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Freelance Editor for Policy Think Tank

Job ID: 62628
Job Views: 1383
Location: Washington DC, , United States
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Job Category: Academia,Other
Employment Type: Freelance
Posted: 07.26.2021

Job Description

The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) is the focal point of public policy research, analysis, and development at AARP.  PPI develops creative policy solutions to address our common need for financial security, health care, and quality of life, publishing policy analyses and providing updates on a range of topics that affect older adults.
Just a few specific topic areas on which PPI works include the following:
  • Social Security, retirement plans, emergency savings
  • family caregiving, long-term care, housing, livable communities, transportation
  • Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, health issues affecting older adults
Freelance editors needed
PPI is seeking an editor or editors to work on a freelance basis in editing papers, blogs, reports, and other content, primarily authored by the organization’s subject matter experts. Editors must be able to perform substantive edits and make recommendations, addressing issues ranging from structure and organization to awkward sentences in need of fixes. As needed, editors also should be able to effectively perform the final copyedit—i.e., the stage at which a keen eye must catch outstanding final-stage issues (i.e., typos, any missed minor issues, etc.). Editors should have strong interpersonal skills that enable them to work collegially with subject matter experts/authors who are highly invested in their own work. Experience with policy content and/or any of the above-referenced topic areas preferred. Knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style also preferred. 

To respond, send an email highlighting relevant qualifications as described above as well as a resume embedded in the email (no attachments, please) or a LinkedIn link to

Job Requirements

  • Ability to perform substantive edits, addressing issues concerning structure and content in reports, studies/papers, and blogs through either feedback or execution.
  • Keen eye for performing copyedits.
  • Strong interpersonal skills/able to work with subject matter experts.
  • Familiarity with academic/think tank-style writing (e.g., reports, papers, blogs).
  • (Preferred) familiarity with public policy issues, particularly health care, livable communities, family caregiving, long-term care, and financial security (e.g., Social Security, retirement savings).
  • (Preferred) familiarity with Chciago Manual of Style

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