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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.

 

2020 SUMMER INTERNSHIP UPDATE

In response to the evolving national, state and local mandates for travel and shelter in place, History Factory will not be able to host internships for Summer 2020. We look forward to making internship opportunities available in the near future. In the meantime, please stay healthy and productive.

 

Make History

Location: Washington, DC or Chicago, IL
Published: July 14, 2020

History Factory is looking for a Managing Editor. Location can be Washington D.C. or Chicago. Working remote can also be explored. The Managing Editor serves as chief editorial consultant to clients of History Factory and as editorial lead on complex projects including anniversary campaigns, publications, videos and exhibits. This position works to ensure editorial excellence through oversight of editorial operations, talent recruitment and staff development. The Managing Editor also oversees all editorial reviews of History Factory’s business development and marketing communications.

Editorial Responsibilities
Provide counsel to clients on types of content and their applications, and best practices for content review

  • Provide developmental editing and line editing for publications, web content and exhibit content
  • Oversee editing and proofreading by staff and contractors, providing coaching as appropriate
  • Work closely with researchers, fact-checkers, writers and designers to uphold editorial quality and consistency within and across complex projects
  • Review and implement manuscript and design revisions, counseling clients and colleagues as appropriate

Operations, Administrative and Strategic Responsibilities

  • Track editing time and performance among copy editors
  • Coordinate recruitment and assignment of contract editors and writers
  • Collaborate with project managers to resolve scheduling and resourcing conflicts
  • Follow best practices and share expertise and updates in support of organizational growth
  • Pursue team-building opportunities for writers and editors
  • Identify and pursue staff development opportunities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Outstanding editing, writing, communication and analytical skills
  • Thorough understanding of professional editing and writing standards, methods and practices. Mastery of Chicago style and AP style is a must.
  • Strong business acumen and understanding of communications strategies that support corporate goals
  • Master’s degree in English, history or other liberal arts discipline preferred
  • Demonstrated creative team leadership experience
  • Ten or more years of experience in editing business-related copy
  • Demonstrated strong writing ability
  • Self-motivated, with a strong sense of personal initiative
  • Possessing a high level of intellectual curiosity
  • Proven ability to anticipate issues and apply focused problem-solving skills in a deadline-intensive environment

Job Relationships

Reports to:         EVP

Interactions:       History Factory personnel and external contractors, clients

To Apply:

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

 

Location: Washington, DC or Chantilly, VA
Published: July 9, 2020

Who you are:

  • A builder | Entrepreneurial attitude couple with a strong business acumen. Ability and appetite to bring people together and create momentum.
  • Open and collaborative | Our team is currently dispersed but close-knit and supportive, driven and fast-moving in a changing environment working with a lot of unknowns.
  • Optimistic and resilient | Dig in and figure out how to work around problems. Yes and why not posture. Possesses the responsiveness, positivity, resilience, and adaptability to take care of the company, team, and self. 
  • Nimble and Quick | Able to juggle several fast moving projects skillfully.

Key Responsibilities:

  • IT/Digital Project coordination. Internal and external communication with staff and vendors. Agile project management with staff, vendors, clients, and stakeholders
  • Coordination of deliverables and timelines with PMs and developers, IT staff, users, and clients.
  • Documentation: create and maintain documentation of a hybrid remote environment according to best practices.
  • Tier I and II remote user support. First line support for largely remote staff.
  • Remote administration and operation of scalable IT infrastructures.
  • Administrative and Technical staff liaison with MSP help desk staff. Integrate with service management personnel to ensure smooth, continuous operations.
  • Proactively monitor system performance for optimal performance. Examine daily traffic logs and reports or receive direct reports from end users.
  • Participate in architecture and development planning meetings.
  • File system, Media asset, and database administration/management in a hybrid cloud environment. Assist in Implementation of compute, network, storage, and managed services.
  • Work closely with all staff, contractors, development, IT, and Business teams on use cases, requirements, and priorities on system integration and digital product development using agile methodologies on hybrid cloud, SaaS, and on premise networks and service environments.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Certification plus related work experience.
  • Creativity, curiosity, flexibility, strong communication skills, patience.
  • 5+ years of IT experience (traditional IT Systems Administration and Engineering Roles).
  • 2+ years of experience with GCP, AWS, Virtualization, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Database Migration (MSSQL/mysql/nosql), Windows/Linux Servers, SaaS platform integration.
  • 2+ years of supporting remote users on Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS workstations.
  • 2+ years of Microsoft Windows system administration experience including virtualization.
  • 2+ years of Digital Asset Management and CMS (Drupal, WordPress) system experience
  • 2+ years of cybersecurity experience.
  • 2+ years scripting (bash/tcsh/powershell/ajax), programming interpreted languages (Python/PHP), programming query/data analysis (SQL/R/Scala)

