Lead Editor

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The main purpose of the role is to oversee the editorial quality assurance of all short course content, both written and multimedia, ensuring alignment with the university’s and 2U’s quality standards and styles.

The Lead Editor oversees the editing and proofreading performed by the Editing Unit by conducting quality assurance of team members’ work, and manages and supports their performance. They also quality-assure and manage the workflow of any outsourced editing and proofreading.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Implement and maintain effective quality-management mechanisms, such as writing-and-editing quality metrics and spot-checks, for both editors and learning designers. (25%)
  • Conduct final copy reviews and edit and proofread course content as required to support the Editing Unit in meeting project deadlines. (25%)
  • Manage professional development and performance of the team. (20%)
  • Oversee workflow through the Editing Unit on a week-by-week basis to ensure capacity is effectively allocated and managed to meet capitalisation and utilisation targets. (20%)
  • Identify training gaps and areas for improvement relating to editorial quality, and facilitate or arrange training for both editors and learning designers to address these gaps. (10%)

Education and Experience:

  • 5+ years’ work experience.
  • 3+ years’ experience in a copy-editing role.
  • University qualification in linguistics, English, journalism, publishing, law or similar, completed in English.
  • Excellent written skills, including thorough knowledge of grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation; and comfort working with both UK and US conventions.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Highly skilled in using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Good organisational skills: ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to shifting requirements, and negotiate with stakeholders to ensure the appropriate business needs are prioritised.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Editing and/or proofreading professional certification preferred.
  • Publishing house or operations experience preferred.

Management Responsibilities

  • Senior Editors
  • Editors


What you'll get from us:

  • A high growth company that is rapidly emerging as a leader in the South African Edtech space
  • Continuous training with opportunities for professional development
  • A deep commitment to fostering a great work-life balance
  • A huge support system
  • The opportunity to continue your own education: we pay for two continuing education GetSmarter short courses a year for every GetSmarter employee

Why It’s Great to Work at GetSmarter

GetSmarter offers a high-energy work environment that’s both challenging and fun. We work hard, but our office is a social place. We believe that a community of motivated, healthy and happy employees is key to a thriving team. This is why we place huge importance on the culture at GetSmarter and creating an environment that brings out the best in our team.


GetSmarter offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Subsidised medical aid
  • Subsidised healthy meals and in-house canteen
  • In-house gym instructor
  • Free gym
  • Generous paid leave policies
  • Free enrolment in two GetSmarter-powered online short courses annually
  • Continuous professional development through our Sales Training Academy
  • A complimentary caffeine kick every morning and afternoon, made by our in-house barista
  • Fun theme days and spontaneous activities planned by our culture squad