Job Title: Assistant Editor
PVN ID: GS-2211-005202
Category: Research

Job Description

General Description

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) seeks to fill an Assistant Editor position for its International Office in New York City. RILM publishes RILM abstracts of music literature (along with a suite of other resources), which is widely recognized as the world’s premiere abstracted bibliography on music and related disciplines. RILM was established in 1966 and operates under the joint sponsorship of the International Musicological Society, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, and the International Council for Traditional Music. 

RILM abstracts covers research on all types of music and related studies, published in all document types (books, articles, reviews, collections, among others) anywhere in the world and in any language. The database is fully searchable, with in-depth vocabulary-controlled indexing and detailed abstracts. The data are written, input, and edited to a high uniform standard by an international staff of specialists from all subject areas. The database contains over 1.4 million bibliographic records and is published online. 

The successful candidate will access bibliographic data of scholarship, making sure that they are fully and accurately represented in RILM abstracts. This position is ideal for a graduate student as it offers insights into canonical and non canonical writings on music and advances editorial knowledge.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement about his/her own scholarly and research interests, and a list of two references with contact information. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Other Duties

  • Keying and uploading of new entries into the RILM database; classifying each entry according to general musical topics.
  • Checking each bibliographic detail for accuracy and consistency, and ensuring that RILM’s bibliographic and style rules are followed.
  • Some editing of abstracts according to RILM style.
  • Verifying new entries against the RILM database and other bibliographic sources, including OCLC’s WorldCat where applicable.
  • Proofreading and other office duties as needed.


  • B.A or M.A. in musicology/ethnomusicology or cultural studies with focus on music is strongly preferred
  • Strong written English skills and excellence in focused, detailed work 
  • Familiarity with Persian is required. 
  • Working knowledge of other languages are a plus
  • Strong organization skills
  • Willingness to engage in administrative and technological work


About the Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Key Features

Répertoire International de Littérature
Part Time
Pay Range
Hour(s) a week
Closing Date
Feb 15, 2023 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit