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Writer, Youth History - Oregon Historical Society

05 Apr 2021 11:13 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $30.25 - $32.75 hourly
  • Temporary/Short-term

The Youth History Writer will be responsible for completing all the research, writing, and revision necessary to complete a four-part history series for third-grade readers, modeled on the 1992 publication "Portland, Our Community: Children's Readings." The Youth History Writer will work closely with a teacher advisory board, OHS staff, and PPS staff to complete all four publications in the series on a tight timeline.

This position is fixed terms and is anticipated to last through June 30, 2022. This position will work full time through September 30, 2021 and will transition to part-time hours in October 2021. This position will temporarily work remotely due to COVID-19.


  1. Research, draft, revise, and complete writing and image identification for four publications for Portland Public Schools' K-5 audience, particularly third-grade students: Portland Since Time Immemorial Through Today; Portland Becomes a City; Portland Biographies; and Portland Stories of Action and Impact.
  2. Create Students Response Activity Sections that exemplify best practices in formal education at the elementary level for each publication in the series.
  3. Communicate with Teacher Advisory Group and other collaborators at OHS and PPS, through verbal and written means, to generate ideas and to solicit and incorporate feedback on all publications.
  4. Complete all work within timeline set by OHS and PPS contract, and in accordance with additional deadlines set by supervisor.


  • Coordinates and communicates effectively with OHS and PPS staff, including through submitting photo requests in clear and timely manner, submitting to coworkers who will offer feedback, and submitting clean materials for sharing with Teacher Advisory Group and OHS staff who will complete publication design.
  • Ensures final products (third-grade history series, composed of four publications, with accompanying activity section in each) are aligned with Oregon state educational standards, focusing especially on those related to Ethnic Studies and Tribal History/Shared History.
  • Conducts research in available OHS publications, including the Oregon Historical Quarterly and The Oregon Encyclopedia, to ensure that publications are grounded in historical accuracy.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation with all OHS and PPS staff, Teacher Advisory Group members, volunteers, and interns/volunteers.
  • Displays excellent organizational and communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with vendors, coworkers, visitors, and volunteers, including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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