Associate Editor

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary to commensurate with experience




3003 Washington Boulevard
United States


CNA has an opening at its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia for an  Associate Editor. 

The Associate Editor will edit formal research reports and other technical documents to ensure overall clarity, conciseness, logic, and correctness. 


1 Review and edit research documents for clarity, conciseness, logic, and correctness. Levels of edit range from light to heavy copy editing, and may be determined by time and budget available. 

2 Ensure that documents are well written and well organized. 

3 Consult with author as needed to discuss proposed changes and suggestions. 

4 Participate in editorial training and development for CNA analysts, such as presenting at writing seminars, providing online writing help, and offering writing center tutoring. 

5 Edit correspondence, flyers, brochures, surveys, proposals, PowerPoint briefs, and other publications, both formal and informal. 

6 Fix errors in grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling, following CNA (and CNA sponsors’) standards of quality and style. 

7 Participate in the establishment of style guidelines 

8 Contribute to editorial team’s efforts in keeping current with editing best practices and software capabilities 

9 Help train junior-level copy editors in CNA style and procedures. 

10 Perform other duties as assigned. 


1 Education: Bachelor’s degree preferably in English, journalism, technical writing, communications or a related field 

2 Experience: Minimum 5 years of experience editing research or technical material in a professional or academic environment. Proposal writing and editing experience preferred. Basic knowledge of graphic design a plus. 

3 Skills: Strong command of grammatical and stylistic issues in formal research documents; Strong copy editing skills that show independent judgment; Extreme attention to detail; Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and meet deadlines; Strong time-management skills; Effective verbal and written communication skills; Ability to work with minimal supervision and limited direction; Ability to work collaboratively and gain cooperation of others; Ability to synthesize and summarize longer works; Proficiency with editing features of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Pro required; proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Adobe InDesign preferred. 

4 Other: Must be able to secure and hold a secret clearance. Active clearance upon hire preferred.


rCNA has been committed to changing people’s lives through our advanced analytical research since 1942, when the U.S. Navy needed our help against German submarine warfare during WWII. CNA is an objective research and analysis organization. We run the Navy’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) and the Institute for Public Research (IPR). We’ve done research for the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Department of Defense for over 70 years, and, about 20 years ago, we started a domestic research line—IPR. Under IPR, we work on projects for the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, the Federal Aviation Administration, and a long list of other agencies and foundations. CNA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. To be considered for hire, all individuals applying for positions with CNA must be U.S. citizens and are subject to a background investigation. For positions requiring access to classified information, individuals will also be subject to an additional government background investigation, and continued employment eligibility is contingent upon the ability to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.


Paid leave, health care, retirement, tuition assistance program, financial services, on-site employee amenities and much more

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit editing samples with resume, if possible