Posted December 4, 2018

Editorial Specialist – The Urban Institute


Washington DC


At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.

The Editorial Specialist will work on highly cited content that shapes national discussion on issues such as early child care and education, employment and training requirements for working parents, and the transformation of US philanthropy.

• Copyedit Urban Institute research publications, including policy briefs, reports, and working papers
• Build and manage relationships between various policy centers’ researchers and data scientists and the
Communications Department’s digital communications, data visualization, editorial, and writing teams
• Format research publications in Word
• Uphold Urban style and quality standards in print and digital products
• Track and help prioritize editorial work for two or more policy centers
• Work with other members of the Communications Department to equip researchers with useful digital, presentation, and
writing skills

• Have a bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, or a related field and 3-4 years of experience or training in
copyediting, proofreading, and/or publications production
• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style (familiarity with Bluebook is also helpful)
• Display a keen and careful editorial eye that can spot minor errors and inconsistencies in long, dense publications
• Possess the ability to read, analyze, and interpret research reports and have a firm grasp of English grammar and
punctuation rules
• Exhibit experience with or enthusiasm for one or more of Urban’s policy areas, such as inequality and mobility, labor and
human services, nonprofits and philanthropy
• Form relationships and communicate effectively with a range of staff
• Show proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel, as well as Adobe Acrobat

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