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Oral History Administrator

  • 03 Feb 2017 4:56 PM
    Message # 4590277

    The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) seeks an Oral History Administrator. The Oral History Administrator implements the strategic direction of the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), the only commission of its kind in the US dedicated to providing financial and technical assistance to oral history repositories, oral historians and community scholars. Since 1976, the KOHC has awarded more than $1 million to more than 600 grantees throughout the Commonwealth. 


    The Commonwealth of Kentucky has a vibrant oral history culture, driven in large part by the granting mechanisms of the KOHC and supported by KHS’s outreach and engagement efforts. Through the oral history program at the KHS, they will promote the use of, and access to oral history collections across the Commonwealth as well as manage the nearly 10,000 KOHC oral histories deposited at KHS; and support the creation and preservation of oral history projects throughout Kentucky.

    The Administrator will work closely with members of the KOHC to coordinate its activities and to promote the preservation and creation of oral histories throughout the Commonwealth. They will also work closely with various KHS teams to develop and communicate oral history activities throughout the state.

    The Administrator will oversee the KOHC grant program and serve as a technical resource for individuals and organizations across the state. The position will provide technical advice and training on developing an oral history project, conducting oral history interviews, using digital recording equipment, digitizing oral history collections, oral history collections assessment and digital preservation of oral history collections.


    Minimum Requirements

    • ·        Master’s degree in Folk Studies, Oral History or in a Humanities or Social Science field with an emphasis on interview-based methodology and fieldwork.
    • ·        Two years of experience doing oral history interviews. Experience administering an oral history program a plus.
    • ·        Demonstrated proficiency in digitizing and preserving oral history collections.
    • ·        Excellent organizational skills.
    • ·        Three years of experience working with board members, community groups and individuals to implement and manage complex projects.
    • ·        Excellent people and presentation skills. Ability to speak with diverse groups of people in both formal and informal settings.
    • ·        Demonstrated proficiency in complex computer skills required, including Microsoft Office and content management systems (e.g. Drupal, WordPress, etc.), audio editing programs (e.g. Sound Forge, Audacity, etc.) and content management systems (e.g. ContentDM, etc.).


    KHS offers a competitive compensation package that includes paid health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, state retirement and optional deferred compensation plan. This is a full-time position based in Frankfort KY.


    To apply, email cover letter and resume to khs.hr@ky.gov. No phone calls please.  Application deadline is February 28, 2017.   Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

    The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The KHS mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.


    To learn more about the Kentucky Historical Society, go to http://history.ky.gov.