Director of Publishing

Posted 3 weeks ago


The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in Rosemont, IL is the premier global organization representing the interests of orthopaedic surgeons and other professionals who provide comprehensive health services for the care of active people of all ages. We cultivate evidence-based knowledge, provide extensive educational programming, and promote emerging research that advances the science and practice of sports medicine. We engage a community of sports medicine specialists to exchange ideas and best practices for all athletes – from professional teams to health-minded individuals and youth sports. We strive to prevent and reduce sports injuries, accelerate safe return to play, and promote effective clinical care so that people can continue to live healthy and active lifestyles.

AOSSM publishes four scholarly journals: the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine (OJSM) and the Video Journal of Sports Medicine (VJSM).

Founded in 1972, the Society’s nearly 4,000 members are orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals who demonstrate scientific leadership, involvement and dedication in the daily practice of sports medicine.  Located in Rosemont, Illinois, AOSSM is an equity partner in the “Orthopaedic Building” and the Orthopaedic Learning Center with other national medical/surgical specialty societies. The Society is successful, growing and fiscally sound with an annual budget of approximately $9.5 million and has 25 staff supporting its various activities.


AOSSM has an immediate opening for an experienced and market-savvy Director of Publishing, responsible for overseeing the development and operations of the publishing business for the Society.   The chosen candidate will join a dynamic team of nonprofit management leaders dedicated to supporting orthopedic surgeons and professionals through our family of journals and related communication channels.

This position is a hybrid role with two days per week  (Tuesdays and Thursdays) in the Rosemont, IL office.

 Position Responsibilities

This position calls for a hands-on, proactive, energetic, technology- savvy professional with these overarching responsibilities:

  • Champion growth and business development for journals, and associated editorial products, in alignment with the Society’s strategic plan.
  • Oversee the entire publishing enterprise ensuring all publications and related communications are delivered to a high standard, including oversight of the editors-in-chief (independent contractors) of the journals.
  • Lead and collaborate with the publisher, AOSSM Medical Publishing Board, editorial personnel, committees and professional team to ensure continuous improvement including enhanced internal processes and leveraging technology for maximum effectiveness and efficiencies.
  • Lead the growth trajectory and on-time delivery of quality content for AOSSM’s family of medical journals and associated communications, e.g., podcasts, videos, webinars.
  • Direct and execute the publishing business inclusive of, but not limited to, manuscript preparation, the use of a web-based electronic submission system, communication with authors, reviewers, and editors, and overseeing the publisher.
  • Serve as professional team liaison for the AOSSM Medical Publishing Board.
  • Proactively drive product development ideas and network to grow the publishing enterprise.
  • Develop the department’s annual budget and oversee monthly financial activities.
  • Supervise and mentor a team of 5 direct reports, independent contractors and consultants.
  • Serve as lead with the Society’s publishing partners and its current provider, SAGE Publishing.
  • Analyze readership trends and collaborate with key stakeholders to define the content strategy for all publications annually and for the future.
  • Lead outreach activities to/from other health care professionals and their related organizations regarding relationship building and partnerships.
  • Assist in the planning of the overall publishing calendar and new initiatives.
  • Work with all Society department directors to ensure cohesive integration and coordination for maximum support, development and promotion of the AOSSM publishing program.
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned by the CEO.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, publishing, communications or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years’ scholarly publishing/printing experience required. Experience with medical/scientific journals strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in an editorial management role, leading, coaching and developing teams as well as setting policy and interacting with senior leaders.
  • Experience with the peer review of scholarly journals and with the roles of the editorial office and publisher in production of journal issues is required.
  • Experience with web-based peer review and manuscript tracking.
  • Proven publishing and content experience, ideally from a medical journal/sports medicine background, which includes identifying, evaluating and supporting the publishing content.
  • Commercial ability for identifying and driving new business opportunities.
  • Experience of delivering complex print and digital publishing projects both hands on and as the Team Leader.
  • A team-player mindset with the ability to identify issues, communicate with key stakeholders and drive resolution by strong influencing and matrix management skills.
  • A growth mind-set – always looking at opportunities to grow, develop and improve the publishing enterprise.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills required. Familiarity with AMA, AP and Chicago Manual of Style required.
  • Excellent presentation skills, coupled with the ability to synthesize complex systems and situations and present those facts to others in a meaningful way.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that enable the candidate to work with medical professionals and research scientists in monitoring the submission and review of manuscripts.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and concurrent projects.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office software, especially TEAMS, WORD, Zoom, Excel, Power Point and Outlook and the ability to learn other software, as well as other office equipment that is integral to the position.
  • Graphic design knowledge helpful but not necessary.
  • Ability to adapt to varying workflow and meet deadlines.

Key Relationships:                         

  • AOSSM Medical Publishing Board
  • Editors-in-Chief for AOSSM Family of Journals (Independent Contractors)
  • SAGE Publishing
  • Collaborating Organizations
  • Various Consultants/Volunteers, Editors, Writers, Reviewers, Service Providers
  • Society Directors: Operations, Education, Research, Marketing Communications, Information Services, and Corporate Development

Estimated Travel and Other Information:
Subject to change, currently this position includes overnight/out-of-state/possible international travel up to 10 percent annually, including the AOSSM Annual Meeting in July, and potential other travel as required. On occasion, work outside of the normal business day (typically remote) may be required.

AOSSM offers an excellent hybrid work environment including two days per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) in our Rosemont, IL office, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package.  Additionally, AOSSM is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


This search is being conducted by Mary McMahon, Tuft & Associates. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter electronically, using one of these options:

  • Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.
  • Email a cover letter and resume to Mary McMahon,

Job Features

Job CategoryOpen
LocationRosemont, IL