Copy Editor/Proofreader

Date: June 11, 2014

Title: Copy Editor/Proofreader

Description:  Hartwick College currently has a temporary, four-month assignment for an experienced proofreader to work for our Marketing & Communications Department.  Part-time, 28-hours per week.

Responsibilities include:

  • Copy edits a wide variety of educational materials including admissions, advancement, student services, and other pieces.
  • Edit all assigned materials for accuracy, clarity, and consistency of style and format; correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Utilize AP and College-specific style guides to ensure accuracy and consistency of text for publication.
  • Re-write parts of text and query developers when unsure of intent.
  • Note and question artwork, layout, and production errors when proofreading.
  • Handle multiple projects paying close attention to priority and tight deadlines.
  • Provide editorial oversight, creation and distribution of monthly electronic newsletter.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have:

  • B.A. degree
  • Three or more years solid copy editing experience 
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word for the creation, editing, and review of documents including formatting text and tables, embedding graphics and using tracking modes.
  • Ability to use Microsoft PowerPoint for creating, editing and viewing presentations including slide templates, inserting graphics, and printing handouts.
  • Thorough knowledge of the English language, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation rules.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with AP style.
  • Ability to read and comprehend text rapidly and thoroughly to meet tight and often changing deadlines.
  • Ability to understand and use editing proofreading marks.
  • Firm understanding of the editorial process; general understanding of the production process, including ability to recognize layout problems.
  • Ability to apply relevant standards across a wide variety of publications

Founded in 1797, Hartwick College is a selective, private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Hartwick College is committed to provide a safe and secure educational environment. As such, employment at Hartwick College is contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references in one document (pdf or MS Word preferred) to Kimberley Lindsley, Human Resources Coordinator, at Applications may also be mailed to the Office of Human Resources, Hartwick College, P.O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820 or faxed to 607-431-4329.