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 jobs@hartwick.edu. 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.