Interim Head of Journal Development (Maternity Cover)

Due to staff maternity leave, eLife is looking for an Interim Head of Journal Development for a full-time fixed term contract (8 months). Part-time hours will also be considered.
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Closing date for applications is October 6, 2022.

Overseeing a Journal Development Editor and reporting to eLife’s Head of Publishing, the Head of Journal Development has primary responsibility to plan, manage and ensure the achievement of eLife's journal development strategy and goals.

Experience and attributes

You will be independently motivated, flexible, responsive and willing to take on a variety of tasks. In addition the ideal candidate should have:

  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience
  • Successful track record in the design and implementation of journal development, editorial or publishing strategies, such as planning and running initiatives to drive submissions, establish external partnerships and foster community engagement
  • Excellent communication, relationship-building, project-management and business development skills
  • Confidence to liaise with multiple stakeholders (internally and externally) from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Excellent understanding of the dynamics of STEM publishing and the research community at large
  • Ability to work independently and to motivate others, in particular team members

Specific responsibilities

  • Planning of the journal development team work and priorities, including planning around growth, submissions, outreach, business development, and routine team management
  • Planning and managing the journal development strategy in consultation with eLife's Head of Publishing, the editorial leadership team, and other relevant heads of department, overseeing the execution of journal development initiatives and achievement of associated objectives and targets
  • Developing external partnerships and contributing to business development strategies
  • Researching, identifying and recommending opportunities for journal development
  • Directing and supporting the work of a Journal Development Editor
  • Fostering editorial community involvement in journal development initiatives
  • Collaborating with other internal teams in the design and realisation of eLife's organisational goals

Terms and conditions

The post is an eight month fixed term contract (from early-November 2022 to June 2023), 37.5 hours per week (part-time hours will also be considered), and offers a competitive basic salary in the range of £50,000 - £60,000 (depending on experience) plus benefits. The post holder will be based at our Cambridge office or remotely within the UK. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK to be considered for the vacancy.

Our Offer

We are a well-supported, not-for-profit, mission-driven organisation. We have a deeply open and inclusive culture, and ideas are welcome from across the company, so you’ll get the chance to really make a difference. The size of the team means you’ll be able to get involved in many aspects of marketing, innovation and scholarly publishing.

We also offer:

  • Great opportunities for your personal and professional development
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • 25 days’ holiday, plus bank holidays
  • An open, communicative and inspiring working experience
  • The option of working in an employee designed modern office near the centre of Cambridge
  • Covered cycle parking, shower facilities, informal working or relaxation areas, free fresh fruit, a fancy coffee machine and snacks in the kitchen
  • A sociable and friendly team with interesting social events
  • A flexible approach to working hours and remote working
  • Company pension scheme
  • Death in Service benefit

eLife is serious about diversity and inclusion. We’re building a team whose diversity of perspective and experience, and whose respect for one another, make us stronger. We particularly encourage applications from women and non-binary individuals, disabled candidates and Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as these groups remain underrepresented throughout the technology and publishing industry.

To apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining your enthusiasm for this position and why you are a great person for this role to hr@elifesciences.org. Informal enquiries are very welcome.

The closing date for applications is October 6, 2022 at 5pm BST. Interviews will be arranged remotely via Google Meet or Zoom video-call. Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to prepare short journal development recommendations for two to three eLife initiatives.

Reference ID: HJD/2022-09