Associate Editor

Posted On: December 11, 2023

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Center for a New American Security

Company Description

The Center for a New American Security develops bold, innovative, and bipartisan national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. As an independent and bipartisan research institution, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C.

CNAS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

CNAS abides by all Federal and District of Columbia employment laws.

Job Description

CNAS is seeking an Associate Editor to help execute the Center’s publications process. CNAS is a leading foreign policy and national security think tank that produces approximately 40 major analytic reports each year.

The Associate Editor, reporting to the Editorial and Publications Director, will play a key role in coordinating the Center’s publications and will work closely with the Publications and Communications teams, as well as the seven research programs. He/she must be able to work independently and as part of a small team. The Associate Editor should have impeccable attention to detail, an ability to manage multiple projects at once, and a strong background in editing and writing. This is an overview of primary responsibilities. Other tasks may be required, and responsibilities may vary to fulfill the Center’s needs.

Edit and copyedit products as assigned, including policy reports, press releases, email newsletters, commentaries, etc., for grammar, style, and layout.
Master the publications process to facilitate submissions.
Work with researchers to prepare their reports for publication at multiple stages in the publications process.
Provide support to the Editorial and Publications Director, including processing invoices and contracts, updating the publications archive, and keeping team documents current, among other tasks.
Assist the Editorial and Publications Director with deadline management and communication.
Coordinate assignments and deadlines with external copyeditors.
Coordinate closely with the Communications team to layout and produce online products.
Serve as a resource on style, grammar, and the publications process for other staff members.
Review credits/sources for visual material, including photos and graphics.
2–4 years editorial experience in print and/or online publications.
Strong copyediting and proofreading skills.
Exceptional organizational skills, initiative, and attention to detail.
Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects at once, balance competing deadlines, and shift priorities among projects.
Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style.
Interest in contributing to cutting-edge research on U.S. national security policy.
Legal right to work in the United States.

To Apply

CNAS is accepting online applications only. Candidates must apply online using this link:

A complete application must include a cover letter explaining interest and qualifications for the position and a resume.