May 28, 2020

Job Posting

Editorial specialist

R Street Institute – Washington DC
Date added: May 27, 2020 Application deadline: June 30, 2020 Contract type: fixed-term Hours: full-time Salary: TBC

The R Street Institute is a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices across the country.

The role

We seek an energetic and self-motivated editorial specialist with demonstrated experience editing op-eds, magazine articles, blog posts, outreach communications, and donor materials.

Key roles and responsibilities

Your typical day at R Street may include working with the Communications team and policy writers to craft and edit powerful op-eds for national and regional outlets, editing blog posts and longer-form articles for magazine publication, or proofreading grant proposals. You may also edit federal and state legislative testimony, coalition letters or business development materials; and perform other ad hoc special projects as assigned. This role is nested within the Publications/Editorial department, which is housed alongside R Street’s policy team. Please note this is not a policy writing position and, as such, does not require a political or ideological affiliation representative of our policy positions. In fact, we believe the strongest candidates will be those who can approach our scholarship with a critical lens.

Other Aspects of Your Role:

  • Copyedit op-eds and work with Communications team and authors to maximize impact
  • Proofread and perform light copyedits on proposals, other donor materials or outreach communications
  • Receive, review and edit all blog post submissions
  • Edit and coordinate graphic layout of our one-pager series (“R Sheets”)
  • Edit state and federal testimony and regulatory comments as needed
  • Work with authors to make editorial changes, including substantive edits where needed
  • Ensure all final copy is ready for publication, appropriate for target audiences and consistent with house style guidelines, and R Street’s brand and mission.

Experience and skills

  • 3-5 years of experience as an editor, preferably working with op-eds, blog posts or other materials for a general readership
  • A bachelor’s degree in English or journalism
  • A near-obsessive attention to detail
  • An ability to perfect pieces of writing to the greatest extent possible under tight deadlines
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word
  • Willingness to learn and consistently apply the R Street style guide and help revise it as needed
  • Basic familiarity with or interest in learning about major debates in the areas of energy and the environment, technology and national/cybersecurity, commercial freedom, governance, science policy, budget policy, insurance and trade, criminal justice and harm reduction
  • Fluency in AP Style is a must
  • A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization
  • An ability to work independently as part of a highly functional and productive team
  • Profound love of cats specifically encouraged
  • Due to COVID-19, this will begin as a full-time, work-from-home position.
  • Once we reopen, you will be based in our office in Washington, D.C. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.