Senior Editor

Townsville, Queensland, Australia
$89,182 - $102,410
08 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Senior Editor is responsible for the timely on-line publication of the Rural and Remote Health (RRH) Journal to a very high editorial standard. The RRH Journal is an open access, international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing education, research, policy and clinical practice in the field of rural and remote health, including Indigenous health.

The incumbent will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief, Regional Editors, Production Coordinator and other RRH staff, and key staff at JCU in the journal production including editorial duties, quality assurance, staff development and promotion.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Office of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine provides collaborative leadership with the Colleges and ensures that the Colleges are able to deliver the core business of learning and teaching, research and engagement and contribute effectively to the strategic agenda. The Division office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and also services a proportion of College administrative operations.

The Colleges of the Division include:

• Medicine and Dentistry
• Healthcare Sciences
• Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

College of Medicine and Dentistry

As part of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine the College of Medicine and Dentistry promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, with a focus on the needs of rural, remote and underserved communities, tropical medicine and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Working in a collaborative leadership model with the Office of the Division, the other Colleges and the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, the College of Medicine and Dentistry contributes to advancing the strategic agenda and to strengthening partnerships and engagement.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
College of Medicine & Dentistry

Principal Accountabilities

1. Edit the content of published articles to high peer-reviewed standard.
2. Monitor and influence the RRH editorial processes to ensure they meet gold standard for peer-reviewed journals.
3. Assist the Editor-in-Chief and Regional Editors to assess articles for publication suitability prior to and following review.
4. Manage editorial communication via email and other web-based applications with other staff members, Editor-in-Chief, Regional and Associate Editors, authors, reviewers, associated bodies and responds to general enquiries to facilitate timely publication of articles.
5. Maintain, devise and modify the RRH site standing matter (e.g. Information for Authors, Journal Protocols, About Us, FAQs, Reviewer Guidelines, etc.).
6. Provide editorial support and process management associated with new appointments to Regional Editors and Associate Editors (e.g. devising and managing EOI, collating responses,
appointment formalities and devising orientation and on-going training).
7. Provide effective leadership, management and decision making to the Production Coordinator, Copy Editor and IT Consultant to ensure a culture of high performance, customer service, teamwork and innovation.
8. Actively promote and seek opportunities to publicise the Journal whenever opportunities arise.
9. Supports the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
10. Demonstrates a commitment to the University values.
11. Supports the principles of the TropEco program and engages in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Professional and Technical
Level 8

Generic Accountabilities
There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.
1. The Senior Editor is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
2. The Senior Editor is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
3. The Senior Editor is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the wellbeing of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

1. Degree qualification or progress towards postgraduate qualification in web publishing and extensive equivalent industry experience in copyediting and proofreading or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and/or training.
2. Demonstrated highly developed copyediting and proofreading skills and familiarity with the editorial and production aspects of peer-reviewed academic publishing.
3. Working knowledge and experience in the management of electronic files of all types and familiarity with the publishing applications of social media.
4. Highly developed information and written communication skills including the use of common software applications and file management, and an interest in technical writing and text development.
5. Highly developed oral communication and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability as a strategic thinker, planner and problem-solver; and the ability to relate to a wide range of stakeholders within a diverse international team located in multiple time zones.
6. Demonstrated experience supervising, support and contributing to the professional development of a team.

1. An understanding of health systems and the policy issues relevant to rural and remote health in the international context.
2. Experience editing scientific, technical and/or medical manuscripts.