Executive Editor
The Public Library of Science (PLoS) - San Francisco, CA

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Executive Editor The Public Library of Science (PLOS) has an immediate opening for the new position of Executive Editor for the seven PLOS peer-reviewed open-access journals, publishing an anticipated 35,000 articles in 2013. PLOS seeks an individual who has served as a senior academic researcher and who has significant leadership experience in scientific publishing.

The Executive Editor will have overall responsibility for the editorial direction and vision of the PLOS journals, and serve as a member of the PLOS leadership team, helping to set broader organizational strategy and goals, and delivering on the PLOS mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.

Responsibilities: As a member of the PLOS Executive team, the Executive Editor reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and has overall management responsibility for an experienced group of highly motivated and collaborative Editorial Directors for PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS’ four community journals and their teams.

The successful candidate will be a true science visionary and innovator who will provide leadership in creating scientific communication of the future as well as developing policies and programs around the handling of research data.

The Executive Editor will ensure that the PLOS publishing portfolio is coordinated, high-quality and furthers the goals of PLOS through the following responsibilities:

Leadership
  • Work with PLOS leadership team and Board to help establish overarching strategy and goals for the organization
  • Establish and execute editorial vision and practices
  • Lead Editorial Team
Editorial Oversight
  • Lead journal editorial programs and policies
    • Work with Editorial Directors and Editors-in-Chief to set programmatic and journal-specific policies
  • Oversee editorial program activities
    • Monitor editorial metrics
    • Produce monthly editorial report
    • Troubleshoot editorial issues with teams as they arise
    • Coordinate with other areas of the organization
  • Input into and management of editorial budgets
    • Resource allocation and priorities
    • Setting targets for submissions/publications
    • Managing in-sourced and out-sourced editorial efforts
  • New publishing projects
    • Work with Editorial Directors, EICs and the PLOS staff to identify new opportunities for content development
    • Develop strategic direction for and prioritize new projects
  • Open Access Publishing awareness
    • Keep abreast of market/competitor trends and publishing-related OA initiatives
Internal Relationships
  • Overall management of editorial teams
    • Direct line management of Editorial Directors for PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine and PLOS’ four community journals
    • Ensuring effective management practices/structure within editorial group
  • Communication with staff
    • Chair editorial meetings
    • Keep editorial team informed of publishing activities
    • Coordination and collaboration with Executive Team and Department heads including Publisher
  • Communication with Board members
    • Attend and present at Board meetings
    • Coordinate Board Editorial Advisory Committee
External Relationships
  • Represent the PLOS journals as appropriate to the science, publishing, legislative and field-specific communities
  • Contribute to development of policy positions and recommendations
Location and Travel
  • The position is based in San Francisco, California USA
  • Periodic travel (2-3 times each year) to editorial offices in Cambridge, England UK
  • Periodic travel to meetings/conferences as appropriate
Qualifications and Experience:
  • A successful academic science career (tenured faculty or comparable)
  • A history of progressively responsible editorial experience in STM journal publishing
  • Dedication to open access and transformative science communication
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement creative solutions in journal publishing
  • Experienced manager with a track record of building and developing high performing teams
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Public Library of Science is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Please send resume and salary history to Debbie Fusting at the Kaufman Wills Fusting & Co. via email ( debra.fusting@kwfco.com )

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