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Senior Managing Editor/Communications Specialist

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s senior managing editor/communications specialist will be responsible for all facets of developing and disseminating health policy research information through the development and production of the NCMJ, a bimonthly scholarly journal of health policy published by the NCIOM, and to provide research and general staff support. The position is the equivalent of a chief operating officer for a major journal (circulation, 4,000 print and 150,000 electronic; and annual budget, about $400,000); and requires substantial capacity to independently plan, manage and coordinate the timely production and distribution of six NCMJ issues annually. This includes working with in-house and freelance staff, the journal’s editor in chief, and the NCMJ editorial board to develop the editorial calendar, determine content, plan production timelines, oversee individual workflows (writing, editing, layout, printing, etc), enforce deadlines, edit and copyedit all journal content, and proofread the final layout of each issue.


In addition, the senior managing editor/communications specialist will provide communications expertise for the organization as a whole. In this role, the senior managing editor/communications specialist will help develop and implement a communication plan that integrates the work of the NCMJ and NCIOM. The senior managing editor/communications specialist will serve as a communications advisor to all NCIOM projects and will also coordinate the NCIOM’s social media, and assist with maintaining the websites.

Apply Online

The NCIOM is part of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a unit of the University of North Carolina Division of Health Affairs. The full position description and other details can be viewed here. Applications can be submitted online through the UNC posting.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred candidates will have at least 5 years of relevant experience with scientific publishing; and in manuscript editing, journal production, social media tools, and web site design and maintenance.
  • Preferred candidate will have experience in health policy, public policy, or public health, and will be proficient in Adobe CS4, particularly InDesign.
  • Preferred Education: Completion of a Master’s degree in journalism, communications, public health, or social/behavioral sciences is required. However, a person with substantial experience as a managing editor or in an equivalent position whose training is equivalent to Master’s preparation would be considered.