Founded in 2000, Little Books of the Diocese of Saginaw is a small publishing house that produces seasonal, Catholic devotional books designed to deepen the readers' relationship with Christ. Little Books is a ministry that produces publications that encourage believers to pray daily, learn more about their Catholic faith, and promote good stewardship practices. Little Books are published seasonally (based on the Catholic Church liturgical calendar) and are distributed to parishes and individuals nationally and internationally. Book sales have averaged approximately 2.5-3 million copies per year.
I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The writer/editor of Little Books is responsible for the editorial content of existing titles for Advent/ Christmas, Lent, Easter, and other reflection books sold by Little Books of the Diocese of Saginaw. This role is also responsible for content creation for new titles, working in collaboration with the executive director.
Each day's reflection has two parts: 1) a scripture reflection based on the writings of a former bishop of the Diocese and 2) interesting content related to Catholic faith and teaching, lives of the saints, and facts about holidays and celebrations. We expect to continue using this format for the seasonal books.
The writer/editor must be enthusiastically committed to the vision and purpose of Little Books as a resource for encouraging and teaching people to pray.
II. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Working with the Executive Director and others, determine the theme and focus of the books for each liturgical season. Book content changes from year-to-year.
Gather content from a collection of homilies and revise it for the scripture reflection.
Identify content for new titles, potentially including children's titles, reflections during Ordinary Time and others.
Manage all Little Books editorial content, including coordinating freelance writers, working with graphic designers, and planning necessary work to produce the books.
Collaborate with book reviewers to get their feedback on book content.
Edit content to ensure the books are theologically accurate and sound, and are free from typographical errors.
Develop a content calendar each year that lays out the theme and focus for each season and identifies deadlines for all yearly milestones.
Collaborate with the Little Books team and the printer to establish book delivery schedules.
If needed, work with graphic designer to collaborate on the final production of the books.
Demonstrate excellent time management skills with the capability to effectively prioritize and multitask.
Identify opportunities for improvement and growth of the Little Books' titles.
Have a strong working knowledge of Associate Press Style and the USCCB Style Guide, and be able to modify content provided from other sources to reflect that style.
III. ACCOUNTABILITY & COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS
The writer/editor reports to the executive director of Little Books and serves at the discretion of the Bishop and the Little Books board of directors.
IV. WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is performed in a professional office environment, with the potential to work remotely.
Routinely uses standard office equipment including, phones, computers, photocopiers, and faxes.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to use repetitive motions of hands.
Limited travel requirements.
V. QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
B.A. or B.S. required; degree in journalism, communications, marketing, or related field recommended. 5+ years of writing and editing experience desired.
Strong writing and proofreading skills, as demonstrated by submission of professional portfolio of writing samples, along with completion of a writing assignment and a copyediting test provided by Little Books.
In-depth knowledge of the Catholic Church, including liturgies, liturgical calendar, rites, sacraments, teachings, and practices.
Ability to develop content from scratch by using source material, the church calendar, and by gaining access to information/research on the given topics.
Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity, organization, and attention to detail.
Commitment to accuracy and the ability to streamline workflow
Ability to give and accept constructive feedback.
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, with the ability to work with staff, priests and religious, parishes, and other Diocesan staff.
Demonstrated project management skills including plan development, implementation, and prioritization of goals.
Proficiency using a computer, including MS Office software; general knowledge of publishing software and working knowledge of social media channels desired.
Valid driver's license and background check required.
Regular, reliable attendance is required for this position.
VI. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Attend the Diocese of Saginaw Safe Environment Training for new hire employees within the first 30 days of hire.
Successful completion of criminal background check, pre-employment physical and drug screening.
Qualified applicants will be required to complete a writing and editing test.