 

Applicants from Continental United States only please. Candidates within a reasonable driving distance from Metro DC preferred.

To apply, please submit your CV to blong@historyfactory.com. Email inquiries only, please do not call.

Location: Washington, DC
Published: July 2, 2020

This forward-thinking, commercially oriented business operator will oversee day-to-day operations that include finance and accounting, enterprise services, benefits administration, and facilities.   Reporting to the Global President and in partnership with the firm’s Leadership Team, this person must be capable of driving business planning and delivering information and insights for strategy development and executive decision making.

With direct operations experience in a communications agency or business consulting firm, this leader will understand talent-based business models and operating requirements.  (S)he will have a proven track record of implementing enterprise-wide initiatives, processes and programs needed to drive operational efficiency, build organizational capabilities, and support profitable growth.

Founded in 1979, History Factory works with Fortune 500 corporations and industry leaders to develop their archives and implement heritage-based communications campaigns to elevate their brands, engage their workforces, and support forward-looking business initiatives.  This requires a diverse set of business, creative and information science competencies.  This leader must possess the curiosity, business acumen and desire to understand and represent our enterprise value both internally and externally.

We are a well-established firm with an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to growth.  The ideal candidate will have a bias for considered action, agile methodology, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative culture that puts clients first while rewarding accountability and performance.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Establishes, manages, and advances enterprise controls, processes, and workflows
  • Ensures effective business, financials, and project tracking, analysis, and reporting
  • Tracks compliance with established processes, policies, and systems and works with leaders to address issues
  • Recommends and manages the implementation of enterprise services, platforms, and tools
  • Oversees Company finance and accounting requirements, including closing and reporting
  • Conducts regular financial and enterprise initiative reviews with senior leaders to ensure that performance and initiatives are tracking to plan
  • Drives the annual business planning process including the establishment of enterprise and area goals, strategies, key performance indicators, and metrics
  • Reviews and recommends benefits and other employee services to ensure competitiveness and employee satisfaction
  • Reviews SOWs and contracts for quality and alignment to agency objectives
  • Mentors staff to build financial and business acumen
  • Provides data to inform enterprise resource planning and works with leaders to establish and manage resource plans
  • Ensure facilities align with services needs and reflect the Company’s brand to clients and employees
  • Helps define and implement change initiatives to support scalability and drive growth
  • Analyzes Company and market data and trends to identify opportunities and anticipate business challenges, alerting leadership and providing solutions to support business objectives
  • Ensures the consistent applications of established HR practices, policies, and tools. Embodies the Company’s Core Values, sets an example for effective management and leadership, and establishes policies and programs to promote the Company culture
  • Helps define, assess, and support expansion activities
  • Other operations and financial duties as may be requested

