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Jobs, External Grants and Internships

Oral Historians
Tenure Track Positions
Call for Papers
External Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

Oral Historians

Program Director

New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP) in Brooklyn, NY is seeking a Program Director to lead and grow the strategies for our two programs: Beneath the Surface, which addresses the dire need for narrative change around environmental justice among communities and governments; and Rights Reframed, our narrative change and multimedia storytelling mentorship program for activists and storytellers. Oral historians are among those who may make good candidates.

Deadline: September 3, 2021

Oral History Project Manager

JANUS Research Group seeks this position to conduct and deliver oral histories, provide training in oral history techniques to cadets, and oversee and schedule United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) cadets’ interviews with featured participants, among other duties listed in the description.

Posted: August 20, 2021

Deadline: Not listed.

Chief Historian, Center for Brooklyn History

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in history with a focus on American and New York City history and will report to the leadership for the Center for Brooklyn History. Candidates whose research and work aligns with CBH’s interests in immigration, civil rights, slavery, abolition and oral history are especially welcome. Successful candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to inclusive social history and a focus on the stories of Brooklynites who have been omitted from traditional historical narratives.

Posted: June 10, 2021

Deadline: Not listed.

Audio indexing contractors

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is seeking independent contractors to index interviews and audio edit transcripts. Click here to learn more about these opportunities and how to submit a proposal:

Cleared Transcriber

LOD is seeking an experienced and reliable transcriber with SECRET clearance to support a government agency with the transcription of its oral histories.

Posted: June 4, 2021

Deadline: None posted.



Vice President of People and Culture

The National WWII Museum is currently seeking a Vice President of People and Culture. This position will work collaboratively with the Museum’s CEO and executive leadership team to nurture a mission-driven, innovative, and high-performance workplace that supports all of the Museum’s employees, enabling us to better serve our audiences and advance our institutional goals.

Posted: August 4, 2021

Deadline: None listed.


Associate Director, American Prison Writing Archive

The Political Science Department and the Program in Race, Immigration, and Citizenship welcomes applications from creative, collaborative applicants for a newly created, full-time position of an Associate Director (Research Projects Specialist) for the American Prison Writing Archive (APWA).

Posted: July 1, 2021

Deadline: None listed.

Archivist for Popular Music & Culture

This archivist at Georgia State University is responsible for managing music collections that include the Johnny Mercer Collection, country music, and Southern gospel. The Archivist will also be empowered to expand the scope of the collection to include rap, hip-hop, trap and other music influenced by the Atlanta Metro Area and the Greater Southeast. Other collecting areas under the management of the Archivist include regional radio broadcasting materials and pulp literature collections. Several substantial endowments provide resources for managing and promoting these assigned collections.

Posted: August 18, 2021

Deadline: None listed.

For more information and to apply:

Processing Archivist

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), organized in 1852 and located in Philadelphia, PA, is the oldest denominational archives in the United States and serves as the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations. Duties include to processes archival collections; assists with collection development including conducting oral histories; oversees preservation activities including environmental monitoring and contributes to disaster planning; contributes to PHS communications; and provides remote reference services.

Posted: August 19, 2021

Deadline: None listed.

Community Archivist

The University Library at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), is pleased to invite applications for the new position of Community Archivist in the Department of Special Collections & Archives. The Community Archivist will partner with local stakeholders to promote the acquisition, preservation, and use of archival materials that document the communities of Santa Cruz County employing a variety of community-centered approaches including, but not limited to, developing and advising oral history projects, pursuing post-custodial collection models, and conducting community outreach.

Posted: July 7, 2021

Review: August 6, 2021

Final Deadline: July 1, 2022 (Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.)

Non Profit Digital Strategist & Webmaster, and other jobs

The HistoryMakers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit African American video oral history archive, seeks to hire a full time employee who is skilled and results driven and can work as a one person team. The Digital Strategist will spearhead work with The HistoryMakers website, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive and social media to build a strong digital community.

Posted: May 4, 2021

Deadline: None listed.


Tenured/Tenure Track Positions

Assistant Professor of History, Historian of Immigration or Migration After 1900

The Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) History Department seeks a historian of immigration or migration after 1900. The geographical field is open, but we are especially interested in candidates who employ innovative methodologies, take a transnational approach, or use oral history sources in their research.

