Posted January 17, 2023

Senior Editor (Office of Communications) – Urban Institute




About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

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The Opportunity:

The Urban Institute has built a cutting-edge in-house Communications team that translates research for broad audiences. As part of those efforts, Urban is hiring a senior editor. You will be an essential part of a dynamic and productive editorial team, working on highly cited content that shapes national discussion. This position reports to the Director of Editorial Services and Publications.

What You’ll Do:

As one of the most experienced members of the editorial staff, the senior editor (on-site or remote) will manage the editorial freelancer pipeline, supervise and mentor other editors, and take on a portfolio of research and communications products.

Responsibilities include the following:

Managing the editorial freelancer pipeline, assigning and evaluating outsourced work.
Supervising and mentoring junior editors.
Upholding Urban style and quality standards in print and digital products.
Copyediting Urban Institute research publications, including policy briefs, research reports, narrative features, data tools, newsletters, presentations, and public testimonies.
Ensuring that Urban products meet the organization's standards for writing about racial equity and using respectful language.
Laying out and formatting research publications in Word.
Basic formatting work in Excel and Word for charts and tables.
Building and managing relationships with researchers, data scientists, and other members of the Communications team, including members of the outreach, digital communications, design, data visualization, and writing teams.

To Apply:

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