November 5, 2019

Development Editor

Institute for Humane Studies
November 5, 2019
Arlington, United States
Job Type


The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) seeks a Development Editor to help ensure the editorial quality of materials for donors. This role will assist in the execution of a variety of development projects, including proposals, reports, thank you letters, direct mail, and other documents. Primary responsibilities include editing, proofreading, assisting with formatting, copywriting, and working to ensure projects meet deadlines. The Development Editor will also have substantial responsibilities for fact-checking and salesforce data entry. The position will report to the Director of Foundations Communications.

IHS partners with university scholars to promote the teaching and research of liberty and to advance higher education's core purpose of intellectual discovery and human progress. At IHS, we believe the foundational ideas for creating a just, peaceful, and prosperous world arise out of the classical liberal intellectual tradition. These ideas include individual liberty, the proper scope of government, economic freedom, the rule of law, freedom of speech and expression, and open inquiry.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support the Foundations Team by editing, proofreading, formatting, and drafting copy for a variety of development projects (e.g., proposals, reports, thank you letters, newsletters, and other documents)
  • Research and fact-checking responsibilities to support development writers
  • Utilize project management system and track projects as necessary
  • Attend various meetings, summarizing pertinent information for Development team
  • Enter data and compile metrics and reports

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have 2-3 years of professional experience, including copy-editing, fact-checking, and research
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Be detail-oriented and impeccably accurate
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Able to complete proofreading assignments quickly and accurately
  • Be experienced in Microsoft Office Word and Excel and Adobe software
  • Be competent in Salesforce or similar CRM

Each year IHS awards over $1 million in scholarships to students from universities around the world. IHS also sponsors the attendance of hundreds of students at its summer seminars and provides various forms of career assistance, including mentoring, a job board, and online career development seminars. Through its programs, the Institute promotes the study of liberty across a broad range of disciplines, encouraging understanding, open inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem-solving.

We have a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional growth. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. IHS provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100% of the health and dental insurance premium for individuals), health savings accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit and 12 free tuition credit hours annually at George Mason University.

The Institute for Humane Studies is a recognized leader in the development of talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and in advancing the principles and practice of classical liberalism. IHS, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization, based at George Mason University, that works with students and scholars across a broad range of academic and professional disciplines.

*Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, either full-time or part-time applicants will be considered.

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