Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)

Senior Editor for RAPS Books

Key skills: Substantive editing, author management, content management
Experience: 8-10 years of editorial experience
Reporting to: Publications Manager
Details: Combination of office and home-based work; or, fully remote outside of the DC area
Start Date: November 2022

The Role

Help support the professionals who bring lifesaving medications and medical devices to market! RAPS (the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society) is seeking a senior editor to shepherd subject matter experts and shape the content they create for books and related products.

In this role, you will:

  • Serve as lead editor on all books published by RAPS.
  • Organize, supervise and participate in the development and management of all content submitted for RAPS books.
  • Evaluate manuscripts; supervise the submission process and tracking system.
  • Substantively edit manuscripts for factual accuracy, form, grammar/punctuation, adherence to proscribed style and general readability.
  • Work with a volunteer Editorial Advisory Committee (EAC) on the development of the annual production calendar.
  • Research and develop new books and resources on topics of interest to the regulatory community, including both RAPS-published and co-published books.
  • Liaison with marketing team to ensure they are adequately backgrounded to develop compelling tactics to foster book sales.
  • Liaison with external organizations for potential co-promotion of books and other publications.
  • Work with graphic designers on book layout and design.
  • Work with editorial freelancers on quality control.
  • Oversee all book contracts and author agreements.
  • Support other editorial and communications activities of the organization, as appropriate.

About you

We are looking for a team member with excellent editorial and author management skills, an inquisitive mindset and the desire for professional growth. You are a multitasker but pay keen attention to detail and like to work on a variety of projects – large and small – at the same time. This position will suit someone who wants to better understand the healthcare system and the products that treat patients and improve health.

Key Requirements are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, or a related field; or commensurate experience.
  • Eight to 10 years of editorial experience, with a preference for book publishing experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills.
  • Highly skilled in time management, author management and organization.
  • Ability to multitask, meeting or exceeding deadlines on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Thorough understanding of the print and electronic publication production processes.
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of several professional editorial style manuals
  • Familiarity with medical/scientific topics a plus
  • Familiarity with InDesign or other layout production software a plus

About RAPS

RAPS is the largest global organization of and for those involved with the regulation of healthcare and related products, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biologics and nutritional products. Founded in 1976, RAPS helped establish the regulatory profession and continues to actively support the professional and lead the profession as a neutral, not-for-profit, non-lobbying organization. RAPS offers education and training, professional standards, publications, research, knowledge sharing, networking, career development opportunities and other valuable resources, including Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC), the only post-academic professional credential to recognize regulatory excellence. RAPS is headquartered in suburban Washington, DC, with chapters and affiliates worldwide.

As an employer, RAPS encourages dedication to quality and member service. We support innovation and creativity, respect and high ethical standards. We value learning and professional development and strive to maintain a safe and enjoyable work atmosphere that promotes collegiality.
RAPS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable laws. RAPS complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
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