Editorial Assistant (One-Year CONTINGENT)- Joseph Smith Papers Project

By October 23, 2019

The Joseph Smith Papers Project is looking to fill two editorial assistant positions. See job posting below:

ID 245661, Type: Temporary Full-Time
Posting Dates: 10/23/2019 – 11/06/2019
Job Family: Editorial, Writing & Language
Department: Church History Department


The purpose of this job is to assist the Church History Department in helping God’s children make and keep sacred covenants—specifically by helping prepare Church history materials for publication.


The Church History Department seeks an Editorial Assistant to help with the important work of publishing The Joseph Smith Papers and other department publications intended for scholars and/or members of the Church. This is a temporary, one-year position, with the possibility of being extended for an additional year based on performance and need. The Editorial Assistant will work on the editorial team as part of a large team of historians, archivists, and other editors. The primary responsibility of the Editorial Assistant will be checking facts, sources, and source citations for print and web publication. In this capacity, the Editorial Assistant checks facts for accuracy; analyzes sources to determine whether they have been used appropriately; checks quotations from original sources, making sure spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are correct; makes and files copies of sources; uses a number of databases and other resources to find sources; formats citations according to the Chicago Manual of Style and internal style guides; and corresponds with historians and editors through multiple correction cycles. Other responsibilities of the Editorial Assistant may include proofreading, copyediting, coding documents in the project’s XML database, and assisting with producing transcripts of documents. This is a great opportunity to participate in various aspects of the publishing process, to hone your skills, and to learn more about Church history.


Bachelor’s degree in English or related field
College-level coursework in editing preferred
Some professional editing experience preferred
Copyediting and proofreading ability
Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style (seventeenth edition)
Ability to research in nineteenth-century sources; experience working with primary sources a plus
Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of people
Ability to give scrupulous attention to detail and sustain concentration for long periods of time with the highest level of accuracy
Ability to perform repetitive tasks
Ability to manage time effectively, be dependable, and regularly meet deadlines
Ability to learn new technology and processes
Must be a critical thinker and have a natural curiosity
Experience with text markup languages (such as XML or HTML) and software (especially Oxygen) a plus
Knowledge of early Church history

Must be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently temple worthy.


Please Note: All positions are subject to close without notice.

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