American Progress has an immediate opening for an Editor on the Art and Editorial team. A successful Editor will be proficient in both copy editing and line editing, to help assure the quality of American Progress’ publications that range from research reports to columns. Working in a fast‐paced, journalistic environment, the Editor works nearly independently in all aspects of the job, including with daily production of the website which will be a focus of this position.
- Independently copy edit and/or line edit American Progress’ products, including reports, issue briefs, columns, and other content for both print and web.
- Independently copy edit, post content on, and curate the homepage of AmericanProgress.org, as well as update other American Progress websites.
- Participate in planning and brainstorming of new digital strategies to help elevate CAP products and projects.
- Assist with other organizationwide digital work, including conception and execution of products such as toolkits, interactives, and microsites, as well as storybank efforts.
- Consult regularly with other editors and the Tech team at American Progress to prioritize troubleshooting and structural fixes to American Progress’ websites.
- Maintain the style guide and its grammatical and style standards, update language guidance, and regularly review the guide for updates and consistency.
- Maintain accuracy and overall quality of publications and proactively research ways to make the editorial process more efficient.
- Write headlines, blurbs, and photo captions, and select photos for postings.
- Attend policy team weekly meetings as a representative of the Editorial team.
- Help to onboard new copy editors and be able to explain American Progress processes and editorial guidelines.
- Review or spot-check colleagues’ work as assigned to maintain American Progress standards and accuracy.
- Help with special projects as assigned, such as tracking corrections and style guide research.
- Project manage large, long‐term products, including cross‐team collaborations, with no oversight.
- Work with Senior Vice President, Managing Editor, and Assistant Managing Editor on special projects as assigned, such as annual reports and long‐format products.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements and qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Three or more years of editing experience with a significant online component.
- Excellent editing skills, including a particular attention to detail and accuracy.
- Experience with HTML, XML, and CSS.
- Experience with WordPress is highly desired.
- Strong ability to work under time pressure and to work independently, with almost no direction or oversight.
- Strong verbal and written communications skills, particularly the ability to give authors feedback and instructions clearly but diplomatically.
- Meticulous organizational skills and strong problem‐solving capabilities, especially the ability to keep track of many small moving parts across several distinct projects.
- Proficiency with AP style.
- Familiarity with Salesforce and Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator is a plus.
- Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals.
This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.
Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.
This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.
Thank you for your interest in American Progress.
American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.
For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.