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Program Manager, Publications



Title: Program Manager, Publications
Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Washington, DC

What we do and offer our team

AGU is home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries. As the Program Manager, Publications, you will be part of a dynamic association of Earth and space scientists who advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impact of science to society. AGU offers our employees exciting opportunities through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange knowledge.
AGU’s Workplace Values
We believe in accountability and ownership of work, by taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.

We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.

Our teams believe that with teamwork together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.

What the Program Manager, Publications does

The Program Manager position is key in assisting AGU to accomplish its mission to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity by being operational in focus. The purpose of this position is to manage one or more of AGU’s peer reviewed scientific journals, including managing the peer review process and working with Wiley production editors to ensure published journal content meets strict quality standards. The Program Manager works closely with journal editorial boards to develop and support the strategic plan for the journal(s). The Program Manager is also expected to oversee department projects and internal procedural improvement initiatives. This position supervises at least one Program Specialist.

* Manages work in GEMS to ensure that submitted manuscripts are processed in accordance with journal expectations in terms of scope, timeliness, ethical standards, and quality while maintaining strong, positive relationships with the editors, authors, and reviewers. Monitors the peer review process for assigned journals and reports and problem solves irregularities in operations. Provides support during peak work and holiday times, potentially managing other journals during these times.
* Manages and trains Program Specialists (PS). Directs and monitors work of PSs and ensures compliance with department policies and procedures. Provides ongoing performance feedback through one-on-one meetings. Conducts and participates in team or departmental meetings.
* Provides support to editors related to peer review, publication, and development of the journal(s). This includes GEMS assistance, advice on procedures and policy, troubleshooting production and publication related issues, coordinating editorial board calls, etc.
* In collaboration with his/her manager, the Program Manager problem solves complex editorial issues and/or identifies opportunities to improve efficiencies and customer experience and develops and executes project plans.
* Oversees production-related activities, such as cover image selection, Wiley Online Library carousel image selection, special collection administration, and social media efforts, and works with Wiley production editors in seeing these to completion.
* Contributes to policy implementation and updates.
* Other duties as assigned.

What the Program Manager, Publications brings to the team

* 5+ years with BS/BA; or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
* Ability to project a professional demeanor while interacting with people having diverse backgrounds and professional levels.
* Demonstrated initiative and sound judgment, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Solid editing skills.
* Ability to mentor and develop skills of direct report(s).
* Ability to work within the scientific community and communicate science to a non-scientific community.
* Ability to communicate easily and effectively with coworkers, scientists, researchers, and donors.
* Demonstrated ability to build and work with multiple teams.
* Ability to multitask, effectively prioritize and work well under pressure to meet sensitive project deadlines.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as Adobe products.
* Demonstrated strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
* Proficiency with content management systems and manuscript submission and peer review software programs preferred.
* Ability to present information concisely and effectively.
* Ability to demonstrate accuracy and quality of work in a fast-paced work environment.
* Must be capable of exercising highest level of discretion on both internal and external confidential matters.
* Experience with change management and/or open data requirements are a plus.

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package.

AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

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