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State of Massachusetts Staff Editor in Boston, Massachusetts

OSA Posting Number 2021-08

SALARY RANGE (Grade 11) CSA921: $50,229.21 to $75,344.43 (Commensurate with experience)


Provide editorial assistance to the Office of the State Auditor, including mechanical copyediting of reports for style, format, punctuation, spelling, typographical errors, etc., and substantive copyediting for consistency, OSA branding, presentation, fact-checking, logical flow, and unity. Assist auditors in outlining and drafting reports in which all the parts of an audit report required by government auditing standards are present and understandable. Make sure all work follows OSA editorial policies and standards.


Work under the direct supervision of the Manager of Audit Editing under the jurisdiction of a Deputy State Auditor.




/The Staff Editor will perform the following work:/

  • understanding the OSA editorial process, including mechanical and substantive editing and the timeframes commensurate with each;

  • consistently applying rules of grammar, syntax, and spelling, as well as OSA rules of style;

  • formatting documents to conform to a consistent visual style, including charts, tables, and other graphic elements;

  • developing logical and defensible editorial recommendations regarding overall unity, logical flow, and presentation of audit attributes;

  • helping auditors outline and write reports that contain all the attributes required by government auditing standards;

  • working with auditors to clarify editorial or report presentation issues so that reports are understandable to a general audience;

  • managing time well and adhering to projected deadlines on assignments;

  • performing other duties as assigned.


/The successful candidate will possess and/or demonstrate the following:/

  • an undergraduate degree in English, journalism, or a related field;

  • a minimum of two to three years of editing or proofreading experience;

  • superior understanding of the rules of English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style;

  • strong interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively with report writers, Managers, Directors, and other OSA staff members;

  • an ability to evaluate and edit the content, structure, and format of a range of written material; and

  • advanced skills with Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel (version 2013 or later).

Incumbent must also possess a valid class D driver’s license.


/Experience and expertise in the following areas will also be important considerations:/

  • ability to synthesize contributions from multiple authors into a single clear report;

  • strong written communication skills;

  • familiarity with the requirements of the GAO’s Government Auditing Standards;

  • an understanding of the fundamentals of the audit process; and

  • knowledge of, or familiarity with, a variety of audit field concepts, practices, and procedures.

  • traveling frequently to regional offices to work with auditors and audit teams.

Job: *Accounting and Finance

Organization: *Office of the State Auditor

Title: Staff Editor

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 Winter Street

Requisition ID: 210001JT