Econ 479

The Art of Writing, the Science of Economics

Money and words

One of the kinds of jobs a person skilled in numbers and words might find, from today’s Washington Post:



Banking and Finance Arena

Now is the right time to get involved in financial regulatory matters, especially at a federal agency rated one of “The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.” The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is part of the U.S. Treasury Department and is the world’s preeminent bank supervisory agency. We get high scores for teamwork, diversity, pay, and benefits. The OCC charters, regulates, and supervises 1,700 national banks with $6 trillion in assets. We are the national bank examiners for the federal government, and we issue numerous external and internal publications, electronically and in print. We tailor publications for general audiences as well as subject matter experts, and our publications include annual reports, handbooks, guidance, briefings, brochures, and newsletters.

We are hiring two senior writer-editors for the Communications Division with editorial expertise in a variety of areas, including substantive writing and rewriting, substantive editing, technical editing, copy editing, graphics editing, proofreading, and editorial production services. We work as a team, develop publications collaboratively, and use diplomacy skills to get the job done and done well. Ideal candidates have journalism experience, particularly at large, mainstream news media companies and are accustomed to working under tight turnaround times and sometimes high-stress publishing situations. Experience with business news writing, financial services firms, or regulatory agencies are a plus. Job application materials must show a breadth of publications experience, from concept development to writing and editing to editorial production. Your work experience must include developing written products that involve articulating, analyzing, interpreting, integrating, and explaining complex and potentially controversial news, information, policies, procedures, or programs.

To be successful in this role, you must have expert editorial skills and critical thinking skills. You must be able to write and edit under tight deadlines and juggle multiple tasks concurrently. You should possess strong people skills and utilize diplomacy when working with people who pride themselves on their writing but whose writing needs rework. You must be a team player and produce high-quality publishing products with little or no supervision. In addition, you should have practical experience with contemporary publishing workflows, electronic publishing dissemination methods, and content management systems. Also essential is experience with graphics editing and effective display of graphical data. Your technical expertise includes expert-level use of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Formatting, coding, styling, bookmarking, and tagging documents are part of the job. Best-qualified candidates also have hands-on experience with MS Project, MS SharePoint, HTML, XML, writing and editing for the Web, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.

If you want to make a difference in your life and others, consider this role at the OCC. The positions are located at our Washington, D.C., headquarters.  You cannot apply online through this ad.  To apply or view the full text of the ad click here:,15515,15669,15523,15512,15516,45575,29555,29556,45576,15510,15513,15511,15509&FedPub=I&caller=/a9TRAJi.asp Follow the directions for e-mailing or faxing your application materials! For further information, contact Patricia Bennett at (202) 874-4407. OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Written by gregorymcnamee

November 2, 2008 at 4:37 pm

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