Editor, Journal of Hospital Medicine

Job ID 2020-2291

Editorial Parsippany, New Jersey


Frontline Medical Communications, Inc., a division of Medscape, is one of the healthcare industry's largest medical communications companies and a leader in digital, print, and live events. The Company leads in HCP-level targeting and is ranked 1st in combined web and print engagements. With MDedge™, our state-of-the-art integrated web portal, and audited email database, FMC meets the marketing challenges of our clients with superior reach, optimal sponsorship opportunities, and flexible advertising programs. FMC delivers award-winning, indexed, clinical reviews; practice and policy information; and medical news daily from on-site reporting at major medical meetings, many in collaboration with notable societies, medical associations, and opinion leaders. FMC produces live events, digital click-for-credit, and CME in affiliation with Global Academy for Medical Education, LLC and Hemedicus. WebMD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, medical condition, disability, veterans status, or any other basis protected by law.


Editor takes primary responsibility for editorial direction of JHM—print, digital, projects. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to create educational content for clinical readers, delivered on time and within budget. Represents and advocates for the readers and the publication. Key attributes are grasp of readers’ educational needs, and creativity in strategizing to cultivate new initiatives and improve product offerings.


Reporting Relationship: Reports to Editorial Director of Journals



  • Content creation: Collaborates with EIC to plan, prepare, and produce materials for publication (print and digital content, programs, sponsored supplements, live events, web activities, etc.). Conducts annual strategic planning meetings with editorial advisory board and staff, develops action steps for achieving goals, and monitors progress. Relies on readership studies, digital metrics, and posttests to improve on key performance indicators. Develops cooperative agreements/partnerships with related organizations to garner content.
  • Society relationship: Works with the Society of Hospital Medicine who partners with JHM to produce and manage content. Includes participation in regular meetings with the society as well as other generation of reports they request (as needed).
  • Digital: Ensures journal is active in company-wide digital initiatives, articulating editorial perspectives; strategizes to increase digital engagement across all platforms; participates in digital content creation and distribution on all digital platforms; monitors metrics to ensure continued growth of traffic and audience engagement and identify problems.
  • Quality control: Evaluates content proposals to assess for value to readers. Delegates and/or performs all phases of edit to ensure accuracy, clarity, and readability, and adherence to established content standards and styles; signs-off on all finals.
  • Schedule and budget: Establishes a timeline for every project; assigns tasks to ensure that multiple content development and production deadlines are met. Forecasts annual budget (editorial costs and T&E); approves expenditures; ensures payment of vendors and freelancers.
  • Technical competence: Proficient in MS Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat & InCopy/InDesign, e-mail communications, and Internet use on mobile, desktop, tablet. Mastery of proprietary content management systems for production purposes. Database maintenance (for example, Editorial Manager, Scholar One) a plus.
  • Other: Participates in hiring, training, and supervision editorial staff; works with team to develop promotional materials and ensure all promotion is appropriate; collaborates with Art, Digital, Editorial Director and Sales Director when planning major changes to editorial direction, content, and design; monitors competing publications (print and digital) to assess strengths and weaknesses



  • Education: Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, or a related field, or equivalent years of experience.
  • Experience: 5-8 years in medical publishing/medical communications/health care communications, including work in a senior editorial position with supervisory responsibilities.
  • Skills: Medical/scientific editing, copyediting, proofreading and application of AMA style; web-savvy/digital acumen; effective communicator; efficient researcher; familiar with copyright law; organization, planning, and time-management to meet tight deadlines; computer proficiency; facility with Adobe InCopy preferred
  • Abilities: Team leader; works quickly and accurately; adaptable to changing business, budget, schedule priorities including overtime work when necessary; able to attract and work with good writers & editors, board members; mentors; learns new skills quickly. Persuasive, attentive listener. Self-reliant but knows when to escalate concerns. 

Specialized knowledge: Sound grasp of scientific/medical thinking and of clinician readers’ needs; working knowledge of math and statistics required to evaluate and edit research studies. Professional communication with clinicians, specialists; relies on in-depth experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.