Writer III, Science Press Package (Req. #2095)
AAAS - Washington, DC

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) seeks a Writer III to serve as the senior supervising writer on the Science Press Package (SciPak) team within the AAAS Office of Public Programs.

Major duties and responsibilities:
  • Supervises a Senior Communications Officer, a Communications Officer, three Communications Associates and two Writers
  • Writes Science Press Package summaries, requiring a high level of science-writing skill
  • Prepares approximately half of the weekly Science Press Package
  • Translates technical Science content into compelling, accurate, accessible lay summaries for registered reporters each week
  • Oversees the management of strategic partnerships with designated media allies
  • Communicates frequently with journal editors about technical and/or procedural matters
  • Serves as the team’s primary liaison whenever matters require interaction with the Public Programs Director, Science Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor, International Managing Editor, Deputy Editors, CEO, authors, public information officers or reporters; This encompasses management of the journal’s embargo policy, in concert with the OPP Director
  • Handles additional science-related and other writing assignments and special projects as needed
Minimum qualifications:
  • Extensive university or college-level training leading to a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in a science-related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five to ten years of experience as a science writer, reporter or editor handling very technical content, on deadline, to include supervisory experience
  • Highest level of science-writing ability, including a proven track record in translating large amounts of very technical content into compelling, accurate, accessible lay language, on tight deadlines and on a constant rolling (weekly) basis
  • Ability to identify newsworthy material through research, reporting and review
  • Ability to credibly and authoritatively discuss highly scientific or technical topics with Science editors, reporters and others
  • Proven track record as a successful supervisor

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