Job Requisition Number: 25798. The Oral History Center (OHC), a division of The Bancroft Library, documents the history of California, the nation, and the interconnected global arena. OHC produces carefully researched, audio/video-recorded and transcribed oral histories and interpretative historical materials for the widest possible use. Since its inception in 1954, OHC has carried out interviews in a variety of major subject areas, which include: politics and government; law and jurisprudence; arts and letters; business and labor; social and community history; University of California history; natural resources and the environment; and science, medicine, and technology. Interviews have been used as source material for monographs, books, articles, stage productions, radio programs, video and film documentaries, websites and blogs, and dissertations and theses. OHC has conducted over 4,000 oral histories, which totals tens of thousands of interview hours. Nearly every interview that has been transcribed is available for the public to read on the OHC website. Interviews are conducted with the goal of eliciting from each participant a full and accurate account of the events central to their lives and to the broader world.
The Oral History Center (OHC) is defined by its three main functions: research, technology, and communications/production. This position serves as team leader, project and process manager, and innovator for the communications/production function of this office. In this position, the employee serves as the daily manager for writers, editors, student employees, contractors, and others working within the communications/production area. This position involves developing, implementing, and/or executing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary communications program including but not limited to ensuring the production of text, audio, and visual materials from raw state through to finalization (publication, distribution, and archival). The employee may also act as manager and technical lead for complex endeavors involving both digital and print production, project planning and work projections, while also carrying out tasks that result project-managerial decisions, and managing writers/editors.
Key Responsibilities •Works with management and clients to create, develop, and implement long and short term strategic communications plans and/or projects. The employee will play a key role in the development of new projects and play a lead role in establishing schedules, products, milestones, and communications materials •Manages comprehensive communications programs, including written, visual, and electronic communications. This includes meeting with historian/researcher/interviews during project development, managing the production process of all materials from the point at which they are created through when they are made public (e.g. published in print and digitally, deposited in archives, screened/played in various live and virtual settings) •Advises and consults with departmental/college administration regarding all aspects of communications including developing strong communications strategies that effectively deliver the desired message, policy interpretation, and problem resolution. •Ensures production of high quality products that effectively deliver the desired message within budget and time constraints. This includes communicating effectively with both researcher/interviewers and clients/interviewees to ensure that deadlines are met, quality is high, and changes are necessary only rarely. •Identifies specific communications needs and develops the content and process for organizational improvements. Given that the employee is the lead on communications/production functions within the office it is essential that the employee accurately executes and regularly tracks the production process and engages in analysis of that process with the goal of continuous process improvement (quality, schedule, and budget inclusive)Knowledge and Skills •Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications. •Knowledge and understanding of technical applications to effectively direct technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications. •Knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education. •Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans. •Knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to target and/or broad general audiences. •Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills. •Knowledge of campus protocols and channels for communication internally and externally. Education/Training: •Bachelor’s degree in social science or a related area and/or equivalent experience/training •5+ years experience in project management and workflow management •Extensive experience in text editing •Strong familiarity with the field of oral history interviewing and research methodology
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.