Editorial Assistant—The American Scholar


About The American Scholar 

The American Scholar is the venerable but lively quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history, and culture published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 1932. In recent years the magazine has won five National Magazine Awards, the industry’s highest honor, and been nominated for awards sixteen times. Many of its essays and articles have been selected for the yearly Best American anthologies.
In 2006, The American Scholar began to publish fiction by such writers as Ann Beattie, Louis Begley, David Guterson, David Leavitt, Dennis McFarland, Steven Millhauser, and Alice Munro. Essays, articles, criticism, and poetry have been mainstays of the magazine for 75 years.
Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous speech, “The American Scholar,” delivered to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard College in 1837, the magazine aspires to Emerson’s ideals of independent thinking, self-knowledge, and a commitment to the affairs of the world as well as to books, history, and science.


About the Position

The American Scholar, the quarterly magazine of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, is seeking candidates for the part-time position of editorial assistant, with duties related to our print magazine, our website, and our social media efforts. The primary responsibilities will be fact checking articles for the magazine, assisting with photo research, contributing to short standing departments on the website, assisting with social media outreach, and proofing. Because we have a small staff, the editorial assistant will be exposed to all aspects of producing the magazine and website. We are looking for a person with excellent verbal skills, journalistic or editing experience at the college level, a facility with social media, and an eagerness to pitch in. Working onsite in our offices at Dupont Circle in Washington, once pandemic restrictions are lifted, is a requirement. The compensation is $20 an hour for not more than 20 hours a week.

Application Process
Please send a resume, cover letter, and three writing samples to the attention of Jayne Ross at jross@theamericanscholar.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information about The American Scholar, visit theamericanscholar.org. The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an equal opportunity employer. 

Posted November 2021