Assistant Editor

  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Full-time

Company Description

A nationally recognized woman-owned firm, Synergy Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) helps advance social initiatives in public health and education. Our clearly innovative technology tools, outstanding assessment and evaluation services, and creative communication strategies assist public agencies and private sector clients in enhancing the impact of their research, policy development, program implementation, and knowledge transfer.

Our internationally diverse staff possess an exceptional ability to generate ideas and implement plans that allow our clients to achieve their mission in the public education and health fields.

Our clients are engaged in important work to improve education and health on a federal, state and local level — what inspires them to reach higher inspires us to innovate on their behalf.

Job Description

Job Summary:

There are three major areas of responsibility for the assistant editor position: (1) to routinely assist in editing reports, presentations, and other documents for internal and external clients; (2) to assist in editing and preparing proposals, corporate marketing, and business development materials; and (3) to format documents and presentations in MS Word and PowerPoint.

The assistant editor must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills, and must exhibit the ability to work cohesively with team members, take instruction well, and prove able to learn Synergy’s editing protocols.

Primary Responsibilities:     

Editing. Routinely assist in editing reports, proposals, and other documents for clients, including

  • assisting in editing monthly and other project progress reports
  • performing substantive and grammar/style edits
  • proofreading for typographical errors and style issues using specified style guides

 

Corporate marketing and communications materials. Assist in

  • updating and editing materials to be used in proposals and presentations
  • editing press releases, project descriptions, and other copy needed for posting on the company Web site

 

Formatting documents. Using company or client templates as guides,

  • set up Microsoft Word documents with style sheets, headers, footers, and other layout elements
  • refine PowerPoint formats for presentations

 

Qualifications

  • Excellent editing skills and attention to detail
  • Experience editing various documents for federal government agencies
  • Ability to create checklists and reference cards for project-specific tasks based on agency or publication style guides
  • Ability to meticulously copy/edit and proofread documents using various editing style guides, such as Government Printing Office, American Psychological Association, Associated Press, The Chicago Manual of Style, and various agency-specific styles
  • Ability to work under the supervision of veteran editor(s), and act as the first set of eyes on documents to be reviewed by editors during a second pass
  • Efficient time and task management skills, including the ability to meet simultaneous deadlines while producing high-quality work
  • Strong proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word applications
  • Competency in the use of PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook applications
  • Three or more years of successful experience in
    • editing for federal government contracts
    • editing copy for marketing and public relations purposes including press releases, newsletters, Web text, and other corporate communications
    • formatting documents and presentations in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  • Bachelors degree in journalism, English, or related discipline, or equivalent experience in government contracting industry

Additional Information

SYNERGY ENTERPRISES, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY, OR PROTECTED VETERAN STATUS.