Editorial Assistant/Associate

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Job ID
# of Openings
Posted Date
3 months ago(7/20/2022 10:15 AM)


The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks an in-person editorial assistant (02 years of previous work experience) or editorial associate (24 years of previous work experience) in the Editing Services department.


AEI’s Editing Services department works with scholars, authors, and staff to help communicate their ideas with maximum clarity and impact. The department is responsible for editing and coordinating the production of books, reports, and other research projects. In addition, the department edits shorter materials, including website copy, email newsletters, event materials, scholar biographies, and press releases. This person will edit materials of varying lengths, styles, and research areas, ranging from short, informal promotional materials to extensive, academic research reports.


This position requires exceptional editing and writing skills, including mastery of English grammar, familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style, excellent attention to detail, and strong organizational and communication skills. Editing experience in a professional or academic environment is required, and an interest in public policy is strongly preferred. Familiarity with the Associated Press Stylebook and Bluebook is a plus.


Qualified applicants should submit an online application to www.aei.org/jobs, complete with a resume, a cover letter, and unofficial transcripts.


  • Editing AEI Books and Reports (65%)
    • Edit, copyedit, and proofread AEI reports and books, working with authors, scholars, and research assistants to ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency with AEI style and the Chicago Manual of Style.
    • Manage the publication process, from initial edits through publication, including adhering to project schedules and updating internal reports to keep stakeholders notified of progress.
    • Post reports to the website using AEI’s content management system.
  • Editing Promotional Materials (25%)
    • Copyedit event materials, including invitations, summaries, and transcripts, to ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency with AEI style.
    • Copyedit AEI’s regularly scheduled email newsletters and other mass emails to ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency with AEI style.
    • Edit website copy, press releases, scholar biographies, job postings, and other materials as needed.
  • Books (5%)
    • Manage ongoing projects related to the AEI library, including digital and physical archives.
    • Assist staff with book orders.
    • Assist with reprint permissions, inventory management, and other AEI Press–related requests.
  • Other Assigned Duties (5%)


  • Required Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or a related field
    • Exceptional editing and writing skills, including mastery of English grammar
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, especially Word
    • Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Desirable Qualifications:
    • Interest in or experience with public policy
    • Experience in a think tank or on Capitol Hill
    • Familiarity with WordPress and Salesforce
    • Familiarity with the Associated Press Stylebook and Bluebook


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