Full Time - C-Suite Level (CTO, CDO, CFO, CEO, COO, President, Executive Director, Publisher)
4 Year Degree
Spectrum is seeking an editor-in-chief to lead its award-winning news team.
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced science journalist to make a big impact on a fascinating field.
Spectrum produces stories that inform, challenge and inspire our audience of scientists. The stories include breaking and conference news, articles based on peer-reviewed papers, op-eds by both scientists and autistic people, award-winning deep dives, data viz and interactives, podcasts and videos.
The editor-in-chief oversees all of these, and so must have a firm grasp of biology, an ability to attend to both the big picture and the details that matter, and impeccable communication skills.
Spectrum is funded by the Simons Foundation, but the team functions with full editorial independence.
The editor-in-chief works with the news team, with guidance from a volunteer advisory board, to set the overarching strategy and vision.
Working with the deputy editor, the EIC translates this vision into the day-to-day practices and policies of the magazine.
While the deputy editor oversees the daily operations of the news team, the EIC is responsible for long-term planning, and for setting the overall tone and direction. The EIC also represents the magazine in the science and journalism communities.
The EIC is ultimately responsible for the magazine’s quality and for soliciting feedback from both the advisory board and from the readership.
Other responsibilities include overall management of the team, community building and strategic partnerships with syndication partners and autism organizations.
8–10 years of experience in science journalism
Deep understanding of biology
Strong leadership skills
Ability to make decisions based on sound judgment
Effective interpersonal and communication skills
Excellent attention to detail
Comfortable with public speaking
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
THE SIMONS FOUNDATION'S DIVERSITY COMMITMENT
Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.
Internal Number: R0000655
About Spectrum Magazine
The Simons Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 in New York City by Jim and Marilyn Simons. With an annual grants and programs budget of $300 million, the foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.
The foundation pursues its mission through its grant-making division, comprising programs in Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Education & Outreach and autism research, and through its internal research division, the Flatiron Institute.
The Mathematics & Physical Sciences program supports work in mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics. The Life Sciences program works to advance basic research in life sciences, with, among other efforts, large grant programs in ocean ecology and in the origins of life.
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a campaign that aims to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance. SFARI also supports the editorially independent autism research news site Spectrum.
In 2016, the foundation launched the Flatiron Institute (FI), a multi...disciplinary institute whose mission is to advance scientific research through computational methods, including data analysis, modeling and simulation. The FI hosts scientists and collaborating expert programmers who work to create, deploy and support new state-of-the-art computational methods.
Outreach & Education supports and promotes scientific literacy in society generally. Specifically, the program supports the nonprofit Math for America and the independent science news site, Quanta Magazine. This program’s Science Sandbox initiative seeks to unlock scientific thinking in all people, so that science becomes a more integral part of culture.