Editor Search and Executive Director Search for the Mormon History Association

By June 15, 2015

TWO job announcements from our friends at MHA, the editorship of the Journal of Mormon History and the Executive Director Position of the Mormon History Association:

Editor Search for the Journal of Mormon History

The Mormon History Association is conducting a search for a new editor of the Journal of Mormon History.  The editor determines the content of the quarterly Journal, solicits submissions, oversees peer review, works with submitting authors in performing substantive and stylistic content editing, and coordinates with a production staff to ensure that issues of the Journal are published according to deadline and within budget.  The editor has full editorial control of the journal but reports to the MHA board of directors in maintaining a high quality product that serves as the flagship publication for the organization.

The successful candidate will be appointed to a four year term beginning no later than June 2016, renewable at the discretion of the MHA board of directors.

Interested individuals should submit an application consisting of a cover letter with a statement of qualifications, philosophy/vision for JMH, a CV or resume, three letters of recommendation (sent separately so as to preserve confidentiality), and a writing or editing sample.  Applications should be submitted electronically to the attention of the search committee chair Bryon Andreasen at bryonand@gmail.com.  Questions regarding the process may similarly be sent to Bryon Andreasen.  The deadline for applications, including the receipt of letters of recommendation, is September 1, 2015.

For particulars regarding the editor’s job, desired qualifications, compensation, and application instructions, prospective candidates should consult the “JMH Editor Search: Editor’s Duties, Expectations, Performance Criteria, and Terms of Employment” document posted below and on the MHA website at mormonhistoryassociation.org .

The deadline for applications, including the receipt of letters of recommendation, is September 1, 2015.

You can find the criteria for the position HERE.



Executive Director of the Mormon History Association

The Mormon History Association is seeking qualified applicants for the independent-contractor position of Executive Director. The Executive Director serves as an officer and member of the MHA Board of Directors. The term is for three years with an annual review and may be renewed. The job is a substantial one, with some variability in workload over the course of the year. Compensation negotiable and commensurate with experience. We seek an energetic person with a commitment to the importance of Mormon history. Duties include the following:

  • Fundraising: endowment development; active solicitation of new members; representation of MHA to diverse audiences; collaborating with other organizations to promote the public presence of the MHA
  • Promotion and Communication: management of the organization’s website and social media presence; preparing and distributing the MHA digital quarterly newsletter (using InDesign software)
  • Administration and Record-keeping: promptly managing the routine daily business, financial, correspondence, accounting, and other operations of the MHA office; preparing annual budgets, maintaining MHA’s office files, records, correspondence
  • Conference Management: staging the annual MHA conference, including contract negotiations, conference pre-planning, publicity, management, etc.
  • Interface and community-building: working with the MHA Board of Directors to plan and host the Board’s quarterly meetings (including preparation of agenda and taking of minutes); preparing new Board members; developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives, coordinating and thanking volunteers and donors

Education and/or commensurate experience in business administration, fundraising, and management are required. The successful applicant will:

  • possess strong administrative, office management, and interpersonal skills
  • manage and coordinate the responsibilities, activities, and objectives of the Board
  • have strong written and verbal communication skills; be comfortable in addressing diverse audiences
  • possess a working knowledge of QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe InDesign, and Act/Sage
  • deal well with periods of high pressure and stress, especially during the annual conference; be highly organized with great attention to detail
  • understand and work with financial reports, budgets, investments, tax returns; negotiate contracts for conference sites, facilities, services, advertisers, and exhibitors
  • possess an interest in Mormonism and the Mormon historical community

Applicants must submit a letter of interest with resume, and contact information for three references. Please include a brief description of your vision for the future of the MHA. Review of applications will begin July 10, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions and applications should be directed to Laurie Maffly-Kipp (maffly-kipp@wustl.edu). No telephone inquiries, please.

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