Senior Editor/Writer, Center on Education and the Workforce - McCourt
Posted on Nov 11, 2018 by Georgetown University
Senior Editor/Writer, Center on Education and the Workforce - McCourt School of Public Policy
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute affiliated with the McCourt School of Public Policy that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands.
The Senior Editor/Writer directs content development for a group of publications that can help readers understand complex changes in the US workforce and postsecondary system and move them to action. S/he edits Center publications and writes engaging and fast-moving narratives using education and labor force data, oversees the editorial process, and coordinates with other groups at the Center. Reporting to the Research Director, the Senior Editor/Writer has duties that include but are not limited to:
- Develops editorial priorities and organizes work flow for Center publications.
- Performs substantive editing, copy editing, and proofreading, as well as reviews and reorganizes drafts, provides writing assistance, and rewrites portions of drafts.
- Partners with the associate communications director to set editorial strategy, ensuring that content and tone is on brand and of the highest writing and editorial quality.
- Manages and organizes the process of writing and editing publications.
- Collaborates with senior staff and leading support staff to coordinate publication production.
- Works with contracted copy editors to review, edit, and improve reports.
- Manages style guide.
- Manages and reviews the proofreading of reports and other writing projects in various stages of production.
- Edits other materials related to reports, such as press releases, video scripts, and blog posts.
- Keeps up with current issues in labor economics and higher education to accurately reflect those issues in publications, as needed.
- Writes/edits numerous research projects simultaneously.
- Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, or a related field
- 7 to 10 years of editorial and writing experience, preferably working for the media, at a private company, or in a position that deals with economics, workplace issues, and/or postsecondary education and training issues
- Proven ability to take projects from start to finish
- A keen eye for words and numbers, and the ability to ask broad questions about the direction and substantial conclusions of a report, but also catch small errors that others will miss
- Project management or leadership experience
- Ability to work within a team and in a fast-paced deadline-oriented environment
- Excellent English language skills in editing and writing
- Experience with Microsoft applications, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- Self-starting approach, strong work ethic, excellent time-management skills, and high detail orientation
- Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills
- Strong attention to detail in reviewing and editing written material, as well as data, tables, and graphics
- Knack for learning and understanding new concepts
- Preference for a background in education and workforce issues
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