Assistant Managing Editor, Science News for Students

(Temporary, Part-time through December 2022)

Science News for Students seeks an organizational whiz and stand-out editor to help manage daily workflow and provide editing support for its award-winning, free, online daily publication dedicated to pre-teens and teens, parents and teachers.

The part-time assistant managing editor will work closely with other members of the Science News for Students team to plan daily news coverage and maintain a fast-paced flow of digital-first content. The person in this role will help to manage the online production schedule, assign staff and freelance editors to stories, and review and copyedit stories prior to publication.

The ideal candidate will be able to handle stories in a wide range of styles and topics in science, health and technology that are of interest or relevance to a young audience. This can include anything from youth health to quantum mechanics to the science of zombies. Science News for Students is seeking someone who is at home in the digital environment, dedicated to accuracy and is a flexible, independent team player.

The assistant managing editor will join a group of creative, inquisitive people who come to science journalism from a diversity of backgrounds, education and experience. We’re constantly experimenting to better serve our millions of readers, while also remaining true to our mission as independent nonprofit journalists. This is a new position, and we are looking for someone who can help keep Science News for Students moving forward while current staff take on new projects and roles.

We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive, equitable environment for all employees. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities.

We know there are great candidates whose qualifications may not exactly match what we’ve described here or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, please apply and tell us about yourself.

Job duties include, but are not limited to

  • Managing daily workflow, including assigning editors and maintaining the publication’s calendar
  • Reviewing and copyediting stories in a WordPress CMS before they are published
  • Editing stories for accuracy, clarity, tone, style and readability
  • Supporting social media efforts on Instagram, Edmodo and other platforms as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned

Competencies

  • Organized and attentive to detail (some experience in managing an editorial calendar and/or freelance editors preferred)
  • Strong work ethic
  • Collegiality in working with staff and freelance writers and editors
  • Excellent editing and copyediting skills, with some knowledge of AP Style
  • Knowledge of WordPress and Airtable
  • Some experience in project management preferred

Position Type

This is a part-time staff position (20 hours/week) based in Washington, D.C., or remotely. It is funded through Dec. 31, 2022. Continuation of the position will be dependent on future funding, which will be determined in Fall 2022.

Required Education and Experience

  • BA degree or equivalent experience required; an advanced degree in science and/or journalism preferred
  • At least five years of journalism experience, including editing experience, required. Experience in science, medicine or technology is a plus
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States

How to Apply

Use the following link to begin your application https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/societyforscience/jobs/2320359-560507

Please submit a professional resume and cover letter.

About Science News Media Group

Science News has been covering the latest advances in science, medicine and technology since 1921. The daily website at www.sciencenews.org drew more than 23 million unique visitors in 2021, and we have a strong following on social media. Our biweekly print magazine publishes concise, fiercely accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, with a circulation of 120,000. The magazine and website also reach students and teachers at almost 5,000 high schools through the Science News in High Schools program. Our sister site, Science News for Students, explains the latest science and its impact for ages 10 and up, with more than 11 million unique visitors in 2021. We are an independent nonprofit news organization.

About Society for Science

Science News for Students is published by Society for Science, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.

EEO Statement

The Society for Science is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

The Society is committed to equal employment opportunity. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on  the basis of veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.