Editorial Assistant, Science News

Science News, the award-winning daily news site and biweekly print magazine published by Society for Science & the Public in Washington, D.C., is seeking an energetic and organized editorial assistant for our 30-person nonprofit independent newsroom.

The Editorial Assistant will play an essential role in supporting our online and print news operation. The person is a key player in the magazine production team, including copyediting, fact-checking and production, and assists in publishing articles online.  

Duties include providing administrative support to our editorial staff, including coordinating staff schedules and calendars, managing awards submissions, and writing reports.

The Editorial Assistant will also serve as a primary point of contact with subscribers and the public, responding to inquiries and comments. Depending on experience and interest, this role may include art and story research, and contributing to experiments in digital journalism.


The ideal candidate has meticulous attention to detail, flexibility and the ability to work collegially in a fast-paced environment. That includes being an organizational whiz who is able to prioritize multiple tasks, while at the same time having the people skills needed to diplomatically respond to the public and collaborate effectively with colleagues under tight deadlines. A degree in journalism or English, facility in writing, and an interest in science are preferred. Experience with WordPress and social media tools is a plus.

This is a full-time, permanent staff position. We are currently working remotely due to the pandemic, but anticipate eventually returning to our office in a historic townhouse in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. No phone calls or search firms, please.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to editor in chief Nancy Shute at editors@sciencenews.org. Please include the name of the position in the subject line.

About Science News

Science News has been on the beat covering key trends in science, medicine and technology since 1921. Our website at www.sciencenews.org and biweekly print magazine cover important and emerging research in all fields of science. We publish concise, accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, with 31 million unique users online in 2019 and a print circulation of 120,000. Through the Science News in High Schools program, the magazine reaches almost 5,000 public high schools around the country, many in low-income or underserved communities. We also publish Science News for Students, a digital news magazine for readers ages 9 and up.

About Society for Science & the Public

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

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Society for Science & the Public 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 any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify 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.