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Editor (maternity cover for 12 months)

Job title: Editor (maternity cover for 12 months)
Job location: New Anstey House, Gate Way Drive, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7XY
Department: Communications
Responsible to: Communications manager
Grade: Officer 3
Hours of work: 34.5 hours a week within normal officer hours, 8.00am - 6.00pm. The post will require occasional evening and weekend work for which flex time and time off in lieu is usually given
Other benefits: Optional contributory pension plan, 2x salary death in service benefit. 
Salary (2019): £28,040

Purpose of job

Epilepsy Action produces a broad and diverse range of publications and materials. These form a core part of our services to people living with epilepsy and all people with an interest in epilepsy. This position will work with the Communications Manager in the production and delivery of our range of print and digital magazines and journals. The post holder will create quality written content, coordinate and supervise contributing authors and medical advisers, and work as the editor on Epilepsy Today, our membership magazine, EP: Epilepsy Professional, and Paediatric Epilepsy, both for our professional audiences. This is one of four posts in the publications team. The post holder will also advise colleagues on editorial issues, the style guide and other magazine-related matters.

Scope of activities

People living with epilepsy look to Epilepsy Action, as a national charity, to provide quality, accurate and balanced information. As a member-led organisation, Epilepsy Action speaks and acts on behalf of its members in order to achieve the charity’s vision. Our magazines and journals are an essential part of our services and have a direct impact on the charity’s public profile. We have built a leading reputation for the quality and accessibility of our products.

The Communications Department is a key department within the charity. As well as the publications team, it is responsible for PR and media, policy and campaigns, our digital services, and our corporate image and key messages.

Principal duties and responsibilities

These include the following:

1.    1) To provide and source quality written content for Epilepsy Action’s publications, journals and multimedia platforms by:

  • Establishing credible sources of news and other material for publication
  • Researching current, new and potential epilepsy-related stories and writing suitable articles for publication
  • Producing topical content for the three quarterly publications, and current, timely content on at least a weekly basis for the online magazine and news service
  • Attending relevant events as a member of the press to gather epilepsy-related news and information for the magazines
  • Interviewing relevant people and visiting off-site locations, including occasional photography and video work
  • Providing occasional photographs/film/audio as required to illustrate articles and support digital content
  • Commissioning contributions from colleagues, volunteers and relevant professional specialists
  • Working with the communications manager to plan content pipelines for the publications
  • Supervising and advising volunteer writers and contributors to ensure high-quality, relevant content delivered on schedule and to required standards
  • Working with external medical advisors and editors to check credibility and accuracy of work submitted by specialist authors
  • Sub-editing material written by others to conform to Epilepsy Action style, accessibility requirements, editorial policies and available space
  • Effective oversight of the timely production of the three titles and online news service
  • Developing and maintaining sufficient expertise in epilepsy to enable effective editing and writing of articles aimed at health professionals as well as lay audiences
  • Working within the required standards and procedures

2.    To develop and produce Epilepsy Action’s magazines and consumer titles by:

  • Working with the communications manager to establish and maintain the magazine strategies and editorial policies
  • Working with the communications manager to actively encourage and consider reader feedback
  • Working with the communications manager and relevant colleagues to ensure a coordinated approach to membership issues and important epilepsy-related news
  • Working with the communications manager to research opportunities for developing our range of titles and increasing readership
  • Establishing and developing links with relevant professionals to recruit authors, to ensure relevance and currency of specialist articles and to raise the profile of our work
  • Using relevant software to produce print-ready artwork and online/digital versions of the magazines
  • Working with colleagues to ensure the magazines are effectively aimed at Epilepsy Action’s target audiences
  • Assisting the communications manager with establishing distribution lists, potential customers and potential advertisers
  • Planning future content and liaising with advertisers as required to provide deadlines, mechanical data, proofs and other necessary information
  • Working with relevant colleagues to plan content, production schedules, promotional events and generally raise awareness of the magazines and journals
  • Liaising with and supervising the contribution of the medical advisory panel and medical editors for EP: Epilepsy Professional
  • Working with the communications manager to promote Epilepsy Action’s magazines and journals to existing and new readers and, where relevant, the press
  • Ensuring that copies of the magazines are supplied to the required legal depositories

3.    To work with the communications manager to monitor and implement the development and use of the in-house style guide by:

  • Advising on the need to update the style guide
  • Developing ongoing expertise in current best practice to inform future updates of the style guide
  • Advising colleagues and external contributors on the correct usage of language, terms, grammar and so on in line with corporate style
  • Working with colleagues to ensure materials are effectively monitored through the quality assurance process

4.    Other

  • Playing a key role in Epilepsy Action’s overall mission by working in liaison with other departments and ensuring that publications standards are delivered and maintained
  • Act as an ambassador for Epilepsy Action by representing the association at external events as necessary
  • Consistently upholding the standards of the organisation by both word and example
  • Ensure all work meets the Association’s quality standards
  • Ensure all work is accessible and that the charity’s commitment to diversity and equal opportunities is planned into all work in a relevant and effective manner
  • Any other duties reasonably required which may from time to time fall within the scope and responsibility of the post

5.   Epilepsy knowledge and advice and information provision.
Level B (see Policies and Procedures for more detail):

  • Expected to have or gain an in-depth understanding of epilepsy.
  • If approached by anyone requiring specific advice about the condition the post holder should refer any requests for advice without delay to the Epilepsy Action Helpline.
  • If approached by anyone requiring information about the condition, within the scope of their role, the post holder should provide relevant (to the topic) epilepsy information and/or refer to our resources including publications, website, and the helpline team.

6.   Organisational understanding:

  • Expected to have or gain a wide understanding of the association’s services and strategic aims

Person specification

Experience and qualifications


  1. At least 24 months’ experience of writing high quality and engaging original copy, including news to journalism standards, for publication in print and online in a professional capacity
  2. Demonstrable experience of effective sub-editing of other’s copy
  3. Proven experience in writing accessible material for different and diverse audiences, including technical writing for a specialist audience
  4. Proven experience of working with external authors, sub-editing their work and building good relationships with them
  5. Proven experience of effectively planning a publication schedule and creating flatplans


  1. Experience of editorial control in the production of a regular publication
  2. Experience of adhering to an editorial policy

Skills and abilities


  1. A minimum of A level in English and a degree/qualification relevant to journalism or publishing or equivalent proven experience
  2. A proven ability to use InDesign and related software to create page layouts within design templates
  3. Proven ability to take print quality photographs to meet the brief of specific publications
  4. Proven ability to write effectively in different styles for different articles, publications and audiences, communicating complex concepts and terminology in accessible plain English
  5. Proven ability to comply with a style guide


  1. Ability to occasionally use video and audio equipment, or willingness to learn
  2. An understanding of the print and production process

Additional criteria


  1. A demonstrable understanding of and a commitment to equal opportunities including the needs of different social, cultural and disability groups.
  2. Able to work occasional evenings and weekends as required, the job will entail occasional travelling all over the UK and sometimes abroad, and working some unsociable hours

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Event Date: 
Wednesday 3 April 2019 - 13:38

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