Vacancies

Jobs and volunteering at the Bronte Society

Jobs and volunteering at the Bronte Society

A MUSEUM FOR EVERYONE

The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth attracts people from all over the world. Some are making a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to see the home of their favourite authors, but many return year upon year to see the new exhibitions and changing displays.

We welcomed some 70,400 visitors to the Museum in 2019 so, providing the best possible customer service is of immense importance to us and comments collected via TripAdvisor, social media and other visitor books indicate that the visitor experience at the Brontë Parsonage Museum is overwhelmingly positive.

The dedication and commitment of our staff and volunteers is key to these results, as our feedback testifies.

 
VACANCIES & OPPORTUNITIES

The Brontë Society is currently seeking applications for the role of Editor of Brontë Studies


Brontë Studies (previously Brontë Society Transactions) has been published since 1895 and is the only journal solely dedicated to Brontë family research. It includes original, peer-reviewed articles; conference papers; notes on matters of interest and correspondence and is published four times a year by Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group. Following a long period of service, the current Editor of Brontë Studies, Amber Adams, is retiring and the Brontë Society is seeking her successor. 

We are keen to hear from candidates who can demonstrate that they will:

  • Act as an ambassador for the journal and the Society
  • Maintain editorial oversight on all submissions made to the journal, monitoring quality and quantity of manuscripts and timeliness of peer review
  • Ensure unbiased consideration is given to every manuscript
  • Arrange and oversee appropriate peer review as per the journal’s policy and in a timely manner (via an online submission system)
  • Ensure that all reviewers, authors and Editorial Board members adhere to the journal’s ethical standards
  • Maintain decision-making responsibility for all submissions following peer review
  • Deliver sufficient copy to the publisher in accordance with agreed timetables and guidelines
  • Undertake general editorial duties for the journal, including but not limited to compiling issues, ensuring that material is of suitable professional and academic standard, and ensuring proofs are returned promptly
  • Work in partnership with the publisher and Society to promote the reputation of the journal and build on its success
  • Write an annual report to the Society
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We are looking for someone with:
 
  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant subject
  • Editorial experience, ideally with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal
  • A wide range of intellectual interests and an awareness of contemporary and emerging literary scholarship
  • A background or specialism in 19th century literature and/or society
  • A willingness to support authors when appropriate
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • An understanding of and a commitment to diversity and equality
A demonstrable interest in the Brontës and their work and an understanding of more than one language would be welcome.
 
The publisher will provide training on the systems and processes used and produce annual reports reflecting on the journal’s performance.
 
Working in partnership with the Brontë Society, the Editor will be free to choose an editorial team to support him or her.  
 
The Society will provide the Editor with an annual expenses allowance (currently £6060) to cover costs including travel to conferences, sending books for review and office equipment.  The Editor will have full authority to determine how this is apportioned between him/herself and any Deputy Editor/s, Associate Editor/s or Assistant Editor/s.
 
Applications should be sent to Rebecca Yorke, Brontë Society Head of Communications and Marketing at rebecca.yorke@bronte.org.uk by 15 January 2021. Please provide a CV and a covering letter of up to 600 words explaining why you are interested in the role and what experience and qualities you would bring to it. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet a panel comprising representatives of the Brontë Society and the publisher via Zoom in late January / early February.