Call for Applications: Digital Content Editor
Deadline: March 31, 2019
The Psychonomic Society (PS) is now seeking applicants for Digital Content Editor (DCE) for its website, a position on par with the editorship of our journals.
Interested in applying? Here is what the DCE will be responsible for:
- Ensure the scientific content of the website is fresh.
- Contribute substantially to content creation, writing as much as one post (1,000-1,500 words) per week.
- Communicate with Editors and Associate Editors of the PS Journals, as well as journal article authors, to effectively use the website to promote new PS journal articles.
- Work with the society publisher to ensure press releases on articles of broad society interest (one per month) get disseminated to the press.
- Curate and/or contribute to digital events (featuring essay posts by multiple authors on a timely topic).
- Seek out blogs or tweet threads that may be hosted on the Featured Content section of the website. (e.g. Learning Groups or Resources for Research)
- Edit and check website content for accuracy, ensuring it complies with copyright laws.
- Ensure copy is easy to read for the web.
- Use the society Twitter account to tweet about posts created by the DC editorial team.
- Work closely with PS staff on the Featured Content section of the website, including technical aspects.
- Upload content for yourself and your digital content team.
- Provide advice, as needed, to PS staff working with outside vendors on digital content functionality.
- Attend the PS Publications Committee meeting at the Annual Meeting.
- Recruit and supervise up to 10 Digital Content Associate Editors (DAEs)—primarily early career scientists with interests distributed across, and perhaps slightly beyond, the fields covered by the Society—who create and curate content.
- The DCE has ultimate responsibility for the quality of the content on the website.
- Work closely with PS staff to monitor visitor behavior by reviewing website statistics to ensure content is meeting the needs of the society’s members, as well as the field.
- Provide written reports to the Governing Board twice a year and attend the Governing Board meeting at the Annual Meeting each year.
- An ideal DCE will have an engaging and accessible writing style, with an ability to translate scientific and academic writing to a broad audience, and an ability to edit the work of the Associate Editors for broad readability.
- In conjunction with the Executive Director, handle all press inquiries, including press attending the Annual Meeting.
- The DCE is NOT the webmaster and is not responsible for the technical functioning of the website. This is handled by PS staff and our management company.
- The DCE does not have responsibility for membership or abstract submission functions that will be hosted on the website. This is the responsibility of the Executive Director, Secretary, and our management company.
- The DCE must be a current PS Fellow to apply for this position.
Term of Service/Emoluments
The initial term is three years (with an option to renew for one–two more years). The DCE receives $10,000 stipend in two payments. Up to 10 Associate Editors $10,000 (at a stipend of $1000 per year each) is budgeted yearly. The DCE term will start no later than January 1, 2020 and PS requests a two to three month overlap with the outgoing DCE.
The DCE Search Committee consists of Michael Kane (Chair), Marc Brysbaert, Richard Morey, Kathy Rastle, Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, Duane Watson, and Laura Carlson (ex officio).
Expressions of Interest
Applications are now being solicited and will be considered until March 31, 2019. These should consist of a brief message expressing interest in the editorship and their qualifications for the DCE position, a copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae, a URL link to a representative writing sample intended to communicate to a broad audience, and the names and email addresses of three referees who could speak to the applicant’s qualifications. Applications should be via email to Michael Kane, DCE Search Committee chair at email@example.com. [Note that applicants of this early process are not obligated to follow through and accept the editorship.] By late March, the DCE Search Committee will select a short list from among the applicants, invite those applicants to provide additional information (in particular, a statement of their vision), and solicit input from their referees.
If you have any questions, contact Michael Kane, firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 336-256-1022.