Position vacant: Scope Editor

Have your finger on the pulse, gain new skills, make a difference to ASC

Location: anywhere in Australia with broadband internet access

Honorarium: $150 (+GST if you are registered) per issue, with the expectation of 11 to 12 issues produced per year.
Scope is the monthly online newsletter of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC), a network of 450 + professional science and technology communicators across Australia and overseas.

The current Co-Editors, Tara Roberson and Jessica Scholle, are resigning after 2 years and 3-4 months in the role*, so ASC is looking for a new Editor (or two co-editors) effective from the February 2018 issue (prepared in advance for sending to members on Wednesday 7th February). Tara and Jess will be available to handover to the new Editor/s to ensure a smooth transition into the role.The role includes the following activities:

  • Sourcing content from ASC branches, members and web editors (usually in the first two weeks of the month)
  • Occasionally interviewing people (members and non-members) for profile pieces
  • Listing recent news items or summarising topical stories to keep members up to date on current science communication issues
  • Editing content for consistency of style and formatting including permalinks, extracts and tagging
  • Working with the executive officer to ensure the member distribution list is current
  • Formatting the month’s material into short ‘teaser’ formats with click-throughs
  • Managing images and checking we have rights to use images in newsletter
  • Circulating (via Mail Chimp) to the membership on the first Wednesday of the month
  • Responding to feedback from members, the National Executive
  • Attending the monthly ASC Communication team meeting and providing input (or driving) Scope planning
  • Liaising with a team of volunteer contributors to gather and create newsletter stories/content
  • Liaising with the webmaster, executive officer, web editors and the national president as needed.

The key selection criteria for this role are:

  • Established interest in science communication
  • Computer and internet literacy, in particular familiarity (or can quickly get familiarity) with WordPress, MailChimp, Dropbox, Word/Pages, PowerPoint, image editing software
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Capacity to commit ~15 hours per month to ASC activities.
  • Applicants must be current financial members of the ASC

Applications are invited by email no later than 5 pm on Friday 15 December 2017 for the attention of Kali Madden (ASC Executive Officer) at: jobs@asc.asn.au

Please include a link to your current LinkedIn profile (and/or a current CV) along with a brief statement about why you think you’d be great for the role.

* Victoria Leitch also spent 2 years and 4 months in the role before handing over to Jess and Tara. Here is what she said about it.

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About Kali Madden

Kali is fascinated by communication in all its forms, especially when it comes to group dynamics and collective efforts to transform worldview. She reckons science communication is one of the primary stomping grounds for important communication activities across the globe. She has worked in research, science and technology roles for the last twenty years and is currently ASC's Executive Officer and national Conference Director.