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 seeks an experienced editor to manage the day-to-day operations of editing and publishing—helping to ensure that CBO’s reports are clear and accessible to a broad audience, including Members of Congress, Congressional staff, researchers, and other members of the public.
Responsibilities include supervising a group charged with editing, graphic design, and report production; planning and coordinating that work; serving as a principal in setting standards for publications; managing relevant processes, in coordination with staff of other divisions and the Director’s Office; tracking drafts and helping to schedule releases; and sometimes serving as the primary editor of documents. The Managing Editor will report to CBO’s Editor in Chief, who is responsible for the overall editorial quality of CBO’s publications.
Candidates must have at least seven years’ experience editing professional or academic publications similar to those produced at CBO. They must have broad editorial skills––ranging from being able to reliably guide authors in writing and organizing drafts, to making complex and difficult drafts clear and graceful, to finishing documents with care. They must thoroughly understand English grammar and syntax, should be sensitive to style and to nuances of tone and meaning in writing and editing, and should be at ease with technical subjects and quantitative information presented in tables and graphs. Candidates must also have the ability to manage people and processes effectively—including strong interpersonal skills, the ability to support and develop others, and a commitment to customer service; some management experience is preferred. The flexibility to work evenings and weekends, as necessary, is required, as is a bachelor’s or advanced degree, preferably in English or another field within the humanities.
Salary and Benefits
The salary range begins at $115,000 per year, and the salary 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, several editing samples (see the Job Applicant FAQs on CBO’s website for a description), salary history, and contact information for three references online at www.cbo.gov/careers by December 15 to ensure consideration. This is a management position and is not covered by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.