Production Editor

Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Category: Other
Employment Type: Contract
Job ID: 15817
Date Added: 09/12/2023

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Our client, a non-profit professional society, is looking for an enthusiastic, driven, and detail-oriented production editor to coordinate the digital and print publication of their flagship news magazine about the world of STEM, including coverage of recent advances in research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. This publication is widely considered to be one of the major benefits of our client’s membership. Their weekly magazine reaches several thousand global members and several million readers online.
The production editor is the heart of the news production process, ensuring the smooth flow of content from journalists to readers through both print and online channels. The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail, strong communication and coordination skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with various teams.

This role will be on a HYBRID schedule (3 days/week) out of our client's office in Washington DC. Candidates must be local to the area to be considered.

Compensation: $35-40/hr

  • Ability to commute to client's headquarters in Washington DC 3 days/week
  • A college degree in chemistry or related science is preferred but not required.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a publication setting, preferably in a science-based field
  • Ability to understand science-heavy jargon and language
  • Experience copy editing and proofreading multichannel content in a fast-paced working environment
  • Project management experience: ability to work across multiple functional units and keeping projects on schedule
  • Previous experience using XML or HTML for digital publishing
  • Strong ability to maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and able to prioritize effectively
  • Coordinate production of print and digital articles, projects, and sponsored content with relevant writers, editors, web team, and creative designers
  • Manage the print production schedule and ensure deadlines are met
  • Quality check laid-out PDF pages, circulate live pages, and incorporate necessary changes from editorial stakeholders
  • Ensure the output of complete, error-free stories and metadata for the publication’s digital channels: web, mobile, app, and global edition
  • Publish articles, multimedia content, and other news materials on the magazine’s website
  • Work closely with the online delivery teams to optimize content for digital platforms that is engaging, accessible, and search engine optimized
  • Make minor corrections and updates to published stories as needed
  • Make language edits, proofread, and/or fact-check assigned news stories and editorial content per established editorial standards
  • Read content and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors, applying publication styling as necessary
  • Coordinate creation and production of science-rich schematics and complex, data-filled infographics through production, advising the editorial and production teams throughout the process to produce art that’s informative, accessible, and adaptable to all platforms
  • Support the audience engagement editor in production of newsletters
  • Create, check, and ordinate distribution of digital edition emails with a m