American Heart Association (AHA)

Director (Journal Operations & Special Projects)

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in Chicago, Illinois Overview

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Director of Journal Operations in our Scientific Publishing group.This position will be located in our Waltham, MA office (remote/home based is acceptable) .

In this role, you will be responsible for operations of 8 Scientific journals (Circulation, all Circulation specialty journals, and Journal of the American Heart Association). Additional responsibilities include taking on special projects such as ethics considerations and Atypon Reporting.

In order to be successful in this role, you will need to have a background in p ublishing production and the editorial processes.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Direct, manage, and develop staff of journals to meet department, budgetary, and AHA goals.
  • Manage and direct editors and editorial boards, aligning with strategies of the Scientific Publishing Committee.
  • Oversee, with other Director, Peer Review of AHA journals to achieve optimal efficiency and ensure compliance with ICMJE regulations and other industry standards. Oversee and manage implementation of and enhancements to EJP, the author submission and peer review tracking site.
  • Oversee, with other Director, policy and procedure and development for Scientific Publishing, including but not limited to research misconduct and ethical issues. Develop and facilitate the use of tools for evaluating accepted manuscripts for compliance with journals’ standards, including testing and evaulation of those tools such as Artificial Intelligence-based options.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with the Publisher, AHA Journals Production Manager, and the AHA Marketing Manager for the 7 Circulation journals, as well as JAHA, as needed.
  • Manage and foster relationships with the Scientific Publishing Committee, as well as external stakeholders such as scientists, clinicians, science volunteers, and other society publishers.
  • Set up and oversee Independent contracts for all journals. Independent contractors include, but are not limited to, statisticians, medical writers, and medical illustrators.
  • Collaborate effectively with other OSO departments and AHA departments to meet departmental and organizational goals.
  • Continously strive to establish OSO as a leader within AHA, including but not limited to Heartwalk participation, Employee Giving participation, and Climate Survey participation.
Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science or Publishing/Library or a related field of study.
  • Minimum of 6 years’ knowledge of and experience employing the principles, practices, and techniques of operations for scientific publications.
  • Knowledge of practices and trends associated with new and emerging technology and how it relates to scientific publishing.
  • Knowledge of the peer review and scientific copyediting processes.
  • Advanced knowledge of online publishing.
  • Ability to work with all levels of AHA staff, volunteers, and senior executives from other non-profit and for-profit organizations.
  • Ability to recruit, train, Counsel and supervise individuals.
Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Experience working for a nonprofit.
So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities Location US-MA-Waltham Posted Date 2 days ago (4/6/2021 3:31 PM) Requisition ID 2021-6840 Job Family Group Science and Research Job Category Science & Research Additional Locations Diversity Distribution US - Top 50 Location: Chicago,IL American Health Associasion (AHA) does not indicate an expiration date for Vacancies. Please apply timely not to miss an opportunity.

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