Editor I

Western Governors University - Remote

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An Editor I is responsible for editing course materials (curriculum or assessments) according to WGU standards. The role requires proofreading, copyediting, and substantive editing throughout the course development process. The editor collaborates with a team of content and development experts to ensure a consistent, quality course experience for each student. Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Edits program and course materials, including proofreading, copyediting, and substantive editing during the development process.
  • Ensures course materials adhere to WGU internal and external style guide standards for curriculum, assessment, and program design and development.
  • Collaborates with project team members to ensure high-quality courses and adherence to timelines.
  • Attends project meetings, proactively providing editorial feedback and assists in the construction of a task.
  • Ensures course materials are accessible to students with disabilities by adhering to both national compliance requirements and accessibility best practices.
  • Assists with team projects, including style guide updates and training.
  • Improves readability of published content.
  • Evaluates material to determine it is inclusive and fair, avoiding bias and sensitive content.
  • Confers with content creators to determine the best practices regarding language and intended meaning to ensure a positive student experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to edit, including proofreading, copyediting, and substantive editing skills
  • Technological competence with MS Office suite (Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Office 360) and other learning management systems
  • Working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively in teams
  • Working knowledge of educational principles, including psychometrics and curriculum learning design
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once
  • Ability to meet deadlines continuously while maintaining quality work
  • Ability to be thorough and pay close attention to detail
Competencies: Critical Thinking Skills:
  • Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
Problem Solving Skills:
  • Investigates appropriate resources and involves partners when appropriate; future-oriented; assesses what will help/hinder achieving goals; focuses on what is important
  • Interpersonal Skills: Deals with others in a considerate, respectful, and unbiased manner; approaches conflict proactively; solicits and shares feedback openly; listens with empathy and maintains composure
  • Draws on information garnered from careful cultivation of a broad knowledge of WGU’s goals and processes; investigates beyond assumptions
  • Course corrects behaviors and communication style to meet the needs of a wide range of situations; tackles obstacles appropriately; is comfortable with ambiguity
  • Accountable to others; does what it takes to get the job done; actions are consistent with words; follows through on commitments; exhibits exceptional integrity
  • Displays commitment to the organization and to personal growth; self-motivated and able to motivate and inspire others; asserts self appropriately to champion ideas; tells the truth in a direct and constructive manner
  • Self-directs with a strong bias for action; leads the way in improvement of performance or processes; displays keen interest in students and organization

Job Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Editing, a related field or equivalency
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years of editing experience
  • Experience editing curriculum or assessments
Physical Requirements:
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

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