Part-Time Editor - Betsy Lehman Center

Location: Boston, MA

Department: The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety

Type: Part Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

The Betsy Lehman Center is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts charged with fostering a statewide program of research, data analysis, and information-sharing that engages health care agencies, providers, and consumers in initiatives to enhance patient safety. The Center was re-established under Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation. The Center receives operational support and shares office space with CHIA, the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis.

The Betsy Lehman Center seeks a professional news editor to oversee a new monthly publication and related Web content to support the Center’s communications efforts.

This is a part-time position with an expected start date on or about August 1, 2017; the weekly commitment will be about 12 hours. The successful candidate will have the option to work remotely, but is expected to spend at least a few hours each week attending meetings at the Center’s office in Boston. The contract will be through June 30, 2018 and there will be an option to extend it based on performance and interest.

This position will remain open until filled;  The part time salary range for this position is $50 - $75/hour


  • You will be the key person responsible for driving our monthly e-newsletter Patient Safety Beat, assigning 3-6 articles or features of varying length each month to freelance writers and editing them upon completion. The primary audiences are health care providers and policymakers but the publication’s language, tone, and narrative style are clear and accessible to all.
  • The articles will be closely aligned with the Center’s communications goals of raising awareness about key patient safety risks, sharing best practices, and bringing systems’ thinking to solve patient safety challenges across the care continuum. The publication’s content will speak to health care CEOs and board members as well as frontline providers at a wide variety of health care settings across Massachusetts.
  • You will be able to think strategically about how to use the publication’s articles to further these important goals. You will work closely with the Betsy Lehman Center’s staff as well as other stakeholders invested in improving patient safety and will also have the benefit of input from a small editorial advisory board of experienced health and communications professionals. Together, we want to generate good story ideas and draw attention to patient safety news generated by other state agencies, non-profits, and health care providers in Massachusetts
  • You will report to the Center’s deputy director and have primary responsibility for assigning and editing the content of the monthly publication. You will shape a lively, readable balance of features, news stories, infographics, photos, video, and other relevant content and keep the publication fresh and interesting month by month. You will also be responsible for establishing and keeping to an editorial schedule and performing quality checks before sending the publication out each month.



  • At least five years of experience in assigning and editing news stories, preferably at a health or science publication
  • Demonstrated capability for editorial leadership, good news judgment and strong narrative skills
  • Experience thinking strategically about using editorial resources and outreach to further an organization’s mission
  • Experience cultivating and managing freelance writers
  • Strong organizational skills and respect for deadlines
  • Comfortable in a team environment; able to take, as well as give, direction
  • Conversant in health care and/or public health topics (prior experience with patient safety work is a plus, but not a prerequisite for the job)
  • Experience developing content for the Web, facility with content management systems and familiarity with social media
  • You are also a good copy editor, can write a compelling headline, and know the AP stylebook well. Social media and graphic development experience are plusses.

BLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Tonya Bourassa 617-701-8127.

In compliance with federal laws, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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