The Association of Health Care Journalists, the world’s premier professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of health journalism and advocating for health journalists, is seeking a Managing Editor to build on the organization’s strong foundation of training and educational programs. The association and its educational arm, the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, are based at the world-renowned Missouri School of Journalism.
The Managing Editor reports to the Director of Education and Content and will have a role in creating and/or editing printed, digital and other visual materials for AHCJ’s educational and training programs. These programs include annual conferences, specialty workshops, fellowship programs and other programmatic content. In covering these events, the Managing Editor will recruit and assign coverage by volunteer journalists, including the gathering and curation of photo and video content.
The Managing Editor will directly supervise AHCJ’s Web Developer and will manage workflows and provide editorial supervision for all content on healthjournalism.org, association newsletters and with other affiliated websites and programs. In addition, this position will supervise, coordinate submissions and edit the work of our AHCJ core topic leaders, who provide the bulk of content on the Association’s website. The Managing Editor will also assist in the hiring of these and other data and web contractors.
The Managing Editor will have significant journalism experience in a newsroom as reporter or editor and have a strong understanding of journalism’s core values and ethics. The ideal candidate will have proven success in collaborating with diverse stakeholders, creating content founded in sound journalistic principles and have experience as a manager or supervisor of staff or freelance writers. Periodic travel is expected for annual conferences.
Although AHCJ is an independent nonprofit organization, it is hosted by and plays an active role in the life of the School of Journalism, including employing undergraduates and graduate research assistants, offering training events and providing student fellowships to conferences. The Managing Editor will be comfortable working with, supervising and coaching journalism students, whether remotely or in person.
This position can be based remotely or in Columbia, Mo. If based remotely, there will be periodic travel to AHCJ’s offices in Columbia for training and meetings.
Applications must include a professional resume, links to recent journalistic work by the candidate, references in the field and a cover letter that addresses the candidate’s qualifications for the role and desire to contribute to AHCJ’s mission. Applicants also must provide a one-page diversity statement that specifically addresses how you would engage with a diverse student population with regards to mentoring and advising.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
- A degree in journalism;
- 5 years of professional journalism experience as reporter or editor, with experience covering health and health care topics;
- 2 years of experience editing and proofreading on a deadline in an environment that uses AP Style;
- 2 years of management/senior leadership experience, including supervising staff or freelance writers;
- Experience directing staff, including setting priorities, writing performance reviews for others and coaching them toward goals;
- Technical skills and experience with WordPress or similar content management system;
- Experience in flexible, collaborative roles and relationship-building with diverse stakeholders;
- Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills;
- Comfortable in virtual and in-person training spaces;
- Can switch from one project to another easily;
- A strong interest in health care and in learning new things;
- Past involvement or membership in professional association or similar nonprofit;
The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With about 1,500 members across the United States and around the globe, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism provide training, resources and numerous benefits, as well as a professional home for journalists. Its offices are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Founded in 1908, the Missouri School of Journalism is the world’s oldest and leading journalism program and has been widely recognized for excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate education and scholarship. The school offers academic education and practical training to more than 2,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students. The School has a close and productive relationship with other academic units on campus, the media industry and the local community. It operates award-winning, community-based, multiplatform news outlets and produces comprehensive research-based advertising and public relations campaigns for real clients. The School also houses headquarters of prominent professional organizations, including the News Leaders Association (formerly ASNE), Investigative Reporters and Editors, Pictures of the Year International, and the Association of Health Care Journalists, among others.
Columbia, Mo. is known as an ideal college town combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. It consistently ranks among the top small cities to live in the nation. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, MU is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System. Home to nationally acclaimed public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.