Council of State Governments
  • 15-May-2017 to 30-Jun-2017 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Communications
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time



The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan, research-driven strategies and tools to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the CSG Justice Center works closely with government executives, legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center develops written and web-based materials, conducts complex data analysis, and provides on-the-ground technical assistance to policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, behavioral health, law enforcement, etc.) in states and local jurisdictions.

Posting: Assistant Editor (Communications)


Job Title: Assistant Editor


FLSA Status: Exempt


Department: Justice Center (Communications)


Type of Position:   Full-time, Regular


Reports To: Editorial Director, Communications


Reporting to This Position: N/A


Location: New York, NY






The assistant editor will work with the Communications Division to help advance comprehensive, ongoing, organization-wide communications initiatives, including the creation of publications and digital content.




Specific responsibilities of the assistant editor include but are not limited to:

      Work under the direction of the Editorial Director and in close coordination with other members of the editorial team across a range of projects, as well as on long-term individual projects;

      Copyedit, proofread, and fact check editorial content'which includes web content, publications, event materials, and promotional pieces'according to house style;

      Provide project management assistance on long-term individual projects;

      Provide assistance in the development of web and social media content, as directed;

      Create snappy headlines, captions, and short summaries;

      Conduct photo research; and

      Provide general administrative support to the Communications Division, as needed.




      Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills;

      Strong critical thinking and a political sensibility;

      Extreme attention to detail, both with written products as well as project management;

      Exceptional organizational skills and ability to prioritize quickly and confidently;

      Ability to juggle multiple projects efficiently and with accuracy;

      Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor;

      Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs required; facility with PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat platform a plus.




More than one year of solid editorial experience, ideally in the fields of publishing, journalism, communications, public affairs, or public relations. Exposure to criminal justice issues and/or policy analysis a plus.


A college degree in English, journalism, or related field (required).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers.

      Frequently operates a computer to create policy briefs, memos, and presentations.

      Frequently remains in a stationary position to perform desk duties.

      Frequently works in a well-lit, tempered room.

       Occasionally moves throughout office to communicate to coworkers.

      Seldom transports objects such as with weight up to 25 pounds such as files or paper boxes.


Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in pdf format) to

  1. Cover letter specifying the position for which you are applying
  2. Resume
  3. Two writing samples (preferably no more than three pages each)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least three)


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

CSG participates in E-Verify

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