Oral History Manager

Alexandria, VA
$46,758.92 - $76,858.11 Annually
Dec 08, 2021
Jan 04, 2022
Full Time
Oral History Manager

An Overview
The Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) is looking for an Oral History Manager. As part of OHA’s American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accredited museum system, the Oral History Manager is a key position in the City’s efforts to document the struggles, successes, and stories of Alexandrians today and in the past. The Oral History Manager of will develop the current oral history program into a larger initiative that will continue to support community interest and City of Alexandria research priorities. Alexandria Legacies, the Alexandria Oral History Program , was developed in OHA in the early 1980s. Since then, OHA has collected the oral history of Alexandria residents on themes such as the Immigrant Experience in Alexandria, Alexandria Living Legends, Chronicling the Pandemic, and Black Lives Remembered: The Legacy of George Floyd. Oral history projects constantly strive to anticipate and meet the needs of the community and future historians, residents, and City staff who will continue to learn from these insights for generations to come. The expanded Alexandria Legacies oral history initiative led by the Oral History Manager will spark community engagement and become a more visible history element within the City through proactive outreach and programs.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate for the Oral History Manager position will serve as steward of and spokesperson for the City’s oral history collection by recording, editing, preserving, maintaining, tracking, administering, and making the oral history collection accessible to staff and the public. This requires excellent public speaking, listening, and writing abilities crafted for a range of audiences. The Oral History Manager actively integrates oral histories into museum exhibits, research initiatives, public programs, and partnerships with other City departments, stakeholders, and civic groups. A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and public service is at the core of this position and the department.

The Opportunity
  • Conduct oral history interviews in accordance with Oral History Association Best Practices, including preparatory research, outreach and follow-up, scheduling, securing signed release forms, recording, uploading recordings and release forms, summarizing or digesting salient points, transcribing or supervising transcripts, and archiving all related material.
  • Identify and prioritize oral history topics, themes, and individual interviews to be pursued.
  • Set standards and ensure quality control throughout the oral history program, for example, documenting best practices, reviewing completed interviews, and advising on resolution of sensitive issues as they arise.
  • Develop innovative ways to collect and share the oral histories, through pop-up exhibitions, online sharing, and other presentations.
  • Contribute content to OHA’s publication outlets.
  • Refine training materials and direct workshops for oral history volunteers and staff.
  • Maintain a broad network of contacts with professionals engaged in oral history in order to promote professionalism and new ideas within the City’s Oral History Program and actively participate in the field through conference presentations and related outlets.
  • Integrate the oral history collection into OHA’s broader museum collections.
  • Performs related work as required.

About the Department
The Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) enhances the quality of life for city residents and visitors by preserving and interpreting Alexandria's historic properties, archaeological sites, cultural resources, artifact collections, objects, archives, records, and personal stories and by encouraging audiences to recognize Alexandria’s diverse historic heritage and its place within the broader context of American history.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Bachelor's degree in history or closely related field and three years of experience in professional public history work; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in history or closely related subject with a specialization or interest in oral history, public history, museum studies, material culture, anthropology or other related field and three years of experience in oral history professional practice. An in-depth understanding of and interest in the history and communities of Alexandria. Minimum one year of experience in each of the following: audio and video equipment and software applications used in conducting, editing, preserving/archiving, and disseminating oral history interviews; overseeing staff and volunteers; project development, management, and coordination; working with and supervising volunteers; and diverse, engaged approaches to research, interviewing, and community-based history. A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a required City driving class.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks to include, but not limited to, a criminal background screening.

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