The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is seeking a Senior Policy Editor to be part of our Publications team. The Senior Policy Editor will be responsible for reviewing and editing both long-form and short-form research, including book chapters, working papers, legislative testimony, and policy briefs.
-Conduct review of first draft for papers and books after peer reviews have been received, similar to the reviews done by academic journal editors. Providing additional review for second draft to ensure that reviewers’ comments are incorporated within the final draft.
-Review and edit short-form publications such as charts, summaries of papers, and regulatory comments.
-Work with research program managers, policy writers, and other editors to ensure that research publications conform to Mercatus standards for quality and scholarship and contribute to a cohesive body of research within the “Mercatus School” framework.
-PhD in economics or JD preferred, plus experience in public policy formation to demonstrate expertise in evaluating economic and public policy research
-Formal training or coursework in statistical and econometric analysis preferred
-Desire to ensure quality of academic research and connect market-oriented research ideas to policymaking audience in a clear and logical manner
-Demonstrated editing ability, mainly substantive and developmental editing
-Experience and familiarity with the peer-review process a plus
-Expertise in healthcare policy and/or regulatory policy desirable
-Knowledge or familiarity with the Mercatus Center’s methodological toolkit—Austrian economics, public choice theory, and new institutional economics—desirable
-Excellent organization and interpersonal communication skills needed to work well with scholars, other editors, research managers, government relations staff members, and senior management
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Please submit your cover letter and resume, as well as three references, through our online application process. Your cover letter must indicate your interest in the Mercatus Center’s mission.
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, Mercatus provides excellent benefits to all individual employees, including full health and dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and free credits at George Mason University.
About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
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