Copy Editor

Position based: Remote, USA

Reports to: Editorial Director

Company Overview

Contentra Technologies was founded in 2012 as a content development, design, and composition company that partnered with major educational publishers. Contentra has earned a stellar reputation within the educational publishing industry and is noted for its excellence in producing high quality content and products. Today, Contentra’s leading-edge creativity and collaboration among in-house teams, experienced freelancers, and our clients bring inspired products to the marketplace.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Copy Editor is responsible for reviewing and copy editing printed and digital products for Contentra Technologies clients, including student editions, teacher’s guides, assessment books, resource manuals, and website content. This person will collaborate and consult with editorial directors and project managers on revisions to the text that affect meaning, tone, style, and presentation.

Duties, Activities, and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that

    • content from outside freelancers or other staff is accurate and contains clear and engaging content.

    • content accurately matches client style, vision, philosophy, and guidelines and that approach, voice, tone, and format are consistent across deliverables from multiple writers and/or editors.

  • Accurately identify and correct grammatical and stylistic errors.

  • Review manuscripts and proofs to ensure alignment and consistency across grade levels.

  • Effectively implement client feedback.

Knowledge of K–12 Market

  • Apply an understanding of what is or isn’t acceptable content based on bias and sensitivity concerns in various markets.

  • Maintain an awareness of trends, expectations, and standards of specific client marketplaces in order to keep content as marketable as possible.

  • Possess a reasonable knowledge of state-specific and national educational standards.

Communication Skills

  • Promptly answer queries from team members, freelancers, and clients.

  • Adapt flexibly to changes in roles and needs on projects.

  • Recognize and escalate issues of scope and approval criteria.

  • Act as a genuine partner to clients.

  • Collaborate effectively with project managers and other team members to balance competing demands of quality, schedule, and budget.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in English

  • Minimum of three years of experience in the publishing industry

  • Experience with MS Office products; experience with Adobe Acrobat a plus

  • Experience with implementing house and client editorial style guidelines; familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style

  • Familiarity with K–12 ELA