Science Editor, eBriefings, The New York Academy of Sciences
Full Time, New York, NY
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide since 1817. With 25,000 members in 140 countries, the Academy has one of the world’s most elite networks of experts and partner organizations – 27 Nobel Prize winners and scores of academic and industry executives on its President’s Council and Board of Governors as well as alliances with 40 universities and academic medical centers and scores more multinational companies and NGOs. The Academy uses these networks to catalyze path-breaking initiatives for scientific, social and economic benefit. Its core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. The Academy facilitates communications among scientists, physicians, students, educators, executives, policy makers, government officials and journalists from around the globe through its interdisciplinary conferences, meetings and diverse electronic and print publications. The Academy employs 75 professional and support staff, and has an annual operating budget of $15+ million.
REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Scientific Programs
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES: The Science Editor, eBriefings is responsible for overseeing the development, editing, and execution of the New York Academy of Sciences’ (the Academy) portfolio of web-based, multimedia meeting reports of our scientific symposia. eBriefings allow the Academy’s worldwide membership to experience our symposia online, at their convenience, through the ease of an Internet connection. Designed to provide busy scientists the latest information in an accessible format, they are an integral part of the Academy’s activities, documenting our Frontiers of Science conferences and discussion group meetings, and greatly expanding their impact. These unique multimedia presentations contain meeting summaries by science writers; speakers’ slides and audio; video interviews; and links to other related information, including relevant journal articles, Web sites, books, and speakers’ home pages. The Academy has published several hundred eBriefings covering a wide range of topics across the spectrum of the Life Sciences, Green Science, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Science Education, Career Development, and Public Policy, and this portfolio is viewed by more than 10,000 visitors to our website each month.
In addition to covering Academy-organized and -hosted scientific symposia, the Science Editor will also identify opportunities to collaborate with external organizations in relevant fields who wish to disseminate their own activities through this unique web platform. The Science Editor will also oversee recruitment for and operation of the Academy’s Science Writing Associates Program, which gives New York metropolitan area graduate students and post-docs the opportunity to build their writing skills and credentials by attending Academy symposia, preparing and publishing written event summaries with editorial oversight from the Academy’s scientific staff, and participating in career development workshops on effective science communication.
- Plan, prioritize, and oversee timely production of approximately 60 annual, online, multimedia meeting reports of scientific symposia (eBriefings).
- Review and edit written summaries of the proceedings of scientific symposia as prepared by freelance science writers. Ensure scientific accuracy of manuscripts across a wide variety of fields, including but not limited to environmental science, genetics, neurobiology, physics, computational biology, science education, and public health.
- Liaise with participating scientists to ensure accuracy of written and web-based representation of their original presentation, and to secure all necessary licensing and permission forms relevant to their eBriefing participation.
- Plan and manage departmental budget, including interdepartmental invoicing.
- Recruit and manage pool of freelance science writers, including contract negotiation and payment.
- Directly manage one Editorial Assistant.
- Provide oversight of timeliness and accuracy of eBriefing web content produced by Production Editor.
- Work collaboratively with members of the scientific, logistics, audio/visual, IT, web, and marketing teams to ensure smooth flow of the eBriefing production process.
- Lead rolling recruitment for and operation of the Academy’s Science Writing Associates Program. Match Associates’ scientific expertise with writing assignments. Provide editorial feedback on event summaries prepared by Associates and coordinate their participation in career development activities presented through the Academy’s Science Alliance.
- Identify and outreach to national and international external organizations in order to secure partnerships to capture and disseminate the proceedings of their scientific symposia via the Academy’s eBriefing platform.
- Work with the marketing team to create eBriefing sales and marketing materials. Track usage statistics and identify new marketing opportunities to enhance the visibility, sponsorship, and usage of the entire eBriefing portfolio.
- Prepare written summaries of recent eBriefings for highlight in the Academy’s tri-annual Member Magazine.
- Provide other Academy staff with information about topically relevant eBriefings that may be featured as a resource in Academy events, publications, prospectuses, reports, or other promotional or development materials.
- Some domestic or international travel may be required to support the production of eBriefings for symposia presented at locations other than the Academy’s conference center in New York City.
BA/BS required, graduate degree in related field (i.e. science, science journalism/publishing, medical communications) preferred.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including a minimum of three (3) years experience in science/medical writing and editing.
Experience, ability, and comfort in dealing with complex scientific information within and beyond own area of expertise. Ability to work with multiple teams across departments and to manage multiple parallel projects with tight deadlines. Experience using a web content management system (CMS) platform is a plus, but not required.
The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse workforce. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package to both full-time and part-time staff that includes affordable health care insurance, tuition reimbursement, retirement plan, and liberal vacation time and holiday schedule.
HOW TO APPLY: Applications must include a resume, cover letter which includes salary history and/or requirements and a 1–2 page statement discussing specific contributions you can make to the Academy’s eBriefings’ portfolio. Other supporting documents/writing samples welcome. Please visit www.nyas.org to apply.