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

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The Public Library of Science (PLOS) has an immediate opening for the new position of Executive Editor for the PLOS suite of peer-reviewed open-access journals, which published more than 34,000 articles in 2013. PLOS seeks an individual 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.

Key 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 the leadership and direction of 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:

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.