Associate Editor

Jun 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Associate Editor

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The School of Medicine's Office of Communication & Public Affairs is seeking an associate editor who will assist in the production of Stanford Medicine magazine, an award-winning quarterly publication. Candidates for this position should have a strong history of success as an editor and writer in a news setting (newspapers, magazines, public information offices, etc.). This is a full-time position with excellent benefits.

This position involves working on all aspects of the magazine's production, under the supervision of the magazine editor. This includes coming up with ideas for individual stories as well as theme packages. The subject matter ranges from biomedical research to the practice of medicine to health policy. The position also involves working directly with staff writers as well as freelancers as an editor to shape their stories and to go beyond standard approaches to storytelling, for example, using literary nonfiction techniques and infographics. As a member of the editorial team, the associate editor will assist in headline writing, copy fitting and proofreading. The position also involves working with the magazine's art directors on page layout, photograph and illustration research, and on the selection of artists and photographers. Other work includes assisting in creating content for social media platforms associated with the magazine and assisting in producing and updating the digital edition of the magazine using a content management system.

In addition to the magazine, the associate editor will also provide editing assistance for other materials produced by the office, such as news releases and the in-house newspaper. As a member of the office, the associate editor will also cover a beat, contributing news releases, newspaper stories and magazine stories as warranted.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

About Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, was founded in 1858 with a mission to be the premier research-intensive medical school that improves health through leadership, diversity and a collaborative approach to discovery and innovation in research, education and patient care.

With more than 1,900 faculty, each providing a unique mix of research, education and patient care effort, organized in 28 academic departments and 9 interdisciplinary institutes and centers, supported by more than 3,500 staff, educating 3,000 students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents/fellows and trainees and collectively generating about $2.3B in revenues, the School of Medicine is Stanford's largest school and truly a complex organization.

Holistically, the School of Medicine is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that keeps pace with market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives.

Our ideal candidate has proven success in conceptualizing, organizing and editing magazine content on complex topics for educated, sophisticated audiences, as well as experience in working with writers to elevate the quality of each piece and go beyond standard storytelling techniques. Candidate should also have proven success in:
  • News writing for publication in print, web and other platforms, including writing news releases, magazine pieces, feature stories and blog items.
  • Project-management and organization to ensure that deadlines and budgets are met.
  • Interpersonal and oral communication, and ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.
  • Use of Microsoft Office Suite, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe AEM and related software.
  • Understanding Web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles, terminology, procedures, and best practices of communications, public relations, and editorial content.
  • Extensive experience in planning and implementing complex publications/editorial projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and coordinate materials from multiple resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to edit complex stories for both style and substance.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and thorough command of editorial and proofreading skills.
  • Experience producing highly effective work within the deadline and cost constraints of clients.
  • Extensive experience and understanding of job-required software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences.
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork; lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Occasional work on evenings and weekends.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Job: Communications

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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