AGU is home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries. As the Program Specialist, Publications, you will be part of a dynamic association of Earth and space scientists who advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impact of science to society. AGU offers our employees exciting opportunities through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange knowledge.
AGU’s Workplace Values
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Our teams believe that with teamwork together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.
What the Program Specialist does
The Program Specialist position is key in assisting AGU to promote discovery in Earth and Space science for the benefit of humanity, by being tactical in focus. The purpose of this position is to coordinate peer review and publication of one or more of AGU’s scientific journals. The Program Specialist serves as the primary point of contact between editors, associate editors, authors, and reviewers throughout the peer review process. The Program Specialist works with publishing partners to advise on article copyediting, production, and publication. The incumbent provides operational and strategy-related input and participates in activities that support department and organizational goals. The Program Specialist reports directly to a Program Manager or Sr. Program Manager.
Monitor and manage the peer review process using the manuscript tracking system.
Respond to stakeholder inquires and request via e-mail and telephone communications in a timely and efficient manner.
Resolve problems related to manuscript processing and communicate resolutions to stakeholders.
Train stakeholders on using the manuscript tracking system.
Advise editors on peer review administration and other journal-related issues.
Work with a team to delegate journal tasks especially during times of high volume.
Advise production editors on journal production issues.
Assist manager with cover image selection, special issue administration, journal issue proofs, and post-publication article corrections.
Assist manager with editorial board administration including editorial board conference calls, new editor and associate editor onboarding, and miscellaneous editorial board initiatives.
Lead and participate in project groups.
Advise on procedural improvements and present ideas that could lead to future projects or role enhancements.
Stay abreast of scholarly publishing trends and advise management on how to apply to department strategy and operations.
Prepare journal reports and discuss results and impact with manager.
Ensure stakeholder adherence to AGU deadlines and standards.
Serve as a positive example of values with a trust-based organization.
Suggest and develop, under the guidance of the Director and/or manager, enhanced content for AGU’s journals, and blogs for E&SS news platform.
Other duties as assigned.
What the Program Specialist brings to the team
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Experience working in a traditional or online Web-based publishing environment is preferred.
Experience with scholarly communication is a plus.
Ability to thoroughly and accurately perform job responsibilities.
Proven ability to manage time to ensure all tasks are completed by deadline.
Ability to exercise sound judgment about when to take action and when to seek guidance.
Demonstrated ability to serve as an effective team player who adds complementary skills and contributes valuable ideas, opinions, and feedback.
Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately, responding in a timely manner; speak and write clearly, concisely and with impact.
Proven ability to communicate with technical and non-technical audiences. Ability to communicate with international stakeholders who may have limited English communications skills.
Interest in professional development and learning and applying new hard and soft skills.
Interest in the scholarly publishing industry and participation in industry events and conferences.
Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated attention to detail.
Excellent computer skills including strong understanding of, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Capability to exercise highest level of discretion on both internal and external confidential matters.
Ability to recognize relevant science news and act promptly.
For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to
The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package.
AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
About American Geophysical Union
Home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries, AGU provides a dynamic forum for Earth and Space scientists to advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impart of science to society. Through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, AGU offers opportunities to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange knowledge.