Associate Editor

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Job Summary
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Institution Classification/Type: 
American Astronomical Society Sky Publishing
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Our client, American Astronomical Society (AAS) Sky Publishing is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. Their mission is to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the universe. The organization provides a flexible work environment with exceptional benefits.

The organization is seeking an Associate Editor to work on assigning, editing, and compiling Sky & Telescope Magazine. This position and the Sky & Telescope office are located in Cambridge, MA.

If you like to be depended upon to help an organization deliver a core service, this may be the opportunity for you! Here’s what you’ll enjoy doing:

Core Responsibilities:

For each monthly issue, assign/edit or write observing or astronomy-history feature article

Assign/edit monthly or bimonthly observing-related columns and/or departments

Edit weekly observing column for website and write occasional blog posts and press releases on breaking observing news

Co-edit two annual publications: Sky & Telescope’s Observing Calendar and SkyWatch (a single-issue magazine for beginner stargazers)

Second-edit other editors’ articles, negotiate contracts with authors, acquire images/permissions, and handle other standard editorial tasks

Represent S&T at annual NEAF trade show and occasional star parties

Potentially assist with creating and possibly serving as S&T expert on tours

Our ideal candidate possesses:

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in amateur astronomy-related or science journalism required

Undergraduate or graduate degree(s) in astronomy preferred

Deep, committed experience with all aspects of amateur observational astronomy — only serious amateur astronomers need apply

Superior skills in writing/editing, reporting/researching, and fact-checking

Facility interpreting and generating star charts and tables, and familiarity with other observing tools

Aptitude for juggling tasks/priorities, meeting deadlines under steady pressure, and being highly organized and self-motivated

Impeccable attention to detail, plus ability to quickly learn house style and systems

Experience with Microsoft Office or comparable;WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite experience preferred

Experience with amateur astronomy equipment and astrophotography preferred

Enthusiasm, creativity, and collaborative spirit

If this sounds like a job for you, please reach out; we want to hear from you!

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 to $68,000.00 /year


amateur astronomy-related or science journalism: 5 years (Preferred)

WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite: 1 year (Preferred)


Bachelor's (Preferred)


Health insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement plan, Paid time off, Professional development assistance

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous

Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture

Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction


Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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