Reports to: Director of Information Services/CTSNet Executive Director
Type: Full Time
Job Summary Serve as the primary medical writer and staff editor of materials developed for and published by CTSNet.org, a major website for cardiothoracic surgeons across the globe. Working closely with the CTSNet surgeon editorial team, identify and publicize cardiothoracic surgery news items, seminal journal articles, and critical research via CTSNet.org and CTSNet social media vehicles. Create and facilitate the development of original content for publication on CTSNet.org and on CTSNet social media sites, including articles, videos, podcasts, and webinars. Collaborate with the surgeon editorial team and CTSNet staff members in editing and copy-editing content submissions for publication on CTSNet.org.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities • Identify important news stories and journal articles for potential dissemination via CTSNet.org. • Research and write articles on cardiothoracic surgery topics for publication on CTSNet.org • Interview authors of significant journal articles in order to create related review pieces for dissemination on CTSNet.org. • Track global news items regarding cardiothoracic surgery and post associated content on CTSNet.org and CTSNet social media vehicles. • Shape CTSNet’s social media strategy in collaboration with the surgeon editorial and staff teams. • Post items to CTSNet’s various social media sites in collaboration with the CTSNet Web Content Editor. • Edit, copy-edit, and post CTSNet content submissions in collaboration with the surgeon editorial and staff teams. • Arrange and host webinars, filmed roundtables, and podcasts on compelling topics pertaining to the cardiothoracic surgery specialty. • Develop scripts and/or talking points for CTSNet interviews. • Assist with and consult on ongoing projects to enhance CTSNet’s web infrastructure. • Serve as a staff liaison for certain CTSNet governance bodies. • Help staff the CTSNet exhibit booth at major cardiothoracic surgery events as needed. • Other duties as assigned.
Education Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, life sciences, or related field required.
Experience Minimum of three years’ experience in scientific/clinical writing, preferably for an electronic medical publication. Working knowledge of medical journals and their processes highly desirable. Familiarity with a variety of web technologies, and especially website content management software, strongly preferred. Some facility with webinar, social media, image-editing, and video-editing software a plus.
Essential Skills and Abilities • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Strong interviewing and research abilities • A keen instinct for newsworthy material • Outstanding copy-editing skills, and impeccable attention to detail • Demonstrated excellence in organization, planning, and follow-through • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products • Ability to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously • Proven ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers and volunteer leaders; tact, diplomacy, and good judgment are essential • Positive attitude in the workplace • Flexibility and adaptability to changing daily activities and schedules • Ability to travel, as necessary
Characteristics Energy, creativity, initiative, eagerness to learn, and professionalism required. Candidate must exemplify the STS Core Values of Quality, Innovation, Professionalism, Inclusiveness, and Teamwork.
With a staff of 60+ employees, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is headquartered in Chicago and has another office in downtown Washington, DC. A team of dedicated professionals, the STS staff strives for excellence as they uphold the STS staff core values of respect, teamwork, innovation, quality service, and ownership.
The Society publishes a major peer reviewed journal, The Annals of Thorac...ic Surgery, provides innovative educational programming at its centerpiece Annual Meeting and in other forums, and is highly respected for its advocacy efforts in Washington. STS also is considered the national leader among medical societies of all sizes in the field of outcomes databases. Since its inception in 1989, more than 100 publications have come from the STS National Database (in the areas of Adult Cardiac, General Thoracic and Congenital Heart Surgery). These studies have been published in a variety of professional journals and textbooks. The Adult Cardiac Surgery Database component of the STS National Database has recently served as the basis for a federally funded national comparative effectiveness study, as well as for research in targeted areas of cardiac surgery.