Oregon Health & Science University

Editor (Senior Communications Specialist)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Center for Evidence-based Policy
Salary Range
$70,096 - $105,264.12 annually
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center) is a national leader in evidence-based decision-making and policy design. The Center works with state policymakers in over 25 states to help them use high-quality evidence to guide decisions, maximize resources, and improve health outcomes. The Center is objective and nonpartisan, working in states nationwide and supporting evidence-based decision-making. The Center does not lobby or accept funding from industry, advocates, or trade associations. Though embedded within OHSU, the Center is entirely self-supporting.


The Center operates as a highly collaborative environment, with an emphasis on teamwork and input from a variety of perspectives. The Editor revises and edits Center materials to ensure accuracy, parsimony, grammatical correctness, readability, internal and external consistency, professional appearance, and conformity with Center guidelines. The Editor creates and maintains templates for various projects and ensures their consistency. The Editor maintains style and reference guides for the Center and advises Center staff on grammar, usage, style, and formatting, ensuring all deliverables adhere to the guides and templates. Because the Center produces material at a high volume, the Editor must be very experienced with Microsoft Word styles and tables, PowerPoint master slides, Excel chart formatting, EndNote reference management, and Adobe Acrobat document preparation. Products include reports, presentations, and proposals delivered to state agencies, legislators, national and international organizations, pharmaceutical companies, press contacts, and others.

Function/Duties of Position


  • Revise and edit reports, presentations, and proposals for voice, punctuation, grammar, accuracy, and consistency. Verify and standardize medical terminology/vernacular for a multitude of audiences (e.g., lay audience, medical staff, researchers). Standardize voice for different media (e.g., web, print). Using EndNote, edit and format references for reports.


  • On quick turnaround, format content and tables to comply with Center style and/or applicable requirements (e.g., the standards of granting agencies and journals). Products include Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, conference posters, graphics generated in Excel spreadsheets, and web content.

Documentation and Best Practices:

  • In conjunction with staff, develop and maintain the Center style guide, EndNote guide, and templates for each major type of Center communication. Serve as a primary resource for staff, providing ad hoc feedback and advice, as well as how-to tutorials where appropriate (e.g., how to use Word styles effectively). Recommend new practices and tools as appropriate. Contribute to Center policy setting on communication practices.


  • Train, support, and mentor new and existing employees and contractors (including consultants and external vendors) on the Center style guide, templates, styles in Word, and use of EndNote for citation in Word. Provide supportive and responsive individual assistance and refresher trainings as needed on these topics, and answer questions from staff, consultants, and external vendors about Center style, formatting, grammar, and EndNote. Customize training for diverse learning styles as needed in order to ensure compliance with Center guidelines and professional standards.

Required Qualifications


  • Master's degree relevant to health research


  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a related field.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Excellent written English, including strong command of grammar and the ability to produce writing that is clear and concise.
  • Good verbal and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work successfully with a diverse set of researchers.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse set of staff and customers in a supportive, responsive and responsible manner that supports an effective team approach to the work.
  • Meticulous approach to the work and an eye for detail.
  • Ability to maintain a style guide and enforce adherence to it.
  • Ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Ability to function as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Extensive computer applications/software skills, including: MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, Google Docs. Ability to work efficiently with Word templates, styles, tables, etc.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Master’s degree in Public Health, or a PhD in a relevant field with related experience


  • Experience writing/editing in a science/research field.
  • Familiarity with diagramming software (e.g., Visio), page layout software (e.g., InDesign), and related products (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator).
  • Web-related skills, including familiarity with HTML, CSS, etc

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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