Production Editor

Posted On: January 23, 2023

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Mercatus Center

Company Description

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.

A university-based research center, the Mercatus Center advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper, and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.

Founded in 1980, the Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University’s Arlington and Fairfax campuses.

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Job Description

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University seeks a full-time production editor to join its publications team.

The production editor is an essential part of the publications team and will be responsible for maintaining the editorial standards of the organization. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable in economics and the Mercatus Center’s distinctive tradition of political economy, have professional knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, and be proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite (particularly InDesign) and Microsoft Word. Familiarity with Excel or other chart-creation software is desired but not required.

Primary responsibilities:
• Copyediting and proofreading a wide range of publications, from academic research papers to congressional testimonies to research summaries.
• Typeset manuscripts using InDesign CC, input corrections, and shepherd publications quickly and efficiently through the production process.
• Work closely and independently with program managers and media relations staff at Mercatus, in-house and external scholars and authors, and vendors and freelancers.

Minimum Requirements:
• A bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or a related field.
• At least three years of work experience; preferably in editorial, production, or project management.
• Strong editing and organizational skills.
• Professional knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to review the work of and provide feedback to freelancers.
• Able to work independently in meeting deadlines and tracking and coordinating multiple projects at once.
• Interest in the principles of economics, law, and public policy that the Mercatus Center most frequently addresses.
• Commitment to the mission of Mercatus.

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