The Oregon Historical Society
  • Oregon Historical Quarterly
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 25.00-27.00
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Health insurance (medical, vision, alternative care, prescription); Dental insurance; Generous paid time off; 4% matching 401(k) retirement plan; Flexible Spending Accounts ; Long-term disability and life insurance ; Employee assistance program


The Oregon Historical Society is dedicated to making Oregon's long, rich history visible and accessible to all. For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

The Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ) publishes well-researched, well-written history about Oregon and the Pacific Northwest for both scholars and general readers. OHQ amplifies knowledge and perspectives that traditional scholarship has often silenced and sparks relevant conversations about history.

OHS practices and promotes inclusiveness. We honor the diverse strengths, needs, voices, and backgrounds of all members of our community and are committed to the equitable treatment of all people and the elimination of discrimination in all its forms. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates.


Submit the following materials at: Job Listings - The Oregon Historical Society Jobs (

  • Cover letter addressing how your personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this position
  • Resume

The position closes March 31, 2023 -- early submissions are encouraged and will be reviewed as received. Employment is contingent on passing a background check.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Health insurance (medical, vision, alternative care, prescription)
  • Dental insurance
  • Generous paid time off
  • 4% matching 401(k) retirement plan
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Museum admission and lectures, programs and gift shop discount


The Production Editor supports creation of the Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ) - a high-quality, visually attractive, scholarly journal that is published for a broad readership - through completing tasks related to layout, design, text finalization, and file preparation. As a member of the journal's editorial team, the Production Editor will be responsible for helping maintain OHQ's production standards and its values, including fostering scholarship that integrates examinations of race, class, and gender, and that recognizes and honors Indigenous relationships to place. The Production Editor will also support Oregon Historical Society's (OHS's) marketing and communications team by preparing and proofreading materials for digital and sometimes print distribution.


  1. Supports production of the Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ) by laying out pages, working with authors and OHQ editors to draft and revise captions, checking pages for style alignment, and preparing files for distribution to the printer and digital publishers.
  1. As part of the Digital Strategy Team, supports OHS marketing and communications by coordinating production for select blog posts and web text, including researching and selecting images, drafting and editing captions and credit lines, proofreading and checking for style, and preparing files for publication on the web.


  • Maintains a deep knowledge of OHQ design standards and templates and utilizes them to lay out, proof, and finalize journal pages.
  • Maintains deep knowledge of OHQ and OHS style guides and applies them appropriately in editorial, marketing, and production work.
  • Lays out all articles for publication in OHQ using established Adobe InDesign templates, including creating tables and other design elements, as assigned.
  • Works within OHS's email management system, Emma, to lay out OHS's weekly e-digests following set standards in preparation for review and final approval.
  • Assists with researching images for OHQ
  • Assists with coordinating and reviewing content for OHS's digital marketing communications, including OHS's website, blog posts, and e-digests, ensuring materials align with OHS branding standards and style guide.
  • Checks final OHQ pages and cover files using production checklist. Prepares pdf files to upload to the printer and digital publishers. Gathers and distributes materials before and after publication of each issue (e.g., gathering manuscripts, contracts, and photographs, distributing gratis copies, and returning author materials).
  • Occasionally assists in coordinating content for and designing external communications, such as mailings to members and fundraising materials.
  • Occasionally drafts copy for e-digests and social media.
  • Maintains punctual, regular, and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Three years' experience in research and writing is required and may be demonstrated by an undergraduate degree in a Humanities discipline or comparable experience in professional work, including volunteer projects.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, including experience working with design templates, and working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Experience with email layout programs.
  • Experience working with style guides and branding guidelines.
  • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Basic understanding of the characteristics of scholarly publications and public communications.
  • Experience working independently and with a team to create high-quality projects on a deadline.
  • Preference for candidate with knowledge of history, particularly of Oregon.


Ability to effectively communicate with coworkers through email, short messages, on the phone, and in physical or virtual meetings. Thorough understanding of and ability to apply English grammar rules.


Ability to calculate physical spaces in order to create page layouts.


Job requires specialized computer skills. Must be adept at using various applications including project management, graphics, word processing, communicating by e-mail and using scheduling software. Has advanced computer job skills including preserving/backup important data, digitization of images and documents. Must be adept at using various applications including Microsoft Office (Word and Outlook) and Adobe (InDesign and Photoshop).


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


The physical demands described here are representative of those of what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee Is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. This position requires extended periods of work while sitting at a computer, with constant keying of data.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those of what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Must be able to work in a confined space shared with other workers and/or volunteers. May be able to split work from home and office.


The OHS has adopted a policy where all employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Employees may request an exception from vaccination because of a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs from the HR Department.

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