Senior Editorial Assistant, Digital Content – Research at American Cancer Society

Sr. Editorial Assistant, Digital Content – Research #1373

Atlanta, GA

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Alternate Posting Locations

Georgia – Atlanta
North Carolina – Raleigh

Position Description

***This is a remote position that can be home-based anywhere in the United States.***


The Sr Editorial Assistant for Research will report to the Senior Editor for Research and work with contacts from the 4 Discovery/Research groups at the American Cancer Society, the Web Marketing/AEM team, the SEO team, and the Strategic Director for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) communications to support a broad portfolio of mission work, with primary responsibility for administrative tasks to maintain and import content for the research section of the American Cancer Society (ACS) public-facing web site, The Sr Editorial Assistant will be responsible for maintaining, importing, and proofreading research content in Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), collecting, and organizing brief research summaries for use across the organization, providing administrative support in the maintenance and creation of research content and staff bios, and other tasks as assigned.


  • Maintains, Imports, and Proofreads Research Content in AEM
  • Updates and maintains research content on via Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) by using the weekly Content Expires Summary Report to redirect and log content to be expired.
  • Keeps abreast of the status for the AEM Redirects spreadsheet to correctly remove expired content, including photos and pdfs, from AEM. Uses Siteimprove to correct misspellings, fix broken links, and improve SEO.
  • Works with the Senior Editor and Discovery Staff to repurpose selected content within the research section of
  • Adds images to AEM, resizing them via a photo-editing program, such as Photoshop or GIMP, naming and filing them in appropriate folders, and adding pertinent metadata. Helps find stock images when needed and coordinates with staff and grantees to get headshots and other images.
  • Proofreads/lightly copyedits content in Word documents, AEM, and online to assure adherence to style guide, improve clarity, and find missing words, misspelled words, extra spaces, missing line breaks, etc. Fact checks names, dates, links, and other facts as required.
  • Imports new research content into AEM, using the established design components, filling in page properties, and performing quality assurance checks. This includes research news articles, ACS research highlights, Discovery team pages, and Research Events.
  • Documents AEM problems and follows up with Web Marketing team through emails and meetings to ensure their correction.
  • Collects and Organizes Brief Research Summaries
  • Follows a schedule to communicate with appointed staff in the Discovery teams to collect and organize brief research summaries for weekly wins, awareness months, and research highlights.
  • Compiles research summaries for monthly awareness calendars in a timely manner, repurposing previously created summaries where possible and using current ACS Facts & Figures publications to pull appropriate and interesting statistics. Submits and logs weekly wins.
  • Maintains, updates, and improves Excel document(s) as a makeshift database of research summaries. Fills in missing data for journal publication dates, URLs, research grantee information, and more.
  • Provides Administrative Support to Maintain and Create Research Content and Staff Bios
  • Follows direction of ACS research staff to update Cancer Facts & Figures pages and links online and to update statistics sections of Research Highlights.
  • Coordinates with newly hired researchers and other team members to develop their bios for, supplying them with templates, suggesting edits, and creating and sharing an AEM mockup for their review.
  • Creates and posts Tweets to promote research content.
  • Finds and saves PDFs of needed journal articles, uses proposalCENTRAL to get grantee information, searches online for stories related to highlighted grantee’s research, and searches on for titles and links of related stories.
  • Communicates with freelance writers and manages contracts and invoices.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with some coursework in biology, premed, health science, genetics, public health, or related subjects
  • At least 3 years of experience using Microsoft Word. At least 2 years of experience working with:
  • A content management system (CMS) application and digital asset creation and management (DAM) and/or publishing (Working with AEM is a plus.)
  • Writing, editing, or proofreading online content (Working with science, medical, health, or lifestyle (diet, exercise, stress-management) content for a lay audience is a plus.)
  • Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Broad understanding of the editorial process, SEO, metadata, and online page layouts.
  • Experience independently managing a project and daily tasks, following a schedule, and getting others to deliver requested items/info on time. Experience problem-solving and escalating issues.
  • Strong understanding of digital folder hierarchy and organization, creating links, and rules of English grammar
  • Knowledge of editing and sizing digital photos, protocols for search engine optimization (SEO), performing effective online searches (Searching on PubMed is a plus.), and HTML
  • Ability to learn how to track and approve changes in Microsoft Word or other word processing software


  • Excellent and effective written and oral communication skills as well as working cooperatively and collegially with department leadership and staff.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and relationships simultaneously, occasionally under time pressures with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to work with others to accomplish goals.
  • Proven record of ability to undertake complex issues and serve as a problem-solver, able to negotiate creative solutions to complex problems.

The compensation range established for this position begins at a minimum of $21 per hour.* Actual starting pay may differ based on non-discriminatory factors including, but not limited to, geographic location, experience, skills, specialty, and education.

The American Cancer Society has adopted a vaccination policy that requires all staff, regardless of position or work location, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where prohibited by state law).

ACS provides staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills. Further details on our benefits can be found on our careers site at: We are a proud equal opportunity employer.