Assistant Editor/Writer
The Education Trust - Washington, DC

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Reporting to the Managing Editor, the Assistant Editor/Writer will both create and help shape the organization’s diverse written content, ranging from data-rich research papers and policy briefs to online news stories, promotional materials, and advocacy action alerts. At The Education Trust, we believe in the power of words to advance our mission to close achievement gaps, and the Assistant Editor/Writer will play an essential role in making sure those words are accessible to those who are committed to doing this work.


The Assistant Editor/Writer’s primary responsibility is to work closely with members of the Editorial and Design Team to ensure the clarity and accuracy of the Education Trust’s editorial products. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Edit (substantive and copy-edit), proofread, and fact-check a wide array of online and print documents such that they are clearly written, accessible, and error-free.
  • Write timely, engaging, and accurate web stories, blog posts, and other online content to advance the organization’s policy agenda and mission.
  • Report for and contribute to a variety of editorial products, including policy briefs and reports, advocacy and marketing materials, web and social media content.
  • Efficiently manage editorial process for online content.
  • Interpret data-rich materials and work with designers and authors to create high-quality, informative, and reader-friendly graphics.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to help them improve their writing. May include coordinating and delivering in-house writing and editing workshops for select staff.
  • Manage in-house style guide and promote awareness of guidelines throughout the organization.

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of five years of experience in writing and editing. Journalism experience covering K-12 and higher education, public policy, and social justice is preferred. Prior work in a policy and/or advocacy organization is a plus.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and a superior command of English grammar and punctuation.
  • Strong command of Associated Press and Chicago styles.
  • Experience working with content management systems.
  • Demonstrated capacity to thrive in a high-performing and highly collaborative environment.
  • Proven success with managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Flexible, organized, and highly responsive.
  • Commitment to organizational mission.
  • Ability to read, write, and edit Spanish is a plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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