Current Employment Opportunities
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The KHS mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future.
KHS is seeking an assistant editor to join the professional staff of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition. This is a federally-funded, time-limited position, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The assistant editor will work directly with the project’s director and staff in Frankfort, as well as conduct independent research trips to locate, control, and scan documents held in repositories across the nation. The assistant editor will be responsible for transcription, markup, proofing, fact-checking, and research for annotation, and will share responsibility with the project‘s director for overall editorial consistency of the edition.
The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG -K) is a multi-year documentary-editing project dedicated to locating, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing documents associated with all five of the state’s Civil War governors, including the three Union governors, Beriah Magoffin (1859-62), James F. Robinson (1862-63), and Thomas E. Bramlette (1863-67), and the two provisional Confederate governors, George W. Johnson (1861-62) and Richard Hawes (1862-65). This edition will focus on the period between November 1860, the date of Lincoln’s election as president, and the end of December 1865, roughly corresponding with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery. Each of these national milestones signaled a sea change in Kentucky’s political and social order. Groundbreaking in its conceptualization, CWG-K will provide new ways to look at the society of this era. CWG-K is endorsed by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. To learn more about the digital edition, go to civilwargovernors.org.
- M.A. in history; and
- Valid driver’s license.
- A Ph.D. with research specialization in 19th century U.S. history.
- Must be detail-oriented and possess excellent communication skills.
- Working knowledge of or experience with documentary editing or digital humanities.
- Proficiency with XML markup, particularly TEI encoding.
Starting monthly salary is $3,084.06. Benefits include paid health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, state retirement and optional deferred compensation plan. This is a full-time position located in Frankfort, Kentucky.
To apply, e-mail complete dossier, including cover letter, c.v. or resume, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a short (20-30 printed pages) writing sample (all files in MS-Word or PDF format), to email@example.com. No phone calls please.
Application deadline is May 1, 2015. Anticipated start date is June 16, 2015. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D
To learn more about the Kentucky Historical Society, go to http://history.ky.gov.
Oral History Administrator
KHS is seeking an Oral History Administrator. The Oral History Administrator facilitates the implementation of the strategic direction of the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC) and the Oral History program at the KHS. They will promote the use of, and access to, Oral History collections across the Commonwealth; and support the creation and preservation of Oral History projects throughout Kentucky.
The Administrator will work closely with members of the KOHC to coordinate its activities and to promote the preservation and creation of oral histories throughout the Commonwealth. They also work closely with various KHS teams to develop and communicate oral history activities throughout the state.
The Administrator will oversee the KOHC grant program; and serve as a technical resource for individuals and organizations across the state, providing technical advice and training on the creation, preservation and use of oral history, including conducting oral history interviews, developing an oral history project, using digital recording equipment, as well as digitizing oral history collections and basic oral history collections assessment.
The Administrator will also provide specialized customer services to researchers who use the collections of the Schmidt Library in person, by phone and written contact; and will participate in new media programs at KHS to promote collections.
- Masters degree in Folk Studies, Oral History, or in a Humanities or Social Science field.
- 3 years experience working with board members, community groups and individuals to implement and manage complex projects.
- Excellent people and presentation skills. Ability to speak with diverse groups of people in both formal and informal settings.
- Demonstrated proficiency in complex computer skills required, including Microsoft Office and content management systems (e.g. Drupal, WordPress, etc.).
KHS offers a competitive compensation package that includes paid health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, state retirement and optional deferred compensation plan. This is a full-time position based in Frankfort.
To apply, e-mail cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Application deadline is April 3, 2015. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D
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