AAS Publications Editor in Chief
Full-Time Position- American Astronomical Society
The AAS is conducting a search for the AAS Publications Editor in Chief. We are looking for a dynamic individual to lead our portfolio of publications into the future. This is an AAS Council appointed position with reporting responsibilities to the AAS Publications Board. The AAS Publications Editor in Chief has overall responsibility for the editorial content, quality, visibility, and strategic direction of the AAS publications portfolio.
The AAS publishes the Astrophysical Journal, Astrophysical Journal Letters and Supplement Series and the Astronomical Journal. In 2016, the AAS journals program published 3,970 manuscripts. Our publishing partner is IOP Publishing based in the United Kingdom with offices in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. In addition to the Journals the AAS launched its highlights series, AAS Nova, in 2015. In partnership with IOP, an innovative eBooks series will be launched in 2017. Additional publishing initiatives are being considered.
Currently, the Lead Editor at Large, six Lead Editors, a Statistics Editor, nineteen Scientific Editors, and the Editor of the Astrophysical Journal Letters report to the AAS Publications Editor in Chief. In addition, the Deputy Editor for Astrophysical Journal Letters and three Associate Editors for Astrophysical Journal Letters report to the Editor of the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The AAS Publications Editor in Chief is responsible for providing a vision and intellectual leadership in partnership with the AAS Publication Board for the development and implementation of a long term strategy for all aspects of AAS publishing to ensure the excellence and preeminence of AAS Publications.
The AAS Publications Editor in Chief will be expected to work with the AAS Publishing Director and staff to efficiently manage workflow through editorial review processes; disburse manuscripts; adjudicate disputes that arise during the course of the manuscript review process; maintain and motivate a high standard of performance among editorial staff.
The AAS Publications Editor in Chief will be expected to work with the AAS publishing team to ensure that innovation opportunities are appropriately leveraged for the production and dissemination of published content, as well as enhancing its archival value.
The AAS Publications Editor in Chief will represent and promote the AAS publications at national and international meetings and maintain a strong connection to active research and emerging scientific areas in astronomy.
Our editorial operations are based in Tucson and are managed by the AAS Director of Publishing. The physical location of the Editor in Chief may be in the AAS Editorial Office in Tucson, the AAS Headquarters in Washington, DC, or at any institution that provides an appropriate office environment.
Applicants should submit the following documents.
- A cover letter to include relevant experience and to explain why this job is of interest;
- A current CV;
- A complete list of publications over the past 10 years;
- A vision statement for AAS Publications (no more than 4 pages).
Please submit these documents and arrange to have four letters of reference sent to EICSearch@aas.org. Questions concerning the position may also be sent to this address.
Informal expressions of interest and/or questions for the search committee may be sent to the chair or other members of the committee (see aas.org/posts/opportunity/2017/02/aas-journals-editor-chief-search).
Consideration of applications will begin 15 March 2017.
The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate. The AAS provides medical insurance, disability insurance, vacation leave and sick leave. Retirement benefits are provided to AAS employees after one full year of service.
The American Astronomical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer