Metalsmith Tech will be a new SNAG produced magazine that focuses on techniques, processes, educational philosophies and ideas, professional development topics, and new technology in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. The magazine will include both contemporary and historical references, highlighting a diverse range of approaches to jewelry design and metalwork, including professional practices, creative influences, and new trends.

The Editor position will be a part-time staff position to start November 1, 2017. It becomes full-time April 1, 2018. This position works remotely from his/her/their home. A full job description can be found here.

Interested applicants may send a cover letter detailing their vision for our publications, along with a resume and three professional references to SNAG’s Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith by October 15th, 2017.

● Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Writing, Art History, Jewelry, and Metals, or another relevant discipline.
● An understanding of the duties of an Editor-in-Chief through past work experience working with a magazine or publishing company, including monitoring and increasing circulation, managing a publication budget, and meeting revenue goals for the publication.
● An ability to oversee and interface directly with a graphic design firm to provide the highest quality of standards visually for both magazines and to ensure the editorial content is properly conveyed visually.
● High personal credibility, trustworthiness, enthusiasm, and integrity.
● Superb communication, editorial, writing, and interpersonal skills.
● Strong eye for visuals and decisiveness about quality in both art objects and graphic design.
● Strong sense of magazine design.
● 3-5 years work experience in editing a magazine and/or articles for publication.
● A broad knowledge of the field of jewelry and metals to include both conceptual work and technical processes.
● Passion, subject matter expertise, and demonstrable personal engagement around SNAG’s mission and the field of jewelry and metals.
● Ability to involve and work effectively with a variety of people and partner organizations.
● Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks with attention to detail.
● Strong organizational and computer skills.
● Ability to work independently and from a home environment.
● Candidate must be able to work independently, as part of a team, and across departments.
● Candidate should be flexible and adaptable and have a sense of humor.