Copy Editor

Job Location

U.S., Canada, Germany, Colombia, and United Kingdom

Remote

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Type of Job

Part-Time

Salary

$21.91 per hour

Published Date

May 27, 2021

About the job

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  • Reports to: Director of Communications
  • Hours: Part-time (25 hours/week)
  • Pay rate: Level 2 ($21.91 per hour)
  • Location: Remote; open to candidates in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Colombia, and United Kingdom

Position summary

 

As the Copy Editor, you will ensure that the communications we create—both internal and external—are held to the highest standards of grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, and style. Your primary responsibilities will include creating compelling communications content, proofreading, editing, and collaborating across competency areas to deliver quality projects on time.

 

Key areas of responsibility

 

Communications Strategy, Planning, and Management

  • Contribute to organization-wide communications strategy that will position ACE as a trusted authority and thought leader in the animal advocacy community
  • Engage in public-facing communications activities; establish and maintain a consistent tone of voice, and suggest edits to improve structure, readability, conciseness, and style of text across all communications initiatives
  • Contribute to drafting engaging, goal-aligned content, including but not limited to blog posts, social media, web pages, email campaigns, video scripts, and landing pages
  • Manage and maintain ACE style guide and other writing resources
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders and key influencers at virtual and in-person events

Channel Management

 

Digital communications and print marketing

  • Copy edit ACE content for syntax, spelling, grammar, and formatting to ensure all public-facing materials are polished for our audiences
  • Coach colleagues across areas of competency to improve English writing skills
  • Ensure content is accessible to a broad audience of readers, including international audiences and those with varying degrees of familiarity with EA/EAA
  • Edit research publications to remove unnecessary jargon
  • Rewrite and restructure content that is unclear and indirect
  • Ensure that all written work is in accordance with ACE’s style guide
  • Check that hyphens, capital letters, optional spellings, etc., are used consistently
  • Format in-text citations and footnotes in accordance with ACE’s style guide
  • Draft accessible content for ACE’s web pages and blog with an audience-first approach
  • Assist in the drafting and scheduling of social media posts for various content types: shared, owned, fundraising, events

ACE Charity Evaluations

  • Provide substantive feedback on reviews
  • Format and copy edit materials shared with ACE by charities under review
  • Create reference lists in APA style for all major works as needed

Qualifications

 

General

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in English, journalism, communications, or related field
  • At least two years experience in copy editing
  • Highly motivated self-starter who also works well both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working on a remote team
  • Capable of handling confidential information
  • Familiar with and committed to the principles of representation, equity, and inclusion

Communications

  • Excellent English editing, writing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to edit in accordance with ACE’s style guide and voice
  • Knowledge of APA citation style
  • Creative ability to rephrase sentences without changing their meaning
  • Familiarity with social media management and scheduling

Technical

  • Familiarity with project management tools such as Asana

 

*Please note that while we think that these skills/qualifications are essential to the position, we do not necessarily expect every qualified candidate to have all of them upon entry. ACE supports all staff, including our leadership, in further developing and enhancing their skills. Please apply for the position even if some of these skills/qualifications are growth areas for you.