A 0.2 position (1 day a week) is available for the rest of 2013.


General Information

The Humanities Research Institute is coordinating a research program on Religion in Political Life in 2013. The outcomes of this project include six edited books and special edition journal volumes, which will require the assistance of a highly qualified copy editor.  The Editorial Assistant will work under senior editors, and perform a variety of proofreading, copy writing and general office duties.

This position is available on a fixed term, part-time basis of 7 hours per week (0.2 FTE) for the period 11 March 2013 to 6 December 2013.

HEW Level  6: $36.43 to $40.20 per hour, plus a generous employer superannuation contribution of 9%.

Applications close:  Wednesday 13 February 2013 



FACULTY/DIVISION: Faculty of Education
SCHOOL/UNIT: Humanities Research Institute

Role Statement:

Provide professional editorial support to the Humanities Research Institute’s Religion in Political Life Research Program in order to produce final edition publications to the publishers of its six edited book and journal volumes. The editorial assistant will work under senior editors, and perform a variety of proofreading, copy writing and general office duties.

Training level or qualifications

Persons employed at Level 6 will typically perform duties at a skill level which assumes and requires knowledge or training equivalent to a humanities bachelors degree with subsequent specialist experience in copy editing.

Level of supervision

The editorial assistant will work under the direction of senior editors.

Task level

Perform work assignments guided by policy, precedent, professional standards and technical expertise. Staff members would have the latitude to develop or redefine procedure and interpret policy so long as other work areas are not affected. In technical and administrative areas, have a depth or breadth of expertise developed through extensive relevant experience and application.

Organisational knowledge

Perform tasks/assignments, which require proficiency in the work area’s existing rules, regulations, processes and techniques and how they interact with other related functions, and to adapt those procedures and techniques as required to achieve objectives without impacting on other areas.

Judgement, independence and problem solving

Discretion to innovate within own function and take responsibility for outcomes; undertake planning involving resources use and develop proposals for resource allocation; exercise high level of written and critical editing skills for complex collections in humanities literature.

Typical activities

• work as part of a research team and undertake a range of editorial tasks

• provide a range of library services, including bibliographic assistance, original cataloguing and reader education in library and reference services;

• supporting editorial staff in all activities leading to a publication, including acting as a personal assistant to commissioning and other editors at different levels

• liaising with other in-house teams, writers, photographers, printers, designers and production staff to negotiate and monitor timescales for stages in the publishing process;

• organising and researching multiple projects to tight deadlines;

• summarising written material into abstract form;

• correcting manuscripts to final editorial form according to author guidelines and in some cases camera ready production;

• obtaining rights to use materials from other publications;

• using computers for word processing, desktop publishing and email;

• filing, photocopying and other routine administrative tasks.

Selection Criteria

Please note: In accordance with the University’s Staff Selection Guidelines, your application will be assessed based on the following selection criteria. It is essential that you address each criteria to enable the selection committee to properly assess your application and suitability for interview.

• A degree with significant relevant experience; or extensive experience in technical editorial fields; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

• Demonstrated knowledge of modes of communication typical of humanities research scholarship.

• Strong project management and copywriting skills, with a demonstrated track record in planning and/or delivery of camera ready publications to editors under tight deadlines

Excellent analytical and problem solving skills with experience of complex research documents

• Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

• High level of computer literacy and familiarity with standard applications and project management tools (e.g. MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, Endnote bibliographic management software).