1816 Editorial Manager, Journal & Digital Publishing

Website Minnesota Historical Society

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JOB TITLE: #1816 Editorial Manager, Journal & Digital Publishing

LOCATION: History Center – 345 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

COMPENSATION: $72,240.00 annual minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 2,080 annual hours) position.

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in State Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals with additional paid holidays.

DESIGNATION: Supervisory

POSTING DATE: September 1, 2023

DEADLINE DATE: September 22, 2023

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION: This position exists to oversee the publication of Minnesota History, the quarterly journal of the Minnesota Historical Society, and manage MNopedia, the digital encyclopedia of Minnesota history. The Editorial Manager handles or manages all phases of the development, editing, design, production, and distribution of Minnesota History in print and digital platforms. The position also manages the strategic direction and content development for MNopedia. The Editorial Manager ensures the highest quality products in support of MNHS institutional goals and strategic priorities.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Plan, develop, edit, and produce content for Minnesota History; 2) Perform and oversee production editing; 3) Oversee the printing, mailing/distribution, and sales of each issue of the journal; 4) Oversee the online distribution and promotion of the magazine; 5) Manage the operation and content strategy for MNopedia; 6) Supervise and direct the work of MNopedia Editor, interns, and

other support staff; 7) Prepare annual budgets and manage expenditures; and 8) Perform or delegate administrative tasks.


● Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.

● Eight years of publishing and/or editorial experience.

● Project management skills or experience.

● Strong oral and written communication skills.

● Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite.

● Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and external partners.

● Experience supervising or leading the work of others.


● Conducting original research and checking the research of others.

● Executing the highest levels of scholarly editing (substantive, style, language, etc.).

● Writing and revising scholarly historical manuscripts.

● Evaluating manuscripts with discrimination and discernment based on editorial experience and subject-matter knowledge.

● Editing and tracking changes online and managing files with efficiency and care.

● Researching and selecting photographs and illustrations.

● Creating editorial policies, processes, and templates for workflow and communication.

● Utilizing digital software and systems such as Word, Xcel, Filemaker Pro, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, and others.

● Negotiating and reviewing contracts.

● Drafting and reviewing specifications and requests for proposals.

● Planning and budgeting expenses and revenues.

● Innovating new content features, products, channels, and strategies in order to expand audiences and support institutional priorities.

● Working successfully with diverse groups of people.

● Thinking imaginatively and problem solving.

● Multitasking, working effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritizing, and adapting to changing priorities.

● Working independently and taking individual initiative while also collaborating effectively and contributing positively in a team environment.

● Detail orientation with the ability to synthesize and organize complex information and maintain/upgrade systems and processes.

● Building interpersonal relationships and communicating clearly and effectively.

● Working with a high degree of diplomacy and maintenance of confidentiality is required.


● Research resources in the field and how to use them.

● The facets of print and digital content production: typography, layout, design, and illustrations such as maps and infographics, and print and digital production.

● Minnesota and US history and related disciplines; research tools; scholarly editing and writing; magazine editing and production; print and digital content production; and/or project management.


● Graduate work in American History or related fields.

● Knowledge of MNHS policies and procedures.

Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org

At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

To apply for this job please visit www.mnhs.org.