The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 18

Position description

Department/Program Summary:

The Editorial team ensures that all GMF research reflects the agenda, priorities, and high standards of the organization. We are a link between other communications staff and the researchers, working with both to develop publication plans and create other products (including in digital formats) for dissemination. We work directly with authors to help them develop ideas, and to craft their messaging and arguments, to achieve maximum impact. Quality control is as much as copy editing, from draft to final version, a part of our responsibility.

Job Summary:

The Editor works across all GMF programs and offices to coordinate planning and finalizing research products (of various forms, including digital and multimedia) and to assure consistency, quality, and alignment with organizational priorities. The Editor oversees the editorial process for publications, including the tracking, planning, and editing of all policy papers, briefs, reports, essays, and other products. The Editor supervises freelance editors, graphic designers, and other vendors.

The Editor may also be called upon to work with the Communications team on the publication/research pipeline and on promotion strategies for publications.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Manage publication process and publication calendar to meet deadlines and facilitate strategic planning
  • Copyedit publications, assuring style and content quality
  • Finalize texts for publication
  • Strategically coordinate GMF content and products (calendar and calendar meetings)
  • Devise key messages and coordinate with Communications colleagues, at times, to help craft a promotion strategy for major research publications
  • Review and approve external communications
  • Frame and craft content for GMF digital properties (work with and advise Communications colleagues)

Additional Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Communicate frequently with representatives of GMF’s seven European offices and program publication managers
  • Provide communications and editing support during GMF’s annual Brussels Forum
  • Oversee work of freelancers


Knowledge and Skills Needed:

  • Editing and writing (advanced native-level English language skills, with impeccable grammar and style)
  • Familiarity with content management systems
  • Knowledge of and experience with international relations and foreign policy issues


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, journalism, international relations, or similar field
  • Minimum of 6 years relevant writing or editing experience

Application instructions

Please apply via the GMF website. GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.