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Editor

The University of Virginia’s Miller Center <millercenter.org> seeks an experienced Editor to edit and oversee production of interview transcripts from its Presidential Oral History Program and also to edit, copyedit, and manage production of Miller Center publications (primarily print).

Responsibilities

  • Edit confidential Presidential Oral History Program interview transcripts to the highest professional standards and in accordance with consistent technical stylistic and programmatic guidelines
  • Manage production process of interviews from transcription through publication and/or archiving
  • Edit, copyedit, and oversee production of Miller Center publications (primarily print publications)
  • Train, evaluate, and oversee the work of freelance editors and transcribers contracted by the Miller Center, in particular for the Presidential Oral History program
  • Ensure that the work product of contractors meets deadlines, quality and style standards, and confidentiality requirements, when necessary
  • Maintain appropriate tracking records and reports on specific projects

Qualifications

  • Four+ years of experience editing and copyediting material for publication required, preferably in an academic setting or with historical content
  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in English, Journalism, Communications, U. S. history or political history, or a closely-related field
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply Chicago Manual of Style and/or Associated Press style guidelines, including standard American grammar
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply standard editing and copy editing processes
  • Ability to manage the work of freelance contractors
  • Ability to establish and meet appropriate deadlines
  • Ability to handle competing priorities, including competing components of the position
  • Ability to interact with high-level officials and/or their staffs professionally
  • Ability to keep careful and accurate records
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively towards common goals
  • Experience producing or overseeing production of printed materials, preferred
  • Knowledge of contemporary American history and politics, preferred

This position runs through June 15, 2018, with extension possible, subject to need, performance, and the availability of funding.

Priority consideration of applications begins on March 7, 2016.

Organizational Background
Established in 1975, the Miller Center specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy and political history. It strives to apply the lessons of history to the nation’s most pressing contemporary governance challenges and is committed to the examination of significant public policy issues in a nonpartisan manner that encourages civil debate and engagement.

Application Instructions
To apply, go to https://jobs.virginia.edu, search for posting # 0618187, create an application, and attach a c.v./resume, cover letter, and full contact information for three professional references.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. 
Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Assistant or Associate Professor in Presidential Studies

The Miller Center at the University of Virginia seeks to hire an ASSISTANT or ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR in Presidential Studies. This position will report to the Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program and will focus on transcribing and analyzing the secret White House tapes made by U.S. presidents from 1940 through 1973. It will also support the writing and publication of interpretive scholarship based on the presidential recordings and the candidate’s individual research agenda, particularly as it relates to the broader scholarly initiatives of Presidential Studies and the Miller Center.

The assistant or associate professor will work on-site at the Miller Center as part of a team of scholars transcribing and analyzing the White House tapes and as part of the Miller Center’s broader intellectual community. As a member of the University’s General Faculty, this position is tenure-ineligible and carries a fixed term of three years; however, it also offers the possibility of continual renewal and is eligible for consideration of Expectation of Continued Employment. (For the University’s policy on the employment of non-tenured track faculty, see http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/HRM-003.) The preferred start date is on or before August 25, 2016. The position is open until filled.

Qualifications

  • Significant and demonstrated knowledge of modern American political history, particularly of the period of the 1960s and 1970s, required

  • Demonstrated record of excellence in historical research, required

  • Demonstrated familiarity and comfort in working with digital technologies, required

  • Attention to detail and the ability to devote extended hours to meticulous work, required

  • Ability to be in residence at the Miller Center for the term of the appointment, required

  • PhD, or its equivalent, required, preferably in Modern American History or Modern American Politics or a closely-related field

  • Experience working with university faculty and/or within a university environment, preferred

Organizational Background

Established in 1975 through a generous gift from entrepreneur and philanthropist Burkett Miller, the Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy and political history. It strives to apply the lessons of history to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance challenges. The Miller Center is committed to the examination of significant public policy issues in a manner that encourages civil debate and engagement.

The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, is one of the top public universities in the nation. It is located in Charlottesville, 120 miles from Washington, D.C. The University's Rotunda and "academical village" are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic homes of three presidents are nearby: Jefferson's Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier and James Monroe's Ashlawn-Highland. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is frequently cited as one of the best places to live and work in the United States.

Application Instructions

To apply, visit jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=77760, complete a candidate profile and attach a cover letter, CV, contact information for three professional references, statement of research interest and writing sample (book chapter, article, op-ed, etc.).

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.