The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress to aid in policy decisions. The Management, Business, and Information Services division—which provides support services, including editorial and publishing services—seeks an editor. The job involves making analytical and technical reports clear and accessible to a broad audience––including Members of Congress, Congressional staff, researchers, and other members of the public. The work entails substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading, as well as sometimes reorganizing drafts, rewriting sections, and providing writing assistance.
Candidates must have several years of experience in editing professional publications and a bachelor’s or advanced degree, preferably in English, journalism, communications, or a related field. They must have broad editorial skills––from a demonstrated ability to make complex and difficult drafts clear and graceful, to a superior eye for detail when proofing. They must thoroughly understand English grammar and syntax and should be sensitive to style and to nuances of tone and meaning in writing and editing. Experience with technical subjects and quantitative information presented in tables and graphs is strongly preferred, as is success in interacting with the authors of such material. Strong interpersonal skills; the ability to handle pressing tasks under deadlines; and the flexibility to work some evenings and weekends, as necessary, are important––so is being able to work comfortably within a desktop publishing system (which uses FrameMaker, Word, Excel, DeltaGraph, and PowerPoint).
Salary and Benefits
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. CBO offers excellent benefits and an appealing work environment.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, résumé, salary history, an editing sample, and contact information for three (3) references online at www.cbo.gov/careers. This position is covered by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.