Intersectionality VBS Curriculum Managing Editor
Job Title: Managing Editor
Reports To: Emily Bagwell, Resource Manager
Apply By: February 3, 2023
Start Date: February 2023-January 2024
End Date: January 2024 upon completion of all curriculum components for release
Compensation: $5,000.00 ($500.00 upon signing contract, $1,000 after all outputs from writer’s conference are completed, $1,500 when materials for September launch are completed, and $2,000 when final materials are received at project completion).
Emily Bagwell, Resource Manager
Reconciling Ministries Network
To apply, please send Emily your resumé and a cover letter that includes your understanding of intersectionality.
Works as an independent contractor to lead team and process for the development and production of all content pertaining to an Intersectionality Vacation Bible School curricula with Youth and Adult Learning Component produced by Reconciling Ministries Network.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Oversees project production: The managing editor has overall responsibility for ensuring completion of the curriculum resource occurs on schedule; and meets criteria established during project design.
Develops curriculum outlines and themes: The managing editor assists in leading the Development Design team during the scheduled Development Conference in developing outlines for the curriculum and related materials. Facilitates the processes of developing outlines, scripture references with daily learning themes, titles, and artwork ideas for the theme. Designs and edits product for production. Reports status as requested and monthly to RMN staff for review and approval.
Attends, assists in planning, and directs curriculum writers’ conference: The Managing Editor will work with the RMN staff to lead, plan, and direct the curriculum writers’ conference. They will oversee the writers who are assigned to develop curriculum content. In advance of the conference, the managing editor will assign a writer to survey the biblical/theological theme of the curriculum so that this person may serve as a resource to the other writers during the conference.
Note: RMN will schedule the writers’ conference in accordance with the curriculum development schedule and make logistical arrangements for the conference, including location and travel arrangements. The conference will be an in-person gathering. Writers selected must be present.
Edits manuscripts: The managing editor fully edits all manuscripts and other content into an integrated resource; acquires, rewrites, and provides additional material or revisions as necessary to ensure the excellence of the resource in terms of clarity, ease of use, consistency in writing style, adherence to theme, and effective spiritual formation; solicits input throughout the process from denominational reviewers as identified by RMN project development team; prepares manuscripts for design and production, providing complete instructions in the text for copyediting, graphics (including gathering photos and permissions from appropriate sources), and design; approves changes recommended by copy editors and designers; completes one editor/copyeditor review following design. Reviews all stages of the production work, including review of the final PDFs. This will be a digital resource.
Collaborates with RMN Project Development Team: The managing editor attends meetings of and communicates with the Development Design Team as requested; these reports include the sharing of approved outlines, development of schedules, adherence to set budgets, and monthly updates on the status of schedules and current activity.
Performs marketing activities related to curriculum: The managing editor will serve as an ambassador for this resource curriculum, helping to promote the content when appropriate.
Lead the project including the team of expert writers to ensure they meet the schedule with a quality product. Responsibilities include assisting in interviewing and training contract writers; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing concerns; and resolving problems.
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 essential functions.
- Minimum of 5 years experience in educational development, publishing, project management, or other endeavors managing people and processes that develop and provide learning resources;
- Significant experience in program development and leadership in ministry settings;
- Advanced degree or the experiential equivalent in the areas of religious education, theology, or ministry;
- Leadership experience in ministry that invites people into deeper relationship with God and equips them as disciples of Jesus Christ;
- Open, collaborative work style supported by clear focus on results;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in person, by phone, and by email;
- Competence using digital technologies (internet, websites, email, etc.) and standard word processing and spreadsheet software (such as Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Drive);
- Membership (current or previous) in a United Methodist Church is preferred.
For more information on terms used in this job description and the general timeline of the project, please see the list below.
RMN is an equal-opportunity employer. For more about RMN’s mission and vision, see www.rmnetwork.org
Terms and Timeline
Managing Editor– The managing editor has overall responsibility for ensuring that completion of the curriculum resource occurs on schedule; and meets criteria established during project design.
Writers– RMN will hire four additional writers to create content for the curriculum under the direction of the Managing Editor.
RMN Project Team– Combination of Board Members and Staff to help lead and guide the project
Development Design Team– Team of 5-7 movement leaders who will participate in the Development Conference to kick-start and launch work on the project
Development Conference– Online meeting hosted over several sessions with the Development Design Team to identify and define overall goals, create daily themes, identify scripture references, brainstorm artistic direction, and create a glossary of terms for the project
Writers’ Conference– In-person 2-night/3-day conference to complete framework of materials, begin writing materials, schedule deadlines, and make assignments for each writer.
- Development Conference will be organized and led by RMN Resource Manager and Project Team in conjunction with managing editor
- Writing team is hired to complete the process
- Writers’ Conference late March/early April
Late April 2023
- Drafts due to managing editor from writers
- Editor creates front matter
Mid May 2023
- Feedback to writers from managing editor
Mid June 2023
- Final drafts returned to managing editor
From Writers’ Conference through December 2023
- Copyediting and formatting to complete product
- Important note for timeline: advertising ready and pre-ordered by end of September 2023 for Leadership Institute (prepare a product preview flier with sample content)
- Curriculum is ready for final publication