Director of Publishing and Communications/Editor-in-Chief with the Wildlife Society

The Director of Publishing and Communications (PAC)/Editor-in-Chief works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.
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Director of Publishing and Communications, Editor-in-Chief
The Wildlife Society (TWS)
Position Description: The Director of Publishing and Communications (PAC)/Editor-in-Chief works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. The PAC Director manages all aspects of The Wildlife Society’s publishing endeavors, serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s member magazine, and oversees TWS’s publications presence on the web. The Director supervises one full-time and one half-time staff member and works closely with the Executive Director in annual budget development and implementation of TWS’s Strategic Plan.
1. Oversee, assess, and manage publishing relationships with TWS’s scholarly publisher (currently Wiley-Blackwell), book publisher (currently Johns Hopkins University Press), magazine printer (currently Lane Press), layout designer (currently Lynn Riley Design), and ad sales rep (currently Ad Sales Experts).
2. Review publishing contracts and budgets, conduct contract reviews, and develop RFPs for publishing services as necessary.
3. Work with Wiley to develop marketing plans for TWS journals (The Journal of Wildlife Management, the Wildlife Society Bulletin, and Wildlife Monographs) to expand institutional subscriptions, increase submissions and impact factors, raise awareness, and keep up with developments in the publishing industry such as new technologies and publishing models.
4. Develop strategies to increase TWS member subscriptions to TWS journals.
5. Serve as liaison between TWS’s journal editors and Wiley.
6. Ensure a strong presence for all TWS publications on TWS’s website, which will include developing a new online bookstore.
7. Solicit bids for other TWS publications such as Technical Reviews and oversee the production of Reviews.
1. Serve as Editor-in-Chief of TWS’s member magazine, The Wildlife Professional, working closely with the managing editor to develop lineups, solicit articles, assign authors, edit manuscripts, select photographs and graphics, ensure accuracy, and meet press deadlines.
2. Develop and adhere to the magazine’s annual budget.
3. Work closely with the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, adhering to the Rules of Governance.
4. Provide content that meets the needs of the Society’s diverse membership, covering issues relevant to state, federal, and provincial wildlife management and conservation, including science, research, and application in the field.
1. Work with the managing editor to develop relevant online news about wildlife management and conservation and post select articles from The Wildlife Professional open access online.
2. Contribute material to the Society’s monthly e-newsletter, The Wildlifer, informing members about developments within Publishing and Communications.
3. Work with the Society’s Chief Operating Officer, web developer, and other staff to enhance TWS’s website and online presence and its outreach through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and LinkedIn.
4. Develop a means to issue press releases about TWS news, events, and experts to raise awareness about the Society, its mission, and its accomplishments.
1. Develop and oversee the PAC Department’s annual budget, working with the Executive Director.
2. Supervise the managing editor and staff science writer, helping them develop annual goals, evaluating their progress, and providing constructive feedback.
3. Produce monthly reports for the Executive Director summarizing PAC Department accomplishments.
4. Write and present two major PAC Department reports to present to TWS’s Governing Council at the mid-year and annual meetings (usually held in March and October).
Education/Knowledge: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree preferably in fields related to science journalism, with a background in wildlife and communications a strong plus.
Experience: Minimum eight years of experience editing science- and wildlife-related magazine articles, with experience in publishing and online communications a strong plus.
Skills and Abilities: Must demonstrate exceptional reporting, writing, editing, and managing skills. Must show an ability to translate complex science into accessible, engaging magazine articles for a broad audience. Have familiarity with online formatting and social media tools. Be able to prioritize and juggle myriad tasks, handle deadlines, and keep a cool head and collegial manner. Work diplomatically across all levels of an organization with staff, leadership, and members. Think creatively and push for innovations that advance the organization’s mission and goals. Interest in wildlife conservation a strong plus.
How to Apply: Please email letter of interest, resume, references, and salary requirements to Ken Williams, Executive Director (
About The Wildlife Society: Founded in 1937, The Wildlife Society is a non-profit scientific and educational association. Its nearly 10,000 members are professional wildlife biologists and managers dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Our mission is to represent and serve the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, and others who study, manage, and conserve wildlife and habitats worldwide.

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