Introduction

Creating a job description to advertise a new vacancy requires research, speaking to managers and more. If you have never created a job posting before you may get lost in the process.

That's why Process Street has created this Editor Job Description Template, to help you create your editor job description.

Editors are involved in planning, making revisions, and coordinating material for publication in newspapers, magazines, books or websites. Content is reviewed to determine whether it will please readers, and suggestions are given.

Editors will come to a piece of writing with a fresh pair of eyes. They spot crucial transitions, incorrect, duplicated or missing words, and word redundancies. All in all, editors ensure writing is accurate, grammatically correct and an easy, captivating read.

Hiring a good editor ensures your content is at the required professional standard for your business. Use this Editor Job Description Template to assure you get the best candidates applying for the editor role.

Before you begin this template, take the time to consider the below skills which make a good editor. 

  1. Writing and editing skills
  2. Be able to identify appropriate content
  3. Organization skills and attention to detail
  4. Ability to lead a team

Preparation:

Record details

Record the details of your business. Do this by using the form fields below.

Your job title may not be 'editor' word for word. You can alter the job title to suit your unique position.

Gather job information

You will need to find out information regarding the editor job role. You will have to speak to the current manager of the relevant department and gather the information you need to post the job. Use the sub-checklist and form fields below to record everything you need.

  • 1
    Location of the job
  • 2
    Salary and benefits included
  • 3
    Examples of projects they will carry out
  • 4
    A summary of the job

Read an example job description

Have a look at the below editor job description example. This will give you a rough idea of what you are aiming to create.

The Copy Editor will review and edit all email and/or interactive projects throughout the entire creative process to ensure quality, accuracy, and consistency of projects before release. The Copy Editor is responsible for some project management, including coordinating project timelines and processes, maintaining status sheets and routing creative assets. Will work closely with creative and client services team members.

Essential Functions

  • Proofreads at various stages of production for accurate presentation of all content modifications, revisions, updates or new copy content
  • Checks for grammar, punctuation, usage, capitalization, style, layout, format and inconsistencies; fact checks as needed
  • Checks against backup (creative, reference)
  • Checks that all brands, products, and logos are up to date
  • Checks legal copy and all trademarks and copyrights are correct and up to date
  • Checks that all phone numbers and URLs are accurate and functioning
  • Maintains a library of up-to-date client information and brand standards
  • Identifies process improvement opportunities and communicates them to supervisor
  • Coordinates project timelines and schedules meetings
  • Communicates with creative and client services team members to ensure projects are on track and deadlines are met
  • Maintains status sheets with up-to-date project information
  • Routes creative assets to appropriate team members for review


Knowledge & Skills

  • Able to be highly accurate in proofing copy under tight deadlines
  • Collaborates as an effective team member
  • Stays up to date on all required software
  • Takes direction well
  • Well-versed in latest style manual as pertains to each specific account
  • Able to clearly communicate changes and updates
  • Must utilize exceptional spelling and grammar
  • Able to create, adhere to or update relevant style guides as needed
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented and organized


Duties & Responsibilities

  • A passion for hunting typos and correcting grammar; incredibly detailed and organized
  • Accuracy under the pressure of extremely tight deadlines, with a strong work ethic

toward getting tasks completed, no matter the obstacles

  • Checks email links as requested to ensure accuracy
  • Prioritizes multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Comfortable leading and collaborating as an effective team member, with the ability to both work independently and take direction well
  • Learns new programs, processes and systems quickly
  • Manages project timelines and ensures deadlines are met
  • Communicates effectively with creative and client services team members
  • Routes creative assets to the appropriate parties for review


Technical Requirements

  • Experience working with Excel, Word, Basecamp, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat, including mark-up/editing/distribution of electronic documents within each program
  • Ability to utilize web research tools to fact check


Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of AP Style
  • Experience working in a fast-paced/high-pressure environment
  • Ability to handle multiple projects with changing priorities in a tight deadline-driven environment
  • At least 2 years of proofreading experience, in an agency setting or professional services organization; including checking documents for general errors, layout and style consistency, clarity and cross-referencing a variety of materials



Experience: Requires 2 years of related experience
Education: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred


Conditions of Employment:

All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of certain background checks which unless prohibited by applicable law may include criminal history checks, employment verification, education verification, drug screens, credit checks, DMV checks (for driving positions only) and fingerprinting.


Great People Deserve Great Benefits:

We know that we have some of the brightest and most talented associates in the world, and we believe in rewarding them accordingly. If you work here, expect competitive pay, comprehensive health coverage, and endless opportunities to advance your career.


