Associate Front Matter Editor

Washington D.C.
Jul 27, 2018
Aug 22, 2018
Full Time
Job Description Summary:
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is the National Academy of Science's official peer-reviewed journal of original scientific research. Since its establishment in 1914, it publishes cutting-edge research reports, commentaries, reviews, perspectives, colloquium papers, and actions of the Academy. Coverage in PNAS spans the biological, physical, and social sciences.

Front Matter magazine, the science writing portion of PNAS, is seeking a full-time Associate Editor to craft compelling stories about science. Front Matter includes news features, opinion pieces, and other elements that cover findings and trends across multiple science disciplines and journals.

At least half of the Assistant Editor's time will be spent writing, reporting stories, as well as conceiving of ideas. Other duties will include running and contributing to a science news blog and working with social media to promote stories. Some travel required.
Job Description:


1. Evaluates reports, articles, etc. and helps to shape presentation, restructuring and rewriting as needed. Marks up for composition. Ensures material conforms to organization's and unit's standards for style, content, and format. Works with designers, graphic artists, layout specialists, marketing, and production staff on all aspects of production.

2. Negotiates revisions with authors. May network with prospective authors, scientific advisers, and news media.

3. Advises staff and customers on editing and publishing options. Holds meetings to discuss current and future projects. Answers editorial questions. Consults with staff about the progress of reports, articles, or other publications.

4. May have supervisory responsibility for editorial assistants, including hiring, training, and evaluation of work.

5. May coordinate freelance activities in the unit, including finding and coordinating work among freelancers.


• Related duties and special projects as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to solve problems of variety and complexity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of problems and issues. Ability to operate independently and exercise appreciable latitude for independent judgment, discretion, and action. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies' departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in English, Journalism, Communications or related field, or equivalent knowledge.
Minimum Experience: Three years of related professional experience as a science journalist, and excellent clips. The capacity and proven ability to write compelling stories, from features to news pieces to explainers, across multiple scientific fields. A flair for storytelling 

Strongly preferred: 
• A graduate degree in science 
• A graduate degree or graduate training in science journalism 
• Social media savvy and blogging experience 
• Editing experience 

• Education and/or training in the physical sciences. 
• Audio-visual and/or multimedia experience. 

Physical Capabilities: Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: None.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to Director or other higher level editorial position. General supervision is provided. May supervise junior staff.

Work Environment: Office environment with occasional travel between National Academies' facilities and to off-site locations.

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Some functions in this description may be specific to a particular unit of the National Academies and not applicable to other units.

Employee Type:EmployeeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5City/State:Washington, District of Columbia

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