1910 Consultant, Forum Editorial Coordinator

20004, Washington D.C.
40-60 hours per month
Apr 01, 2019
Metro Area
Freelance, Part Time

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Consultant to serve as Editorial Coordinator for the International Forum for Democratic Studies (Forum), the research and analytical branch of the Endowment. The position will be located remotely, but proximity to Washington D.C. is strongly preferred.

Position Summary:

The Forum consultant will serve as editorial coordinator in managing the production of a series of eight working papers as part of a year-and-a-half long analytical initiative related to civil society responses to authoritarian “sharp power.”

Period of hire:            June 1, 2019 —September 30, 2020 (16 months)

Estimated hours:        40-60 hours/month



Working closely with the Forum senior director and in coordination with Forum Research and Conferences program staff, the editorial coordinator will:

  • Develop, monitor, and maintain a project management calendar to manage, sequence and track the drafting, editorial, and peer review process for a series of eight working papers;
  • Substantively review, edit, and offer recommendations to revise and shape the draft text of eight working papers, according to predetermined project scope and methodologies;
  • Coordinate with copyediting consultants to review draft working papers for stylistic consistency, language flow, structure, fact-checking, and formatting bibliographic source citations;
  • Correspond with peer reviewers and other key stakeholders to solicit and incorporate substantive feedback into eight working paper draft texts;
  • Prepare draft executive summaries and collect other front/back matter relevant for each working paper, and if necessary, the final compilation of papers;
  • Coordinate with a graphic design firm to provide final copy of each working paper for layout and design; review proofs, including graphic elements, photos, and other visual materials;
  • Attend (or if necessary participate remotely) in a series of related research generation and topical workshops, to be held in Washington, D.C. [local transportation reimbursable but travel stipend not provided].



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or higher in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline preferred;
    • Editorial and project management experience; familiarity with academic or policy-related writing a plus.



  • Other Qualifications: 
    • Subject matter expertise in comparative democratization, the study of authoritarianism, public diplomacy, civil society, human rights and digital technologies, or a related field is a plus;
    • Fluency in English;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.



  • Competencies:
    • High degree of organizational ability and initiative;
    • Attention to detail; the ability to multi-task;
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Works well in a team environment on a quick-moving project.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references, and a completed NED Employment Application.  Please send an email to careers@ned.org with 1910 Forum Consultant – YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit  www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.


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