Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Managing Editor
Job Institution: 
American Chemical Society
Job Description: 

Division and Unit Overview

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top ten science publishers in the world.  The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences. The Division publishes a weekly magazine, and nearly 50 high-quality scholarly journals focused on chemistry and chemistry-related topics. 

The Editorial Development Department is focused on maintaining and improving the editorial performance of existing titles and the development of new products. The unit is responsible for reporting to staff and external editors, and governance committees on performance of the journals, collaborating with external editors to ensure they have the appropriate resources to help their journals perform ably; collaborate with staff and editors to create and implement strategic plans for journals; and for a number of titles, work directly with editors on the day to day management of peer review, author/reviewer outreach, and journal issue management.


Position Summary

The Managing Editor is responsible for the day-to-day management of Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and ensures that the publications are produced on time, on budget, and with appropriate levels of quality. S/he is responsible for assisting the Editors and ACS Publications with refining and implementing the strategic goals for the journals to ensure their continued growth and success and monitoring the strategic progress of the journals against competitors. The Managing Editor will assist in developing publishing strategies and editorial initiatives to lead Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry to flagship positions in their disciplines and in managing the editorial peer-review for the journals. The Managing Editor will also work with the Editors in planning, recruiting, and editing the editorial content commissioned for the publication to accompany its peer-reviewed content. S/he works with ACS staff from Production & Manufacturing, Global Editorial and Author Services, Web Innovation, and Sales & Marketing to implement strategic initiatives for the journal. S/he also represents the journal to the scientific community through laboratory visits and international conferences. The incumbent reports to the Assistant Director, Editorial Development.


Work design: Manages a unit or function that is part of a larger function. Follows established organizational policies. Develops procedures; recommends policies. Decisions involve translating the Division’s goals and objective into unit objectives, defined work assignments and projects; conducting and implementing actions; and short-term planning.


Position Accountabilities

Works with Editors and team of expert Associate Editors to ensure timely, accurate, and consistent delivery of publishable material to ACS Publications staff.


Coordinates efforts in promoting impactful research content in the journal and publicizing newsworthy stories. Works with press offices in highlighting the journals and increasing publicity. Implements and manages social media for the journals.


Assists the Editors with soliciting manuscripts and developing special issues with associated enhanced features. Manages workflows for invited  content and cover art .


Supports the Editors in strategic development, monitors journal and competitor statistics to report on issues and trends, plans and executes Editors and Editorial Advisory Board meetings.  


In partnership with the Editors, identifies new and emerging trends of the field in the literature and at conferences for topics for Reviews, Perspectives, and other journal content. Develops and implements mechanisms for recruiting manuscripts in those areas.


Represents the journal and networks with authors and reviewers at site visits, selected scientific conferences, and exhibits to acquire and maintain a deep understanding of the needs and trends within the communities served by the journals. Maintains contact with authors, reviewers, and outside experts including those in the publishing industry.


Coordinates with other departments (Production & Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, Web Innovation, Global Editorial & Author Services, others) to ensure efficiency, timeliness, and overall high quality of the published product.


Effectively represents the journal in correspondence and collaboration with Editors, authors, reviewers, and ACS staff on topics related to peer-review, ethical issues, and other aspects of the journal.


Assists ACS publication staff with developing and implementing new features, services, and products in the publication portfolio.


Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge

Advanced degree (Ph.D.) in sciences strongly preferred, preferably in an area strongly related to environmental chemistry, toxicology, and environmental engineering. Bachelor Degree and combined 7+ years of relevant training and experience in an academic or industrial chemistry setting required; experience in STM publishing a plus. Excellent written and verbal communication with both technical and nontechnical audiences, decision making, leadership, and analytical skills required. Demonstrated proficiency with basic word processing, spreadsheet, and Web-based and social media tools required. This position is based in the Washington, DC offices of the American Chemical Society. Some travel required.