Science Communications Specialist, American Journal of Preventive Medicine (Freelance, anywhere)

Job Title:
Science Communications Specialist, American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Part time/freelance, Anywhere

Job Description:
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine is seeking a freelance science/medical information and communications specialist to manage a range of editorial responsibilities as part of AJPM’s effort to expand its presence and impact in the global scholarly publishing marketplace.

Reporting to the Editor-at-Large, the science communications specialist will develop editorial content for use on the AJPM web site and in other professional communications channels; manage the journal’s blog and other social media initiatives; and manage scientific information/outreach tasks in association with key partners.

Responsibilities
Working closely with AJPM editorial staff:
– Develop editorial content, including news items, topic summaries, announcements, e-newsletters and other vehicles summarizing AJPM articles and related developments in preventive medicine.
– Coordinate with publisher to post content on journal web site and through other channels as appropriate, working with AJPM’s parent societies, government agencies, foundations.
– Serve as editor/coordinator of AJPM blog and other social media tools/channels.
– Other duties as required.

Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or health sciences/policy required; advanced degree in one of these areas a plus.
– Minimum 5 years experience in scientific or medical communications/publishing; minimum 3 years experience in science/medical journalism preferred.
– Minimum 3 years experience with web publishing tools and processes required; experience with digital publishing in the Scientific, Technical or Medical field preferred.
– Minimum 2 years experience with use of social media tools, including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other channels, required.
– Familiarity with STM publishing standards and processes, including peer review and use of AMA style, strongly preferred.
– Excellent written and oral communications skills.
– Ability to multi-task and handle short-turnaround assignments.
– Excellent project management skills.

This is an independent contractor position (no benefits) estimated to involve up to 20 hours of work per week and may be located anywhere in the United States. A minimal amount of travel may be involved.

Contact:
Bill Silberg, Editor At Large, AJPM, billsilberg@gmail.com

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