As the Publications Director for the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), you will direct the entire publication development process for many association documents, including clinical practice statements, position statements, and white papers. You will play dual roles as both project manager and document editor, helping create evidence-based best practice clinical statements in the subspecialty of urogynecology. You will accomplish this by supporting the activities of the physician volunteers serving on the AUGS Publication Committee.
You will create, maintain, and improve upon AUGS editorial parameters, structures, and templates. Along with the creation of new clinical guidance documents, you will help the committees periodically refresh our 20 existing documents. You will also have opportunities to assist with management of the AUGS journal, medical question writing and an online textbook.
While knowledge of the subject matter is not required for consideration, you will be expected to develop fluency on subjects such as urogynecology, research methodology, health economics, and social determinants of health. Through this expertise and your collaboration with AUGS members and committees, you will develop a pipeline of topics to be developed into future clinical guidance documents.
AUGS is the premier nonprofit organization representing professionals dedicated to treating female pelvic floor disorders. Founded in 1979, AUGS represents more than 1,900 members, including practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, nurses and health care professionals, and researchers from many disciplines.
As the leader in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), AUGS promotes the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research, and advocacy. For members and constituents, AUGS is the primary source and home of clinical and scientific information and education in FPMRS.
Responsibilities of the Publications Director
Serve as the staff liaison to the physician volunteers on the Publication Committee, independent writing groups and the Question Writing Committee.
Direct the entire publication development process of clinical guidance documents, position statements, white papers, and other association documents as needed.
Guide and assist physician writers through the steps of forming writing groups; performing literature searches and compiling relevant research; creating initial drafts; conducting committee editorial review and the revision process; and preparing and submitting the finished product for publication.
Maintain, in collaboration with AUGS members and committees, a pipeline of topics to be developed into future clinical practice publications.
Work with our Question Writing Committee to help edit and provide guidance on the development of exam questions. You will receive NBME training to facilitate this process, as well as work with the AUGS Education Team to manage the operations of the committee and work products.
Editing and Writing
Edit and proofread manuscripts at each stage of development for structure, consistency, clarity, grammar, syntax, usage, punctuation, and formatting following AMA style and AUGS in-house style guidelines.
Perform medical literature reviews and assist with fact-checking reference content and formatting reference citation lists for manuscript publication.
Guide the writing group through the development of evidence-based publications following a documented process to include writing group formation, literature searches, editing, managing the review process, and submitting for final publication.
Develop fluency in the subject matter including urogynecology, research methodology, health economics, and social determinants of health.
Qualifications of the Publications Director
Bachelor’s degree in English, social sciences, life sciences, or a related field required. Clinical degree or advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, health statistics, health policy, or a life sciences field preferred.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop positive relationships with physician volunteers and other external constituents.
Outstanding editing/proofreading skills and attention to detail.
Competence in reference managerial software (e.g., EndNote, Zotero) preferred.
Strong command of medical terminology, usage, structure, and style.
Functional understanding of biostatistics, research methodology, study design, and interpretation of study data preferred.
Expertise and self-sufficiency in thoroughly researching unfamiliar medical content.
Familiarity with the therapeutic areas of urology, gynecology, and/or urogynecology preferred.
Experience working in an association, nonprofit organization, university, or government setting preferred.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Attributes of the Publications Director
Nimble. Your flexibility allows you to adjust to changing priorities and operate effectively in a fluid environment. You manage changing priorities with ease and get the job done. You do whatever it takes.
Team player. You thrive in a team environment yet work well independently. You carry your weight in the team, learning from others and contributing in equal measure.
Curious. You have a fearless curiosity about all findings scientific and medical. You ask the right questions and look at the data from different viewpoints.
Project manager. You can juggle multiple tasks, allocate and optimize resources, and manage timelines. You enjoy creating and implementing processes and procedures that uphold rigorous standards.
Comfortable with change. You thrive in an environment that is in constant motion and change. You will enjoy defining this job as you go along.
Accountable. You have everyone’s best interests in mind and you are sincere in your communications. You earn trust by your actions and faithfully keep your promises. You are seen as an “honest broker.”
Autonomous. While we work closely together, the staff is expected to operate autonomously. We trust you to exercise independent judgment and do your job well, but to know when to seek guidance from senior staff.
What’s Attractive to the Right Publications Director Candidate?
AUGS is an outcome-focused work environment. You will know what is expected of you, but the work you do will matter far more than how you did it.
We can offer a flexible schedule, including work-from-home opportunities.
AUGS is a small, team-oriented environment. You will collaborate regularly and no task is too small for anyone on the team. You will understand your role in the big picture of the organization, sharing what needs shared.
You want to take part in a growing, ever-changing organization. You are comfortable with learning new things and will take ownership for any mistakes made along the way.
You like juggling the heads-down, quiet work of editing with the social components of working with volunteer committees.
Clinical guidelines volunteers are respectful, personable, and innovative, eager to work in partnership with AUGS staff.
Competitive benefits package, including: medical, dental and vision insurance, 15 days vacation, 9 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Years, 401k retirement plan with contribution, short term and long term disability, life insurance and more.
To Apply for the Publications Director position:
Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at email@example.com with “AUGS -Publications Director #2019-2464 ASAE” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.
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