Editor, Area Studies/International Relations

Employment Type: Full Time

Location: Falls Church, VA or remote within the U.S.


The Role: Tesla Government  Inc. (Tesla) seeks a full-time editor to join its editing team. Most of the editor’s hours will support a high-impact federal program.

About Us: Tesla Government Inc. (no affiliation with the automotive company) is a rapidly growing small business located in Falls Church, Virginia, and founded in 2009. Tesla Government’s initiatives are designed to improve how government agencies manage and share information internally and with other government agencies and external partners. With staff offering decades of federal, military, and NGO experience and a proven agile approach, we deliver quick results and impactful solutions. Our metrics-driven approach and focus on performance reduces risk and ensures rapid adoption and project success.

Position Summary: Editors support the Research and Knowledge Management team on work with government and military users to help meet those users’ information needs.

We offer Flex PTO, flexible work schedule, health benefits, 4% matching on 401k contributions, competitive compensation, work from home (telework), and an Apple MacBook Pro. We have a friendly, active work environment, and our projects make a difference.


Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Edit research projects, news summaries, marketing materials, and presentations in various digital formats
  • Perform a wide range of editing tasks, from proofreading to substantive editing and fact checking
  • Collaborate with a team of writers to produce high-quality products on deadline
  • Help update and maintain a program style guide
  • Provide feedback to writers and train new writers in program style
  • Other duties as assigned

Required qualifications:

  • At least two years of professional editing experience
  • US citizenship and eligibility for a security clearance
  • Excellent English reading, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong substantive editing skills, including in:
    • Proofreading
    • Organizing large amounts of information
    • Determining the accuracy of information presentation or characterization through fact-checking
  • Ability to provide effective and constructive critical feedback
  • Ability/willingness to learn new software
  • A bachelor’s degree

Desired qualifications:

  • A degree related to writing or international affairs
  • Experience working with the federal government or the military
  • Knowledge of a second language
  • International experience
  • Experience editing subject matter experts
  • Fact-checking experience
  • Knowledge of/experience in layout, graphic design, or document design
  • Experience teaching or tutoring writing

To apply, please submit:

  1. Your resume
  2. A cover letter of 200 words or fewer that provides information not found in your resume on your qualifications, your interest in this position, or both
  3. Two short samples of your editing work (each the equivalent of 1–2 single spaced pages in 12-point font) that show the changes you made and any comments to/exchanges with the writer OR an explanation for the unavailability of samples (e.g., nondisclosure agreements, classification)
  4. A recent news article or analysis piece on an issue in Africa, Asia, or the Pacific that you a) think would be of interest to a government audience and b) find particularly well researched and well written

Salary: The wage range for this role takes into account the wide variety of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs. The disclosed range estimate has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location at which the position may be filled. At Tesla, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role. Compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is $60-65k.


Tesla Government Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in our workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Tesla Government adheres to a policy of employment-at-will which allows either party to terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without cause or notice.

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