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SAN FRANCISCO California United States 94103


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Copy Editor

Job ID: 5487
Job Views: 678
Location: SAN FRANCISCO, California, United States
Postal Code: 94103
Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: per year
Posted: 06.28.2021

Job Description

Common Sense ( is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and age-based ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Comcast, Apple TV, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

We are currently seeking a copy editor to lead the organization in language and style. You will ensure that internal and external writing/communication maintains our brand of excellence, credibility, and trust and our style of accessibility for parents, caregivers, and educators. You will ensure best practices for language around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

You sit on the marketing team and report to the vice president of marketing.

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA (remote during the coronavirus pandemic)

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time (40 hours per week) 

REPORTS TO: VP, marketing


Copy editing

  • You will edit for grammar, syntax, spelling, sensitivity, punctuation, repetition, parallelism, parts of speech, clarity, and consistency, and suggest changes to enhance readability. 
  • You will own and continually update, through engagement with popular culture, media, staff, and outside experts, the Common Sense house style guide. You also own the Kids with Disabilities style guide; use and update the Common Sense Education style guide; and contribute to the product style guide where it overlaps with the house style guide.
  • For some terms ("Latinx," "digital citizenship," etc.), you will do research, including interviews, and present your findings to relevant staff members to decide on updates to the style guide.
  • You will review user interface copy for accessibility and appropriate Lexile levels.
  • You will fact-check names, titles, dates, statistics, and other basic information, and you will prove our most high-visibility products. 


  • You will manage a team of contract copy editors to ensure that quality work is delivered on schedule. 
  • You will manage requests for updates to the house style guide.


  • You will meet regularly with the design, marketing, editorial, communications, and video teams to ensure that our conventions of style and DEI are being incorporated throughout content development.
  • You will work closely with copywriters and the VP of marketing to ensure brand consistency.
  • You will meet monthly for updates on the editorial content/product DEI strategy and weekly on a smaller, more focused team.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • You will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and distributing copy editing guidelines and best practices surrounding the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • You will edit for inclusivity across identities and intersectionalities, ensuring that, as much as is possible, our content is accessible to all audiences. You will stay up to date on inclusive language and principles across: accessibility, body, citizenship status, disability and illness, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic status. You will stay up to date on language around identities and intersectionalities as the English language and U.S. culture evolve in these areas.
  • You will collaborate with the senior director of content and stay up to date with best practices in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and use them in your work, keeping content-creating teams and the greater organization apprised.
  • Working with the senior director of content, you will occasionally do full sensitivity reads, working one-on-one with editors to write and edit through an inclusive lens. 


  • A bachelor's degree in journalism, English, or a related field.
  • 6+ years of experience in a fast-paced, content-heavy work environment.
  • Track record of editing content for diverse audiences and/or lived experience within diverse communities.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload in a timely manner to complete assignments when faced with many deadlines and competing requirements.
  • Familiarity with the Associated Press Stylebook (2020–2022), the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (seventh edition), and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition).
  • Experience managing a small team.
  • Familiarity with the following is a plus: a proprietary content management system, Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), Asana, GitHub, Slack, Adobe Acrobat, DocHub.


You are committed to the highest standards and ethics of journalism. You are passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and are proactive in your role. You are a clear communicator and are always looking for ways to improve our workplace, our user experience, and our products. You complete assignments independently and give your reports the support they need to complete assignments.  


  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals.
  • Competitive health and welfare benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and a matching 401(k).
  • An organization that offers work/life balance.
  • The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids and families!

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Common Sense will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently pass a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.

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