PROOFREADER/COPY EDITOR

JOB SUMMARY:

Responsible for proofreading and copyediting educational materials, including activities, passages, test items, and questions in language arts, math, social studies, and science.  The proofreader/copy editor is also responsible for editing other materials related to the operations of an educational publishing company.  Proofreader/copy editor must have expert command of the English language, including grammar, style, and mechanics, as well as superior collaboration skills.  This position requires the ability to work efficiently in a high-pressure deadline-driven publishing environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Proofread and copyedit a wide variety of print and digital texts accurately and efficiently, including educational materials, marketing materials, bids, invoices, manuals, and correspondence
  • Read proofs against copy to mark errors and verify corrections to updated copy
  • Identify and apply visual design standards in both print and digital graphics
  • Communicate effectively with graphic artists, software designers, writers, and lead editors to ensure published projects exceed customers' expectations
  • Research sources to confirm facts in educational materials
  • Conduct usability testing for digital products, including software and websites
  • Assist lead editor and editor-in-chief as necessary
  • Meet production goals and maintain accuracy rate

COMPETENCIES:

  • Expert grammatical, mechanical, and spelling skills
  • Ability to work on multiple deadline-driven projects simultaneously with general direction and minimal guidance
  • Excellent organization skills and the flexibility to shift from one project to another as priorities change
  • Understanding of the role of proofreader/copy editor and the distinction between this role and those of substantive editor and writer
  • Ability to utilize standard proofreader's marks
  • A sharp eye for detail and commitment to accuracy
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work collaboratively

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communication, or related field
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and WordPerfect
  • At least three years of related work experience in a writing/editing capacity
  • Teaching experience in elementary, middle, or secondary level preferred
  • Proficiency with the Chicago Manual of Style and the ability to learn and apply in-house style
  • Demonstrated ability to track, organize, and prioritize workload

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