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American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780, is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious scholarly organizations. The Academy is both an honorary society that recognizes and celebrates the excellence of its members and an independent research center, convening leaders from across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to address significant challenges. The Academy is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and looks to its staff members to foster and promote its mission and values.

We have an opening for an Assistant Editor to work in the Office of Publications.

The Academy produces two quarterly publications – Dædalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Bulletin, the magazine of the Academy – as well as project reports, research papers and monographs, data publications, and books.

This position is a hybrid role and will be based at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the Academy, we approach hybrid work with a focus on “purpose over presence,” with a blend of remote and in-person work, depending on the needs of the role and current projects.



  • Editing Academy publications: Dædalus, the Bulletin, project reports, books, data publications, and research papers and monographs
    Page layout of Dædalus using InDesign
    Communicating regularly with authors to lead them through the editing process
    Editing marketing and event materials
    Working with Academy staff and project members to produce their project publications
    Posting Dædalus essays and issues on the Academy’s website
    Some general writing, including articles about Dædalus issues as well as press releases and email newsletters for Dædalus

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
    3 to 4 years of full-time experience in an editorial role
    Demonstrated ability to copyedit and line edit scholarly and journalistic prose
    Ability to self-motivate, work independently and collaboratively, manage one’s own time, and prioritize according to the needs and deadlines of the publications department
    Intensive experience with Microsoft Office and InDesign
    Ability to juggle multiple projects at once without sacrificing attention to detail
    Excellent written communication skills
    Strong critical and analytical thinking skills; ability to comprehend complex multidisciplinary writing
    Experience working in a membership-based, constituent-focused organization and/or in higher education a plus.

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