American Society of Magazine Editors

Senior Editor, Prologue at Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution is currently accepting applications to fill the following vacancy: Senior Editor, Prologue. Who may be considered for employment: All qualified candidates eligible to work in the United States. The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process please call 202-633-6409 (TTY).

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a workforce comprising a variety of educational, cultural and experiential backgrounds support and enhance our daily work life and contribute to the richness of our exhibitions and programs.


  • Pass Pre-employment Background Check and Subsequent Background Investigation
  • Complete a 1 year Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for finding and developing story ideas for the front-of-the-book history-themed section, Prologue.
  • Assigns and directs writers, works with the picture department to develop illustrations and photographs, and edits final text.
  • Participates in shaping the magazine’s directions and goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university with minimum of 5 years of related experience in Publishing in an editorial position performing the functions required.
  • Excellent partnering and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to make presentations
  • Ability to negotiate effectively with partners, vendors, and suppliers
  • Strong quantitative, qualitative, and analytical skills
  • Ability to meet publishing deadlines
  • Ability to plan and execute numerous major projects simultaneously
  • Strong time management and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of content/asset management systems
  • Familiarity with digital media production systems
  • Understanding of digital production formats
  • Proficiency in XL, Outlook, Adobe InCopy and other tools for coordinating and tracking a complex set of components, and excellent level of experience with Mac
  • Attention to detail

Applicants, who wish to qualify based on education completed outside the United States, must be deemed equivalent to higher education programs of U.S. Institutions by an organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and should be included as part of your application package.

Any false statement in your application may result in your application being rejected and may also result in termination after employment begins.

Smithsonian Enterprises is a division of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research organization. Established in 1846 with a bequest from English Scientist James Smithson, the Institution currently encompasses 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoo and 9 research centers. The Smithsonian has facilities in 7 states, the District of Columbia and the Republic of Panama supporting over 6,200 employees.

Smithsonian Enterprises encompasses Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines, Museum stores, Restaurants, IMAX theaters and the Smithsonian Catalog, Consumer products, Educational travel, ecommerce, and commercial media enterprises in book publishing and the Smithsonian TV Channel.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."

For more information, or to apply, click here.

Monday, June 12, 2017
Washington, DC