JSP Jobs: Editorial Assistant and Source Checker

By June 8, 2018


POSTING INFO

Posting Dates: 06/06/2018 – 06/22/2018

Job Family: Administrative

Department: Church History Department

PURPOSES

The Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is looking for an Editorial Assistant for The Church Historian’s Press. This is a unique opportunity to learn about early LDS history, work with primary documents, significantly contribute to the project’s research and production processes, and acquire a variety of new skills relating to both print and web publishing.

This position is a full-time contract position, expected to last 12 months.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Copyediting and proofreading text for both print and web publications.

• Applying project style with a high level of accuracy.

• Applying or correcting XML coding using Oxygen XML Editor.

• Fact checking, or analyzing sources to determine whether they have been used appropriately.

• Checking quotations from original sources and comparing spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

• Attentively assisting Historians and Editors in verifying transcriptions of historical manuscripts.

• Making and filing copies of sources.

• Organizing or compiling in-house research tools to assist project staff.

• Other tasks according to project needs and individual capabilities and interests.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Bachelor’s degree in English, editing, or a related field.

• Practical experience in copyediting or proofreading.

• Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition).

• Experience with electronic publishing or programming languages (especially XML) preferred, but not required.

• Ability to learn new software or databases.

• Ability to research in nineteenth-century sources.

• Knowledge of early LDS church history and a familiarity with Mormon sources a plus.

• Must be accurate, detail oriented, organized, and able to perform repetitive tasks.

• Must be able to manage time effectively and be dependable.

• Must be a critical thinker and have a natural curiosity.

WORTHINESS QUALIFICATION

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

POSTING NOTICE/MORE INFO.

Qualified applicants will be required to take an editing test and a source checking test.

For more information about The Church Historian’s Press, please go to churchhistorianspress.org.

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

Find out more about the many benefits of Church Employment at http://careers.lds.org.


POSTING INFO

Posting Dates: 06/06/2018 – 06/27/2018

Job Family: Editorial, Writing & Language

Department: Church History Department

PURPOSES

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Church History Department seeks an Assistant Editor to help with the important work of publishing print volumes of The Joseph Smith Papers. The Assistant Editor will work as part of a large team of historians, archivists, and editors.

  • The primary responsibility of the Assistant Editor will be checking facts, sources, and source citations for print volumes.
  • In this capacity, the Assistant Editor 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 the project’s internal style guide; and corresponds with historians and other editors through multiple correction cycles.
  • Other responsibilities of the Assistant Editor may include proofreading, copyediting, coding documents in the project’s XML database, and assisting with producing transcripts of documents.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in English or related field
  • College-level coursework in editing preferred
  • Professional editing experience preferred
  • Copyediting and proofreading ability (skills will be tested on editing tests that are used as part of the evaluation process)
  • Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style (16th 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

WORTHINESS QUALIFICATION

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

POSTING NOTICE/MORE INFO.

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

Find out more about the many benefits of Church Employment at http://careers.lds.org.

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