Oral History Coordinator Position Announcement
Announcing and exciting opportunity at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum! Located on the Big Cypress Reservation in south central Florida, the Museum is looking for a new Oral History Coordinator to serve the Seminole community. The successful candid will be responsible for the coordination of the Oral History Program and associated community-based event activities of the Museum. The individual will manage the Museum’s Oral History Collection, including collecting interviews, asset cataloging, digitization, and accessibility measures. He or she will also be required to provide resources that contribute to the Museum’s research and exhibitions. The successful candidate will take a leadership role regarding Museum participation in community events, to foster community relations. This position reports to the Collections Manager and is a full-time non-exempt position. If interested please send resume and cover letter to Collections Manager Tara Backhouse, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The listed duties are only illustrative and are not intended to describe every function that may be performed by this position. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed, if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
- Ensures that the Museum’s Oral History Program intersects with the Seminole community in a culturally appropriate way.
- Manages the Oral History Program. Arranges and records audio and video interviews to enhance the existing collection and provides support for upcoming programs, research and exhibitions. Catalogs and digitizes audiovisual media according to established archival methods. Conforms to Museum policies in order to provide appropriate access of oral history resources.
- Develops new programming activities that advance the Oral History Program. Coordinates with STOF departments in order to generate tribal-wide involvement in activities.
- Produces written reports, articles, social media contributions and other materials as necessary for the operations of the Collections Division and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.
- Coordinates the digitization, transcription and indexing of oral histories; maintains proper collection records and conducts regular inventory. Oversees conversion process of various forms of media to a consistent and stable media format.
- Leads and participates in community events. Plans Museum participation in seasonal and special STOF events. Fosters community relations by representing the Museum at such events. Relates event activities to the Oral History Program by design and actualization.
- Coordinates interviews between interviewees and appropriate interviewers. Facilitates and records all records as they pertain to interviews.
- Plans, implements and reviews care of Oral History Collection on a continual basis.
- Assists with Museum’s tours and on-site programs as required.
- Assists in the preparation of annual budget and monitors expenses.
- Attends and participates in departmental meetings, strategic planning and serves in various committees as required.
- Adheres to all Seminole Tribe of Florida’s policies and procedures.
- Performs additional related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Interest in the Seminole Tribe history, culture and operations.
- Knowledge of or willingness to learn the use of computer equipment and software required for the position.
- Ability to work effectively in group settings or teams.
- Ability to plan, implement and evaluate community-based programs, events and activities.
- Ability to effectively and professionally represent Museum to potential collaborative partners.
- Ability to handle multiple projects and see the projects to a point of completion.
- Ability to serve the STOF and its employees with honesty and integrity.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials.
Ability to help preserve the Seminole Tribe’s oral tradition within the Museum department as is culturally appropriate. Bachelor’s Degree in history, anthropology or related field, with specialization in oral history is preferred. Knowledge of or willingness to learn various digital recording and editing media is required. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, PastPerfect, and social networking formats is preferred. Must demonstrate excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills including verbal and written communications. Ability to travel and work a flexible work schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays.
The work is typically sedentary. The candidate may sit comfortably to do the work; there may be occasional walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, such as books, papers; may drive a company vehicle. There will be occasions where the candidate is required to carry media equipment and operate in abnormal conditions (outside, in people’s houses, in public spaces, etc.). No extraordinary special physical demands are required to perform the work.