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Sunday, February 7, 2010

F/T - Manager, Recording & Archive - StoryCorps

Position Overview

The Manager of the Recording and Archive Department supervises a team of four and is broadly responsible for oversight of the technical aspects of StoryCorps’ recording process and for assuring the integrity and accessibility of StoryCorps’ Archive. The Manager leads the department in developing policies, procedures and best practices around these aspects of StoryCorps’ program and delivering the corresponding training to field staff. The Manager also maintains ultimate responsibility for assuring the quality of the materials StoryCorps collects and archives.
The Manager organizes, leads, and participates in cross-departmental project teams relevant to the Archive and serves as a primary contact in establishing external Archive partnerships and filling research and rights of use requests. The Manager assists with the planning of new StoryCorps initiatives, the launch of new StoryBooths, and participates in strategic planning activities for the organization.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Recording & Archive team and across departments to establish and refine policy, procedures and best practices related to the collection, preservation, and accessibility of StoryCorps interviews
  • Serve as primary liaison with staff at the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center and other major Archive partners
  • Work with Recording staff to determine optimal equipment to use in StoryCorps’ recording venues, establish recording procedures, and provide technical support to staff working in the field
  • Work with StoryCorps’ Archive and Administration Department staff to respond to archive access, research, and rights of use requests
  • Oversee the design, siting, construction, and maintenance of recording booths
  • Oversee the technical operation of the StoryKit program
  • Manage the creation of Recording and Archive sections of the Facilitator Training Manual, the design of training sessions, and the delivery of that training
  • Participate in goal setting and strategic planning processes for Recording and Archive department and the organization as a whole
  • Organize and lead project teams relevant to Archive policy and procedure
Knowledge, Skills, & Qualifications
  • Experience supervising staff and evaluating staff performance
  • Experience developing, delivering, and evaluating training (especially technical training)
  • Experience working in a Library of Archive and knowledge of digital archive systems and standards
  • Knowledge of and experience working with professional recording equipment and digital audio
  • Experience contributing to the development and implementation of software and databases a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required; Masters of Library and Information Science or equivalent preferred
  • Experience overseeing design and construction projects a plus
  • Experience working with oral history projects or collections a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of team
  • Demonstrated ability to function exceptionally in a rapidly growing and fast-paced work environment and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements
  • Evidence of planning ability, leadership, sound judgment, and the ability to develop proposals for improving policies and procedures
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to and include your last name and “Manager, Recording & Archive” in the subject line. Include both documents as attachments entitled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume.” In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity and whether you have applied for a position at StoryCorps in the past. No calls please.