Call for Applicants: Write for the Church History Department

By July 11, 2011

And the CHL’s empire expands….

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Job Title: Web Content Strategy Manager

Job Description: The Web Content Strategy Manager will hold a leadership position responsible for developing, planning and delivering all aspects of the written and visual content for the Church History Department website (history.lds.org). The website is a central hub for the various divisions of the Church History Department, including Collections, Preservation, Historic Sites, Publications, the Church History Library, and the Church History Museum. The Church History Department is seeking to aggressively expand its Internet presence through the development of new and unique historical content that will serve Church members and interested outsiders, including researchers and academics. The successful applicant will be deeply versed in Latter-day Saint Church history as well as website strategy and development, and also possess strong writing and analytical skills.

The Web Content Strategy Manager will develop and implement a comprehensive web content strategy, shaping website content from initial strategy to implementation and post-launch optimization. The individual will participate in writing content for the website as well as supervising the work of a small team of Web Writers/Editors. An ability to both lead and collaborate will be essential, as the Web Content Strategy Manager will coordinate with division directors and colleagues across the Church History Department to ensure alignment and delivery of the Church History website. The Web Content Strategy Manager will not be responsible for the technical programming and development of the website, but will need to work closely with this process to ensure the website?s production and enhancement. The ideal candidate will inspire stakeholders to think about their content and web publishing in new ways.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor?s Degree in history or related discipline required; graduate degree preferred
  • Background or strong interest in LDS Church History
  • Passionate about history and technology
  • Experience in developing web content strategies and working with teams of content, publishing, or editorial professionals
  • Experience in using SEO and web analytics to inform strategic content priorities
  • Knowledge of new media, Internet-related technologies and current Web trends, including social media and analytics
  • Outstanding communications skills and the ability to build working relationships across diverse stakeholders
  • Dynamic and results-oriented approach, with positive attitude and solid work ethic

Please attach letter of application and vita to on-line application. References will be required of finalists. Applications due by July 30.

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Job Title: Web Content Editor/Writer

Job Description: The Church History Department seeks a full-time Web Content Editor/Writer who will be responsible for the research, writing, and editing of a wide range of projects for publication on the Church History Department website (http://history.lds.org/). The website is a central hub for the various divisions of the Church History Department, including Collections, Preservation, Historic Sites, Publications, the Church History Library, and the Church History Museum. The Church History Department is seeking to aggressively expand its Internet presence through the development of new and unique historical content that will serve Church members and interested outsiders, including researchers and academics.

Under the direction of the Web Content Manager, the successful applicant will conceptualize, research, write, format, edit, and proofread content for the Church History Department website. This individual will research and write feature articles involving LDS Church history, receive appropriate approvals, proof contents of publication at all stages of production, and select artwork, photos, and captions.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in history or related discipline required, graduate degree preferred
  • 5+ years experience preferred in the fields of research, writing, and editing
  • Passion for history, writing, and technology
  • Excellent writing abilities
  • Web content production experience preferred
  • Strong editorial eye and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask on several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines

Please send letter of application, vita, and a writing portfolio containing three 500-700 word historical articles aimed at a broad audience to Web Writer/Editor Search, c/o Viola Knecht, Church History Library, 15 E. North Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150-1600. Applicants must also complete on-line application found at www.ldschurch.jobs, posting 67727. References will be required of finalists. Applications due by August 15, 2011.

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All questions should be directed to Matthew Grow at mjgrow at ldschurch.org.

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