The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council— a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The National Research Council is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. TRB’s varied activities—described below—annually engage more than 7,000 engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia, all of whom contribute their expertise in the public interest by participating on TRB committees, panels, and task forces. The program is supported by state transportation departments, federal agencies including the component administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other organizations and individuals interested in the development of transportation.
The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) was authorized by Congress to address some of the most pressing needs related to the nation’s highway system: the high toll taken by highway deaths and injuries, aging infrastructure that must be rehabilitated with minimum disruption to users, and congestion stemming both from inadequate physical capacity and from events that reduce the effective capacity of a highway facility.
The Senior Editorial Assistant, SHRP 2 provides assistance to managing editor and assistant editor in support of editorial activities. Prepares technical manuscripts and other materials. Tracks editorial actions. Proofreads pages for research reports and other materials. Assists in maintaining internal and external websites. Corresponds with staff, authors, and vendors. May copyedit. Performs various clerical and administrative duties.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
Prepares technical manuscripts and other editorial materials to ensure proper format and structure, completeness, and adherence to National Academies attribution and copyright guidelines. Prepares front matter for research reports. Prepares artwork for reports and other publications. May do light copyediting.
Maintains editorial schedules, project logs, and budget records. Compiles status reports for meetings and other internal purposes.
Proofreads pages for research reports and other publications to ensure proper format. May read materials for proper spelling and grammar. Checks revisions in page proofs.
Assists in maintaining and updating internal publications website and external program website. Updates material and links and posts new material. May write internal blog posts.
Corresponds with staff, authors, and vendors. Responds to internal and external requests. Responds to questions pertaining to projects. Assists in resolving project-related issues. Reminds staff and others of deadlines. Coordinates pickups and deliveries.
Performs a variety of clerical and administrative tasks, such as creating and maintaining files, copying, distributing materials, and answering e-mail. Processes financial paperwork, including processing invoices, filing, and pulling data for reports. Maintains financial records. Compiles data for reports and prepares reports for management review.
High School diploma, GED, or equivalent knowledge with 4 years of related experience. Basic knowledge of publishing field. Excellent written and oral communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees. Familiarity with editorial style guides. Thorough knowledge of spelling and grammar. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to solve problems through selection and application of commonly used rules, procedures, and precedents. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies departments. Ability to exercise some latitude for independent judgment and action. Bachelor's degree desired.
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