Virginia Humanities is seeking a colleague to help support our digital initiatives. This person will support current digital programs such as Encyclopedia Virginia, Discovery Virginia, the Virginia Indian Archive, and the African American Historic Sites database. The ideal candidate will also help imagine and implement new and emerging technologies to further our mission to connect people and ideas to inspire engagement and deepen mutual understanding.
Virginia Humanities is the state’s humanities council, headquartered at the University of Virginia. In addition to its digital programs, Virginia Humanities programs include: the Virginia Festival of the Book, the weekly public radio show With Good Reason, Virginia Folklife Program, BackStory: The American history podcast, international Fellowships, and a state-wide grants program. Initially, this position will primarily support the Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) project at Virginia Humanities. Online since 2008, EV is an ever-evolving website dedicated to chronicling the history of culture of Virginia.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions by emailing Encyclopedia Virginia director Peter Hedlund ([email protected]). In particular, we’re very happy to talk with anyone who’s interested, but not sure whether they have the required technical background.
Senior Producer, BackStory
BackStory, the American History Podcast, is celebrating 10 years of telling compelling stories about U.S. History at Virginia Humanities. This is a rare opportunity to join the BackStory production team as Senior Producer, working on the weekly podcast, devising innovative and exciting ideas for shows and segments. Virginia Humanities offers a dynamic work environment headquartered at the University of Virginia, and a wide array of programming: the Virginia Festival of the Book, the radio show With Good Reason, the online Encyclopedia Virginia, Residential Fellowships, and other programs
The senior producer reports to the executive editor and manages the weekly production process, assigning stories as agreed, working with associate producers on segment construction, and supervising the editing of all show audio content including host interviews, script copy and reported pieces. The senior producer directs the preparation and recording of interviews and manage the work flow of shows, ensuring that audio is edited and delivered on schedule.
In addition, this position consults with the executive editor on long-term planning for the program and may step in to fill the functions of the executive editor in that person’s absence, including assisting with personnel management, budgeting, and strategic planning.
A bachelor’s degree is required and either a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree with a concentration in American History or Journalism is preferred.
Program Director, History United
The “History United” project was born in Danville three years ago, assisted by the Danville Regional Foundation, with the goal of transforming the region’s divisive history into an impulse for positive change. Over the next three years, using models created in other areas of our work, Virginia Humanities will serve as the institutional home for “History United,” working with local residents and community leaders to help build a new and stronger sense of identity for this region which includes the City of Danville; Pittsylvania County, Virginia; and Caswell County, North Carolina.
The Program Director is responsible for day-to-day management of the History United project and for the successful development of programs and activities that meet the goals established for the third year of the Project. This includes working closely with Virginia Humanities program and administrative staff, a local Steering/Advisory committee, other members of the History United program team, and with a wide range of historical, cultural, and educational organizations in the Danville region, including the public schools.
While mostly reporting to work in the service area, the Project Director will be expected to attend meetings, at least one per month, at Virginia Humanities in Charlottesville. Other occasional travel may be required. Please note that the end date for this position is December 31, 2019 with continuation dependent upon funding and performance.
Virginia Humanities and the University of Virginia are fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff. UVa is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. Virginia Humanities welcomes nominations and applications from all backgrounds, especially those who would add to the diversity of our public programming and outreach mission. Individuals who have been historically underrepresented due to gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, ability and/or veteran status are highly encouraged to apply.