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 newsmagazine, 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 family research to readers. Each Family Focus issue has a theme, and the editor is responsible for determining three themes per year in consultation with NCFR staff. The theme of each 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. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. This work may 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, and production staff.
  • Work with NCFR staff throughout the production 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 of the theme for each issue.
  • Maintain discretion on all confidential information gained through the editor position.
  • Ensure a smooth transition to the next editor at the completion of their term. 

The editor should recuse themselves from editing an article on which they have a potential conflict of interest.

National Council on Family Relations headquarters will provide:

  • An editorial stipend;
  • Placement for the newsmagazine on the NCFR website;
  • Copy editing services;
  • Production and distribution of the newsmagazine to members; and
  • Management of all other operational aspects of the publication.
  1. Current member of the National Council on Family Relations and familiarity with NCFR Report: Family Focus.
  2. An advanced degree in Family Science and experience as an associate or full professor is preferred. Work as an extension professional can be helpful.
  3. A solid, established record of accomplishment (e.g., academic, research, and practice/application) in the Family Science discipline.
  4. Skilled at translating research into implications.
  5. Experience editing and writing, including the Microsoft Word “track changes” function.
  6. An ability to work effectively with staff, and both new and experienced authors.
  7. Demonstrated project management proficiency, including strong time management skills.
  8. A constructive and positive approach to interactions with others.

Job Overview

Job Type
Part time

(Note: this job can be performed remotely)
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 July 17, 2023, until the position is filled. Please send your application materials via email or mail to:

Jessica Oswald
Education Manager
National Council on Family Relations
661 LaSalle St., Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Email: [email protected] 

Application Deadline
Open until filled