Leonardo Managing Editor | Leonardo/ISAST

Leonardo Managing Editor

Dates or Deadline: 
31 August 2021 to 17 September 2021
Organized by: 
Remote, Oakland, CA or Tempe, AZ
United States

Position Responsibility:

Oversee regular operations for Leonardo’s publication suite, including our flagship Leonardo Journal and occasional other projects published in partnership with MIT Press, including submissions and peer-review processes. 

Management of Editorial and Publishing Production

  • Work with the Executive Editor, Publications Committee, Editors-in-Chief and Editorial Boards to develop content, prepare and execute editorial plans. Assume day to day editorial production responsibility for Leonardo content published with MIT Press.   

  • Oversee Guest Editors, special issue and special section agreements.

  • Supervise Senior Editor on overall production operations, including:  

    • communication with MIT Press on editorial, scheduling and production matters.

    • maintaining internal scheduling and production responsibility for six journal issues per year, including selection and development of front covers in coordination with Creative Director, and preparation and posting of materials for Just Accepted and online supplementary material

    • publication composition and page review

  •  Lead editorial team: 

    • Manage editorial staff providing oversight and support for Senior Editor, Editorial Fellow and assistants; 

    • As needed, hire and train additional editorial staff, interns, freelance editors and proofreaders. 

    • Supervise overall editorial workflow, performance and internal communications.

    • Oversee manuscript development in collaboration with Senior Editor.

    • In coordination with the Executive Editor, participate in executive decisions on acceptance of peer-reviewed manuscripts in cases where reviewers’ recommendations conflict. Manage appeals process with authors, reviewers, and Publications Committee.

Other Editorial Leonardo Publications

  • Lead support for Publications Committee meetings, bring to the committee all publication developments, potential collaborators, requests for special sections, website content, grant applications, and other publication opportunities.

  • Serve as Editorial Office contact for Leonardo/ISAST editorial projects as undertaken, e.g. Leonardo Book Series, Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA), Leonardo Graduate Abstracts (LABS), Blog, Newsletter, Pub Pub, Leonardo Reviews, etc. Duties vary according to the project; may include project development, administration, consulting, serving as liaison with project managers, reporting, advising on rights and permissions, quality control. Oversee I.P. rights, permissions and copyright issues for Leonardo publications and related content. 

Other Responsibilities 

  • Participate as needed in fundraising, including grant writing and preparation of written materials

  • Oversee internal archiving and filing systems, including digital and analog materials

  • Report to Leonardo/ISAST CEO, coordinating closely with Executive Editor, and Publications Committee Chair

  • Prepare quarterly reports to the board of directors on progress of responsibilities. Prepare status reports for the board and assist with the preparation of board meeting materials in collaboration with other team members. 

  • Occasional travel for conferences, training, networking opportunities

Other Duties: Marketing/Communications, Community Building, Contracts

  • Advise on contracts and agreements with third parties on publication projects as needed in consultation with leadership including President and Board Treasurer/Legal Counsel.

  • Advise/assist with other Leonardo/ISAST writing/editorial work, as needed such as the development of materials for marketing and promotion, outreach, fundraising, web content, grant reporting.

  • Outreach with editorial board, manuscript reviewers, authors, guest editors, editorial project managers and others. Assist in the development, planning, coordination and attendance at outreach events as needed.

  • Stay on top of relevant publishing trends, new and experimental publication formats, platforms and media.


  • Prior experience in either academic editing, opinion editing, writing, or publishing.

  • Background in editing (writing styles/mediums) as well as research, proofreading, and copy-editing.

  • Mastery of written English with knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style.

  • Understanding of publication workflows.

  • Experience managing teams, volunteers and contractors.

  • Knowledge of cloud-based software: e.g.., Dropbox, GSuite, Office 365, ClickUp, etc.

Ideal Candidate will also have:

  • Leadership and foresight into media, content development and publishing.

  • Passion and curiosity at the intersection of art, science and technology.

  • Collaborative and collegial professionalism.

  • Grant Writing or other fundraising experience.

  • Proficiency at content strategy for website, social media, newsletters and correspondence.

  • This role utilizes extensive planning, interpersonal and organizational skills to optimize workflows, ensure consistent standards of excellence, and maintain efficient editorial program management.

About Leonardo/ISAST

Mission: Leonardo fosters transformation at the nexus of art, science and technology, because complex problems require creative solutions. We serve to empower an inclusive global network, a borderless community where all belong in pursuit of a more vibrant, just and regenerative world.

A fearless pioneer since 1968, Leonardo serves as THE community forging a transdisciplinary network to convene, research, collaborate and disseminate best practices at the nexus of arts, science and technology worldwide. Leonardo serves a network of transdisciplinary scholars, artists, scientists, technologists and thinkers who experiment with new, cutting-edge approaches, practices, systems and solutions to tackle the most complex challenges facing humanity today.  

As a not-for-profit 501(c)3 enterprising think tank, Leonardo offers a global platform for creative exploration and collaboration, reaching tens of thousands of people across 135 countries. Our flagship publication, Leonardo, the world’s leading scholarly journal on transdisciplinary art, anchors a robust publishing partnership with MIT Press; our partnership with Arizona State University infuses educational innovation with digital art and media for lifelong learning. Our creative programs span thought-provoking events, exhibits, residencies and fellowships, scholarship and social enterprise ventures.

Company Culture:

As a senior member of the Leonardo/ISAST team, the Managing Editor serves to support fellow staff, volunteers, leadership, and the community. We are all responsible for creating safe, respectful, productive work relationships, culture and environment. We are aligned with Leonardo's vision and values, our Code of Ethics, and our commitment to action for anti-racism, social justice, and human dignity. The Managing Editor role contributes to Leonardo’s positive impact, advancing what it can do to make the world a better place.

We are a small organization with a globally distributed team. We encourage a culture of support, agility, trust and transparency. 

Commitment towards justice, equity, diversity and inclusion:

Leonardo/ISAST is committed to a J.E.D.I. practice. Please refer to our anti-racist editorial policies and code of ethics. We encourage applicants from around the globe to apply including those from underrepresented communities of color, ability and LGTBQI.  

How to Apply:

Please email the following

  • CV/Resume or Linkedin Profile

  • Writing sample (ideally written in Chicago manual style)

  • Cover letter, including when you are available to start, and lived experience  or demonstrable leadership supporting diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Email to jobs@leonardo.info Subject “Last Name, Managing Editor Application)

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


This position is currently remote; it may remain remote or be based potentially in Leonardo offices located in Oakland California, or potentially at or near Arizona State University offices in Tempe, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, or Washington, D.C. 


  • Salary range $60,000 - $75,000 USD per year

  • Flexible work hours and schedule

  • Family-friendly environment

  • Leonardo provides 50% share of a selection of Kaiser Permanente Health Plans

  • 3% matching contribution towards at SEP IRA

  • 10 days paid vacation, 10 days paid sick

  • 8 federal holidays, and office closure December 25 - Jan 1

  • Small budget for additional contractors and creative stipends for equity centered contributors 

Helpful resources:

Leonardo author information
Leonardo Publications

ASU-Leonardo Initiative

MIT Press

Grow With Leonardo