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Posted: 11/07/2019

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina. The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team. Division/Section Information: In keeping with the legislation that created North Carolina Office of Archives and History (then the North Carolina Historical Commission) in 1903, the mission of the Historical Research Office (HRO) is to foster, promote, and encourage study and appreciation of state history through research and writing. The mission has several components, among them fact-finding, explication, story-telling, and commemoration, all in service to the collective memory of North Carolinians. Key to the dissemination of sound, clearly communicated stories about the state's past is reaching audiences on their own terms. The challenge is to serve audiences across a variety of platforms, print and digital, including books and pamphlets, markers and plaques, websites, social media, and various forms of mass communication, while maintaining high professional and editorial standards.

Colonial Records Editor
Professional Opportunity
Raleigh, NC
Open Until

Description of Work:
This full-time permanent position serves as editor of Colonial Records for the Office of Archives and History, building on the fifty-plus years of work by the Colonial Records Project, principally the twelve volumes of the Second Series of The Colonial Records of North Carolina. The Colonial Records Editor will share the meaning and value of the state's colonial records by selecting primary sources, researching and explaining those materials, creating metadata as appropriate, and to preparing accompanying interpretive materials. The sources, transcriptions, essays, and exhibits will be published through MosaicNC, an online publishing platform.
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research on early North Carolina people, places, and events
  • Preparing and checking drafts of transcriptions
  • Preparing metadata
  • Writing and editing interpretive essays and annotations
  • Publishing materials in a Drupal-based platform
  • Collecting information for addenda/errata files
  • Public speaking and/or responding to public requests for information


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. 
In order to qualify for this position, you must meet ALL the following KSA's listed below:Must have the ability to read, write, spell, transcribe, and communicate clearly.

  1. Must have the ability to read, write, spell, transcribe, and communicate clearly.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of early North Carolina, American and/or Southern history.
  3. Demonstrated experience conducting archival and historical research in primary and secondary sources.
  4. Ability to read seventeenth and eighteenth-century cursive handwriting.
  5. Demonstrated skills in writing historical material for an adult audience.
  6. Experience with digital publishing and/or content management systems (such as Drupal, WordPress)
  7. Ability to produce finished copy according to a production schedule, subject to supervisor's review.

Management Preference:

  1. Ph.D. in early United States history, British history, or a closely related field
  2. Specialized knowledge of colonial-era North Carolina, North America, or British Atlantic


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements


Master's degree in English, journalism, history, or related field from an appropriately accredited institution;


Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, history, or related field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience in a profession requiring research and/or editing as a major job skill;

Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to apply

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