The managing editor plays an integral role in a dynamic team, helping to ensure that AHA publications meet the highest standards of the historical discipline, especially their timely publication. The successful candidate will manage and develop content central to the discipline of history for the Association’s monthly print and online magazine, Perspectives on History; its online-only companion, Perspectives Daily; and other Association publications. The managing editor also contributes to the long-term strategy of the Association’s media presence. Although management skills are essential to the position, contributing story ideas and writing for publication are strongly encouraged.
The AHA is the largest organization for professional historians in the world. This position thus provides a wide range of professional opportunities, including exposure to the cultures of higher education and scholarly associations, an in-depth understanding of the variety of historians’ work, and knowledge of the most important trends affecting universities, museums, libraries, and more.
The managing editor reports to the director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives. The position is located in Washington, DC.
Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
Manage the production and editorial processes for AHA publications
Oversee publication schedules, monitor editorial progress, and implement deadlines
Oversee freelance copyediting and proofreading of Perspectives, booklets, annual meeting program, and other publications as needed
Lead all communication with vendors throughout production and printing processes
Work with the Perspectives editorial team to generate ideas for original content, commission articles, and edit contributions by staff and outside authors
Write articles for Perspectives and Perspectives Daily
Attend the AHA annual meeting and perform tasks as requested (travel is required)
Fulfill other duties as assigned
PhD, master’s, or equivalent experience in history or closely related field
Experience with editing and production of online media (journalism experience a plus)
Highly organized and detail oriented with a strong problem-solving ability and readiness to meet deadlines
Excellent communication skills—strong writing skills essential
Familiarity with higher education in the humanities and an understanding of the various environments in which historians work
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and a working knowledge of digital publication technologies, software packages, and content management systems
Experience working with print media a plus
Strong project and time management skills
Ability to manage multiple projects both collaboratively and independently and to prioritize assignments from colleagues
Must have the legal right to work in the United States
Closing Date: Review of applications will begin July 10, 2019, and will continue until position is filled.
Salary/Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits package includes competitive medical and life insurance and a qualified pension plan.
FLSA Status: Exempt (35-hour week)
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The American Historical Association considers diversity among our staff critical to organizational success and seeks a diverse workforce representative of its members. The AHA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. The Association is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, and we strongly encourage applications from all groups.
About American Historical Association
The American Historical Association is the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. The AHA has become a trusted voice for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life.