Senior Associate Editor

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses - AORN, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Date PostedApril 22, 2019
IndustryMagazines / Publishing
Job StatusFull-time
Salary$60,000 to $65,000

Behind the double doors of an operating room is a spellbinding, complex, high-tech high-intelligence high-energy world most people never get to see. Be there, report on it, write about it and make real difference in the lives of millions of patients as Senior Associate Editor for Outpatient Surgery Magazine. Our Senior Associate Editor helps lead our comprehensive coverage of the rapidly growing field of outpatient surgery. You’ll write hard-hitting, edgy news stories and features about the field and the people in it. You’ll find and interview physicians, health care experts, business leaders and others in the ambulatory surgery field, interviewing them in person and by phone. You’ll write and ghostwrite practical, how-to articles and informative news stories to ensure Outpatient Surgery Magazine is the most widely read magazine in the ambulatory surgery industry. You’ve likely never covered a more fascinating, important, challenging field. This is an experienced, senior level editor role.

Position Summary:

The Senior Associate Editor is responsible for planning and ghostwriting feature articles and departments for Outpatient Surgery Magazine and for writing news stories for Outpatient Surgery’s weekly e-mail newsletter and daily news alerts. The Senior Associate Editor provides exceptional reporting by identifying and seeking out subject matter experts and clinical practitioners in the ambulatory surgery field, interviewing them by phone, and ghostwriting practical, how-to articles and informative news stories to ensure Outpatient Surgery Magazine is the most widely ready magazine in the ambulatory surgery business industry.  This is an experienced, senior level editor role.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans for the drafting of monthly magazine’s feature articles, supplements, news stories and weekly e-mail newsletter and daily news alerts to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Sources and identifies subject matter experts for magazine’s assigned feature article topics and schedules phone interviews to gather information.
  • Using expert reporting skills, ghostwrites practical, compelling “how-to” articles, based on information obtained from interviews with subject matter experts.
  • Adheres to Outpatient Surgery Magazine’s conversational writing style and ensures ghostwritten articles accurately reflect and clearly convey subject matter experts’ thoughts, perspectives, and experiences.
  • Based on Director of Publishing’s editorial review, makes requested edits to articles as needed.
  • Reports on breaking news as needed using the company’s website.
  • Writes other smaller 1- or 2-page departments based on information gathered through interviews with doctors and nurses.
  • Proofreads content.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communication, or related field.
  • 3-5 years experience working for a daily newspaper and/or medical magazine/medical trade publication as a reporter/writer.

PREFERRED Qualifications:

  • Masters in Journalism preferred.
  • Experience working in the healthcare and/or surgical industry.
  • Experience with ghostwriting.
  • Experience with business-to-business writing.
  • Senior level and/or leadership experience.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Quark, and other similar technology/software
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to extract key information and points from interviews; strong note-taking skills
  • Strong reporting and conversational-style writing skills
  • Resourceful with researching and seeking out subject matter experts
  • Tenacity and persistence to call upon subject matter experts and compel them to be interviewed
  • Attention to detail and strong editing skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to quickly build rapport with doctors and nurses who are called upon for interviews
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple competing assignment deadlines at once
  • Strong organization skills
  • Self-directed and able to work independently with little supervision or guidance
  • Ability to demonstrate and hold others accountable for organizational values of:  communication, quality, innovation and collaboration.

Working Conditions:
Non-smoking office environment, using a computer, telephone and other office equipment daily. Ability to work flexible hours as needed at times to accommodate phone interviews with subject matter experts. Some travel may be expected as needed, to attend conferences and to interview subject matter experts.

FLSA:  Exempt

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JD Last Updated:  9/27/2018

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