The Hopkins Retrospective is an initiative sponsored by the Office of the President at Johns Hopkins University that aims to better understand the history of the university and weave that history into the university experience. The Project Manager’s role is to develop the Hopkins Retrospective, plan and carry out oral histories, create, develop, and manage the web and social media presence for the initiative, and develop and oversee JHU history-related projects around the university campuses. The position will report to the University Archivist and maintain a close connection to the Office of the President.
The primary duties and responsibilities of this position include: • Create, research, design, and implement a variety of projects to incorporate the history of Johns Hopkins University into community life and encourage participation from the JHU community • Conduct and produce oral histories of faculty, alumni, and staff; plan interviews; carry out background research; ensure transcription of interviews; and coordinate with the archives to ensure interviews are preserved and discoverable • Develop partnerships with divisions and units across JHU (academic divisions and departments, Alumni Relations, Communications and others) to undertake history-related projects or programs, possibly including undergraduate courses • Manage Hopkins Retrospective’s web and social media presence (web site, Twitter, and Tumblr); create or locate content and identify opportunities to enhance Hopkins Retrospective’s social media and on-line presence • Work closely with the author of the upcoming book on the history of Hopkins to coordinate editorial meetings and other tasks as required • Coordinate all details associated with Hopkins Retrospective including budgets, event planning, correspondence, marketing and the selection and supervision of student workers or volunteers. For more information about the Hopkins Retrospective, visitweb.jhu.edu/administration/president/history
Additional Information: The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums encompass the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and its collections at the George Peabody Library, the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room, the DC Centers, the Evergreen Museum and John Work Garrett Library, and Homewood Museum. Staff from the libraries and museums teach classes, curate exhibitions, produce scholarship and serve as principle investigators for research initiatives. Rich in resources and expertise, the libraries and museums focus on the needs of faculty and students but also serve as ambassadors to communities well beyond the borders of the Hopkins’ campuses. A key partner in the academic enterprise, the library is a leader in the innovative application of information technology and has implemented notable diversity and organizational development programs.
The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries and Museums is to work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new staff and promoting existing staff. The Libraries and Museums prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visitwww.library.jhu.edu.For information on Evergreen Museum and Library and Homewood Museum, visit www.museums.jhu.edu.
Masters degree in history, public history, museums studies, or related field required. • 2 to 3 years of experience in public history required. • Excellent research and writing skills; experience writing and producing content for a variety of audiences in various formats. • Experience conducting and producing oral histories or interviews. • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize and organize workload for self and others. • Proactive approach to decision making, identifying problems, and creating solutions. • Intellectual curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm for emerging public humanities practices in curation, education, and scholarship, and for bringing historical research to a broad public in innovative and accessible ways. • Excellent partnership-building skills and interest in collaboration. • Strong technology skills; ability to use technology to develop connections with an audience and within the broader community.
Expertise in Baltimore history, the history of higher education, or history of medicine. • Experience in emerging digital humanities practices and the ways in which online programs and social media can be used to create, engage, and develop audiences. • Curatorial experience developing physical and virtual exhibits with students.