Copy Editor / Writer

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Our client is seeking an experienced direct marketing content professional who can perform both copyediting and writing in this hybrid role for their creative team. The Copy Editor will collaborate with a team of Editors, Account Managers, Art Directors, Copywriters and Production Managers to help write content to support our client’s direct marketing efforts, as well as proofread and copy edit direct mail, online and digital collateral and vendor proofs to ensure that grammar, spelling, punctuation and client style preferences are accurate.

Position Responsibilities:

• Work with Account Managers to support campaign needs in developing and updating content to support marketing efforts across various channels.
• Collaborate with Lead Content Manager and Art Director to achieve content goals quickly and efficiently.
• Proofread direct mail and online (primarily email and digital) marketing collateral at the creative, pre-release and vendor proof stages.
• Ensure editorial accuracy and consistency of content, spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity and style.
• Make clear, concise queries on content and style issues via online annotations using various digital tools.
• Ensure communications proofed maintain approved client brand and style guides.
• Create, maintain and update internal editorial style guides with preferred client nuances regarding word choice, trademarks, legal disclosures, punctuation and more.
• Establish daily priorities, monitor a heavy individual workload and balance a desire for perfection with the necessity to meet deadlines.
• Consistently committed to delivering high-quality, error-free work.
• Possess sufficient copyediting knowledge and experience to be able to restructure copy to achieve improved flow and readability.
• Adhere to process and quality procedures, ensuring utmost accuracy for all components.
• Collaborate on a daily basis with a variety of cross-office editorial, account, creative and production teams.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

• BS/BA degree, preferably in English or Journalism.
• Minimum 5 years of proofreading/editing experience in a high-volume, deadline-oriented setting.
• Onscreen proofreading and editorial experience preferred, in making annotations on PDF files in Adobe Acrobat.
• Solid computer skills, including online editing in PC and Mac environments. Proficiency required in Adobe Acrobat Pro, Mac-based Windows, MS Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and Outlook/Entourage
• Excellent command of the English language: grammar, spelling, style and diction.
• Strong working knowledge of AP Style is valuable and preferred.
• Proficient with standard proofreading marks.
• Well-organized, detail-oriented multi-tasker who proactively manages his/her time while juggling multiple deadline-driven projects, sometimes under high pressure. Ability to assess daily workload status throughout the day in order to meet client deliverables.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• High-level concentration and ability to focus on copy-intensive materials that may be lengthy or dull, and must be able to maintain an above-average level of accuracy the first time around.
• Aptitude for individual and collaborative work. Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
• Well-developed task management skills and the ability to proactively assume project ownership.
• Maintain a positive and professional demeanor, take direction and accept constructive criticism in a professional, mature manner. Must also be self-motivated, show initiative and be able to work independently.
• Proven ability to shift gears quickly in a fast-paced agency environment. Must be flexible to work late when required, especially as print deadlines approach (sometimes with short notice).
• Insurance-based experience preferred. Financial Services, Wealth Management, Pharmaceutical or Nonprofit experience is a plus.