Managing Editor, Population and Development Review
Population Council - New York, NY

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Job Description:

TITLE: Managing Editor, Population and Development Review

REPORTING TO : Director, Publishing and Creative Services

LOCATION: One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY

SALARY: Depending on qualifications and experience .

ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: Indefinite / Part-time – 18 hours per week

POSITION SUMMARY: The position serves as Managing Editor for Population and Development Review (PDR). PDR is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly that seeks to advance knowledge of the relationships between population and social, economic, and environmental change, and to provide a forum for discussion of related issues of public policy. The Managing Editor ensures the quality of content by overseeing a rigorous peer-review process; coordinating communications between the journal’s editors, editorial board, authors, and reviewers; and tracking deadlines for timely publication. The Managing Editor will work closely with PDR’s editors, production staff in the publishing office, and Council researchers.


1. Manage a rigorous double-blind peer review process with multiple rounds of revisions to ensure the journal fulfills its strategic commitment to advancing knowledge and policy debate on population and development issues.
2. Maintain the review trail in a timely manner. Prepare correspondence throughout the process: Acknowledge submissions, solicit external reviews, and correspond with authors on referee comments and revisions .
3. Undertake preliminary review of manuscripts and send manuscripts to preliminary reviewers.
4. Work with editors to identify referees for manuscripts and send correspondence to solicit reviews.
5. Attend monthly editorial board meetings and organize an agenda for meetings. Compile materials for immediate follow up and correspondence to authors following meetings.
6. Manage the editorial production timeline: Create a production schedule for each issue, follow up on deadlines with editors, and confirm printing and online posting dates with the in-house publishing staff.
7. Facilitate communication by serving as liaison for editors, authors, referees, and publishing staff.
8. Establish, develop, and cultivate relationships with authors.
9. Maintain directories of authors and reviewers and comprehensive lists of submissions. Manage the journal electronic mailbox.
10. Oversee the staff assistant to maintain systems and coordinate correspondence.


1. Bachelor’s degree with good grounding in the social sciences; graduate degree preferred
2. Knowledge of the peer-review process, editorial policies, and publishing ethics
3. Excellent written and oral communications skills with a sense of clear writing, style, organization, and presentation of information
4. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate professionally and work collaboratively with authors, editors, and colleagues
5. Must be able to manage deadlines
6. Must be organized, detail-oriented, and efficient
7. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Acrobat

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at: .

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which s/he is being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

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