Position Description
Press RAND Corporation
Production and Design
Production Editor


As a part of the Office of External Affairs, the Publishing group helps raise RAND's profile by contributing to the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of RAND, our work, and our people through the development and publication of research and outreach products, such as books, corporate collateral, summaries, perspectives, data visualizations, and presentations. The Publishing group has an exciting opportunity for a Production Editor to join the team in the Santa Monica office. 

Production Editors manage the publishing production activities from manuscript through final product and distribution. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Driving efficient workflow of print and web-based publishing projects  
  • Budgeting, scheduling, managing assets, and tracking project information in workflow system
  • Representing the department as a customer service representative, keeping client informed of status, and coordinating and attending meetings as needed to outline project and review work-in-progress
  • Assigning, monitoring, and reviewing work of in-house and freelance editors, proofreaders, artists, designers, compositors, and printers
  • Acting as a focal point for all aspects of project coordination, monitoring resources, and appraising management of project budgets and status
  • Coordinating the print bidding process, vending to production and printing resources, and initial distribution to key audiences
  • Closing out all financial aspects of the publishing project and recording final data in the corporate database




Successful candidates will have demonstrated proficiency in Word, Excel, Acrobat, and InDesign. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail is also required


Education Requirements

B.A./B.S. is required in a related field. A M.A./M.S. is preferred.



Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a publishing or communications environment is required.


Security Clearance

Successful candidates must have the willingness and ability to obtain and maintain DHS Fitness and a U.S. government security clearance.



Santa Monica




RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity