Senior Editorial Manager

The Health Effects Institute is a nonprofit corporation chartered in 1980 as an independent research organization to provide high-quality, impartial, and relevant science on the effects of air pollution on health. An important part of HEI’s communications with its sponsors, the scientific community, policy makers, and a broader public audience occurs through its scientific reports and other publications, disseminated in print and electronically. This position calls for management of the master timeline and production process for these publications, including editing, design, and dissemination. The Senior Editorial Manager hires and supervises the freelance editorial, design, and other consultants. In addition, the position calls for working as part of the digital communications team, reviewing material to be posted on the three websites and other social media. HEI offers an intellectually engaging and collaborative work environment and, although currently operating remotely, is normally located in the heart of Boston’s downtown.

General Duties

  • Oversees, evaluates, and revises as necessary the publications process for all scientific reports to ensure that the appropriate levels of quality and timeliness are accomplished.
  • Hires outside editors, proofreaders, compositors, designers, foreign language translators, and XML translators as needed and manages said personnel, developing and cultivating effective working relationships.
  • Edits documents as necessary.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Science to improve prioritizing, forecasting, and monitoring of the production timeline.
  • For internally written documents, consults as necessary with staff scientists in charge of the project to develop these publications to meet the needs of various audiences depending on the document.
  • Reviews material, as necessary, for the three HEI websites, e-mail blasts, and tweets as part of the digital communications team.
  • Manages HEI’s relationship with the National Library of Medicine, including making sure HEI Research Reports are posted in PubMed and PubMed Central.

Skills and Knowledge Requirements 

  • Excellent expository and technical writing skills; scientific, biomedical, and scholarly editing skills (particularly, familiarity with biological and medical science and terminology); in-depth knowledge of the production and publication process; knowledge of the Counsel of Science Editors and American Medical Association style guides for scientific editing and the Chicago Manual of Style for general editing; experience and/or knowledge of National Library of Medicine procedures and copyright management.
  • Successful completion of editing test.
  • Five to seven years of progressively responsible scholarly scientific editing experience, including project management experience, exposure to all phases of manuscript production, and demonstrated time-management skills.
  • Experience hiring and managing outside editorial and production consultants.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently or within collaborative teams, across multiple projects.
  • Facility in web content management is desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

HEI offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including a retirement savings plan, health insurance coverage, and family-friendly leave policies.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their applications via email (HR@healtheffects.org) and include a cover letter (with salary expectations), 3 samples of editing, and the names of 3 references (who will not be contacted without advance notice to you). Please include “Senior Editorial Manager 2021 Position” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021, with virtual interviews and an editorial test in late February, but the position will be open until a suitable candidate is found.

Please send your materials to:
Human Resources
Health Effects Institute
75 Federal Street, Suite 1400, Boston, MA 02110
HR@healtheffects.org


The Health Effects Institute (HEI), a leading independent, nonprofit research institute, has provided rigorous, impartial, and important science to the national and global public debate on the health effects of air pollution over nearly four decades. In recent years, HEI’s work has expanded beyond air pollution to include potential exposures and health effects associated with oil and natural gas development in the United States. Supported jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and industry (the motor vehicle industry and the oil and gas industry), and by other domestic and international partners, HEI provides science to inform key national and international regulatory decisions and other actions that are directly relevant to improving air quality and health. HEI’s approach is centered on funding high-quality, independent scientific studies that are strategically selected and carefully designed to inform upcoming decisions about air quality policy. HEI funds research at leading institutions throughout the world through competitive selection processes, oversees this research attentively, and publishes its findings broadly, enabling policymakers to apply it in their actions to protect the public health. Periodically, HEI also reviews various bodies of literature to reach overarching conclusions about the state of the science. Information on HEI is available at www.healtheffects.org.


Health Effects Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff.