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At History Factory, you won’t find big machines cranking out widgets and gadgets. Instead, you’ll work with smart, fascinating people doing interesting and unusual work–collecting, organizing and archiving materials found deep within a company’s history. Together, we interpret the gems of authentic content we find in a company’s past and develop programs to help it chart its future.

History degree not required

Only advanced degrees of curiosity and passion

To thrive here, the main requirements are an inquisitive mind, a collaborative spirit, infectious enthusiasm, and a strong desire to help our clients write the next chapter in their history.

 

Make History

Location: Chantilly, VA
Published: October 24, 2022

The History Factory’s Archives Lab is a professional services firm focused on developing archives to meet real-world needs. We design, build, and implement high-quality solutions that enable organizations to use institutional memory and archival content to achieve strategic objectives.

The Archives Lab has an immediate opening for a Staff Archivist.

The Staff Archivist will deliver innovative work in a diverse project environment that offers multiple opportunities for growth. The position will be responsible for the day-to-day provision of archival outsourcing services to one or several clients. Archival outsourcing is the management and/or improvement of activities related to a part or to the whole of archival program operation.

Archives Lab team members can expect to:

  • Incorporate skills which support the management and maintenance services required to implement new archival solutions or maintain and improve existing archival programs for our clients.
  • Receive ongoing training to build and extend professional and technical skills in all areas.
  • Enjoy our comprehensive and generous benefits package.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the acquisition, processing and maintenance of collections of archival assets in digital and physical formats.
  • Create descriptive metadata that supports the discovery and identification of resources; including building taxonomies and controlled vocabularies
  • Perform activities necessary to conduct and manage digitization projects; including preparation of originals for digitization; project tracking; metadata creation and collection; and versioning.
  • Apply information retrieval techniques to meet the research and analysis needs of knowledge workers in diverse industries and business functions.
  • Curate and compile archival information on subjects, themes, and interests relevant to client operational and strategic processes.

Basic Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master of Library Science (MLS).
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in archives.
  • Knowledge of archival processing and digitization methods, procedures, and practices.
  • Applies principles of sound management to the administration of corporate and institutional archives.
  • Ability to interpret and apply data structure standards, data content standards, and data value standards.
  • Skill in developing information architectures and classification systems.
  • Curate and compile archival information on subjects, themes, and interests relevant to client operational and strategic processes.

Preferred Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment.
  • Understanding of business parameters and drivers.
  • Ability to articulate technical issues in business terms and vice-versa.
  • Experience and knowledge of major archival management technologies (legacy and emerging) and desire to continue to broaden technology skills.
  • Understanding of, and ability to apply, modern business archives management concepts.
  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting.
  • Ability to work autonomously and independently, yet integrate appropriately with other areas within History Factory.

Work Environment

Work environment is an office setting (work station). Employee is not exposed to weather conditions and noise level in work area is minimal.

Regularly required to sit for extended periods; walk; stand; use hands to handle objects and feel controls; talk; listen; and vision capabilities that enable reading and viewing a computer screen.

Must be able to lift and carry a forty-pound box, climb a ladder to retrieve materials, and work in environments which may contain dust and mold.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Email only, please no phone calls.

Location: Chantilly, VA
Published: October 11, 2022


Job Overview

As a key member of History Factory’s Archives area, the Senior Manager, Archives, Consulting and Reference, is primarily focused on the provision of research support services; the effective performance and improvement of archival solution design; development processes and client outreach efforts.

Together with the Senior Manager, Metadata and Collection Management, the incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Archives area. As head of the Client and Support Services team, this position works closely and collaboratively with the Senior Director of Archives to manage and oversee the critical assessments conducted by Consulting Archivists in support of planning and coordinating new archival policies, procedures, workflows and projects. This position also occasionally consults directly with clients on developing, promoting and activating archives.

The role will bring experience and expertise in analog and digital archiving practices to Business Development initiatives, contribute to marketing content and proposals, assist in scoping and budgeting projects and ultimately enhancing the services that the Archives area provides to prospects, clients and internal stakeholders.

As head of the Facilities and Reference Services team, the Senior Manager, Archives Consulting and Reference, oversees maintenance of the storage environment, equipment, tools and related documentation in History Factory’s lab facility to ensure the preservation and security of collections.

Job Responsibilities

Managerial Responsibilities:

  • Serve as operations co-lead with the Senior Manager, Metadata and Collection Management, responsible for Client and Support Services and Facilities and Reference Services and direct supervision of multiple full-time staff members.
  • Coach, mentor and counsel direct reports in order to develop staff in a positive and proactive manner ensuring individuals have opportunity to develop broad knowledge of Archives operations and services as well specialized skills.
  • Work with the Senior Director of Archives and the Senior Manager, Metadata and Collection Management, to develop specific training for staff based on need.
  • Conduct performance evaluations in a timely manner for direct reports and submit evaluations on time in accordance with company policy.
  • Assist in the preparation of periodic reports, including monthly financial reports and other general reports as needed.

Project Development, Planning and Management:

  • Advise clients on managing archival materials and participate in the planning and development of client-specific archiving strategies, systems, policies and practices.
  • Oversee consulting functions, including interviewing client teams to gather relevant information, promoting program visions through archival solution architecture, and presenting recommendations to client teams and executive management.
  • Propose technical and procedural changes to consulting processes consistent with accepted archival standards of practice.
  • Oversee Archives research functions, including the development of standards and guidelines governing access and use by clients and internal stakeholders.
  • Participate in area-wide strategic planning, including supporting the growth and evolution of History Factory’s service offerings and the development of new projects and initiatives.
  • Support and contribute to internal and external promotion of History Factory’s services, including presenting at industry-related conferences and participating in professional organizations.
  • Work to build, cultivate and sustain effective client relationships in concert with the Senior Director of Archives and members of the Account Management and Business Development teams.

Records Processing, Collection Management and Reference Support:

  • Manage physical and born-digital acquisitions, including appraisal; transfer; data management; arrangement and description; storage; and end-user access.
  • Answer written reference questions relating to collections of which the incumbent has special knowledge.
  • Provide reference assistance to clients and internal users in person, as needed and assigned.
  • In coordination with relevant Facilities and Reference Services staff, lead and assist in the management of storage for collections, including the inventory and arrangement of materials within and outside collections spaces.
  • Prioritize the preservation, conservation and security needs of the collections in consultation with the Senior Director of Archives and other members of staff.

Job Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (or equivalent) from an American Library Association–accredited institution with an archival certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists.
  • A minimum of five years’ professional experience as an archivist processing and cataloging archival or manuscript collections, including at least one year of successful experience managing and supervising the daily activities of a unit or department.

Skills, Abilities and Behaviors

  • Experience providing reference service, preferably in a special collection or archival setting, including historical research methodology and experience with online research tools.
  • Experience supervising staff, including hiring, coaching and performance management.
  • Expert knowledge of archival collection management, public services, and preservation practices and tools.
  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and in cooperation with colleagues and customers from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds regardless of age, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation or disabilities.
  • Demonstrated planning, decision-making, and problem-solving skills with superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to professional development.

Tools & Technologies

  • Common office software, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Professional experience using archival collections management software tools, electronic document management systems and digital asset management systems.
  • Experience using digitization equipment, such as digital cameras, camera stands, flatbed scanners and image editing software.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY SPECIFICATIONS

Physical Demands

Regularly required to sit for extended periods; walk; stand; drive; use hands to handle objects and feel controls; talk; listen; and vision capabilities that enable reading and viewing a computer screen.

Work Environment

Work environment is an office setting (work station). Employee is not exposed to weather conditions and noise level in work area is minimal.

Regularly required to sit for extended periods; walk; stand; use hands to handle objects and feel controls; talk; listen; and vision capabilities that enable reading and viewing a computer screen.

Must be able to lift and carry a forty-pound box, climb a ladder to retrieve materials, and work in environments which may contain dust and mold.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Email only, please no phone calls.

Location: Washington, DC or Chicago, IL or Chantilly, VA
Published: September 29, 2022


Job Overview

The Senior Vice President of Business Development provides leadership, direction, and is the primary, senior resource for the Company’s sales function. The SVP of Business Development is accountable for overall sales performance, including aligning sales objectives with firm business strategy and playing a hands-on role in acquiring new accounts. The SVP of Business Development reports directly to the CEO. The ideal candidate will be based in Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., or the Bay area, but location is not a prerequisite.

What you’ll do in this role

  • Align sales objectives with the Company’s business strategy through active participation in strategic planning, business development strategy development, forecasting, sales resource planning, and budgeting
  • Manage opportunities at all stages of the pipeline and serve in a ‘player/coach role’ as a lead sales resource tasked with generating and closing new business
  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with key prospects
  • Collaborate closely with the Company’s marketing and communications leadership to ensure alignment of marketing and sales objective
  • Coordinate with account managers and staff to facilitate the handoff and support of ongoing client services
  • Conduct background research on prospective clients and competitors
  • Lead design and development of the Company’s business development function, including sales job roles, sales channel design, and sales resource deployment
  • Identify new opportunities and solutions for growth by continuously assessing the marketplace

What you’ll need in this role

  • A clear understanding of the Company’s vision, mission, values, value proposition, and offerings
  • Familiarity with the marketing and communications space as well as competitive products and markets
  • Analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a passion to serve clients
  • Excellent communications skills with an emphasis on the ability to develop and deliver executive-level presentations and proposals
  • Strong competency with Microsoft Office programs, Google Workspace and a CRM
  • A disciplined, results-driven, performance-based mindset focused on objectives and outcomes with an emphasis on closing opportunities in a complex b2b sales cycle
  • Professionalism, collegial and collaborative demeanor

What you’ll bring to this role

  • Best practices and a methodology rooted in b2b consultative sales
  • Proven track record achieving successful sales outcomes
  • Experience selling niche products and services to Fortune 500 companies, specifically the senior executives of the corporate communications and marketing teams
  • Minimum 12 years of experience in a business-to-business sales environment
  • Masters in business administration or equivalent experience
  • Strong, executive-level presentation skills
  • Creative, resourceful, well-organized, self-starter, solutions-oriented
  • Proven leadership experience, ability to be customer driven, results driven, collaborative and flexible
  • Strong negotiation skills and experience
  • Experience and competency using Microsoft Office programs, Google Workspace and a CRM. (Keynote Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, iMovie and Final Cut are major pluses)

About History Factory

History Factory is the brand heritage and archives agency that supports the world’s best enterprises to enhance and transform strategy, brand positioning, marketing, and communications that drive measurable results. For more than 40 years, History Factory has assisted organizations to employ their most underused asset – their history and heritage – to pursue their missions and fuel growth.

Our Vision

To empower the world’s best enterprises to make history infinitely useful in pursuit of their missions.

Our Mission

  • To be the trusted partner of choice for enterprises that value their heritage and institutional memory.
  • To translate our passion, experience, and expertise into results for appreciative clients.
  • To attract, develop, inspire, and retain extraordinary people.

Our Values

  • We give a damn.
  • We get it done for our clients.
  • We learn from our mistakes and improve.
  • We strive for balance to propel us forward.
  • We put what’s true at the center of everything we do.
  • We have each other’s back.
  • ‘We’ not ‘me.’

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Email only, please no phone calls.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY SPECIFICATIONS

Physical Demands

Regularly required to sit for extended periods; walk; stand; drive; use hands to handle objects and feel controls; talk; listen; and vision capabilities that enable reading and viewing a computer screen.

Work Environment

Travel will be required up to 40%; Position can be work-from-home.

Location: Washington, DC or Chicago, IL
Published: September 6, 2022


Overview

The Account Executive will manage planning and tactical implementation of assigned programs as well as manage client relationships relative to those programs. This role works in close collaboration with Account Managers and/or Account Directors on most accounts, but may lead some engagements independently. The Account Executive will serve as a primary day-to-day contact with clients and coordinate with the History Factory team.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Effectively manage marketing/communications and archival programs for assigned accounts, including program recommendations, project execution and results analysis.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with clients at appropriate levels, acting as day-to-day client point of contact.
  • Oversee assigned project team and supervise all activity related to the client account.
  • Possess minute-by-minute knowledge of all work in progress.
  • Organize, lead, and deliver follow-up communications and actions for recurring project meetings (internal and client).
  • Lead and/or assist in the generation of presentations, creative briefs, conference reports, program reporting and status reports.
  • Establish and communicate client and internal team priorities and deadlines.
  • Work independently and with others as part of a team in a highly organized and detail-oriented manner while coordinating multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Collaborate with and oversee deliverables from project partners, vendors and freelancers.
  • Proactively manage project budgets for assigned clients, including budget tracking, external cost management, internal reporting, revenue forecasting and estimating new work.
  • Proactively identify and communicate opportunities to grow the business on assigned accounts.
  • Forecast shifts in project schedule and revenue early and often.
  • Effectively negotiate client and agency needs and desires.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing or Communications. Advanced degree a plus.
  • 2-4+ years with a Communications or Marketing agency or corporate marketing/communications department required. Applicable internship experience will be considered.
  • Proven track record in execution of detailed projects and ability to demonstrate critical decision-making skills.
  • Management of marketing/communications programs for one or more client programs, including strategic planning, project execution and results analysis. Knowledge and experience with internal and external channel a plus.
  • Intermittent travel required up to 10%.

Skills, Abilities and Behaviors

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.
  • Proactive self-starter with demonstrated follow-through on assignments.
  • Good team player with ability to earn respect and trust of teams and clients.
  • Savvy relationship-builder.
  • Strategic thinker who stays one step ahead on assignments.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Possesses ability to see the bigger picture and put collective goals above self.
  • Openness to new ideas and willingness to contribute.
  • Demonstrated flexibility with navigating shifts in client/project goals, strategy, budgets and timelines.
  • Positive attitude and winning mindset.

Tools & Technologies

  • MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint expertise.
  • Familiarity with Google Suite.
  • Experience working with project management tools/systems a plus.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Email only, please no phone calls.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY SPECIFICATIONS

Physical Demands

Regularly required to sit for extended periods; walk; stand; drive; use hands to handle objects and feel controls; talk; listen; and vision capabilities that enable reading and viewing a computer screen. Ability to travel as needed.

Work Environment

Work environment is an office setting (work station). Employee is not exposed to weather conditions and noise level in work area is minimal.

Location: Washington, DC or Chicago, IL
Published: June 27, 2022


At History Factory, you won’t find big machines cranking out widgets and gadgets. Instead, you’ll discover smart, fascinating people building creative ideas and doing interesting and unusual work—collecting, organizing and archiving materials found deep within a company’s history. Together, we design creative ways to interpret the gems of authentic content we find in a company’s past to help it chart its future.

We’re a quirky community of artists, writers, designers, historians, curators, researchers, planners…all drawn by the opportunity to use the power of history to shape the future. Don’t have a history degree? That’s ok. It’s more important to us that you demonstrate an inquisitive mind, a collaborative spirit, infectious enthusiasm, and a strong desire to help our clients write the next chapter in their history.

We’re looking for an Associate Creative Director with a strong content and conceptual focus to help lead our teams to delivering their (and our) best work.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Under the leadership of the Creative Director, supervise the work of a cross-functional team of creatives (e.g., graphic designers, copywriters, curators, third-party vendors)
  • Deliver creative strategy/plans, concepts, and executions for all kinds of media: corporate publications, museum-quality exhibits and environmental branding, video and digital executions, to name a few
  • Work in the weeds of managing creative projects, shepherding deliverables from concept to completion
  • Write content, set the creative tone, and oversee the translation of each client’s creative vision, generating work that is creatively brilliant, measurable, and culturally impactful.
  • Identify and nurture the best ideas that are uniquely History Factory. Connect a client’s past with its future goals and opportunities by digging deep to uncover and understand a company’s historical insights.
  • Cultivate trusting relationships with clients, partners, and other internal teams.

What you’ll need for this role:

  • A strong portfolio of work showcasing your content and conceptual expertise
  • An appreciation and passion for the craft of making things. You’re as much a doer as you are a strategic thinker.
  • The ability to easily toggle between the big picture and the nitty gritty. You’re as comfortable working on a strategic level as you are diving in and getting your hands dirty.
  • The people skills to build cohesion and collaboration among a diverse group of creatives and third party stakeholders.

Application Details:

Interested? Please email your resume and a portfolio link to [email protected]. In your cover letter, tell us about your favorite concept work in your portfolio and why you love it.

Interested? Please submit your resume and a portfolio link.

Preference is given to those who are located in the Washington, D.C. area or within drop-in distance, but History Factory is open to candidates located anywhere in the U.S.

Americans with Disabilities Specifications

Physical Demands

Regularly required to sit for extended periods; walk; stand; drive; use hands to handle objects and feel controls; talk; listen; and vision capabilities that enable reading and viewing a computer screen. Ability to travel as needed.

Work Environment

Work environment is an office setting (work station). Employee is not exposed to weather conditions and noise level in work area is minimal.

