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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

F/T - Coordinator/Archive - StoryCorps (Bklyn, NY)


Job Title: Coordinator, Archive
Department: Recording & Archive
Division: Programs
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports To: Senior Coordinator, Archive
Status: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt

About StoryCorps

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Founded in 2003 by radio documentary producer and MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps has recorded and archived over 40,000 interviews from more than 70,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. We have visited all 50 states, partnered with hundreds of community organizations across the country, and earned two Peabody Awards (including a rare Institutional Peabody Award), the highest honor in broadcast journalism. Millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition, our weekly podcasts on iTunes, and the stories posted on the Listen pages of our website. Our animations have been featured on PBS’s flagship documentary series POV and the YouTube homepage and were nominated for an Emmy. Our three books, Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, were New York Times Bestsellers.
In the coming years, we hope to build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family. To learn more about our services, produced works, and special initiatives, and to listen to participant stories, visit

Position Overview

The Archive Coordinator is a critical member of the Recording & Archive Department, which is responsible for overseeing the technical aspects of StoryCorps’ recording process and for assuring the integrity and accessibility of StoryCorps’ Archive. The Archive Coordinator works directly with the Community Engagement department to deliver materials to community partners, and plays a role in the development of new community partnerships. The Archive Coordinator also assists in the supervision of Recording & Archive interns and volunteers.
StoryCorps records, shares, and preserves stories from a diverse range of American voices — from our Griot Initiative to preserve stories of African Americans, to our Historias Initiative to collect the experiences of Latinos. The Archive Coordinator will have the opportunity to participate in interdepartmental efforts to ensure StoryCorps’ archive is inclusive of these diverse voices. Candidates with experience working in and developing outreach partnerships with diverse/underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish fluency is strongly preferred.
Excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, Flexible Spending Account, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, Employee Assistance Plan, and TransitCheks; also includes paid time off (vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate formation of Community Archive and other content-sharing partnerships with organizations across the country, and carry out assembly and delivery of materials
  • In collaboration with Recording & Archive team, develop and document procedures and best practices for recording and archiving StoryCorps interviews
  • Work closely with Archive team on the continued development of a comprehensive content management system to store and disseminate StoryCorps interviews
  • Assist in the training of new staff on archival processes, data entry, audio recording, and photography
  • Works with Community Engagement department to deliver interview materials to community partners
  • Organize and perform quality assurance checks on the StoryCorps Archive, including all physical and digital interview materials and electronic databases
  • Assist Archive Senior Coordinator in fulfilling research requests
  • Assist in the supervision of Recording & Archive interns and volunteers
  • Perform other duties to support the Recording & Archive department, as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications

  • Masters degree in Library and Information Studies or Archival Studies, or Bachelor’s Degree plus equivalent relevant work experience
  • Experience working in Mac OS platform, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated ability to function exceptionally in a rapidly growing and fast-paced work environment and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, in a team-based environment
  • Strong organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization
  • Belief and interest in the mission of StoryCorps
  • Cultural competence and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish (strongly preferred)
  • Experience working in digital media archives (strongly preferred)
  • Familiarity with digital audio and photography techniques
  • Experience working closely with underserved communities in an outreach capacity
  • Experience working with sound recording equipment

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to and include your last name and “Coordinator, Archive” in the subject line. Include your cover letter and resume 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.
The position will remain open until filled; please apply early. No calls please.

StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.
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