Academic Specialist (Recent U.S. History) – Library

University of California, Berkeley

Academic Specialist (Recent U.S. History)

Oral History Center

The Bancroft Library

Hiring range: Assistant Specialist, Step I – Associate Specialist, Step II $42,780-56,808 per annum, based upon qualifications

This is a full time appointment. The anticipated start date is December 1, 2015

The Oral History Center (OHC) of UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library seeks to hire a scholar to fill the position of academic specialist in recent U.S. history, with preferred expertise in at least one of the following fields: the history of arts, arts administration, and philanthropy; business; education (particularly higher education); and/or science, medicine, and technology (particularly the history of engineering). The academic specialist develops oral history projects, writes proposals and seeks funding, conducts interviews, participates in and coordinates educational initiatives, and engages in public outreach activities. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to serious research and believe in the value of publicly-engaged scholarship. We seek an individual who possesses an expertise in one or more of the above mentioned fields, yet also is versatile enough to interview in areas outside his/her immediate area of knowledge. The position requires occasional travel.


The academic specialist works independently under the general supervision of the director to:

· Plan and coordinate oral history projects documenting various historical topics.

· Create work plans and budgets, including securing necessary funds, for in-depth oral history interviews. · Research and conduct interviews.

· Work alongside research, editorial, and technical staff in all aspects of oral history processing, including

editing, overseeing production tasks, preparing supporting material, and developing of multimedia


· Assist director in development and management of educational initiatives, including but not limited to the

annual advanced oral history institute and introductory oral history workshops.


Minimum basic qualification at the time of application:

· 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

Additional Required Qualifications by the time of hire:

· Experience in planning, conducting, editing, and completing in-depth archival oral histories

· Excellent 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 office staff

· Demonstrated project management, training, and leadership abilities

· Computer literate, in standard word processing programs and Internet research · Excellent oral and written communication skills

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

· Formal training in oral history methodology preferred

· Expertise in at least one of the following fields: the history of arts, arts administration, and philanthropy,

business, education (particularly higher education), and/or science, medicine, and technology (particularly the history of engineering)

· Teaching experience highly desirable

· Ability to work with undergraduate and graduate students and guide them on their projects· Proposal-writing and fundraising experience extremely desirable

· Fluency with up-to-date software programs such as Drupal, MS Project, Adobe Creative Suite

(particularly Audition and Premiere), Google docs, etc. · Ability to work in languages other than English a plus

The Library at UC Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

For the complete job announcement, including more information about the position and application materials, go to

For questions, please contact Susan E. Wong at UC Berkeley is an AA/EEO employer.

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