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Production Coordinator, WLU Press

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date December 19, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $30.91 to $36.37 - Per Hour
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 8584
Apply By : 1/2/2018
Position Title : Production Coordinator, WLU Press
Department : WLU Press
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Director, WLU Press
Position Summary : At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.

As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Production Coordinator.

Reporting to the Director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press, the Production Coordinator is responsible for the production and post-editing of all titles the Press publishes in both print and digital form. The Production Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that both print and digital titles are produced to the highest standards of design and material execution, in accordance with the award-winning reputation of the Press. Working closely with the Senior and Managing Editors, as well as the Digital Projects and the Sales and Marketing Coordinators, the incumbent ensures that the highest product quality is delivered on time and on budget, and ensures ongoing availability of inventory to maximize revenue and ensure the broadest, continuous sale and circulation of Press titles.

This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Waterloo Campus. The incumbent provides subject matter expertise to all campuses, requiring regular interpersonal interactions and collaboration with departments at the Waterloo Campus, the Brantford Campus, the Toronto office and external partners. Special attention is given to ensure equitable service delivery across all locations.

Accountabilities :

  • Oversees and coordinates offset and digital printing production of approximately 30 new and 10 reprinted titles a year.
  • Oversees and coordinates the conversion of new titles to digital formats.
  • Obtains printing estimates and researches cost efficiencies.
  • Commissions and directs the work of printers and other vendors, freelance designers, compositors and prepress suppliers to obtain quality results.
  • Develops and sets budgets for interior designs, formatting, cover designs.
  • Determines and sets production schedules.
  • Ensures the appropriate quality of all publications.
  • Calculates castoffs, writes printer specs, chooses paper stock and binding materials.
  • Keeps informed of cost-effective methods and technological advances in both print and digital publishing and advises on their appropriate implementation.
  • Tracks and coordinates corrections for reprints.
  • Reconciles invoices against estimates and budgets; reports on all production expenses including in house hours.
  • Provides expertise to editorial, other staff and authors on production issues.
  • Works with editors to ensure any art program for titles is properly prepared for transmittal.
  • Works closely with the Managing Editor on scheduling and budgets for the editorial/production process.
  • Oversees print inventory and distribution in conjunction with the Sales and Marketing Coordinator.
  • Works closely with the Digital Projects Coordinator on the production and distribution of digital products.

Qualifications :

  • Minimum university degree plus 3-4 years recent work experience in book production project coordination or design.
  • Familiarity with digital workflow systems and metadata management systems.
  • Excellent understanding of both print and digital publishing, and Print On Demand issues and procedures.
  • Excellent understanding of editorial and printing processes.
  • Proven editorial and proofreading skills.
  • Good knowledge of book design, typography, and formatting.
  • Good working knowledge of Adobe InDesign.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail essential.
  • Proven ability to function well in the high-pressure environment that accompanies tight schedules.
  • Proven ability to work as team player and collaboratively with others.
Grade : WLUSA-07
Salary : $30.91 to $36.37 per hour
Salary Notes :

This is a full-time, limited term position from January 8, 2018 to January 11, 2019.

This position is eligible for education equivalencies.

Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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