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Editor and Publication Manager - NCIRS

Sydney, NSW

Temporary Full Time (up to 30/06/2018)


Executive and Management

Purpose of Position

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS) is the leading body in Australia working in research to support evidence-based policy development for and evaluation of the National Immunisation Program and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, vaccine coverage and vaccine safety. This work is funded through agreements with the Australian and the New South Wales governments. NCIRS also conducts epidemiologic and clinical research funded by diverse sources. NCIRS staff includes persons with expertise in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, paediatrics, internal medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology and quantitative and qualitative survey methods.  The Centre is based within the Division of Research of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Westmead Campus, NSW, Australia, but has an all-age research remit and is affiliated with the Discipline of Paediatrics and Adolescent Health, the School of Public Health and the Marie Bashir Institute of the University of Sydney.NCIRS provides scientific technical support for the development of national immunisation policy in Australia, primarily by supporting the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and its working parties. NCIRS also plays a key role in the development of clinical practice guidelines on the use of vaccines in Australia through supporting the production of the Australian Immunisation Handbook. The work of NCIRS in research and surveillance informs vaccine policy, and the implementation and evaluation of programs. NCIRS directly interacts with and contributes to other peak bodies such as the National Immunisation Committee (NIC) and the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA).The Editor and Publication Manager will be primarily responsible for overseeing and coordinating the writing and editing of The Australian Immunisation Handbook Australian Immunisation Handbook is the flagship clinical guideline of the National Immunisation Program, and contains clinical guidance on the use of all vaccines available for use in Australia. It is published by the Australian Government Department of Health and endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Under our contract with the Australian Government Department of Health, the NCIRS develops and updates the content of the Handbook.The Editor and Publication Manager is a member of the Handbook Team which includes the Research Fellow – Handbook and the Research Officer – Handbook.The Editor and Publication Manager in coordination with the Research Fellow  will liaise with technical editors, technical writers, copy editor, members of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), and Australian Government Department of Health staff. They will be responsible for evaluating the potential use of a new agile authoring platform and manage all content for delivery, to publication level standard, to the Australian Government Department of Health. The Editor and Publication Manager will also assist in writing standardised content areas and referencing.The Editor and Publication Manager will also have a role in development and ‘cataloguing’ of other published materials for the NCIRS, as required.

Selection Criteria

1. Relevant tertiary qualification - Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English or medical related field with experience in the life sciences.

2. Demonstrated editorial experience (structural editing and copy editing) and meticulous attention to detail.

3. Excellent organisational skills including planning and project management.

4. Excellent interpersonal communications skills, both written and verbal and ability to work individually or within a team.

5. Familiarity with Australian Standards for Editing Practice, and experience in use of style guides.

6. Excellent computer skills (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and reference management software (e.g. EndNote).

7. Understanding and/or experience in digital publishing processes.

8. Experience with or understanding of agile authoring and collaborative content management systems.