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American Society for Microbiology
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States (hybrid)
30+ days ago


Job Overview

The Journal Development Editor (JDE) is responsible for the continued growth and detailed editorial strategy for journals in the assigned portfolio. The JDE works directly with the Editors in Chief to define short and long-term strategic goals for each title and oversees their execution and assessment. The JDE is ultimately responsible for ensuring that their assigned journals grow strategically and meet the needs of their respective communities. The JDE, in collaboration with marketing and communication colleagues, develops, and contributes to specific portfolio strategies to broaden visibility for authors, their portfolio and the journal program. This position is responsible for supervising the Managing Editor(s).

 Accountabilities (are the critical activities and results the position is held accountable to produce)

  1. Budget & Financial Management
  2. Peer Review
  3. Program Management
  4. Project Management
  5. Production
  6. Volunteer/Member Relationships
  7. Industry Participation

Essential Functions (defines the critical end results expected of the jobholder related to the accountabilities above)

  1. Perform market gap and competitor analysis and identify areas of content strength and weakness, as well as regularly assess journal scope and criteria.
  2. Drive new ideas in peer review and scientific publishing, responsible for developing effective community engagement strategies.
  3. Responsible for identifying and implementing supports for the Academic Editors within their portfolio, performing community outreach, and representing the portfolio and ASM Journals at scientific meetings and conferences.
  4. Oversee the Managing Editor in designing and implementing editorial workflows and features, in the development of journal homepage features, and reporting of daily operations.
  5. Provide oversight and guidance to the Managing Editor as needed for manuscript handing issues or in the enforcement of editorial or production policies and respond to Author/Editor/Reviewer queries as needed.
  6. Collaborate with Marketing and Communication colleagues to develop and contribute to specific portfolio strategies to broaden visibility for authors, the portfolio, and the journal program.
  7. Collaborate with Production and Operations to ensure journals are running smoothly and offering the best experience to authors.
  8. This position description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other functions as assigned.

 Technical Competencies (are applied or practical knowledge and skills needed for effective technical performance)

  1. Strong analytical skills
  2. Excellent communication skills, both, verbal and written
  3. Excellent decision-making and organizational skills
  4. Strong project management skills
  5. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

 Behavioral Competencies (are observable behaviors and skills that matter most for success)

  1. Instills Trust (Respect/Honor) – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  2. Communicates Effectively – Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences
  3. Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
  4. Optimizes Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement
  5. Ensures Accountability – Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  6. Self-Development – Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels
  7. Values Differences – Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization
  8. Decision Quality - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward
  9. Courage - Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said
  10. Ensures Accountability – Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  11. Build Effective Teams - Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals
  12. Business Insight - Applying knowledge of the industry and the marketplace to advance the organization's mission

Supervisory Responsibility

  • For employees reporting directly to this position, the incumbent is responsible for making hiring decisions, managing the annual performance appraisal process, coaching, mentoring, and providing approval for vacation & time-off requests
  • All facets of this position are self-directed within the policies and procedures approved by the Board of Directors, and guidelines established by the department’s Director in partnership with the organization’s Senior Leadership team
  • This position is responsible to the CEO, the COO and the department’s Director for the department’s fiscal management and, in this capacity, rules on the allocation of expenditures
  • In partnership with the department’s Director, this position is responsible for departmental decision-making regarding personnel actions, the acquisition and utilization of resources, procedures, and control systems
  • This position supports the department’s Director in overseeing the development of budgets for all existing programs and new proposals, providing signatory approval for expenditures, contracts, subcontracts, and personal service agreements

 Physical Demands
This is largely a sedentary role and may sit or use PC for long periods of time. Bending, reaching, or stooping may be necessary for use of filing cabinets or other office cabinets or office machines. This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computer, phones, copiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68867880
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Company Name For Job: American Society for Microbiology
  • Position Title: Journals Development Editor
  • Industry: Science Editors
  • Job Function: Editorial Manager
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $96,965.00 (Yearly Salary)

The American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world. Membership has grown from 59 scientists in 1899 to more than 43,000 members today, with more than one third located outside the United States. The members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization plus a division for microbiology educators.

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