Editor, NCFR Report: Family Focus

National Council on Family Relations
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The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families, seeks an editor for the Family Focus section of its quarterly member magazine, NCFR Report.

Family Focus provides articles on family research, practice, policy, and education. The purpose of Family Focus is to share information on Family Science in a translational way and to provide implications of the family research to readers. Each Family Focus has a theme, and the editor is responsible for determining three themes for each year in consultation with the director of research and policy education. The theme of each year’s fall issue matches the theme of the NCFR Annual Conference held in November.

This is a part-time contract position to be filled immediately for a period of 24 months with an option to renew for 12-24 months. Application deadline is Aug. 7, 2019. This job is to be performed remotely.

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain the highest possible standards in the content of each issue.
  • Work with the authors, a copy editor, a guest adviser, and production staff.
  • Work with NCFR’s director of research and policy education throughout the editorial process.
  • Meet publication deadlines and page counts.
  • Write calls for proposals.
  • Invite expert authors to write articles.
  • Review manuscripts.
  • Select, edit, and prepare articles for publication.
  • Write an overview for the theme of each issue.
  • Maintain discretion on all confidential information gained through the editor position.
  • Ensure smooth transition to next editor at the completion of their term. 

The editor should recuse themselves from editing an article on which she or he has a potential conflict of interest.

National Council on Family Relations headquarters will provide:

  • An editorial stipend;
  • Placement for the magazine on the NCFR website;
  • Copy editing services;
  • Production and distribution of the magazine to its members; and
  • Management of all other operational aspects of the publication.
  1. Current membership in the National Council on Family Relations and familiarity with NCFR Report.
  2. An advanced degree in Family Science, preferred.
  3. A solid, established record of accomplishment (e.g., academic, research, practice/application, and translating research) in the family field.
  4. Experience with editing and writing, including the Microsoft Word “track changes” function.
  5. The ability to work effectively with staff, faculty advisers, and both new and experienced authors.
  6. Demonstrated project management proficiency, including strong time management skills.
  7. A constructive and positive approach to interactions with others.

Job Overview

Job Type
Part time

(Note: this job can be performed remotely)
NCFR is located at 661 LaSalle Street, Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55114
United States

How to Apply

Application materials include:

1. Letter of application in which the following issues are addressed:

  • How do you assess your qualifications (experiences/knowledge of research, translating research, and providing implications for policy and practice) as the potential editor of NCFR’s Family Focus?
  • Describe what you think the relationship should be between the editor and authors.
  • Describe how you would manage the editorial process including communicating with the author(s) and NCFR staff and time management.

2. Curriculum vitae.

3. Two letters of reference addressing your qualifications.

The Family Focus Editor search committee will review application materials beginning Aug. 7, 2019, until the position is filled. Please send your application materials via email or mail to:

Maddie Hansen
Education and Certification Coordinator

National Council on Family Relations
661 LaSalle St., Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Email: [email protected] 

Application Deadline
Review begins Aug. 7, 2019