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The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, conducts rigorous research on expanding access to higher education and promoting success for all students. We are seeking an associate editor who will work closely with our researchers to ensure that all of our publications are of the highest quality.

The associate editor will be involved in all phases of publication production, from initial manuscript edit to final proofread to design. We’re looking for someone with impeccable grammar who can critique an academic paper from top to bottom and can serve as a writing resource for our staff. The position reports to the center’s Communications Director.

This is a full-time position based in New York City. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and academic writing sample that ideally demonstrates familiarity with the social sciences and statistical concepts. Applicants who are selected for further review will be required to complete a proofreading test and an editing/writing exercise. To apply, visit the Teachers College Human Resources website.

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If you have less experience than desired but are frequently called on by your peers to edit their academic work, we encourage you to apply. Exceptional candidates who do not meet all the requirements may be considered for a position as assistant editor.

Main Responsibilities

  • Edit papers, briefs, and web content for style, substance, and grammatical correctness.
  • Correspond with authors during the manuscript revision process to ensure that editorial queries are resolved.
  • Format working papers in Microsoft Word so that they adhere to our house style.
  • Review proofs of designed reports for content and style.
  • Provide feedback and guidance for writers during manuscript development.
  • Perform other communications-related tasks, including writing and editing research summaries, posting content to CCRC’s websites, and proofreading email campaigns.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • 3–5 years editing experience, ideally in the social sciences, or other experience that demonstrates an ability to understand and edit complex academic prose.
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, including track changes and formatting tools.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and to anticipate and meet deadlines.


  • Prior experience editing academic papers, preferably in social sciences such as sociology and economics.
  • Familiarity with APA style.
  • Experience with web content management.