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Technical Editors

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Consider yourself an editing guru? Our client in McLean, VA is searching for an innovative and progressive technical writer. Strong candidates will have the skills and experience to provide editing, formatting, and related services to enable their centers to deliver quality documents and reports to their sponsors and the corporation to publish superior informational products. This person will be working on engineering whitepapers, so experience with technical editing is required.


Responsibilities:


  • Proofreading for typos, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.

  • Copyediting for language use, consistency, adherence to the company or client-specified format and style, accuracy and format of references, bibliographies, etc.

  • Substantive editing and rewriting to improve sense, logic, organization, flow, and accuracy; clarify language; improve conciseness; reduce wordiness; and fit space requirements. Communicate queries and comments tactfully to authors. Create glossaries, acronym lists, figure/table titles, etc.

  • Formatting documents according to company's format and using company's report and briefing templates. Formatting other work products according to specific requirements—journal articles, corporate reports, IRS monthly project reports, etc.

  • Original writing of various materials—abstracts, executive summaries, corporate communications, letters, award packages, articles, briefings, etc.

  • Ability to consult and interact with clients, analyze their needs, provide recommendations, and execute appropriate solutions.

  • Develop and manage project plans and schedules as needed.

  • Provide direction to graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and other required staff when appropriate.

  • Work with a variety of communication products including text, graphics, web, and print.

  • Work with minimal supervision, and freely collaborate and share relevant information with management, teams, and individuals.



  • Editing/Formatting/Writing Skills:


  • Excellent editing and formatting skills; ability to improve the quality of documents and reports going to sponsors and other stakeholders.

  • Ability to format and edit a variety of documents across all centers; understanding of the requirements of various centers and multiple work programs.

  • Ability to review and proof all elements of a report or communications product, ensuring content and graphics are correct as approved by contacts and clients.

  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to the appropriate style manual, such as AP or IEEE Reference Style, or client-stated preferences.

  • Ability to communicate with and interview authors in person or online to discuss document content and collaboratively develop ideas for desired outcome.

  • Ability to define edits, write instructions, and present queries to generate a positive reaction and response by the client.

  • Familiarity with formatting tools in both Word and PowerPoint.


  • Customer Service/Interpersonal Skills:


  • Strong project management and organizational skills, including carefully recording and tracking key project activities and documents.

  • Strict adherence to meeting deadlines.

  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities; ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to analyze a problem or process and suggest improvements.

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to interact comfortably with staff, including senior managers; strong team player.

  • Ability to work independently while keeping supervisor informed.
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