SRA News Editor Position Open

Job Description: Society for Risk Analysis News Editor

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) is seeking an experienced News Editor to provide part-time support for its online and print communications. The News Editor will be responsible for writing and editing articles about SRA activities and about the field of risk analysis more generally, and also for visual communications (including photographs) to support these news items.

Historically, SRA has provided news through a periodic newsletter (available on and is now expanding its online postings. In December 2012, it will be launching a new website, which will allow it to post individual news items on an ongoing basis. SRA is also beginning to increase its use of social media, now maintaining sites on LinkedIn ( and Flickr ( It is considering whether and how to expand its use of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets.

The News Editor will write news items and provide related graphics and photographs for the redesigned website, LinkedIn, and Flickr, and will help support SRA’s use of social media. She/he will be responsible for soliciting contributions from SRA members, editing these submissions, and posting them on the SRA website and other news outlets. The News Editor will also be responsible for writing articles on issues of interest to SRA members and conducting supporting interviews as needed. In addition, the News Editor will aid SRA in identifying, assessing, and implementing improvements to SRA’s communications strategy.

The News Editor will work as an independent contractor for the SRA Secretariat, which provides management and administrative services and is operated by Burk and Associates in McLean, Virginia. The News Editor will also work closely with SRA’s Communications Committee Co-Chairs and its Council President. She/he will work remotely, supplying her/his own office space, supplies, and equipment. She/he will be expected to attend SRA’s Annual Meeting each December; travel and lodging costs will be covered by SRA.


Candidates must have at least 5 years of experience in print media as well as experience in online and social media. Excellent writing, interviewing, and editorial skills are required. Candidates must also possess visual communication skills (including photography) or provide information on an associate who will supply these skills. Candidates must be interested in SRA activities and in risk analysis and risk communication more generally; work experience in these fields is desired but not required.


The News Editor will be expected to work between 10 and 20 hours per week. Compensation will be determined based on the qualifications of the selected News Editor and is expected to be between $20,000 and $30,000 per year.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should submit a letter that summarizes their relevant experience and describes their vision for the position, as well as three writing samples, a copy of their résumé, and contact information for three professional references. This information should be sent via email to both David Drupa (SRA Secretariat) at and Lisa Robinson (Communications Committee Co-Chair) at no later than Friday, December 14, 2012.