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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: Washington, DC or Chicago, IL
Published: September 17, 2021

The Director of Design will provide design leadership from development of concepts to implementation. Projects will include exhibit design (physical/digital), publication design, websites, brand development, collateral and more. The Director plans and directs the activities of the design team to maintain the company’s standards of creative excellence, timeliness and profitability while achieving our clients’ goals. You will report to the agency’s Executive Vice President and will be a member of the Management Committee.

Responsibilities

  • Provides design leadership from concept to completion for both Client and History Factory initiatives.
  • Prepares visual presentations for assigned projects.
  • Works with client resources to confirm project objectives, deliverables and other expectations in support of project creative briefs.
  • Collaborates with fellow creative team members on design and digital/media options to meet project objectives, budget, and schedule.
  • Collaborates with Agency/project leaders to ensure client and project objectives are met.
  • Collaborates with production on budgeting, schedule, and supervision of outside services, including production contractors.
  • Provides advice and assistance as needed to ensure optimal quality of design deliverables.
  • Leads and/or prepares all design documentation and specifications for client review and approval prior to release to fabricators, printers, programmers, etc.
  • Works with leadership to assign, develop and manage internal and freelance design resources.
  • Directs, mentors and develops staff performance.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A very strong portfolio of past creative work with exhibit/museum design emphasis a must.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in design and at least 10 years experience including design/personnel management, exhibit, print and digital/interactive design.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Experience working in collaboration with other creative team members.
  • Familiarity with campaign, brand management, and corporate identity work.
  • Extensive knowledge of digital graphic/visual design techniques and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of graphic software programs for Mac, including Adobe Creative Cloud, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. AR/VR, CAD and/or 3-d modeling experience a plus.
  • Good working knowledge of electronic production process and print production process.
  • Proven ability to deliver high-quality work on schedule and within budget.
  • Intellectual curiosity and a passion for history.

To Apply:

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

Location: Washington, DC or Chicago, IL
Published: August 13, 2021

Qualifications & Responsibilities
The Account Executive will manage planning and tactical implementation of assigned programs as well as manage client relationships relative to those programs. The Account Executive will serve as the primary day-to-day contact with clients and coordinate with the History Factory team. Intermittent travel required.

Responsibilities:

  • Effectively manage marketing/communications and archival programs for assigned account, 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.
  • Possess minute-by-minute knowledge of all work in progress.
  • Organize, lead, and deliver follow-up communications and actions for recurring project status calls (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.
  • Manage and report on job cost related to assigned projects.
  • Forecast shifts in project schedule and revenue early and often.
  • Effectively negotiate client and agency needs and desires.
  • Proactively identify and communicate opportunities to grow the business on assigned accounts.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing or Communications. Advanced degree a plus.
  • 3-5+ years with a Communications or Marketing agency or corporate marketing/communications department required.
  • Applicable internship experience will be considered.
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.
  • MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint expertise plus familiarity with Google Suite and project management tools/systems.
  • 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.
  • Oversee assigned project team and supervise all activity related to the client account.
  • Work with team to ensure account profitability.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with clients through daily contact and ensures client satisfaction.

To Apply:

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

Location: Chantilly, VA
Published: May 8, 2019

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.
  • 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.
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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.
  • Ability to interpret and apply data structure standards, data content standards, and data value standards.
  • Skill in developing information architectures and classification systems.

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) + 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.

To Apply:

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