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The American Historical Association (AHA) seeks a managing editor with strong project management skills to oversee the production of its scholarly journal, the American Historical Review (AHR). The managing editor works with the editors, publisher, vendors, and AHA staff on the management of the journal, and coordinates the Association’s collaboration with the publisher. The managing editor oversees the quality control of manuscripts and supports the strategic development of the publication. In addition to working closely with the journal editor, the managing editor plays a central role in the AHA’s research and publications department and reports to the director of research and publications.
The American Historical Association was founded in 1884 and chartered by Congress in 1889 to serve the interests of the entire discipline of history. In alignment with the AHA’s mission, the AHR publishes scholarship from every major field of historical study, hosts a podcast, and includes a new experimental journal space to help reimagine the practice of history in the 21st century.
Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions
The managing editor:
Organizes and schedules AHR content in consultation with the editor.
Works closely with the editor to translate editorial initiatives into practical content for the journal and advises the editor on the possibilities and limits of journal content.
Maintains the Editorial Management System (currently ScholarOne) and assists with tracking submissions, peer-review, and technical support for authors, editors, and reviewers.
Develops journal best practices, in coordination with AHA publications policies.
Serves as a liaison to AHR corresponding authors.
Oversees day-to-day workflows of AHR staff and freelancers.
Serves as primary liaison with publisher’s production staff and vendors and develops annual volume schedules and deadlines for delivery of content to the publisher.
Assists with promotion of the journal as needed.
Attends the AHA annual meeting and performs tasks as necessary (occasional travel required).
Stays informed of developments in scholarly publishing.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications/Key Attributes
At least two years related experience in scholarly publications/journal publishing, including experience in production and editorial workflows.
Master’s degree (humanities or social sciences preferred) or equivalent combination of experience and education.
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously.
Demonstrated ability to edit articles for a scholarly publication (with Chicago Manual of Style expertise preferred)
Knowledge of editorial management systems and the print/electronic publication process preferred.
Strong layout and publication design skills.
Experience working as part of a team; some supervisory experience preferred.
Highly organized and detail oriented.
Effective communication skills—strong writing and editorial skills essential.
Must have the legal right to work in the United States.
SALARY/BENEFITS: $68,000 + (dependent on experience and qualifications). Benefits package includes competitive medical and life insurance and a qualified retirement plan.
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
DATE POSTED: April 29, 2022. Review of applications will begin on May 18, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.
APPLICATION: Upload an Application Packet as a single PDF. Include a cover letter, resume/CV, and list of three references.
To apply, log into your MY AHA account at historians.org/myaha; click “Available Application Forms” in the AHA Awards, Grants, and Jobs section; and select the "AHR Managing Editor" link. If you don't have an account, create one for free at historians.org/createaccount.
For more information about the AHA, visit historians.org. Questions regarding the AHA or the search should be sent to Dr. Sarah Weicksel, director of research and publications, at email@example.com.
*This job description is not intended to describe every job duty or responsibility that the AHA requires of the person in this position.
*The AHA is an equal opportunity employer.
LOCATION, SCHEDULE, AND TRAVEL:Washington, DC, AHA Headquarters Office. Full-time, Monday through Friday. Required travel once a year to the AHA annual meeting. [Note: The AHA office is currently a hybrid workplace, with staff required to be in person 2 days per week.]
The American Historical Association is the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. The AHA has become a trusted voice for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life.