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Find Your Place in History Here

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
Published: September 24, 2019

The Exhibit Designer will work closely with the Director of Design and the design team to design, coordinate and integrate exhibits, graphics and media concepts into world-class experience installations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Reports directly to the Director of Design and is directed by the Senior Designer on projects
  • Develops exhibit and interactive experiences concepts, including 3-D exhibit elements, interiors, artifact displays, from the conceptual phase through final drawings
  • Provides design solutions in conjunction with the creative management, production department, creative services department to meet budgetary considerations
  • Develops and illustrates design concepts through a variety of mediums, including hand sketches/drawings, computer 3D renderings and photo-compositing software
  • Should be familiar with exhibit design process and know how to interpret construction drawings
    for spaces
  • Identifies and anticipates production risks and develops solutions with Creative Lead and Client
  • Provides design solutions in conjunction with the creative management and production department and the design team to meet budgetary considerations
  • Maintains workflow in accordance with the project schedule, with a variety of tasks and deadlines
  • Travels to meetings and site visits as required by projects
  • Conducts site and material sample visits
  • Collaborates with teams across multiple locations
  • Keeps current on design trends, the latest technological innovations and products and shares
    with the creative team
  • Maintains an organized and clean working environment

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Exhibit Design, Architecture, or Industrial Design or design related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience in exhibit design or related field
  • Proven experience in multiple phases of the design process, including conceptualization and design development
  • Strong technical drawing skills
  • Good knowledge of fabrication techniques and materials standards of exhibit design
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, and illustrative)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • 3-D modeling/rendering skills (Sketch-up/ 3DS Max) (Autocad and/or VectorWorks is a plus)
  • MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Google Enterprise software (Slides, Sheets, Docs, etc.)
  • Graphic design capabilities is a plus
  • Up to Intermediate fluency in Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Experience Design)
Location: Washington, DC or Chicago, IL
Published: September 20, 2019

The Production Manager, working in conjunction with the Sr. Production Manager or Director, will be responsible for all aspects of the development, production and installation process of museum/exhibit components, both physical and technology based. You will be responsible for ensuring that the museum components are produced safely, on time and within budget. This is done in conjunction with achieving the creative objectives of the approved concept(s), meeting History Factory’s financial objectives, and maintaining History Factory’s high quality standards.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist in the review and redline detail construction drawings to ensure design intent and any limitations or unique requirements are accounted for.
  • Manage the timetable that reflects the critical path for project and production deliverables.
  • During the production process, review the status of work with the Sr. Production Manager or Director to maintain proposal, design, schedule and budgetary objectives.
  • Assist in facilitating solutions to production issues with the production and/or programming partners that could lead to quality issues, delays or cost overruns.
  • Support the Sr. Production Manager or Director in facilitating the continuity of information flow between departments throughout the production process.
  • Attend all job specific meetings and conduct any meetings necessary outside the defined workflow to facilitate the production process.
  • Conduct site surveys to verify accuracy of venue information.
  • Work with Sr. Production Manageror Director and fabrication and/or programming partners to develop efficient on-site logistics plan for installation of all creative deliverables. Ensure plan meets the budget as well as achieves the high quality standards established by the company.
  • Assist in the management and direction of partners and laborers during installations at client locations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and deemed necessary.

Inter-office relationships: Production Manager will regularly interface with the Sr. Production Manager or Director, design, curatorial, archival and account management. Additionally, regular interface with outside partners and clients will be required.

Some travel (approx. 15%), both local and nationwide, is required. Note some travel for installs will have a duration of a week or longer.

Experience Required

  • Minimum of 3-7 years of related experience in exhibits, special events or technical theatre production as well as project management.
  • Experience in fabrication of trade show exhibits, permanent display installations or theatrical scenery is preferred.
  • A working knowledge of current code, production procedures and materials, and installation methods unique to our business.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings.
  • Written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with History Factory personnel, outside partners, and clients.
  • Excellent working knowledge of computer systems and software including Microsoft Office,Adobe Creative Suite, Google-docs, and others.

Desired Attributes

  • The successful candidate is confident, assertive and capable of multi-tasking and meeting demanding deadlines.
  • Candidate must be a proactive, independent worker who can thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Candidate must be able to work independently or as part of a team and must have a high sense of detail and organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred.

 

 

Location: Washington, DC or Chicago, IL
Published: September 1, 2019

The primary function of the Content Strategist’s job at History Factory is developing content strategy based on a company or client’s business objectives and their customer or end user’s needs. You will oversee content requirements and develop various deliverables across a project life cycle.

You will create and help maintain editorial calendars, style guides, taxonomies, metadata frameworks and content migration plans. You may also be responsible for managing other employees and/or freelancers, maintaining budgets, and assisting with the technical integration of content.

You have the analytical abilities necessary to gather/distill key business and user insights, and apply your planning skills to create a long-term vision for the content that’s generated. Project management experience will help you keep projects on track and within budget.

You have the ability to compellingly communicate a brand’s story, and a design sensibility to envision how content will be presented or distributed in visual and audio storytelling formats other than text-based articles.

A firm understanding of user experience and strong search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) skills are preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct content audits and gap analyses in support of strategy development
  • Develop content strategies based on the client’s business objectives and aligned to their stakeholders and/or end users.
  • Use content frameworks and standards for the creation, curating, publishing and governance of original, licensed, and user-generated content for a range of client applications, and across a wide range of industries. This includes writing both short and long form authentic content, plus creating and maintaining editorial calendars, style guides, taxonomies, metadata frameworks, and content migration plans.
  • Partner with creative leads, designers, researchers, and client-facing executives to optimize the content elements based on usability, intuitiveness, consistency, business metrics, and time to market for our clients.
  • Assure all content meets standards of quality, measured in terms of persuasion, consistency, authenticity and uniqueness
  • Estimate work effort for budgeting purposes and help clarify deliverables
  • Review other products and content design approaches to understand emerging standards and innovation
  • Advocate for best content practices throughout the agency

Requirements

To be successful, it is a given that you are gifted with words, able to craft, curate, edit and align information. You also should be effective in content organization as well as the art of persuasion and marketing. A real passion for experimentation and an ability to move quickly is a plus. Ideally, we’d love someone with:

  • Knowledge of mobile first and responsive content strategies
  • Knowledge of the development and maintenance of both structured and unstructured content types
  • Concept skills and creative thinking with an eye for distinction
  • A professional and personal portfolio of useful and engaging content solutions in highly dynamic environments
  • Knowledge of Search Engine Marketing and Optimization strategies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Project management experience, including evidence of ability to keep within challenging deadlines and budget constraints.

Experience

  • Degree in a relevant field (English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing)
  • 4-5 years minimum professional experience with content strategy
  • Writing, revising, sourcing and aggregating content
  • Superior content development skills and strategic thinking
  • Writing for diverse audiences.
  • Developing content solutions for a variety of b2b and b2c challenges
  • Working with design and development teams
  • With responsive Web design solutions
  • Familiarity working with DAM systems, Google Docs, as well as MS Office tools
  • Working for an agency or in-house client-side marketing/communications team
  • Engaging and fun personality
  • Innate curiosity with proactive mentality towards problem solving and experimentation
  • Highly organized.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@historyfactory.com. Email only, please no phone calls.