The Middle East Institute (MEI) seeks a full-time Associate Editor for its peer-reviewed academic publication, The Middle East Journal (MEJ).

A key member of MEI’s Publications Department, the Associate Editor is the main point of contact for subscribers and MEI members who receive MEJ. As such, the Associate Editor is responsible for maintaining the database of subscriber records, processing and mailing claims, and other duties related to circulation and marketing. The associate editor also serves as the gatekeeper of MEJ’s Submissions Desk, advising the Editor of MEJ in selecting papers for peer review, finding suitable academic readers, and helping track the review process. The Associate Editor also assists with editing, proofreading, preparing the Journal’s Chronology section, and recruiting and managing a team of interns. The Associate Editor will primarily report to the Editor of MEJ. This is an entry-level position ideal for college graduates looking for a stepping-stone to postgraduate studies and those interested in academic publishing.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the MEJ Circulations Desk email account, adjudicating claim requests and answering queries as necessary 
  • Manage the MEJ Submissions Desk email account, processing new papers, tracking manuscripts sent out for peer review, and keep records up to date
  • Work with the Editor to substantively edit and copy-edit articles, policy essays, and book reviews in the Middle East Journal
  • Train and manage interns in the production of MEJ’s Chronology section, providing the Editor with draft for editing
  • Assist the Editor with finding reviewers for selected manuscripts
  • Work with Editor and Board of Advisory Editors to help the growth of the Journal

Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree with related professional experience.

Candidates must be creative problem-solvers with a broad interest in the Middle East, the ability to multitask, work with minimal supervision at times, and organize and manage others as needed. Strong writing ability, editing/proofreading experience, and attention to detail are essential. Familiarity with online content production and Word/Excel are strongly preferred; Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, or other Middle Eastern language skills and knowledge of layout software (Adobe InDesign) would be a plus.

Candidates should be able to start as soon as possible. Remote work is possible during quarantine, but it is preferred for the new Associate Editor to come into MEI’s DC office for claims fulfilment on a regular basis.  

Competitive salary and excellent benefits.

How to apply:

To apply, please email your resume, a cover letter, and a short (1–2 page) writing sample to jobs@mei.edu. Include "Associate Editor" in the subject line.