Teachers College, Columbia University Associate Editor in New York, New York

Associate Editor

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Job no: 502708

Position type: Staff

Location: New York

Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, seeks a full-time associate editor who will format, proofread, edit, and revise academic/technical papers as well as reports and briefs geared toward practitioners and policymakers. The associate editor will work to ensure that CCRC’s written materials are clearly written, well organized, and internally consistent, and that visuals are effective in supporting textual claims. The associate editor will participate in the review of early manuscript drafts, providing feedback to authors on how to improve the structure and argument of their papers. Duties also include writing and publishing web content. The position reports to the Center’s Managing Editor. To apply: A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are required. Note: A proofreading test and editing/writing assignment will be included in the interview process. Exceptional candidates who do not meet all the requirements may be considered for a position as assistant editor.


  • Format, proofread, edit, and revise papers, reports, briefs, proposals, and other material.

  • Review publication layouts for errors, style inconsistencies, and adherence to brand standards.

  • Liaison with authors, reviewers, and designers to coordinate all phases of publication production.

  • Provide feedback and guidance for writers during manuscript development.

  • Write and edit research summaries, web content, electronic newsletter items, and other material.

  • Post content to the Center’s websites.

  • Assist research and communications staff with project-related tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree.

  • 3–5 years editing experience, ideally in social science research content.

  • Superior understanding of grammar, spelling, and standard style conventions.

  • Strong writing skills and critical thinking ability.

  • Ability to edit complex academic prose.

  • Ability to edit social science research text that discusses statistical methods and results.

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, including track changes and formatting tools.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and to anticipate and meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience editing academic papers, preferably in social sciences such as sociology and economics.

  • Familiarity with APA style.

  • Basic proficiency in HTML and CSS.

Advertised: 07 May 2018 Eastern Daylight Time

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