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Editorial/Research Assistant

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The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR’s Federal Statistics Program (FSP) works with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the federal government’s primary source for collecting and analyzing statistical data about public education in the United States and around the world. The information provided by our experts contributes to the development of high-quality statistics about education that inform discussion and debate at the decision-making levels of national, state and local governments.
NCES, part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, fulfills a congressional mandate to collect, analyze, and report statistics and information showing the condition and progress of education in the United States and other nations in order to promote and accelerate the improvement of American education.
The Editorial/Research Assistant will work with the Annual Reports team, which supports the analysis, writing, and print and web publication processes of NCES reports such as: The Condition of Education (****The Digest of Education Statistics (****Indicators of School Crime and Safety (****as well as other periodic reports (e.g., ****This position will collaborate with senior editorial staff on copy-editing, ensuring adherence to statistical and style guidelines, consistency in style, proofreading, and implementing quality control procedures.
The Editorial/Research Assistant will:
1. Review publications prepared by the Annual Reports staff and provide comments to the author regarding accuracy, content, grammar, and style for tables, figures, and text. The candidate will work collaboratively with the author to resolve any queries that arise from their review.
2. Review data tables for the Digest of Education for consistency within the table and between tables; verify data within tables; and provide editorial comments on titles, footnotes, source notes, and other technical documentation.
3. Work with the Annual Reports team and provide advice and guidance on style, grammar, word choice, and other editorial matters.
4. Work with authors to respond appropriately and accurately to client and external reviewer comments. In addition, the candidate will work with authors and typesetters to ensure revisions based on reviewer comments are made to final documents.
• Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communication or other relevant field
• Must have excellent proofreading, language, and analytic skills.
• Exhibits efficient writing skills.
• Ability to focus on details within a complex document.
• Can collaborate within a team environment.
• Displays flexibility and can adapt to changing deadlines and work priorities
• Proficiencies with Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word and Excel.
• Demonstrated organizational abilities.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Previous technical proofreading or copyediting experience, a plus.
• Familiarity with style guides and proofreading marks, a plus.
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