The Managing Editor, PDA Letter directly supervises the day-to-day operations of the publication, and reports to PDA’s Sr. Director of Publishing. The operations overseen by the Managing Editor are: the editorial process and timeline for the PDA Letter (online and print), management of the PDA Letter Editorial Committee, issue development, editing and proofing, publication, and support/contribute to the development and creation of online multimedia content.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Develop the annual editorial direction of the online PDA Letter, in consultation with relevant PDA staff and volunteers.
Manage the PDA Letter Editorial Committee.
Solicit content from PDA members, staff, regulatory officials, and other SMEs for the PDA Letter.
Collaborate in the production of videos, podcasts, and other online multimedia content.
Utilize all relevant social media to promote PDA and the online PDA Letter and to share and develop content.
Develop and conduct readership surveys.
Track website metrics for online PDA Letter.
Write articles for the PDA Letter based on attendance at PDA events, interviews, and independent research.
Manage all editing, proofreading and publication processes for the online PDA Letter.
Adhere to and enforce the PDA Letter’s Style Guide and help update it as necessary.
Develop and maintain a broad network of expert contacts and SMEs both within the PDA membership and independent of PDA.
Assist with the editing of PDA Technical Reports and other PDA publications, as needed.
Performs all other duties as assigned
4-6 years professional experience assisting a Managing Editor of a trade or mainstream newspaper or magazine (print and/or online).
BA in English or Journalism
Competency: To perform the essential functions of this position and the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.
Written communication—the individual must be highly proficient in editing complex written communications for spelling and grammar (copyediting) and for substance (substantive editing), and must be able to process complex information based on conference lectures and written materials in order to draft clearly written, intelligent articles for the PDA Letter.
Quality control—the individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality
Problem solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully and maintains confidentiality;
Oral communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations and demonstrates group presentation skills;
Interpersonal skills—the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others' ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things;
Planning/organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities and uses time efficiently
Adaptability—the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events
Dependability—the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication (both written and oral) skills;
Capable of utilizing social media tools, such as LinkedIn and Twitter, to expand network and promote PDA Letter.
Ability to take direction, and accomplish tasks efficiently, on time and accurately;
Ability to prioritize work and to organize an office environment;
Ability to work independently with minimal guidance as well as within a team;
Ability to apply sound judgment and use discretion when dealing with sensitive information;
Ability to work in a team-oriented environment;
Excellent organizational skills;
Technical skills required/desired:
Skilled/experienced with creating videos for social media like YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, others. (Desired)
Experienced with podcasting. (Desired)
Working knowledge of social media as a tool for developing and promoting content. (Required)
Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Adobe Acrobat and Incopy, and web-based research tools. (Required)
Capable of operating web-based communication tools (e.g., Microsoft Teams), survey (e.g., Survey Monkey) tools, database tools, website content management systems. (Required)
Headline writing. (Required)
Physical Demands:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to sit for long periods in front of a computer.
The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) is the leading global provider of science, technology and regulatory information and education for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical community. Founded in 1946 as a nonprofit organization, PDA is committed to developing scientifically sound, practical technical information and resources to advance science and regulation through the expertise of its nearly 10,000 members worldwide.