Editorial Manager - Historical Society of Michigan

The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) seeks a qualified individual to serve as an Editorial Manager. This is a full-time salaried position. HSM is Michigan’s oldest cultural institution and has been dedicated to telling the stories of Michigan’s peoples since 1828. HSM publishes Michigan History magazine, an award-winning publication featuring diverse Michigan historical content, as well as Chronicle magazine, the Historic Michigan Travel Guide, and other print publications.

The Editorial Manager, working under the direction of the Editor in Chief, performs a variety of editing, writing, research, and support duties to aid in the publication of materials. This position also helps handle queries, article acquisition, author communications, copyediting articles and preparing them for publication, photo acquisition, working with freelance graphic artists, and administrative tasks.

This is not a remote position. Work is to be performed in our office in Lansing, Michigan.

Duties include:
• Editing, rewriting, and/or proofreading manuscripts from freelance authors and other forms of copy—making stylistic, structural, and grammatical changes as needed. May also confer with author and/or supervisor on content, form, style, etc.
• Maintaining correspondence with authors, photographers, and readers, and working with authors to ensure accurate, engaging content. • Recruiting new articles and authors as needed.
• Researching and writing short articles, with and without bylines, and blurbs as needed for magazines.
• Researching and locating images to accompany an article, as well as requesting permission to reproduce those images from individuals, organizations, etc.
• Shepherding 15 to 20 manuscripts and special sections through the entire editorial process every two months. Articles and sections range from 1 to 7 pages in length.
• Communicating with freelance graphic designers to assist in the creation of magazine layouts. This includes annotating the manuscript with applicable instructions and working within Google Drive to deliver and/or receive relevant article materials.
• Completing basic page layouts in Adobe InDesign for select sections using existing templates. • Making text and layout changes and corrections within InDesign documents.
• Reviewing finished articles to make sure they adhere to HSM’s style and specifications.
• Reviewing queries and submissions for redundancy and compliance with each magazine’s guidelines and editorial focus.
• Administering permission forms for contributors.
• Assisting with spreadsheets and administrative duties.
• Attending weekly editorial staff meetings to communicate progress on magazine production.
• Creating promotional copy for HSM programs, conferences, and events as needed.
• Working closely with the Editor in Chief and other members of the Editorial Committee to ensure all magazine content is being produced on time.
• Other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Editor in Chief, HSM Magazines

Pay Rate: $37,000 per year, plus vacation, health, retirement, and other benefits. This position works out of our Lansing office.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Minimum of 3-4 years professional experience copyediting, writing, and proofreading.
• Bachelor’s degree, or pursuing a degree, in English, history, journalism, communications, marketing, or a related field.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with strong vocabulary, spelling, and grammar skills.
• Detail-oriented.
• Experience working with style guides and specification sheets.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
• Competency using Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
• Experience working with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
• High level of problem-solving and organizational skills.
• Interest in Michigan history and/or interest in nonprofit organizations a plus.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, including minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to resume@hsmichigan.org with the subject line “Editorial Manager, HSM Magazines.”

Posted on 6/7/2021

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