Job Description

POSITION TITLE:      Director, Journal Operations and Special Projects, Scientific Publishing
REPORTS TO:           Chief Science Officer
STATUS:                    Full-Time Exempt
LOCATION:               Chicago, IL

Grade:  11

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia - by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,700 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.  Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to find out more about who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last eleven years in a row.  

Position Summary:

Director, Journal Operations and Special Projects position's primary responsibility is leadership, operations and growth of  the Alzheimer’s Association suite of journals. Select and manage editors, editorial boards, Publications Committee and relationship with Wiley, Publisher. On behalf of scientific publishing also taking on special projects such as ethics considerations, ensuring compliance to all regulations and best practices for content and management, including volunteer scientists and clinicians. Leading Facts and Figures for the Med Sci team from planning through publishing and working with Public Policy and MarComm teams as well. Manage all Alzheimer’s Association publications and work with PR/Communications to increase earned media through the publications.


  • Lead operations of the 3 Alzheimer’s Association journals, work with Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) to grow the suite of journals and journal related, and educational offerings of the Alzheimer’s Association within 2 years.    
  • Develop and manage the budget for the journals.    
  • Work with Wiley, Publisher, to manage editors and editorial boards aligning with strategies of the Alzheimer’s Association Publications Committee.    
  • Oversee peer review of journals to achieve optimum efficiency and ensure compliance with ICJME regulations and other industry standards. Manage implementation and enhancements of the Wiley journal website for tracking and submissions. 
  • Oversee with CSO, policy and procedure 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 journal standards, including text plagiarism and figure manipulation.     
  • Manage and foster relationships with the Publications Committee, as well as external stakeholders such as scientists, clinicians, science volunteers and other publishers etc.    
  • Participate and manage the creation of and publishing of Alzheimer’s Association Facts & Figures     
  • Manage all Alzheimer’s Association publications (i.e. F&F) and work with PR/Communications to increase earned media through the publications.    
  • Oversee and coordinate the internal committees related to the journals - including Marketing/ Communication, AAIC Planning, PR, and others. This includes but not limited to planned advertisements, review of possible advertising review, process of publishing for the AAIC abstract and AAIC NN abstract publishing as well as other meetings.       



  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master's degree, MBA preferred
  • 5 years related experience 
  • Ability to facilitate the identification, recruitment and selection of appropriate volunteers to lead publications committees and editors, required to achieve the mission and strategic objectives of the Journals and the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Ability to communicate, build relationships, gain trust and effectively work with and through scientific and clinical volunteers.
  • Ability to train and develop scientific and clinical volunteers.
  • Ability to initiate and complete succession planning for key editorial and committee positions.
  • Ability to communicate strategic direction and provide consultation to science and clinical volunteers and Publications Committee members.
  • Ability to measure and increase engagement and motivation of scientific and clinical volunteers and editors/editorial boards.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision making skills and ability to work well under pressure
  • Experience and willingness to present/convene meetings in a virtual setting/environment
  • Computer proficiency 

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