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Medical Editor - Special Populations Focus - Remote

American Cancer Society, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia (remote)
Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
Closing date
Nov 4, 2022
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At the American Cancer Society, we're leading the fight for a world without cancer. Our employees and 1.5 million volunteers are raising the bar every single day. We actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds including communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities. The greater the diversity of our people, the better we can serve our communities.

The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our lifesaving mission. It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled.

Position Description  


Develops, writes, and edits evidence-based, public-facing cancer information in multiple literacy levels and various formats for both professional and lay audiences. Addresses health equity by leading the development and/or adaptation of print- and web-based cancer information to address information gaps and unmet learning needs of special populations, and other projects that aim to enhance and improve existing cancer information.


  • Leads project teams and develops, edits, and reviews existing and new cancer-related content for the Society’s website,, internal databases used by the Society’s National Cancer Information Center, ACS-supported websites, publications, and educational pamphlets; makes corrections, recommendations, and suggestions for clinical accuracy in existing content as appropriate.
  • Uses available metrics to determine usage, effectiveness, and content gaps in cancer information.
  • Develops new patient, caregiver, and public-facing resources for various target populations based on identified gaps that consider the intended audience’s characteristics, needs, and interests.
  • Critically evaluates medical literature to assess relevance of findings for intended audiences.
  • Uses reliable and valid readability formulas and assessment tools to review, revise, and develop cancer information to be understandable and actionable by various audiences [e.g., SMOG, Fry, Flesch, Reading Ease, Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM), PE-MAT, CDC Clear Communication Index].
  • Conforms and contributes to internal organizational style and inclusion guides, based on external trends, medical terminology, and commonly accepted standards of appropriate grammar, punctuation, and style for health literacy.
  • Understands and applies AMA style and referencing standards.
  • Maintains integrity of content to ensure consistency with ACS guidelines, policies, and philosophy; ensures accurate content that is current and balanced.
  • Provides as-needed support for questions from National Cancer Information Center (NCIC).
  • Provides medical expertise, review, and editing for other projects, as needed.

Position Requirements  


  • Medical degree (MD or DO) required, preferably with board certification or extensive training and experience in oncology.
  • MPH or training or experience in public health highly desirable.
  • Editorial ability to communicate medical information in easy-to-understand language.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for multiple audiences.
  • Excellent medical writing skills with proficiency in editorial and analytical abilities.
  • Ability to perform comprehensive literature searches and apply evidence to practice.
  • Ability to use and apply metrics, tools and formulas to evaluate and address literacy for specific populations and improve product readability.
  • Excellent time management, planning/prioritization, and decision-making skills with demonstrated ability to meet set timelines and goals, and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent collaboration and leadership skills in a team environment.
  • Strong leadership and relationship-building skills with the ability to facilitate multidisciplinary, multi- team projects.
  • Excellent computer skills, including outlook and Microsoft office.
  • Creative thinker, self-motivated, and organized with the ability to manage multiple projects.


  • Minimum of five years clinical oncology experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive general oncology knowledge related to risk, prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship, and end of life.
  • Knowledge and experience in applying public health principles, with extensive public health knowledge related to learning needs of people in vulnerable, marginalized, or special populations of all ages, including those with English as a second language.
  • Experience in reviewing and editing medical content for various literacy levels.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.


  • Ability to work remotely at an in-home office for full work days.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Ability to travel occasionally when necessary.

The compensation range established for this position begins at a minimum of $149,400 per year.* 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.

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