Freelance Editor (Remote Eligible)

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Read more about our benefits here:

Currently, we are seeking freelance editors with at least seven years of editorial experience to join our busy Editorial Services team.
Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Perform rapid turnaround copyediting and substantive editing of technical documents.
  • Edit reports, proposals, issue briefs, journal articles, and other documents for clarity, grammar, spelling, usage, punctuation, syntax, consistency, accessibility, and adherence to company style.
  • Meet additional task-specific editing requirements, as requested, such as preferred style or terminology.
  • Work evening and weekend hours as needed to meet deadlines.

Position Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or communications.
Minimum of seven years of editorial experience at a government contractor or agency, a publishing company, or similar environment; experience editing government proposals or publications on public policy is a plus.
Willing to work evenings and weekends required, particularly during summer months.
Strong editorial skills, including the ability to translate jargon and technical terminology into everyday language.
Strong communication skills, including the ability to query authors tactfully and constructively.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).
Familiarity with editorial style manuals (such as the Chicago Manual of Style, APA Publication Manual, or Federal Plain Language guidlines).
Comfortable working under tight deadlines and with complex topics.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. You will also be asked to provide your desired salary range during the application process.
Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Remote

This position offers an anticipated hourly rate of $30-45/hr. This is a freelance position so the amount of work will vary.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance. Additionally, if you participate in/complete the application process and are denied, Mathematica may choose to terminate your employment.

Although Mathematica does not require vaccination from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, various projects or agencies may require documentation of vaccination (or an approved exception/accommodation).

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high quality work.

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices—including decisions regarding recruitment, training, compensation, and promotion. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.