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    Duties

    Summary

    Editor with extraordinary talentsomeone 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. Most of the work is done with Microsoft Office, but some is done in a desktop publishing system.

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    Responsibilities

    The Management, Business, and Information Services division, which provides editorial and publishing services for the agency, seeks an editor with extraordinary talentsomeone 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. Most of the work is done with Microsoft Office, but some is done in a desktop publishing system.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    0

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All groups of qualified individuals

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident. THIS IS NOT A TELEWORK POSITION.

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION OR CLEARANCE

    Qualifications

    Candidates must have at least four years of experience in editing professional publications similar to those produced at CBO, as well as a bachelors or advanced degree, preferably in English or another field within the humanities. They must have broad editorial skillsranging from guiding 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. Experience editing 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 handle pressing tasks under deadlines, and they must have the flexibility to work some evenings and weekends when necessary.

    TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

    Candidates must have at least four years of experience in editing professional publications similar to those produced at CBO, as well as a bachelors or advanced degree, preferably in English or another field within the humanities. They must have broad editorial skillsranging from guiding 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. Experience editing 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 handle pressing tasks under deadlines, and they must have the flexibility to work some evenings and weekends when necessary.

    Education

    EDUCATION:

    Bachelors or advanced degree, preferably in English or another field within the humanities

    Additional information

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a not qualified determination. Those who aren't qualified will be informed and not considered further. Others will be referred to the hiring division for further consideration.

    NOTE: To ensure consideration you must submit a complete application by the date listed on the announcement at www.cbo.gov/careers (not USAJobs). Although we may continue to accept applications beyond that date, we are only ensuring that those who submitted by the deadline above will be considered. Should the hiring division wish to review candidates who applied after that date, we will then process those applications to determine if they are qualified and should be forwarded for management review.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

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    Required Documents

    Cover letter, résumé, salary history, at least one editing sample (see the FAQs on CBOs website for a description), and contact information for three references at www.cbo.gov/careers. CBO may request additional editing samples. Editing samples should display edits made.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    See https://www.cbo.gov/about/careers/benefits.
    Health/Dental/Vision
    Flexible Spending Accounts
    Retirement Benefits
    Life Insurance
    Transit Subsidies
    Long-Term Care Insurance
    Annual/Sick Leave
    Holidays

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    DO NOT APPLY THROUGH USAJOBS or EMAIL- APPLY ONLINE AT www.cbo.gov/careers.
    Please submit a cover letter, résumé, salary history, at least one editing sample (see the FAQs on CBOs website for a description), and contact information for three references at www.cbo.gov/careers. CBO may request additional editing samples. This position may be closed any time after 2/12/18. Applications without an editing sample displaying edits will not be considered. Covered by VEOA.

    Agency contact information

    Nancy Fahey

    Address

    www.cbo.gov
    2nd & D Streets, SW
    Washington, Dist of Columbia 20515
    US
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    Next steps

    You will receive an email confirming that you have applied to the position. Once your application is reviewed, it will be forwarded to the hiring division if you are qualified. If you don't meet qualifications, you will be informed by email and your application will not be considered further. All qualified candidates will be informed by email when the position has been filled.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488842400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.