Job Announcement — Assistant Editor for Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

The Ecological Society of America is seeking a full-time Assistant Editor to help produce Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a high-ranking monthly journal focusing on ecological and environmental science. Duties include copyediting and proofreading scientific manuscripts, managing the online peer-review system, writing copy and occasional short news stories, conducting cover photo searches, designing covers and in-house advertisements, and running the Frontiers Twitter account. A MasterÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s or BachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in a relevant life science (ecology, environmental science, or conservation biology preferred) is a must, as is 2Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ3 yearsÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) editorial experience. Design and image editing experience (using Photoshop and InDesign, or similar) a major advantage. Competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and benefits (including 100% employer-paid health insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; 10% employer contribution to retirement plan after first 6 months). Possibility of either working in-house at DC headquarters or remote teleworking, for the right candidate (US-based applicants only).

Title:          Assistant Editor Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Salary range:   $45,000Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ$55,000

Classification: Exempt

Description of duties:

Assists the Editor in Chief and Executive Editor in preparing and publishing 10 issues/year of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Administration of peer-review system:

o       Administers the ScholarOne online manuscript submission system (including allocating submissions to Editorial Board members, requesting reviewers, chasing overdue reviews and recommendations)

o       Responds to author queries regarding the status of their manuscript, assists users with navigating the system, etc

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Journal production:

o       Downloads accepted papers, ensuring that manuscripts are complete

o       Copyedits peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed manuscripts

o       Prepares photos and figures for transmittal to publisher

o       Proofreads PDF proofs of articles and adds author and editorial corrections

o       Conducts image searches and designs covers, in-house ads, as well as other materials

o       Coordinates with the rest of the Frontiers team regarding all sections of the journal

o       Writes news stories and other short texts as required

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Other duties:

o       Runs the Frontiers Twitter account

o       Assists with preparations for and activities at the ESA Annual Meeting

o       Performs additional duties as required

Qualifications and experience:

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    A BachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s or MasterÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in a relevant life science subject (ecology, environmental science, or conservation preferred)

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Excellent editing skills (at least 2Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ3 yearsÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) experience)

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Outstanding oral and written communication skills

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    An ability to correct author graphics and improve photos (eg cropping, color balance, brightness), along with a flair for designing covers, in-house ads, etc

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Able to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, often under deadline

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Detail-oriented and focused

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive), Photoshop, InDesign, etc

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Experience with Twitter and WordPress

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Ability to work as part of a small, close-knit, remote team


Email cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Sue Silver, at Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ put Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeAssistant Editor SearchÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: Thursday, April 9, 2020