Opening: Reviews Editor, American Archivist

Are you a voracious reader of the professional literature?  Do you have an intrepid curiosity about trends in archives, technology, and affiliated professions?  Are you interested in bringing information about the latest archives resources to your colleagues? 

Apply to be the next Reviews Editor of American Archivist!

American Archivist—the leading publication in the archives field—invites applications for the position of Reviews Editor. Published since 1938, the semi-annual journal of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is a fully digital publication.

The Reviews Editor is appointed by the Editor of American Archivist for a three-year term, and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The Reviews Editor is selected based on demonstrated excellent writing and editorial skills, exceptional ability to manage contributors and workflows to secure content, and knowledge of current research and writing in the archives field.

The Reviews Editor works in conjunction with the journal Editor to:

  • commission review essays;
  • select books for review;
  • assemble, maintain, and refresh a cadre of reviewers;
  • assign items to be reviewed and oversee the reviews process;
  • edit copy for the reviews section in each issue of the journal;
  • oversee and provide editorial guidance for contributions to the American Archivist Reviews Portal;
  • oversee the work of the Portal Coordinator by collaborating to identify technologies, electronic resources, exhibits, and other resources for review; and
  • work with SAA staff to contribute content for on-time production.

The Reviews Editor reports to the journal Editor and is a member of the American Archivist Editorial Board.

Candidates should demonstrate excellent writing and editorial skills, possess knowledge of current research and writing in the archives field, and be curious about the latest professional developments. SAA membership is required.

TO APPLY: Send all application materials to Amy Cooper Cary, Editor, American Archivist. (  by September 10, 2021.

Please include the following application materials:

  • A letter indicating why you are interested in the position. Please include a DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access) statement which explains how you would enhance reviews and how you would bring new voices to both the Reviews section and the Reviews Portal.
  • Your résumé.
  • A sample of your writing (e.g., a book review, blog post, or short article). This can be presented in any context, though representation of engagement with the archival literature is useful.
  • Names and contact information for two references who can speak to your editorial and project management skills.

Ideally, the successful candidate will begin a three-year term on October 1, 2021. If you have questions, contact Amy Cooper Cary at