The Assistant Editor is primarily responsible for the developmental editing, copyediting, fact-checking, and (where necessary) rewriting of features and columns for the monthly amateur radio publication QST (and other ARRL periodicals as assigned), ARRL e-publications (e-newsletters, e-books, etc.), and ARRL books, according to house style, as well as formatting QST manuscripts and ARRL books using the corresponding templates. The Assistant Editor may also be given writing assignments.
When his or her workload permits, the Assistant Editor will edit copy submitted by other departments to ensure correct spelling, grammar, and usage, and to promote consistency of ARRL house style across all departments. The Assistant Editor will also perform clerical/administrative duties as assigned.
This is a full-time, on-staff, on-premises job, based in Newington, Connecticut.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Edit material for QST and other ARRL publications
Edit material for ARRL books
Edit ARRL e-publications
Write material for QST
Write social media posts and other digital content
Maintain style sheets for ARRL publications
Communicate with ARRL staff and editorial freelancers
Knowledge and Skills:
Excellent command of the English language — proper spelling, grammar, usage
Excellent reading comprehension skills
Incisive developmental and copyediting ability, including:
Editing for clarity of meaning
Editing for focus
Editing for economy of language
Putting information in a logical order
Strong research skills
Strong organizational skills
Strong writing ability
Familiarity with MLA and/or APA stylebook
Ability to edit technical material
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks
Ability to meet multiple deadlines
Experience: 2-3 years professional experience (or the equivalent) in writing, developmental editing, and copyediting for print, digital, and social media. Preference given to candidates with experience writing and editing long-form articles for print publication, and/or who have written/edited for a print periodical published at least bimonthly.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, Communications, or Journalism.