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Jobs and Internships

Oral History Coordinator Position, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

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,


(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.


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.

To learn more contact Collections Manager Tara Backhouse,


Oral History Archivist, Oklahoma State University Library

As the Oral History Archivist you will join an enthusiastic team of innovative individuals who contribute to achieving the strategic goals of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP).  In this newly established position, you will provide leadership in the areas of collection management, preservation, and discovery of oral history resources. This position will report to the Head of the OOHRP but will work closely with other faculty and staff in the Library. This is a tenure track position with anticipated initial appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

For more information, see OSU Employment.


Job Opening at Pritzker Military Museum & Library

JOB TITLE:          Oral History & Reference Manager

SUPERVISOR      Chief Librarian


The Oral History and Reference Manager is responsible for the day to day operations of PMML’s oral history activities.  This includes working to identify, cultivate and conduct veteran oral histories.  The Oral History and Reference Manager will conduct research and develop questions specific to each participant’s experience so that the interviews are in-depth and useful to future researchers as a primary source.  The Oral History and Reference Manager will transcribe, edit and finalize oral history transcriptions as well as supervise interns, volunteers, and vendors that provide transcription services.  This individual will help evaluate each oral history to identify the strongest segments of each oral history for use during production and publication, especially for television, webcast, and podcast.  This staff member should have strong administrative skills and be willing and able to provide the administrative support needed for the Oral History program.

The Oral History and Reference Manager will provide reference services and serve as a lead for PMML’s reference program.  This person, in coordination with other PMML librarians and the Reference Coordinator respond to military related reference inquiries after conducting careful research using PMML resources and resources available from information partners throughout the world.  The PMML’s Reference Coordinator reports to the Oral History and Reference Manager.

The Oral History and Reference Manager should possess knowledge of U.S. and World History, be highly organized, and have a high level of accountability.  The Oral History and Reference Manager should be able to speak equally and respectfully with flag officers to enlisted service members.

The Oral History and Reference Manager is a key member of the Books and Library Services team and reports to the Chief Librarian.  As a Books and Library Services team member, they will be expected to participate in other activities of the group including customer service duties, cataloging, and other duties as assigned.  They will be expected to work collaboratively with the Associate Chief Librarian, who is their peer.


  • Advanced degree (M.A. or equivalent degree or higher) in history, or a related field, with a research and publication record in the relevant field of expertise
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, conducting, editing, and completing in-depth archival oral histories
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and careful attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects in a timely manner and within budget while maintaining consistent high quality
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain good rapport with interviewees, advisors, and donors, and to work collaboratively with other staff
  • Demonstrated project management, training, and leadership abilities
  • Computer literate, in standard word processing programs and Internet research
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Formal training in oral history methodology preferred
  • Experience working with audio and/or video editing software such as Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Audition and Premiere), Hindenberg, and/or Pro-Tools.
  • Experience with using OCLC and local library automation systems is highly desirable
  • Ability to work with interns and guide them on their projects
  • Proposal-writing and fundraising experience extremely desirable
  • Fluency with up-to-date software programs such as Concrete5, MS Project, Google docs, etc.
  • Ability to work in languages other than English a plus
  • Military background (either personal or family history) and Museum & Library experience is a plus


Plan and coordinate oral history projects documenting various historical topics

Create work plans and budgets, work with PMML development team to garner support, for in-depth oral history interviews

Work alongside other PMML staff in all aspects of oral history processing, including editing, overseeing production tasks, preparing supporting material, and developing of multimedia content, such as contributions to our podcast and YouTube channel

Assist Chief Librarian and other staff (including those in PMML’s External Affairs department) in development and management of educational initiatives

Travel independently and with other PMML staff to record/collect VIP oral histories

Research and conduct interviews

Motivate, supervise, train, and develop an oral history staff, assigned volunteers, and others

Perform name authority cataloging in support of the Oral History Program

Assist staff and guests with reference and research inquiries

Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor