Job Announcement: Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition, Editorial Assistant

Editorial Assistant Vacancy — Closes Feb. 8, 2019

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) seeks an Editorial Assistant to join the staff of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWGK). This nationally recognized digital humanities project that locates and publishes new stories about everyday Kentuckians navigating an unprecedented national and community crisis through documents associated with the state’s Civil War governors. For more information on CWGK, visit

This position will assist with ongoing editorial work such as document search, identification and control, transcription, and proofing on digitized texts from libraries and archives in Kentucky and across the nation. The editorial assistant will also edit biographies for a growing social network of people, places, and organizations mentioned in those texts. The editorial assistant will occasionally assist in CWGK outreach efforts and special projects.

The work of this editorial assistant focuses on the KHS mission to prepare for the challenges of the future through an understanding of the past. This work empowers a collaborative KHS Research Experience team to prepare exceptional history and humanities content for diverse contemporary audiences of scholars, students, and citizens.

This is a Federally Funded, Time Limited position made possible by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. This position is scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2019.

Education/Experience – Masters degree and/or Bachelors degree and 2 years’ experience in history, archives, editing, education or related field is required. Research specialization in 19th century U.S. history, experience with documentary editing, classroom teaching experience, and/or digital humanities is preferred.

Familiarity with Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, and email is required. Special training in or experience with photo editing, database use and management, XML (particularly TEI) encoding, and online exhibition software is preferred.

Must be able to complete editorial tasks with the highest attention to detail. Must be able to self-regulate work rate and complete multiple assigned tasks accurately and efficiently. Must be willing to travel within Kentucky and other states. Must be willing to occasionally work evenings and weekends. Must be able to remain stationary for extended periods.

Annual salary for this position is $32,000. Benefits include paid health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, state retirement and optional deferred compensation plan. This is a full-time position located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

To apply, e-mail a complete dossier including: cover letter, C.V., transcripts, contact information (email, telephone) for three professional references and a short (2-3 pp.) statement of your experience with or appreciation of digital humanities and/or documentary editing. All files should be in Word or PDF format and sent to No phone calls please.

Application deadline is Feb. 8, 2019.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

The Kentucky Historical Society is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Our mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

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