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Company: Association for Psychological Science
Seeking Multi-talented Editor
District of Columbia
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
February 11, 2013
Job ID: 1460371


The APS Observer, now in its 24thvolume, is a multi-faceted electronic and print publication that is widely recognized as a leading forum in the field of psychological science.  The Observer includes:

  • a monthly print and online magazine
  • a digital flip-book edition
  • the Observer Express (a compilation of articles, blogs and other resources aimed at students and educators)
  • the (planned) Global Observer (a compilation of articles, blogs, and other resources that will include contributions from -- and will be distributed to -- international psychological science organizations)
  • the APS Employment Network
  • the Daily Observer

The mission of the Observer is to showcase the latest developments in the field of psychological science; publish articles by and about APS Members and their work; communicate with APS Members about Association business (i.e. elections, award nominations, convention highlights); and strengthen a sense of community among APS members and in the field of psychological science more broadly.

The Editor manages the editorial, design, production and distribution schedules for each of the Observer components.  This includes managing staff, vendors, freelancers, and budget.  A premium is placed on maintaining and enhancing the Observer’s quality, visual appeal, liveliness, timeliness, and relevance.  The new Editor will also be expected to develop and implement a vision for enhancing online and electronic presentation of the Observer, including other media such as videos and podcasts.

Specifically, the Editor: 

  • plans the content for each publication, with the ability to juggle multiple issues under development at any given time;
  • engages writers (including Members, free-lancers, and staff); 
  • enforces multiple deadlines;
  • ensures quality and accuracy of submissions and all content in each issue;
  • collaborates with APS graphic designer to plan the cover, inside artwork and layout for the print and digital editions, and to plan the design for the electronic Observer components;
  • works with APS staff to ensure the timely inclusion of house ads, convention program highlights, and membership marketing materials;
  • works with printing and mailing vendors;
  • maintains and updates Observer and related media online;
  • engages in other projects as assigned.

The Editor also works closely with APS staff in Public Affairs, Convention, Membership, Government Relations, and Journals to provide a venue for promoting APS, extending public outreach, and communicating science and research and news to APS Members. 

The Editor position requires the following leadership and management skills and attributes.

Minimum requirements:

  • Creativity
  • High energy
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including the ability to set and achieve objectives
  • Outstanding communication skills, including ability to work closely with distinguished researchers and the APS leadership as well as APS staff
  • Extensive knowledge of publishing technology
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team
  • Demonstrated ability to meet strict deadlines and maintain a vigorous production schedule
  • Proven track record in developing and managing an annual budget
  • 4-year college degree in related field
  • 5 years of relevant experience

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A background in science
  • Commitment to the mission of APS and to the advancement of psychological science

The Association for Psychological Science is located in downtown Washington DC.  Founded in 1988, the Association has 23,000 members, publishes 4 leading academic journals, advocates for increased public appreciation and support of psychological science, supports teaching and education, and otherwise serves to advance all aspects of the discipline.  Staff operate in a fast-paced collegial environment that requires significant collaboration and creativity.

Salary and benefits are competitive.  Please send your resume and writing samples via email to:

Scott Sleek
News Director
Association for Psychological Science
202-293-9300, x111



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