The Director of Publications at the Center for Health Security has focus overseeing and ensuring the integrity of the Center's publications across all domains—print and electronic media, journal, reports, and marketing materials—and for developing and implementing publication strategies to support the mission of the Center. The incumbent is charged with 1) serving as Managing Editor of the journal Health Security, and Consulting Editor for all other Center publications; 2) coordinating with the work of the Center's communications team; and 3) assisting with promotional and marketing activities as needed. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director, takes direction from the Director, and coordinates work with project managers, associate editors, communications staff, research analysts, and administrative and financial staff as needed to fulfill publications functions.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
As Director of Publications, the incumbent has the following responsibilities:
Work with Deputy Director in developing strategies for creating an integrated complement of publications that advance the Center's mission.
Serve as Managing Editor of the journal Health Security to provide day-to-day management and oversight of the publication, which may include but not be limited to: leading development of content for each issue; establishing and maintaining journal style; establishing editing cycles, schedules, and processes and enforcing deadlines; coordinating work of associate editors; coordinating work of proofreader(s); evaluating manuscripts; implementing submission and peer review processes; directing communications among authors, reviewers, editors, and publisher; editing manuscripts for grammar, accuracy, style, and consistency; reconciling editorial and authors' changes; ensuring quality control for all aspects of the journal; keeping authors up-to-date on schedules, revisions, and related matters; consulting with the publisher to ensure adherence to their standards and schedules.
Serve as Consulting Editor of the website and all Center publications and special projects to guide and assist with conceptualization, writing, design, editing and revision, production, and dissemination.
Take the lead in developing appropriate and consistent editorial policies and procedures and design and production standards and guide adaptation of those standards for all existing and new publications.
Consult and advise on content, design, and dissemination of public relations and/or marketing materials; assist with writing and editing.
Consult and advise on publication and dissemination of conference and meeting materials; advise on development of other types of eventsrelated materials; consult with Events Manager on arrangements for promotional activities for events.
Make recommendations for professional development to improve or enhance staff members' writing, editing, and/or communications skills.
Assist with development and support of a team approach to pubs/comm activities and projects by participating in team meetings, encouraging coordinated approach to work, mentoring staff, and making suggestions for improvements and innovation.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Required)
Bachelor's degree in related field.
Seven (7) years related experience as publications editor/ managing editor of scholarly scientific publications. Expertise in editing scholarly, peer-reviewed publications in medicine, health, or sciences.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Experience working with multidisciplinary teams.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
This professional position requires specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities, as described below:
Knowledge of conventions of writing, editing, style, design, and production standards for scholarly scientific publications and ability to translate them into operational editorial policies and procedures.
Excellent writing and editing skills that can be applied to the conceptualization, development, design, writing, and editing of materials created for multiple purposes and audiences and published in multiple formats.
Working knowledge of concepts, problems, issues, and nomenclature of the field of public health and health security or the ability to acquire that knowledge quickly.
Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to create realistic production schedules, meet deadlines, and guide others in doing the same, while coordinating, prioritizing, and managing multiple tasks; ability to manage relationships, competing objectives, and multiple agendas and projects in work with multidisciplinary teams.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills necessary to represent the Center professionally and interact effectively with a broad array of medical, scientific, government, and media professionals as well as a variety of professional and nonprofessional Center staff.
Keen observation, assessment, and evaluation skills necessary to identify and solve problems and make sound decisions; ability to stay cool under pressure, make reliable decisions on the fly, and coordinate and manage the work of others under pressure.
Proficient with personal computers and business applications (e.g., Word, Excel, etc.); experience with or ability to master peer review software.
Ability to develop new knowledge and skills to sustain professional growth and development, while also responding to and supporting change and growth In the Center.
Ability to mentor and guide other staff members’ work in a busy, at times unpredictable, and potentially chaotic setting and ability to assess communications skills of staff and make recommendations for professional development and training.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other project team members, while supporting and fostering teamwork and collaboration within pubs/comm team and among all staff.
Classified Title: Sr. Editor Working Title: Director of Publications Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE Starting Salary Range: $69,140 - $95,005 / Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: 7.5 hours per day M-F Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 10001022-Health Security Personnel area: School of Public Health
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