Posted: August 10, 2021

Deadline: January 1, 2022

Assistant Professor of Public History and Public Humanities

The University of Louisville is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Public History and Public Humanities to begin August 2022. This position will be a joint appointment in the Department of History, which offers a Graduate Certificate and an MA track in Public History, and the Department of Comparative Humanities, which offers an MA in Public Humanities and a Ph.D. in Humanities. Within two years, this hire will become director of the Public History and Public Humanities programs.

Posted: August 17, 2021

Deadline: October 4, 2021

Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 20th among “Top Public Schools” in its 2021 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its “Social Mobility Index,” and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation. The program has dedicated Archaeology and Bioanthropology lab classrooms with teaching collections, an oral history and ethnography “lab,” as well as an outdoor workspace.

Posted: July 24, 2021

Appointment: August 2022


Call for Papers

Assessing the Role of Race and Power in Oral History Theory and Practice symposium 

This symposium will be held via Zoom for 3 days in June 2022 in collaboration with OHA and the Oral History Center at UC Berkeley.

Deadline: October 1, 2021

Call for Proposals: Assessing the Role of Race and Power in Oral History Theory and Practice

LDF oral history initiative partner
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is accepting proposals for an oral history partner for LDF’s new oral history initiative, a three-year first phase project to begin in January 2022. The oral history initiative will be administered by the Archives team of LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI), a multidisciplinary center within LDF. The initiative aims to document, archive, and share the human stories and impacts of LDF’s racial justice litigation and advocacy.
Deadline: October 29, 202



Virtual paid internship for graduate student

Champlain College’s Office of Special Collections seeks a graduate student in oral history for a virtual paid internship project completed during the spring semester of 2022. The intern will play a lead role in the development of an ongoing oral history program documenting the experiences of the College’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni of color, including preparing protocol for this project, developing training materials for faculty, staff, and students to conduct interviews to be added to the College Archives, recruiting interview subjects, and piloting the first few interviews. The intern will collaborate closely with the project’s internal advisory committee and will be supervised by the Special Collections Director. The intern will receive a $900 stipend for 60 hours of work. This is a remote position, but due to employment law, the intern will be required to reside in the United States.

Posted: September 7, 2021

Deadline: Position open until filled.

External Grants, Fellowships and Awards

Non Profit Grant Writer
The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL) is the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive. This is a newly created position for The HistoryMakers. The person hired will be responsible for managing corporate, government and foundation relationships for long-term growth, including appropriate stewardship activities. This position will also be responsible for developing an annual development plan and tracking system for timely applications and report submissions. The person hired must demonstrate a commitment to the mission of The HistoryMakers and the ability to function well in a mission-driven organization with a sense of urgency and ethics.
Posted: August 6, 2021
Deadline: None listed.



Vietnam Oral History Project feedback request
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Vietnam is exploring the feasibility of a new oral histories project in Vietnam, targeting survivors of the Vietnam War, and are seeking more information from experts on how this program could be successful. We welcome input from all interested parties to help ensure we design a realistic project that has a positive impact.  The background on why we would like to undertake an oral histories project in Vietnam and specific questions we are seeking to answer are included here: This is a chance to shape an exciting and important new endeavor in the field of oral histories. We look forward to your feedback!

Volunteer: Oral History and Exhibition Volunteer at the Aviation Museum in Oakland, CA!

Hello and thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Oakland Aviation Museum. We are currently looking for individuals to help develop and curate our Oral History wall within our World Airways Exhibit. We are looking for a self-motivated and social individual interested in learning more about the exhibition process and to help collect the stories of World Airways Alumni.

If you are interested, please visit for an application which can be mail to us, dropped off in person or emailed to gro.m1632497031esumn1632497031oitai1632497031vadna1632497031lkao@1632497031snoit1632497031cello1632497031C1632497031 or moc.l1632497031iamg@1632497031reetn1632497031ulovm1632497031ao1632497031

Deadline: Not listed.

Posted: March 18, 2021

Oral History Processing Vendor

The Oral History Office at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware is seeking a vendor to assist with its oral history program. The vendor’s duties will include collecting interview metadata, writing detailed interview summaries, preparing short interviewee biographies, and generating indexes using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) as the Oral History Office acquires interviews. The vendor will perform other oral history related tasks on an as-needed basis, such as audio editing. The vendor can be based anywhere in the USA must have a business tax I.D.

The vendor should have a strong background in oral history management. Expressions of interest, accompanied by oral history experience, should be sent to Hagley’s Oral History Program Manager, Ben Spohn at gro.y1632497031elgah1632497031@nhop1632497031sb1632497031. Review of materials will commence on receipt.

Posted: February 16, 2021

Deadline: None listed.


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