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Editorial Assistant (One-Year Contingent) - Joseph Smith Papers Website Full-time Job

1 week ago Print and Publishing, Marketing and Advertising Salt Lake City   48 views
Job Details

Job Family: Library, Research&Preservation

Department: Church History Department


Must be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently temple worthy.


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The Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is looking for an editorial assistant to assist with the Joseph Smith Papers website. This is a unique opportunity to learn about early Church history, work with primary documents, significantly contribute to the project’s research and production processes, and acquire a variety of new skills relating to web publishing. This is a benefited, full-time position that is contingent for one year, with the possibility of extending to two years. The start date for this position is May 2020.


  • Comparing transcripts with images of historical manuscripts to ensure accuracy.
  • Copyediting and proofreading text.
  • Applying project style with a high level of accuracy.
  • Applying or correcting XML coding using Oxygen XML Author.
  • Fact checking, or analyzing sources to determine whether they have been used appropriately and accurately.
  • Performing final content checks prior to web publication.
  • Assisting in coordinating transcription process.
  • Organizing or compiling in-house research tools to assist project staff.
  • Other tasks according to project needs and individual capabilities and interests.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, editing, or a related field.
  • Practical experience in copyediting or proofreading.
  • Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Experience with electronic publishing and markup languages (such as XML or HTML) preferred.
  • Ability to learn new software or databases.
  • Ability to research in nineteenth-century sources and read historical handwriting.
  • Knowledge of early Latter-day Saint history and a familiarity with related sources a plus.
  • Must be detail oriented, organized, and able to maintain accuracy while performing repetitive tasks.
  • Must be able to manage time effectively and be dependable.
  • Must be a critical thinker and have a natural curiosity.
Company Description
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church or, informally, the Mormon Church), was organized in 1830. As of 2010 the Church had a worldwide membership of approximately 14 million people. The Church headquarters is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mormons believe the Bible and Jesus’s teachings in revelations to modern-day apostles and prophets. Mormons believe that their Church is the same as the original Church Jesus established when He was on the earth (see Ephesians 2:19–20; 4:11–14). The name “Mormon” is a nickname that comes from the Church’s belief in the Book of Mormon (ancient scripture revealed to and recorded by prophets in the Americas during the same time the Bible was being written in the Old World).