Community Archivist

Community Archivist

Job Title: Community Archivist
Department: Programs
Division: Recording & Archive
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports To: Manager, Archive
Status: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt

POSITION OVERVIEW

The StoryCorps’ Community Archivist is a critical member of the Recording & Archive Department, which is responsible for overseeing the technical aspects of StoryCorps’ recording process and assuring the integrity and accessibility of StoryCorps’ archive of over 65,000 born-digital audio interviews.

The Community Archivist takes a lead role in developing, planning, and implementing training sessions for staff and regularly provides individual feedback and support. The Community Archivist is responsible for the transfer and review of interview materials and delivering interview materials to local, regional, and national archive partners.

StoryCorps records, shares, and preserves stories from a diverse range of participants of all background and beliefs, and the Community Archivist will support interdepartmental efforts to ensure StoryCorps’ archive is inclusive of diverse voices. In addition, the Community Archivist will play an essential role as StoryCorps continues to expand public access to the StoryCorps Archive. Candidates with experience developing and sustaining outreach partnerships with diverse/underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Here’s what you’ll do as a part of our team:

The Community Archivist will:

  • Manage the life cycle of StoryCorps’ digital and physical assets, including born-digital audio and photos, physical paperwork, and electronic databases
  • Create archive and database-specific training curricula and assist in the training of new staff on archival processes
  • Support and evaluate over 25 field staff on archival and recording work through regular written reports that providing essential feedback on data entry and audio and photographic standards
  • Coordinate formation of Community Archives and other content-sharing partnerships with organizations across the country, including assembling and delivering materials, and overseeing the drafting and signing of content-sharing agreements
  • Support the development of the StoryCorps online archive
  • Support StoryCorps’ mission by participating in various organization-wide planning committees and interdepartmental teams
  • Promote the StoryCorps Archive through internal and external events, conference presentations, and more
  • Perform other duties to support the Recording & Archive department, as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:

Required:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or related field; or Bachelor’s degree plus equivalent relevant work experience
  • Experience working in Mac OS platform, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities
  • Demonstrated ability to function exceptionally in a rapidly growing and fast-paced work 
environment and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Strong organizational skills and an impeccable attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Belief and interest in the mission of StoryCorps
  • Cultural competence and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people

Preferred:

  • 2 years experience processing digital assets and related materials
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish (strongly preferred)
  • Experience working with audiovisual materials (strongly preferred)
  • Familiarity with digital audio recording and photography techniques
  • Experience working closely with underserved communities in an outreach capacity
  • Project management experience
  • Demonstrated training experience

If you want to help us change the world, apply today!

Please send your cover letter and resume to employment@staging.storycorps.org and include your last name and the position title in the subject line: for example, “Jones – Community Archivist.” Include your cover letter and resume as attachments titled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume.” In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity and whether you have applied for a position at StoryCorps in the past. Application Deadline is Monday, August 15, 2016. 


StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  All are encouraged to apply.

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