Position Description
Press American Historical Association
Manuscript Editorial
Editorial Assistant


Editorial Assistant


American Historical Association


Washington DC

Open Date

Mar 13, 2019


The editorial assistant will provide support for the staff of the publications department at the Association’s headquarters office in Washington, DC. This role involves working on all aspects of the American Historical Association’s print and online publications. The editorial assistant reports to the director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives.

This position also provides a wide range of experience, including opportunities to gain significant meeting planning and project management skills, and to learn about cultures of higher education and other aspects of historians’ work.

Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Provide administrative support for staff working on AHA publications, including Perspectives on History, social media, the website, booklets, and directories.
  • Track and maintain records of active publications and submissions to Perspectives and assist with routing material through the editing and production process.
  • Provide administrative support for the director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives, including organizing meetings, taking minutes, working with committees, completing production tasks, helping with grant proposals, and assisting with new digital projects.
  • Conduct picture research and light image editing for Perspectives and online publications.
  • Fact-check articles for Perspectives and online publications.
  • Review and contribute content published in the AHA’s publications.
  • Participate in and take minutes for Perspectives editorial meetings.
  • Respond to requests and queries from readers, authors, members, and advertisers.
  • Coordinate with marketing manager to place and invoice for advertisements for Perspectives print and online.
  • Prepare and format material for electronic publication.
  • Participate in staff working group to support undergraduate attendance at the AHA annual meeting.
  • Attend the AHA annual meeting and perform tasks as requested. (Travel will be required.)
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications/Key Attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree (history major or related field).
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Strong project and time management skills, including meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize assignments from multiple colleagues.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Effective communication skills—strong writing skills essential. Editing experience a plus.
  • Audio/video editing or graphic design skills a plus, but not required.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new digital applications.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Familiarity with Photoshop, InDesign, HTML, and web content editing platforms a plus.
  • Must have the legal right to work in the United States.

Salary/Benefits: Salary range in mid-$30Ks; negotiable based on qualifications. Benefits package includes competitive medical and life insurance and a qualified pension plan.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (35-hour week)

Application Instructions

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin April 3, 2019, and will continue until position is filled.

Application: Apply at this link: https://apply.interfolio.com/61258. Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references.

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