ASHA Leader Managing Editor

Posting Date: 5/8/2024

Location: Rockville, MD

Cluster/Team: Science & Research / ASHA Leader Team

Coach: Editor in Chief

Salary Range (Non-Negotiable): $98,282 – $109,202

FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt


The purpose of this position is to ensure that The ASHA Leader is produced with high quality and on time, both online and in print. This involves managing the production process, creating content, and working with the Leader team and other ASHA staff/departments to plan its packaging. Key responsibilities include developing processes to support the association’s overall content strategy and distributing that content through various channels. All content is developed in collaboration with other staff and ASHA members.


  1. Manage the production calendar and process for each issue of the print Leader magazine and ensure the timely completion of related tasks.
  2. Plan future print and online content with attention to format, dissemination, and presentation/timing on social media.
  3. Work with authors on online and print article development and manage the article-proposal process; provide substantive editing; write online news articles; and coordinate with staff on photos, videos, illustrations, and infographics.
  4. Work to elevate the Leader’s digital presence and to create a workflow and shared editorial calendar for interdepartmental content coordination. Plan and prepare articles for online publication in the content-management system.
  5. Ensure the copyediting of all copies, including podcast transcripts, and the proofreading of print copy, adhering to Associated Press and Leader style.
  6. Assist with hiring of and contracting with outside vendors, including freelance writers/writers, printers, and companies providing digital products and services, as needed.
  7. Provide continuity of overall ASHA Leader operations and management by supporting and filling in for the editor-in-chief.


Knowledge Typically Acquired Through

  • Minimum of 57 years of experience in feature/news writing for a professional audience and media/publication/editorial management
  • Experience working for a professional membership organization preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, media, or related field. Experience equivalent to MA strongly desired.

Scope and Depth of Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office 365
  • Demonstrated skill in electronic editing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of InCopy (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Experience with content management systems.
  • Experience with Microsoft SharePoint and workflow management software preferred.
  • Experience with Google Analytics (GA4) preferred.
  • Experience with building content in content-management systems preferred.
  • Experience with/understanding of social media platforms (ie, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) preferred.

Scope and Depth of Non-Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks under pressure and to meet continuous and multiple deadlines.
  • Demonstrated excellence in substantive editing of others’ writing, especially editing professional/academic writing for plain language and active voice.
  • Demonstrated acuity in judging editorial priorities, approaches, and political sensitivity.
  • Substantial experience in and understanding of using multiple media channels to communicate messages and distribute content.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including online interviewing skills.
  • Extensive experience and skill in writing for a professional audience
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member.

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