The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. Since our founding, we have evolved continuously to meet the changing needs of our world. Our top-ranked programs include over 20 majors in community and rural development, environment and natural resources, food and nutrition, communication, applied economics, agriculture, international programs and life sciences. We aim to leave the world better than we found it, so we seek out those not simply driven to master their discipline, but who are also passionate about doing so to serve the public good. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world. The Cornell CALS experience empowers us to explore the boundaries of knowledge, supported by the leading minds of today and surrounded by the leading minds of tomorrow. The CALS Office of Marketing and Communications provides leadership and expertise in strategic communications and branding to raise the visibility of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its world-renowned scientific discoveries. We tell the stories and show the impact of CALS' life-changing research, education and outreach through a digital-first strategy that leverages campus partnerships and news media to reach key audiences, which include current and prospective students, faculty and staff, alumni and state and federal partners. Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Manager, this position will serve as the editor for the college’s twice-yearly magazine, PeriodiCALS, and have responsibility for the production and distribution of the magazine’s content both in print and digital form to improve the public understanding of CALS’ research, teaching and outreach. The Editor will create some of the most important content for this popular 50,000-circulation magazine, including bylining at least one major feature per issue, writing for the magazine's regular sections, providing centerpiece content for the digital edition and more. The Editor will also lead a comprehensive content and visual redesign of the magazine and develop new digital distribution vehicles for magazine and related content about and to the college’s alumni community. This position will have responsibilities for alumni-related content and story development for use across the college’s portfolio of both print and online publications. Incumbent will write and edit content to ensure it is scientifically accurate, accessible and engaging while reflecting the brand and standards of Cornell University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Incumbent will copyedit, proofread and fact-check materials as needed. They will manage production work flows and help post timely, well-organized content across websites, print publications, social networks and eNewsletters.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of related experience in journalism or communications, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least two years of experience in publishing as a science writer or editor.
  • The successful candidate must be an experienced, talented writer and editor who can work on deadline in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects.
  • Ability to work independently and use sound judgment in decision making, including setting and managing priorities and meeting competing deadlines.
  • Versatility as a writer; must be able to communicate well using various styles and media.
  • Previous experience in publication development and project management.
  • Experience with digital publishing, word processing, photo editing and web publishing software.
  • Flexibility in handling and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Creative problem-solving and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and ability to build positive relationships with a wide variety of individuals and stakeholders within the college and across the university.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an academic environment.
  • Graduate degree in science or science journalism.
  • Experience with audio and video production and editing software as well as graphic design software.
  • Experience publishing a print publication.
  • Experience working in a newsroom and familiarity with AP Style and ability to learn and apply the CALS style guide to appropriate writing.
  • Knowledge of Cornell University as well as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • Experience creating content and publications for higher education alumni audiences and understanding content needs related to alumni affairs and development work.
  • Vendor management experience across editorial, design and production workflow.

All applications must include the following for consideration:


Cover Letter

Three writing samples

Three editing examples

This position does not offer relocation assistance or visa sponsorship.


University Job Title:

Editor III



Pay Rate Type:



Contract College

Contact Name:

Sage Peake

Number of Openings:


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