Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health

Senior Editor

Post Date:Feb 09, 2024Type:Full time
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Location: United States - Massachusetts - Boston Job Reference:
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Job Summary

Harvard Public Health, a magazine of impact journalism for public health , is seeking a creative, motivated, and versatile senior editor to join its team of journalists.

Harvard Public Health is an independent digital editorial voice published by Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. We publish stories and commentary on bold ideas for public health, with a focus on what works, what doesn’t, and why. We also publish a newsletter for a global audience of public health officials, activists, policy makers, researchers, clinicians, and more.

We are looking for an editor with experience editing opinion journalism and commentary and who is comfortable working with a variety of writers and voices. The best candidates will have a network of contributors with provocative and powerful things to say about public health advances. The senior editor will also be expected recruit scientists, policymakers, and others and work with them to shape compelling opinion essays that resonate with the diverse audiences that care about public health. The senior editor will also oversee our weekly newsletter. The ideal candidate will be well-organized, fluent in AP and/or Chicago style, deadline-oriented, collaborative, and ambitious.

The position will likely report to the magazine’s managing editor.

Position Description

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop compelling ideas for opinion pieces and occasional news features, in conjunction with the editor-in-chief and managing editor; identify and recruit writers; build relationships with researchers, officials, policymakers, and others with new ideas about public health from across the breadth of the field.
  • Manage the workflow for opinion pieces and selected features from commissioning through publication, including editing and proofreading pieces, working with the creative team on art ideas, and crafting outstanding headlines both for print and for SEO.
  • Work with the rest of the magazine team on producing and promoting stories across HSPH’s platforms and syndication efforts.
  • Oversee the content of the Harvard Public Health Weekly newsletter and assist with the magazine’s separate LinkedIn newsletter as needed.
  • Become conversant with our WordPress back end, to post and edit stories on harvardpublichealth.org.
  • Stay abreast of major issues in public health and ongoing developments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter. Shortlisted applicants will be required to submit samples of writing or editing. Applications submitted without these materials will not be considered. If you are enclosing stories you have edited, please add a paragraph on top of each that explains your role in shaping the story.


Basic Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
  • 7+ years related work experience required


Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Experience with WordPress or similar content management system
  • Strong news judgment and a background in journalistic editing and/or writing, preferably with experience in opinion or editorial writing or editing in health, policy, or science-oriented topics; proficiency in AP style
  • Curiosity about and experience with interpreting peer-reviewed research, including basic science
  • Manage multiple projects to ensure timely production of content under the pressure of last-minute deadlines and changing priorities
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Experience and aptitude to work both highly collaboratively and independently, as responsibilities requir

The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity


Additional Information

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.


The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines.


Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.


Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School’s mission, objectives, and core values, our Principles of Citizenship, and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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