Join our team: Reviews Editor required

November 2021
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Children’s Books Ireland is seeking a highly organised Reviews Editor to join our team. The Reviews Editor will select books for review for readers aged 0–9, to include poetry and non-fiction, and will work closely with our Overall Editor, our Reviews Editor for older readers and our Irish Language Reviews Editor as part of the Inis magazine team.

About Children's Books Ireland

Children’s Books Ireland’s vision is an Ireland in which books are central to every child’s life and where meaningful engagement with books is supported by passionate and informed adults in families, schools, libraries and communities across Ireland. Children’s Books Ireland is a registered charity.

Children’s Books Ireland delivers numerous projects that bring the joy of reading to children all over the island of Ireland including Laureate na nÓg (the children’s literature laureate), the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards, Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinics, this magazine and an annual reading guide, an annual conference and various book-gifting schemes which ensure that children and young people in areas of need have access to books. We work with a number of corporate partners, and have ongoing strategic partnerships with RTÉjr and InTouch magazine. Children’s Books Ireland is the go-to organisation for children’s book coverage across various media. 

About Inis Magazine

Inis magazine, in print and online, is the most important record of the development of Irish children’s literature. It is a rare source of regular review for Irish authors, illustrators and publishers and Irish-language texts and as such it is vital for the promotion of Irish works for young audiences and for the career development of Irish artists. It has documented the growth and status of children’s literature studies as an academic discipline. Children’s Books Ireland publishes Inis three times a year (January, April, July) in print. Online reviews are regularly uploaded, editors are asked to tag reviews by relevant theme, aiding the production of themed reading lists for continuous release throughout the year. Each issue contains an Irish-language feature.

About the role 

The Reviews Editor (0–9, to include poetry and non-fiction for this age bracket) will be joining the Inis team and working alongside our Reviews Editor (10–Young Adult, to include poetry and non-fiction for this age bracket) and our Irish Language Editor. The role involves selecting books for review both in print and online, editing the copy and uploading the online content to our website. The Children’s Books Ireland office remains closed in line with Government and Public Health advice, so books are currently submitted for review in PDF format. The successful candidate must be able to assess these PDF submissions and to work effectively with Dropbox, Slack and email until such time as postal submissions can be received again. We estimate that this will be in March 2022, but await further advice.

For more information about the magazine and back issues, visit the Publications section of our website.

For examples of existing book reviews, visit the Recommendations section of our website.

Reporting to the Deputy CEO/Overall Editor, the Reviews Editor will:

  • Be responsible for reviews for one-half of English language submissions i.e. for readers aged 0–9, to include poetry and non-fiction for this age-bracket
  • Write a collective reviews editorial with fellow Reviews Editors for each print issue (3 times a year)
  • Co-ordinate and select books for review for each print issue (44 reviews per issue, 3 issues per year) and assign these books to reviewers
  • Select one Editors’ Choice title per issue in consultation with their fellow Reviews Editor
  • Edit submitted reviews in line with house style and liaise with reviewers re: suggested changes
  • Upload reviews to the Children’s Books Ireland website on a weekly basis, using appropriate tags for relevant themes
  • Maintain and develop a database of suitable reviewers
  • Work with Children’s Books Ireland’s Communications Officer to keep them informed of new online content to publicise

Requirements:

  • Familiarity with and interest in Irish and international children’s books
  • Strong interpersonal skills in order to identify, encourage, develop and work with excellent reviewers
  • A high level of verbal ability and linguistic accuracy; strong editorial, copy-editing, reviewing and proofreading skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a production team and to schedule submission deadlines and guidelines for reviewers
  • Strong digital literacy – the ability to assess PDF submissions and work efficiently with Dropbox, Slack and email

Reporting To:

Deputy CEO

Location:

From home as per public health advice until early 2022. Then once a month at Children’s Books Ireland, First Floor, 17 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. Office location may change, but will remain in central Dublin.

Start date:

January 10 2022

Contract duration:

Three years, with six months’ probation. A review will take place at the end of this term and the contract may be renewed with mutual agreement from the editors and Children’s Books Ireland.

Estimated hours of work:

15 hours per month, the hours are worked is flexible. The Overall Editor will be available to support the Reviews Editor and for induction during working hours only.

Remuneration/benefits:

€4000/annum, payable quarterly in arrears on receipt of an invoice. To apply: email cover letter and CV to jenny@childrensbooksireland.ie, with INIS in the subject line, before 4pm on Tuesday 7 December 2021. Children’s Books Ireland is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from qualified candidates from all backgrounds. All applicants should note that interviews will be held the week commencing 13 December 2021. Position may be offered subject to reference checks.

To apply:

Email cover letter and CV to jenny@childrensbooksireland.ie, with INIS in the subject line, before 4pm on Tuesday 7 December 2021. Children’s Books Ireland is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from qualified candidates from all backgrounds. All applicants should note that interviews will be held the week commencing 13 December 2021. Position may be offered subject to reference checks.