Location: Washington, DC or Chicago, IL
Published: January 13, 2022


Job Overview

The Creative Director (CD) is responsible for leading the creative output of History Factory with minimal supervision.  The CD guides and directs the work of creative teams, delivering creative strategy/plans, concepts, and executions for deliverables including corporate publications, museum-quality exhibits and environmental branding, video and digital executions, and any other types of media that serve the client’s business objectives. In this leadership role, the CD owns the creative process from start to finish and supervises a team of creatives to consistently produce exceptional concepts and final deliverables, providing direction, development, and course-correction (when needed). The CD brings their best creative work and ideas to the table while inspiring and facilitating the same within their team. The CD works closely with the account, production, and design teams to deliver the best client experiences from History Factory. This role requires an individual who can create space for creativity to thrive while organizing work to meet deadlines.

Job Responsibilities

Creativity and Collaboration:

  • Connect a client’s past with its future goals and opportunities by collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, curators, and archivists to uncover and understand proprietary historical insights
  • Generate inventive ideas for creative deliverables that are informed by a client’s heritage and reflect their business intent by staying current on trends in design, marketing, communications, storytelling, and digital technologies.
  • Collaborate with the account manager to draft and/or review  creative briefs for all assignments. Ensure that teams have clear understanding of creative briefs––and steer creative output that stays on-strategy, on-task, on-brand, and on budget
  • Lead brainstorm and collaboration sessions to generate ideas
  • Write and/or design unique and well-crafted content as necessary
  • Evaluate and guide the creative team’s work-in-progress to ensure that it conforms to the standards and specifications of the creative brief and established vision of the project.
  • Collaborate with design and production teams to move projects from concept to completion
  • Oversee and direct the work of writers, designers, and freelancers and motivate teams to produce the best work possible

Leadership:

  • Supervise a cross-functional team of creatives (e.g., associate creative leads, graphic designers, copywriters, curators, third-party vendors) by inspiring the team to develop innovative content deliverables.
  • Oversee and direct creative workflow, identifying and addressing blockages or issues to delivering creative work on time by addressing performance, workflow, and quality issues.
  • Act as the client-facing representative for the creative team on all assigned accounts
  • Manage and coach assigned team members, taking responsibility for their development as creatives at HF
  • Conduct/participate in annual reviews of direct reports
  • Participate in business development opportunities, including identifying potential work, pitching ideas, and collaborating with the business development team

Productivity:

  • Produce innovative branding experiences that translate complex ideas into compelling print materials, physical installations, or digital exhibits for visually sophisticated audiences.
  • Manage competing demands of time and resources to meet project deadlines by developing plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work.
  • Adhere to client brand, messaging and product parameters and ensure all work is on-brand
  • Ensure creative excellence and quality of creative product on all assignments

Job Requirements

  • Industry-specific experience: Portfolio of work demonstrating your previous experience in the creative industry, e.g., art director, copywriter, or graphic designer.
  • Leadership or management experience: Experience leading and managing creative teams and projects
  • Advanced knowledge of sales and marketing: Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, and sales techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of communications and media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media

Skills, Abilities and Behaviors

  • Active listening skills: Gives full attention to what other people are saying, takes time to understand the points being made, asks questions as appropriate, and does not interrupt at inappropriate times.
  • Leadership skills: Motivates and provides direction in the activities of others to accomplish goals; gains the respect and confidence of others; appropriately assigns work and authority to others in the accomplishment of goals; provides advice and assistance as required.
  • Communication skills: Presents and expresses ideas and information effectively and concisely in an oral and/or written mode; shares information with others and facilitates the open exchange of ideas and information
  • Writing skills: Communicates effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex problem-solving skills: Identifies complex problems and reviews related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical thinking skills: Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Fluency of Ideas: The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Originality: The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Flexibility of Thinking: The ability to respond to change, do things differently, and produce many inventive ideas.
  • Visualization: The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Tools & Technologies

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, XD
  • Familiarity with Google collaborative tools and file sharing (Docs, Slides, Google Drive)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Knowledge of video or animation production preferred

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter and portfolio to [email protected]. Email only, please no phone calls.

Americans with Disability Specifications

Physical Demands

Regularly required to sit for extended periods; walk; stand; drive; use hands to handle objects and feel controls; talk; listen; and vision capabilities that enable reading and viewing a computer screen.

Work Environment

Work environment is an office setting (work station). Employee is not exposed to weather conditions and noise level in work area is minimal.