About Epsilon:

Epsilon® is an all-encompassing global marketing innovator. We provide unrivaled data intelligence and customer insights, world-class technology including loyalty, email and CRM platforms and data-driven creative, activation and execution. Epsilon’s digital media arm, Conversant, is a leader in personalized digital advertising and insights through its proprietary technology and trove of consumer marketing data, delivering digital marketing with unprecedented scale, accuracy and reach through personalized media programs. Together, we bring personalized marketing to consumers across offline and online channels, at moments of interest that help drive business growth for brands. Epsilon employs over 8,000 associates in 70 offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.epsilon.com and follow us on Twitter @EpsilonMktg.
Epsilon provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.Epsilon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Epsilon participates in E-Verify.
Epsilon will provide accommodations to applicants needing accommodations to complete the application process.
Any applicant offered employment will be required to establish that they are legally authorized to work in the United States for Epsilon.

Epsilon will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal and credit histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of all applicable laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.


For San Francisco Bay Area: Epsilon will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco Police Code Sections 4901 - 4919, commonly referred to as the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Writing The Job Description:

Decide the position title

The first thing that catches a candidate's eye when they are job hunting is the job title. This will give them a rough idea of what the editor position responsibilities will include and if they are able to fill it. Make sure that the title includes what the job will be, so in this case; an editor role should include 'editor' in the title.

Use the sub-checklist and form field below

  • 1
    Accurately describe nature of job
  • 2
    Is free of gender or age implications
  • 3
    It is self explanatory for recruitment purposes
  • 4
    It does not exaggerate importance of the role

Jot down responsibilities

The job description should contain a list of the duties and responsibilities associated with the editor role. You can also include how long each task should take. The list of duties and responsibilities will vary in length, but as a rule, should be as short as possible, otherwise, the document becomes an operational manual, not a job description.

The responsibilities of an editor often includes the following:

  1. Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work

  2. Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax

  3. Allocate print space for story text, photos, and illustrations according to space parameters and copy significance, using knowledge and layout principles

  4. Plan the contents of publications according to the publications style, editorial policy and publishing requirements

  5. Verify facts, dates, and statistics using standard reference sources

Required qualifications

Once a candidate clicks on the job description, they will need to know if they are able to qualify academically or with work experience. Jotting down the needed qualifications for the job will ensure the candidate is able to know if they are able to apply for the role.

Highlight hierarchy structure

Reporting lines clarify the responsibilities of the position by showing who the candidate reports to and who reports to them. This is important, not only in relation to compliance issues but also to give the candidate a look into the structure of the organization and how the position they are applying to fits into it.

You can detail how the candidate will fit in your companies hierarchical structure using the long-text form field below.

Include term of employment

The term of employment can be an important piece of information for candidates as they want to know if they will be hired on a short-term basis or long-term basis and if they will need to be looking for another job in the near future. 

Choose salary

The importance of including the salary of a job is high. Candidates will not apply for the job if there is no salary range included, we all work for the one reason which is money.

Instead of assigning a particular salary to the position, work out a salary range to include in the job description that is competitive with similar positions in other organizations and allows for variations in education and experience. 

The average salary for an editor is $47,646 per year.

Posting The Job Description:

Preparing for posting

Once you have the post written you will need to get it prepared for posting. Find out how many candidates minimum you need, when the posting will close and if there is any further important information you need.

More than half of all applicants apply to jobs early in the week.

Job description review

Job Description Review

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You can review your job description and approve if you are happy with it. This is a stop task, meaning you are unable to move forward with the job description template until you are happy with the job description and it has been approved.

  • 1
    Job description approval

Shorter job descriptions receive 8.4% more applicants per view.

Choose where to post your job description

Once your job description has been approved, the next step is to choose where you would like to post this job description. You can make a list for where this job description will be posted using the long text form field provided.

There are some good websites out there to list your job description on. Provided below are  some useful links to help you decide where to post your job description:

  1. Indeed

  2. careerbuilder

  3. dice.com

  4. glassdoor.co.uk

  5. Google For Jobs

  6. idealist

  7. LinkedIn

  8. linkup

  9. Monster

  10. US.jobs

  11. Specialty niche job sites

Post the job description

Finally, the last thing you have to do is post the editor job description you have created and wait for those skilled candidates to start applying! 

Check our Human Resources Pre Employment Screening and learn how to screen candidates appropriately.  

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