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NREL Content Editor in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Content Editor



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

NREL’s Communications & Public Affairs Office is seeking an experienced Content Editor to organize the editorial activity that communicates the lab’s science, people, and mission to the world in a way that inspires, engages, and informs.

The right candidate will be an editor first and foremost--proofreading, restructuring, and editing content submitted by a diverse team of writers representing different areas of research within the lab. This involves a quality-first approach—from granular copyediting of grammar, spelling, and style... to big-picture consistency of message and content strategy across a variety of subjects and formats.

The job requires a deft, interpersonal communicator with the demeanor needed to navigate multiple content silos and reporting structures (with sometimes conflicting needs), and the confidence to provide constructive feedback and maintain content integrity.

It requires an editor focused on shaping content for clarity and impact, who knows when and how to flip stories back to writers for revision and when to jump in and make hands on edits directly. And it means maintaining strict editorial governance to ensure all content is not only error free, but also meets the lab’s voice, style, tone, and Messaging strategy.

The ideal candidate will be a digitally savvy strategist who understands the role of branded content in today’s online environment. We’re looking for someone who can use SEO concepts to optimize content for reader engagement, as well as monitor performance to measure results against goals, and an ability to analyze readership data to inform both strategy and tactics.


Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant JD or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Qualifications

10 years experience developing and editing copy and working with a team of writers.

A background in traditional and/or brand journalism, with experience translating newsroom standards into a corporate environment a plus.

Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

Excellent command of the English language.

Knowledge of SEO, Google Analytics, and industry best practices.

Highly organized and detail oriented.

Proficient in Microsoft Office and content CMS systems.

Working knowledge of HTML and CMS systems and a willingness to make hands-on adjustments to formatting.

Preferred Qualifications


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