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Employer: 
British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers (BAPCR)
Job location: 
UK
Contract type: 
Contract
Application deadline: 
Friday, 1 May, 2020

POST: Editor
TERM: 2 years, freelance
HONORARIUM: £1500 per issue (2 issues per year)
START: Mid 2020 to shadow the existing editors, first issue – Spring 2021.

The Picture Restorer is the journal of the British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers (BAPCR). It is the only periodical dedicated to paintings conservation produced in the United Kingdom and has been in existence for almost 25 years. Its international readership is made up of BAPCR members and subscribers, who are mostly practicing paintings conservators from both the public and private sectors.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Editor assumes overall responsibility for producing The Picture Restorer journal twice a year in spring and autumn. This stimulating and challenging role requires exceptional organisational and communication skills. It has flexible working hours, and provides the opportunity to produce, direct and develop a well-established and widely-circulated publication while engaging with the painting-conservation community in the United Kingdom and beyond. It is anticipated that the Editor will be a paintings conservator themselves. More specifically, the editor will:

• Produce and manage the schedule for the publication of each issue.
• Manage and motivate The Picture Restorer team, a sub-committee of the BAPCR Council, who are made up of volunteers from the painting conservation community.
• Work with The Picture Restorer team to generate ideas for articles, with the freedom to create themes for issues.
• Commission and organise the submission of articles to meet deadlines.
• Share the tasks of initial editing and proof reading with the feature editors and complete a second overall edit of all articles in order to ensure consistency of style and the high quality of submissions.
• Coordinate and manage the work of feature editors to ensure all text and images conform to The Picture Restorer standards and style guides.
• Liaise with the layout designer and ensure that all material is complete and properly formatted before passing on for layout.
• Write introductory passages and the Editorial column.
• Report to, and maintain, regular contact with the BAPCR Council.
• Promote and champion the journal on behalf of the BAPCR within the field of conservation.
• Manage the budget to ensure that the costs of producing the journal are balanced by revenue from advertising (with the support of the advertising manager) and subscriptions.

The BAPCR Council and Secretary will support the Editor in their role.

As a guideline, it is estimated that the work involved will entail approximately one full working day per week (this will not be spread evenly throughout the year as more work will be required in the run up to layout and less at other times).

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Essential
• Ability to lead a team and act on own initiative.
• Excellent written English.
• Excellent organisational skills and ability to meet strict deadlines.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Excellent computer literacy.
• Excellent knowledge of painting conservation terminology and practice.

Desirable
• Previous experience of editing/publishing.

TO APPLY
Please email your CV and supporting statement to Gemma Collins at BAPCRsecretary@gmail.com
• CV: please send us an up-to-date curriculum vitae.
• Supporting Statement: please explain in writing why you are interested in applying for the post, and in what way your skills, knowledge and experience match the requirements as set out above.
• Please write no more than 800 words.
• Please provide contact details of two referees (we will not contact them without your permission).
• Application deadline: 1st May 2020.
The role of editor is currently working well as a job share so that each editor leads on one issue a year which we would be very happy to consider going forwards.

Interviews: It is anticipated that interviews will be held in June 2020 in central London.