Assistant Editor

George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 18

Position description

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and one of the largest schools of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

Hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs and published by Taylor & Francis, The Washington Quarterly (TWQ) is a global security affairs journal providing diverse perspectives on strategic changes, trends, and relations around the world as well as their public policy implications. It addresses topics such as:
• the U.S. role in the world 
• China, India and other emerging great 
• nuclear security challenges including 
North Korea, South Asia, Iran, and 
• regional flashpoints such as the East 
and South China Seas, Taiwan, and 
• global political changes such as 
elections and mass uprisings

Contributors are drawn from both inside and outside the United States and reflect diverse political, regional, and professional perspectives. Essays are authoritative yet written for the global affairs generalist. Members of the analytical, diplomatic, intelligence, media, and policymaking communities value TWQ as a source of incisive, independent thinking about global political and security challenges and policies.

The Washington Quarterly currently seeks an Assistant Editor. Reporting to the Editor in Chief the Assistant Editor is responsible for most main tasks for publishing the journal. Specific responsibilities include:

Editorial and Production: 
• Serves as principal coordinator of editing and production process for articles approved for publication in The Washington Quarterly
• Edits long-form articles (>5000 words) for grammar and content, reshaping arguments to address international security, regional geopolitics, and recommendations for policymakers. Includes some fact-checking
• Liaises with Taylor & Francis for journal production, including desktopping and proofreading of each issue according to a rigorous quarterly schedule

• Manages budget including budget tracker, credit card oversight etc. 
• Manages unsolicited manuscripts and the general TWQ inbox
• Coordinates travel, meetings, and events as needed
• Conducts research as needed, including brainstorming future substantive themes
Marketing and Technology:
• Shapes the journal’s online presence via social media
• Designs and writes quarterly email campaigns; coordinates other marketing campaigns with the publisher
• Crafts journal covers using InDesign 
• Refreshes web content at using the CMS Drupal

Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.


Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma/GED or equivalent combination of training and experience, is necessary plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in English, International Affairs, Political Science, History, or other related degree is strongly preferred
• 2 years of related editorial experience in a professional or university policy-related journal or publishing environment is strongly preferred
• Background and interest in international affairs/contemporary foreign policy strongly preferred
• Ability to write clearly with superior grammar and editing skills and attention to detail 
• Willingness to work hours demanded by production cycles at predictable peak times
• Strong computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Office applications 
• Experience with Adobe Photoshop, especially InDesign
• Experience with web design, the CMS Drupal, and social media promotion
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Application instructions

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