London, Greater London
£40,000 per year (minimum) pro rata
Permanent, Part-time, 2 days per week
Job description

The Royal Astronomical Society is a leading Society dedicated to the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and other closely related branches of science. Established in 1820, we have over 4,000 members, consisting of professional astronomers and geophysicists, students, advanced amateur astronomers, as well as historians of astronomy and geophysics. We are based in the historic Burlington House, where we host numerous scientific meetings and events, and also where our extensive library is housed.

We are looking for a part-time Publishing Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced publishing professional, well acquainted with the academic research environment, to strategically develop the successful publishing portfolio. Working with the current Publishing Manager, you will lead the development of our journals in partnership with our key stakeholders, as well as support the RAS’ mission, vision and strategic goals. You will manage a team of eight assistant editors, three editorial boards and the peer review workflow for the Society’s leading research journals, Geophysical Journal International (GJI), Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), and RAS Techniques & Instruments (RASTI).

The ideal candidate will be a leader and manager with excellent influencing and communicating skills, be confident with handling multiple high-priority projects simultaneously, be passionate about building positive working relationships with a range of stakeholders, as well as being organised and methodical, adaptable and open to innovation and change.

You should also have the following:

  • Significant experience within academic research and peer review processes and systems.
  • A collaborative work ethic and ability to engage positively with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Strong experience of influencing and communicating and you are highly detail-orientated.
  • Demonstrable leadership and line management experience.

While not essential, we would welcome your application if you have a PhD in astronomy or geophysics.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

Benefits include:

  • A competitive salary.
  • Group pension scheme.
  • 4 ‘privilege days’ leave, in addition to the 8 public/bank holidays and annual leave allowance (pro rata).
  • Employee Assistance programme.
  • Access to learning and development opportunities.

Please note that this is a UK-based position. Due to the pandemic this is currently a remote-working position, but when it is possible to resume normal working, it will involve working a few days a month in Burlington House, London.

The Immigration Act 2014 requires employers to check documents to establish a person’s eligibility to work in the UK and comply with any restrictions. Under the Act, we are required to check your eligibility before you start work. 

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please call Dr Kim Clube on 020 7 292 3968

Key dates: Application deadline 15th November 2021. Candidates shortlisted for interview (which will be held at the end of November) will be informed by email no later than 24th November. The position will be available from 1st January.



Application Instructions

Applications should include a CV, covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification, and the names of two referees.

Refreshed on: 31 October 2021
Closed date: 15 November 2021
Tags: Management

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