Employment Opportunities

Help us educate, inspire and connect family historians

To advance the study of family history in America and beyond, the New England Historic Genealogical Society educates, inspires, and connects people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise. We are supported by more than 80 employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, serving 25,000 members and 160,000 total constituents. Our jobs span a broad range of careers, from entry-level to professional, including genealogical research, publishing, library science, curatorial, internet technology, finance, information systems, development, sales, education, and member services.

For immediate consideration to any of our open staff positions, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to: Michelle Major, Human Resources Coordinator, New England Historic Genealogical Society, mmajor@nehgs.org.



NEHGS seeks an Assistant Publishing Director, who will assist the Publications team with the development, writing, editing, and production of books, primarily those published under our Newbury Street Press (NSP) imprint; and with the editing of two scholarly journals, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register and the Mayflower Descendant. In addition, he or she will assist with other publications as needed.

This position is a project-management position; the ideal candidate will have excellent editorial, writing, and organizational skills and a strong interest in, or experience with, genealogical research and writing.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Assistant Publishing Director becomes involved with Newbury Street Press (NSP) projects from the very earliest stages, gathering materials from potential clients (or working with NSP genealogists to determine how to obtain genealogical information about the clients); identifying images to accompany proposals; collaborating with the Publishing Director to identify relevant personnel for a project; and setting up a file for each project.

  • Helps NSP genealogists and Publishing Director develop project plans for NSP titles
  • Hires freelance genealogists as necessary; traffics materials to and from freelancers; and reviews progress reports
  • Acts as liaison with NSP clients on projects that are being handled by one or more freelancers
  • Assists editor of The Mayflower Descendant with administrative tasks, trafficking material to and from authors and ensuring necessary paperwork is complete
  • Provides project management, editorial, and production support to other members of the Publications team
  • Collaborates with Publications team to conceptualize and plan new titles.
  • Provides marketing support for Publications team, collaborating with marketing and sales team and writing jacket copy and other
    promotional materials relating to publications.
  • Throughout all work, the Assistant Publishing Director is mindful of the Society’s missions and goals; collaborates with other teams in a timely fashion; and is attentive to overall quality, budget, and schedule of publications.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five years’ experience in book, magazine, or journal publishing or commensurate writing and editing experience in another field. Familiarity with genealogical writing, and experience with historical and/or genealogical research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including impeccable grammar and spelling
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Solid time management and organizational skills; ability to prioritize effectively
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining accuracy, and to work independently
  • Skill with Microsoft Office Suite required; familiarity with genealogical software such as Family Tree Maker or Roots Magic desired but not essential; familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite desired but not essential

How To Apply:
Email resume and cover letter, including a description of publications experience, to:
Michelle Major
Human Resources Coordinator
New England Historic Genealogical Society
mmajor@nehgs.org. Apply by: June 20, 2016



NEHGS is seeking a Digital Marketing Intern to play a supporting role in executing NEHGS’s strategic plan to engage current and prospective customers. This position will coordinate with multiple internal departments to manage content production and distribution across various marketing channels – including email, social media, and the website. This role will assist the marketing and web departments with marketing campaign automation, execution of an SEO strategy, and metrics/analytics.

This person must have excellent oral and written communication skills, pay close attention to detail, juggle multiple tasks and be deadline-oriented. This unpaid internship provides a great opportunity to learn valuable skills and technologies.

Details: Position is an unpaid summer internship, three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) through August 31.


  • Coordinate inbound and outbound marketing efforts across departments and channels -- including website copy, email copy, blogs, landing pages, newsletters, brochure copy, social media postings and other marketing collateral
  • Revise, edit, and proofread content as needed
  • Work with Marketing and Website Directors to conceptualize and develop results-driven targeted messages and stories to engage current and prospective customers
  • Utilize SEO strategies and implement best practices to enhance the distribution of created content
  • Build, manage, and grow social media profiles and presence, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and any other relevant channels as needed
  • Research, analyze and test the best ways for consumers to find and consume content.
  • Develop an editorial content calendar, helping various departments to adhere to production schedules and deadlines
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BA/BS degree/or work toward a degree in Creative Writing, English, Communication, Journalism, Marketing or related fields
  • Experience using a content management system such as WordPress or Drupal
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Writing sample/portfolio
  • Understanding of SEO, SEM and social media
  • Ability to repurpose content created for various different formats
  • Ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines
  • Experience with Photoshop (able to edit and resize images)

How To Apply:
Email resume and cover letter, including a description of publications experience, to:
Michelle Major
Human Resources Coordinator
New England Historic Genealogical Society
mmajor@nehgs.org. Apply by: June 20, 2016