Assistant Managing Editor

Date: Sep 12, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US

Company: American Chemical Society

ACS Publications is currently seeking an Assistant Managing Editor that will report to the Editorial Development team in the Washington, D.C. offices of the American Chemical Society.

 

Position Summary:

 

The Assistant Managing Editor is responsible for the day-to-day management of ACS Chemical Health & Safety, Journal of Chemical Education, and Molecular Pharmaceutics in the ACS portfolio ensuring the publications are produced on time, on budget, and with appropriate levels of quality. This portfolio is highly motivated by the Society’s core value of safety and its mission to provide authoritative scientific information that advances the broader chemistry enterprise and serves its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The qualified candidate will work with Editors and ACS staff to develop and implement publishing strategies and editorial initiatives to sustain and enhance the journals’ standing within the global chemistry community to ensure their continued growth and success. The Assistant Managing Editor will collaborate with the Editors in planning and recruiting a large amount of commissioned content, and monitor progress of the journals against competitors. They will liaise with the ACS Division of Chemical Education that co-publishes Journal of Chemical Education. They will work with ACS colleagues from C&EN; ACS Office of Safety Programs; New Product Innovation; Global Production Operations; Editorial Services; Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms; and Marketing and Sales to implement strategic initiatives for the journals. The Assistant Managing Editor will represent the journals within the scientific community through virtual, hybrid, and in-person site visits and conferences, both domestic and international. The incumbent reports to a Senior Managing Editor, Editorial Development.

 

Responsibilities

 

  • Assess, define, and oversee implementation of near and long-term strategic plans and priorities that lead to growth of ACS Chemical Health & Safety, Journal of Chemical Education, and Molecular Pharmaceutics.

 

  • Monitor competitor journals and industry developments, and report on issues/trends to Editors and ACS staff at regular intervals, including during annual Editors’ and Editorial Advisory Board Meetings.

 

  • Commission high quality content by identifying, building relationships with, and recruiting new authors and research communities. Manage workflows for invited content including case studies, reviews, commentaries, etc.

 

  • Identify, build relationships with, and recruit new authors and communities for the journals in order to commission high-quality invited content including reviews, research articles, front matter, and special issues. Collaborate with the Editors, ACS Publications staff, and other stakeholders to identify new and emerging areas of content for the journals; solicit and track submissions in these areas.

 

  • Identify, implement, and promote strategies for the journals to grow authorship, personalize outreach to key communities, and to enhance the role and legacy of each journal in its community; monitor emerging trends to identify new opportunities for collaboration among sister journals in the ACS portfolio.

 

  • Assist ACS Publications staff with developing and implementing features, products, and services for journals, supporting the overall portfolio as necessarily aligned with the Society’s effort to provide global researchers the resources to develop safe working environments.

 

  • Effectively represent the journals in correspondence and at outreach events, site visits, strategic scientific conferences, and exhibits to acquire and maintain a deep understanding of the needs and trends within the communities served by the journals and publications portfolio.

 

  • Collaborate with Editors-in-Chief to identify and recruit new Associate Editors and Editorial Advisory Board members for the journals.

 

  • Coordinate proactively with external and internal stakeholders (ACS Office of Safety Programs, C&EN; Global Production Operations; Editorial Services; Digital Strategy and Publishing Platforms; Marketing and Sales; New Product Innovation) to ensure efficiency, timeliness, and overall high quality of the published products and to move strategic initiatives forward.

 

  • Using established best practices, monitor journal and competitor statistics, prepare data reports for internal and external reporting, and draft monitoring reports under guidance of ACS Publications staff.

 

Qualifications

 

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in chemistry or allied sciences. Advanced degree (Ph.D.) preferred but not required.
  • Combined 4+ years of relevant training and experience in an academic, industrial chemistry, or similar setting; experience in chemical safety and/or chemical education and/or STM publishing a plus. Familiarity with chemical safety philosophy and terminology is highly valued to support content commissioning efforts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities with both technical and nontechnical audiences is required, as well as analytical skills, ability to make well-reasoned decisions, contribute to and lead cross-functional projects and teams; multitasking and organizational skills are required to balance both long term goals/projects and day-to-day deliverables.
  • The Assistant Managing Editor position will report to the Editorial Development team in the Washington, D.C. offices of the American Chemical Society. Some travel will be required.

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