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Job Code:
USA – Washington, DC
Job Category: Writing/Editing
Division Name: Management, Business, and Information Services CBO

Description –

The Management, Business, and Information Services division, which provides editorial and publishing services for the agency, seeks an editor with extraordinary talent—someone who can see both the forest and the trees, who can transform drafts if necessary and can catch small errors that others miss. The job involves making analytical and technical reports clear and accessible to a broad audience, including Members of Congress, Congressional staff, researchers, and other members of the public. The work routinely entails substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading but also includes reviewing and reorganizing drafts, providing writing assistance, and rewriting portions of drafts.


Candidates must have at least four years of experience in editing professional publications and a bachelor’s or advanced degree, preferably in English or another field within the humanities. They must have broad editorial skills––ranging from being able to reliably guide authors in writing and organizing drafts, to making complex and difficult drafts clear and graceful, to proofreading with a superior eye for detail. They must thoroughly understand English grammar and syntax and should be sensitive to style and to nuances of tone and meaning in writing and editing. Experience with technical subjects and quantitative information presented in tables and graphs is required.

Strong interpersonal skills are important. So is the ability to be comfortable and effective in a process for composition and review that involves suggestions and changes from many people. Candidates must be able to work comfortably within a desktop publishing system, they must be able to handle pressing tasks under deadlines, and they must have the flexibility to work some evenings and weekends, as necessary.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. CBO offers excellent benefits and a collegial, respectful work environment.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, salary history, at least one editing sample (see the FAQs on CBO’s website for a description), and contact information for three references.   Although there is no deadline by which to apply, this position may be closed when CBO has received a sufficient number of applications from qualified candidates.

This position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act, as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended. The following categories of people may be eligible for preference in the hiring process: veterans who have separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after serving on active duty in the armed forces during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or during particular defined periods; disabled veterans; and the mother, spouse, or unmarried widow or widower of certain veterans.

To claim this preference, an applicant must identify himself or herself as eligible for veterans' preference in the Self-Identification for Veterans' Preference section of the application and must complete and submit CBO's Veterans' Preference Eligibility Form together with the supporting documentation specified on that form to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (or by fax to 202-225-7539) within two weeks of applying or no later than the deadline specified for positions with deadlines. Applicants may obtain a copy of CBO's Veterans' Preference in Appointments policy by submitting a written request to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Angela Smart or Nancy Fahey, Washington, DC, 202-226-2628,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


To Apply

Apply online
here https://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CONGRESSIONALBUDGET&cws=1&rid=333
Visit us here https://www.cbo.gov/about/careers/jobs

Posted on 01 March 2017
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