Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N0025 / Editorial Specialist/Research
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, provides professional guidance and editorial assistance to investigators in the development, publication, and promotion of research studies within a specified field of endeavor. Oversees the establishment, administration, and budgeting of research proposals and contracts, edits and reviews manuscripts, and searches out and interacts with publishers as appropriate. Provides advisement and training for researchers in the effective development and writing of proposals and manuscripts, and designs and implements initiatives and activities to promote research.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees the process of development and writing of research proposals and contracts; guides and advises staff in the preparation and presentation of forms and documents, and in the preparation of proposals.
  2. Provides editorial advice and assistance to investigators in the writing of scientific/research proposals and manuscripts, and reviews copy for compliance with editorial guidelines.
  3. Undertakes editorial research of subject matter as appropriate to augment and/or clarify information contained in proposals or manuscripts.
  4. Assesses training needs with respect to proposal and/or manuscript development, writing, and preparation, and designs and presents training programs and workshops as appropriate.
  5. Researches, identifies, and interacts with internal and/or external publishers of scientific/technical manuscripts, as appropriate, on behalf of investigators.
  6. Conceives, develops, and implements creative programs and activities designed to promote and represent the research activities of the unit, as appropriate.
  7. May assist with and/or facilitate negotiations between investigators and funding agencies in the establishment of specific research grants and/or contracts, as appropriate to the position.
  8. Represents the department at business and community meetings, as appropriate.
  9. May oversee budget expenditures and perform related administrative and reporting activities, as appropriate to the individual unit.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to plan and implement promotional programs.
  • Conceptual knowledge and understanding of subject matter being editorialized.
  • Knowledge of acceptable standards, structures, and formats for scientific research proposals and manuscripts.
  • Ability to perform editorial research.
  • Ability to provide technical advice and information to faculty and staff in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of publishing procedures and requirements, including desktop publishing.
  • Knowledge of publishers of scientific/technical manuscripts.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Advanced technical writing and editorial skills.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 02/26/2021