Managing Editor

The History Factory is looking for a Managing Editor to work in its Washington, DC, office. The Managing Editor serves as chief editorial consultant to clients of The History Factory and as editorial lead on complex projects including anniversary campaigns, publications, videos and exhibits. This position works to ensure editorial excellence through oversight of editorial operations, talent recruitment and staff development. The Managing Editor also oversees all editorial reviews of The History Factory’s business development and marketing communications.

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Provide counsel to clients on types of content and their applications, and best practices for content review
  • Provide developmental editing and line editing for publications, web content and exhibit content
  • Oversee editing and proofreading by staff and contractors, providing coaching as appropriate
  • Work closely with researchers, fact-checkers, writers and designers to uphold editorial quality and consistency within and across complex projects
  • Review and implement manuscript and design revisions, counseling clients and colleagues as appropriate

Operations, Administrative and Strategic Responsibilities

  • Track editing time and performance among copy editors
  • Coordinate recruitment and assignment of contract editors and writers
  • Collaborate with project managers to resolve scheduling and resourcing conflicts
  • Follow best practices and share expertise and updates in support of organizational growth
  • Pursue team-building opportunities for writers and editors
  • Identify and pursue staff development opportunities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough understanding of professional editing and writing standards, methods and practices. Mastery of Chicago style and AP style is a must.
  • Strong business acumen and understanding of communications strategies that support corporate goals
  • Master’s degree in English, history or other liberal arts discipline preferred
  • Demonstrated creative team leadership experience
  • Ten or more years of experience in editing business-related copy
  • Demonstrated strong writing ability
  • Self-motivated, with a strong sense of personal initiative
  • Possessing a high level of intellectual curiosity
  • Proven ability to anticipate issues and apply focused problem-solving skills in a deadline-intensive environment

Job Relationships

Reports to:         Managing Director

Interactions:       The History Factory personnel and external contractors, clients

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Michelle Witt, Managing Editor at The History Factory, mwitt@historyfactory.com. Email only, please no phone calls.