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NREL’s Communications & Public Affairs Office is looking for a highly detailed technical editor (Communications Professional II) to join our team.

Can you spot a typo from a mile away? Does a misplaced comma make your skin crawl? Do you relish the opportunity to check and format references? Do you get excited about fixing a template issue in Word? Then this job may be for you. As one of our esteemed editors, you will use your eagle eye, passion for quality, and keen attention to detail to ensure NREL’s publications follow our editorial style guide, meet our standards and requirements for branding and consistency, and adhere to government publishing requirements.

You’ll work with researchers, as well as other editors and writers, project managers, and designers, to produce a variety of technical publications, such as journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports, as well as PowerPoint presentations, brochures, newsletters, and other print and digital outreach materials. In addition to editing, you’ll help researchers navigate publishing requirements and NREL’s publication review and approval system. We’re looking for someone who can juggle multiple projects at once without breaking a sweat and can negotiate the type of edit that’s doable within a specific budget and timeline, even if that sometimes means sacrificing perfection.

Successful candidates will have:

Strong technical editing skills.
Attention to detail and quality.
Experience managing multiple publications and working under strict deadlines.
Nimbleness needed to multitask in a fast-paced communications agency setting.
Good customer service skills.
Experience with Microsoft Word templates and formatting.
About NREL & the Communications and Public Affairs Office

NREL is the only U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory dedicated completely to renewable energy and energy efficiency research. The Communications & Public Affairs Office comprises communications experts in a variety of disciplines focused on raising awareness about the lab . This position resides in the Renewables, Integration, and Buildings section within the Office ’s Science & Technology Communications Group.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree
2 or more years of relevant technical editing and scientific publishing experience.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. General knowledge and application of technical standards, principles, theories and techniques. Frequent application of industry concepts and principles. General knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Skilled in problem solving and written and verbal communication. Ability to use various computer software programs.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or related field.
Experience working with LaTeX scientific documentation software and/or ShareLaTeX tool.
Professional certification in technical communication or editing.
Familiarity with renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and/or other technical subject matter.
Experience with existing NREL and DOE programs.


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