Institute for Engineering in Medicine - Medical School
The Managing Editor primarily directs the editorial process – from initial outlines through multiple drafts to final submissions – of grant proposals and academic papers that pertain to IEM priorities and its strategic mission. The Managing Editor will contribute to IEM’s communications portfolio by writing and editing for general audiences and contributing to discussions about IEM’s overall communications strategy.
Duties and Responsibilities include but are not necessarily limited to:
50% - Grant proposal writing and editing:
Review agency proposal guidelines, Requests for Proposals (contracts), and Broad Agency Announcements and compare agency requirements to proposals submitted for review and endorsement. Notify investigators and departments of errors. Exercise subjective judgment about which errors require correction prior to institutional endorsement. Assist departments in interpretation of guidelines or requirements.
Endorse proposal on behalf of the University (after receiving signature authority)
Submit the proposal using a wide variety of sponsor electronic and manual systems
Respond to questions and issues that arise from sponsor, investigators, or departmental staff prior to award (reduced budgets, budget negotiations with sponsor, questions about adherence to terms, potential terms and conditions imposed by sponsors, etc.)
Review pre-award spending requests to determine if sponsor will permit expenditures prior to execution of an award; advise departments accurately about risks
20% - Project Management:
Plan and monitor project timelines and deliverables.
Prepare project reports and updates
Identify and resolve issues as they arise
Establish rapport with project teams and stakeholders and manage relationships
Gather information and prepare presentations
20% - Manuscript and presentation preparation:
This includes writing, editing, management of editorial calendars, writing instruction/coaching, and researching journal guidelines.
10% - Contributions to IEM communications:
This includes communications strategy, articles, web/social media copy, and promotional literature
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Student loan forgiveness opportunity
Opportunities for growth and promotion
Employee Assistance Program
BA/BS in Communications and/or a STEM field (or equivalent) with at least 4 years of experience as a science writer/editor.
Preparing manuscripts for publication.
Preparing grant proposals for submission.
Writing, editing, and managing scientific communications for a department or research institute.
Communicating complex scientific ideas and procedures to a general audience.
Mastery of MS Word, competence in the rest of the MS Office suite.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
History of successful science publication as a writer, ghostwriter, and/or editor.
Proven ability to manage several tasks/projects simultaneously.
Familiar with guidelines for grant proposals to NSF, NIH, DoD, DoE, and other government, industry, and non-profit organizations.
Proven success in a deadline-driven environment.
Proven success co-operating with several stakeholders to produce complex, well-written, and well-organized scientific documents.
Master’s-level or higher degree.
6 years of experience as a science writer/editor.
Work in an institution of higher learning.
Competence in the Adobe Suite, especially InDesign.
Experience developing and managing editorial meetings and calendars.
Experience managing contributing writers, graphic designers, photographers, etc. for large projects.
Experience teaching writing skills.
Internal Number: 328691
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