Editor - Remote

Rockville , MD
Mar 30, 2023
Apr 07, 2023
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking an experienced editor to join its editorial team. The successful candidate will work on proposals and client deliverables such as research study reports, manuals, web content, and internal and external communication products.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Copyediting for accuracy, consistency, and conformity to style and tone across print, web, and multimedia platforms
  • Understanding and implementing client style guides for identity guidelines, usage, and formatting
  • Reviewing a wide variety of products targeted to different audiences across several research topics, including health, social policy, and education
  • Applying plain language principles and writing for web best practices
  • Working collaboratively with materials development teams on large projects to schedule and perform editorial tasks
  • Participating in meetings with teams and clients

Basic Qualifications:
  • A BA in English, communications, or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 7 years of copyediting and production editing experience
  • Previous work experience in assessing materials for editorial needs, prioritizing work, and shifting gears as needed; managing a workload with both short- and long-term projects
  • Experience using a variety of style manuals (e.g., APA, Chicago, GPO) and the ability to learn and apply other client styles
  • Demonstrated ability to edit and format references per various style guides

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated skill in proposal editing
  • Experience working with teams of authors, editors, graphic designers, and production specialists
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat
  • Experience with project tracking systems such as Monday.com and Box a plus

Other Required Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated communication skills
  • Collaboration with teams, managers, and/or clients
  • Organizational skills, including time management ability
  • Detail oriented

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Subject to plan requirements, employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave (15 days per year)
  • Sick Leave (10 days per year)
  • Holiday Leave (7 government holidays plus 2 floating holidays)
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.


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