Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements will be placed on the eligible list.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is looking to fill a Historical Program Specialist position. This position is responsible for being the editor of The Annals of Iowa scholarly history journal, published quarterly by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI). The Annals of Iowa has been Iowa’s preeminent scholarly history journal since 1863 and recently reached the milestone of one million article downloads through the online web portal. To maintain the tradition of editorial excellence, the position primarily involves overseeing journal content development, editing, proofreading submissions and assuring on time and budget publishing.
Responsibilities include, but not limited to, planning, reviewing, revising and preparing content for publication. Be an advocate for the journal in the Iowa history community. The incumbent will be responsible for the following:
Development of Quarterly Journal. In consultation with leadership sets multi-year strategy for the journal, oversee direction and content development, then determine content to publish in each issue.
Evaluate possible tie-ins with Department of Cultural Affairs, State Historical Society of Iowa bureaus or other important Iowa History initiatives.
Coordinate State Historical Society of Iowa research grant for authors program to develop and receive then manage new manuscript submissions including the administration, contracts, promotion, and overseeing evaluation of grant applications. Use the grant program and professional networks over a two year cycle to develop consistent incoming flow and inventory of potential journal articles & content to publish. Manage budget in collaboration with the agency finance department.
Editing Quarterly Issues. Review manuscript submissions in conjunction with leadership to determine content to publish. Proofread articles and work with authors to ensure accuracy, appropriateness for audience, journal tone, clarity of expression, and conformity to Chicago Manual of Style for grammar, usage and punctuation. Plan and prepare supplementary material such as sidebars, images, captions, credits, table of contents, the "editors perspective" section, etc.
Cultivate and maintain a panel of peer reviewers for articles, book reviews and other content.
Design and Production of Quarterly Journal Issue. Assist with design and lay out each issue so that design and production standards are met. Coordinate work with printer. Ensure accuracy through multiple proofing stages. Periodically review existing standards and issue printing RFB to assure the printing costs are appropriate.
Iowa History and Annals of Iowa Advocate. Represent SHSI on taskforces as needed and engage in special projects as time allows and as approved by the bureau chief. Coordinate the SHSI Board of Trustees Shambaugh book award committee work. Contribute content to agency communications team for history storytelling efforts. Stay current with technical and Iowa History literature.
Participate in staff and department-wide meetings and committee work. Give presentations to groups as appropriate.
Distribution, Promotion and Administrative. Work with appropriate SHSI staff and outside parties to ensure prompt delivery of the journal after it is printed. Mail complimentary issues.
Work with DCA marketing team and Library and Archives bureau chief to develop and implement specific general marketing and/or public relations efforts for the journal. Return loaned materials, and archive production files.
Oversee in collaboration with the agency business manager the journal budget and process associated invoices and other financial paperwork (such as copyright agreements).
Assist with management of subscription database. Provide mailing list to mailer.
Perform other duties as assigned by DCA management, including but not limited to, administrative work, support content development and provide copy editing and proofreading services for the DCA, SHSI Museum and membership development programs.
6 months’ experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in applying analysis and judgment to find and solve problems of grammar, spelling, punctuation, substance, format, organization, and style by altering, adapting, or refining content of publications, mass mailings, forms, or other material. Includes reviewing text for inconsistencies and rewriting text to improve accuracy, clarity, coherence, consistency, and effectiveness.
6 months’ experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both where a knowledge of history and the ability to share/apply that knowledge were major competencies required by the job and where history was in some way applied as a major job function such as:
History teacher (where the bulk of the time was spent teaching history)
History professor or instructor
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in history, anthropology, archeology, architecture, curatorial--museum management, literature, English, art, natural history, architectural history, library science, historic preservation, and the equivalent of one year of full time experience in professional research, museum, education, editor, or other experience associated with history, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, architectural history, art, museums, historic sites, or historic preservation;
Qualifying work experience or graduate education may be substituted for the required education or experience on a year-for-year basis (30 semester or equivalent hours equal one year of qualifying experience).
Internal Number: 20-01105
About Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs empowers Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state.
The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, it maintains a museum, two research centers, preservation office, and eight historic sites. The society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide programs, exhibitions and projects while serving as an advocate for Iowa’s past and connector to the future.
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