Friends Journal is seeking a new milestones editor. The Milestones column shares announcements of births, adoptions, marriages/unions, and deaths within the Religious Society of Friends. The column appears in every issue of the magazine and on Friendsjournal.org.
This is an unpaid volunteer position, with an expectation of 10–18 hours/month depending on the volume of incoming milestones. The candidate will work remotely.
Qualifications include: an interest in the lives of present‐day Quakers; a familiarity with Friends Journal and its audience; proven editing, writing, and research skills; project management skills.
Roles of the milestones editor:
- Works with Friends Journal editorial staff to manage and log incoming milestone submissions (via email, Submittable, and postal mail). The log is kept via Google Forms. We receive about 5–10 submissions per month.
- Using email, phone, and/or Submittable, corresponds with submitters in a timely manner to gather all information required for publication. Conducts basic fact‐checking and additional research if necessary. (See description here.)
- Edits each milestone for consistency in order, tone, length (600 word limit), and style. See published milestones here. Adheres to a monthly deadline to send completed milestones to editorial staff.
Additionally, Friends Journal provides all volunteers with a complimentary subscription to the magazine in appreciation of their contribution to our work and mission.
Submit your application via Submittable, the online platform FJ uses to manage submissions, including milestones.
There is no deadline. We will accept applications until the position is filled.