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Reed College

The Public Affairs Proofreader & Editorial Assistant has the primary responsibility of ensuring accuracy, consistency, and readability in college communications. This is an exciting position—you’ll work with fascinating people from diverse offices and departments on a wide range of projects.

The Public Affairs team develops communications for offices across the campus, including admission, development, student services, and academic departments. As a member of the Public Affairs team, the Proofreader & Editorial Assistant reviews materials to find and correct grammatical and spelling errors; reads original content against designed copy to ensure that the work has been set correctly and that any requested changes have been made; and monitors consistency of all materials for style and established guidelines. This role reports to the Director of Creative Projects in Public Affairs.

This is a full-time, exempt position, and work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday. The salary for this position is $42,000. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse, support for bike commuting, and discounted Trimet transit passes.


  • You are exceptionally detail-oriented and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • You have a so-called eagle eye when it comes to finding and correcting errors in printed and digital content.
    Consistency, accurate spelling, and meticulous fact checking are important to you.
  • You have an interest in grammar—you understand and can explain the difference between that and which.
    Finding and using the right word is one of your talents.
  • You prefer simplicity and can translate dense content into plain language.
  • You are able to synthesize feedback from many people and make an informed decision.
  • Highly intellectual content is not intimidating—you’re comfortable reviewing and proofreading complex academic writing when needed.
  • You can handle managing a large suite of projects and working on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Working independently is a strength, but you like being part of a team.
  • You can document your process (what you did and why) and you’re comfortable sharing that with others.
  • You’ve learned how to use an unfamiliar application in the last three years (google docs, photoshop, wunderlist, spotify, mailchimp), and you found using it to be pretty intuitive because you understand, generally, how the internet works.



  • Proofread: reviews materials for grammatical and spelling errors, consistency of use and style, design errors, and to ensure all changes are made.
  • Copy edit: edits select work for clarity and other issues as needed.
  • Fact-check: fact-checks select work as needed.
  • Copywrite: assist in copywriting for select work as needed.
  • Communicate: meets with project initiators and other project participants to understand the deadlines, budgets, and goals of each project.
  • Documentation: follows procedures related to proofreading, copy editing, version control, and approvals.
  • Collaborate: works closely with writers, designers, and project initiators in a fast-paced, marketing environment.
  • Administrative support: provides support to the creative team and public affairs in general.



  • Four years’ experience working in a communications role, with at least two years’ editorial or proofreading experience.
  • Experience in higher education preferred.
  • Experience working with Basecamp or other project management software preferred.



Click the accompanying link to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but .pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • What are your long-term professional goals?
  • Of which recent professional accomplishment are you most proud?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to diversity, equity and community growth at Reed?


Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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