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CDM Smith Senior Technical Editor in Denver, Colorado


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Job Description:

CDM Smith is a multi-discipline engineering and architectural firm. Our firm is responsible for large-scale projects in water, environment, transportation, energy, and facilities markets to make a positive impact for our clients.

CDM Smith is looking for a Senior Technical Editor. This is an opportunity to help build a new group in a well-established consulting firm. In this position you would be responsible for editing and design services for client deliverables (communications materials, including executive summaries, design reports, planning reports, public outreach information, PowerPoint/presentations, etc.).

This is an intermittent position with hours per week to be determined. There is potential to expand to full time in January 2021.


  • Edit basic to highly complex technical documents involving specialized, scientific, and/or non-English language. Research to acquire any needed background information such as the client’s style preferences. Edit documents following established style guides such as The Chicago Manual of Style, CDM Smith Writer and Editor Guidelines, and/or client style guides.

  • Query authors on any copyright concerns, such as permissions for image use. Verify facts and ask writers to help address inconsistencies.

  • Edit basic to highly complex scientific and technical documents, editing for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style. Give writers feedback to improve clarity and make complex topics easy to understand. Perform various levels of editing from light copy editing to substantive content editing, working with internal clients (project managers and technical specialists) to produce error-free documents. Build and maintain writer-editor relationships.

  • Edit final drafts of documents for spelling, typographical, and formatting errors.

  • Perform other duties as required.

  • Provide technical guidance and training to junior-level editors. Mentor junior-level editors to develop them for future editorial roles within the firm. Oversee or review work performed by junior-level editors on project work, as needed.

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Senior Technical Editor



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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, Technical Writing, Technical Communication, or Communications.

  • 6 years of related experience.

  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Technical services or consulting industry experience (i.e., medical, science, research fields)

  • Impeccable attention to detail

  • Client-service focused

  • Able to manage expectations and deadlines

  • Industry awareness

  • Independent worker

  • Leadership skills (share industry trends, current topics, identify firmwide trends or areas for improvement needed)

  • InDesign experience

  • Engineering industry experience

  • Public speaking skills; will need to present to groups and project teams occasionally

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Why CDM Smith?:

CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, we deliver exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle.

Job Site Location:

Colorado - Denver

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions.

Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview.

CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate.

In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.