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of progressive success in an agency or related professional services firm
  • 5+ years of experience as a Director, VP or senior operations leader in a communications agency or similar professional services business
  • BSc/BA in Business Administration, Finance, Management, Accounting or other business field MSc/MBA is a plus
  • Strong knowledge of organization and project financial and accounting requirements and reporting
  • Understanding of business functions such as HR/benefits, sales, marketing, etc.
  • Experience working with and serving C-Suite executives
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills
  • Business and strategic planning and implementation skills
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics
  • Proven ability to set and manage performance
  • Experience working and communicating with clients to resolve issues
  • Process and workflow management experience
  • Working knowledge of IT/Business infrastructure and MS Office
  • Proven organizational, management, and leadership abilities
  • Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving
  • Internal staff leader capable of staff development, performance management, and conflict resolution

Report to: Global President & COO

Work Location: Washington DC (Strongly Preferred)

Travel: Limited

 

Please direct all inquires and applications to Rick Beller, Global President and COO at Rbeller@historyfactory.com. Please do not call regarding this position.

Location: Chantilly, VA
Published: June 5, 2020

History Factory is a specialized professional services firm that helps organizations leverage their heritage for strategic business purposes.  Central to this value is designing, building and implementing modern archives and content solutions that enable organizations to capture, access and apply their institutional memory.

Over our 40-year history, History Factory has developed unparalleled experience architecting physical and digital archives. Our capabilities, insights, and expertise have enabled us to build and maintain high-performance archives for industry leading corporations, associations, and non-profits.  The Consulting Archivist will be a key contributor to this legacy of leadership and future growth of our archives services.

The Consulting Archivist will work within diverse project environments to deliver innovative work that ranges from strategy to execution and ongoing management. The Consulting Archivist’s primary responsibility will be to work with senior client leaders and functional areas to develop a deep understanding of the organization’s current information landscape and recommend archival strategies and programs that will deliver business value.  Recommendations will reflect each client’s unique business environment as well as archival best practices, and industry, technology, and cultural trends. (S)he will also be responsible for building and managing client collections, supporting thought leadership and business development efforts, and helping inform future archives and content solutions.

The position will report to the Managing Archivist and indirectly to the Chief Administrative.

Key Responsibilities

Working independently and in collaboration with History Factory’s archives leadership, senior leaders, colleagues, account leads, and others the Consulting Archivist shall undertake the following efforts.

Strategy

  • Define engagements and plans for the analysis of clients’ archival assets, technologies, and associated operational processes.
  • Interview client leaders and teams to understand business and project goals and gather relevant information and insights to define requirements expectations, and opportunities.
  • Recommend archives designs, strategies, and architectures that will enhance business value by improving service, controlling costs, preventing unforeseen issues, promoting use, and providing for the future growth of physical and/or digital content.
  • Evaluate and recommend architectures and processes for capturing physical and born-digital content.
  • Educate clients regarding the value of archives and key aspects of archival program architecture and design (e.g. scalability, accessibility, manageability, relevance, affordability, always considering the appropriate incorporation of technology)
  • Ensure archival solutions align with the client’s program vision
  • Effectively present recommendations to client teams and executive management
  • Take responsibility for developing and delivering analysis reports on time and budget.

Thought Leadership and Business Development Support

  • Provide support for sales and business development including participating in client meetings and assisting in the creation of proposals.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on archives and digital content trends in support of innovation and transformation of archives and content solutions.
  • Contribute to firm-wide thought leadership and marketing materials.
  • Identify opportunities and support the conversion of assessments into broader engagements

Execution and Ongoing Service Operations

  • Process collections of archival assets in all formats
  • Build taxonomies and controlled vocabularies for archives and curated content solutions
  • Create descriptive metadata that supports the discovery and identification of resources
  • Perform activities necessary to conduct and manage digitization projects; including preparation of originals for digitization; project tracking; metadata creation and collection; and version control
  • Apply information retrieval techniques to meet the diverse research needs of end-user organizations
  • Curate and compile archival information on subjects, themes, and interests relevant to client needs
  • Oversee teams and/or work efforts at a client facility and/or within History Factory

Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master of Library Science (MLS)
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in archives
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience developing and implementing future-focused archives programs

Desired Experience

  • Deep knowledge of archival and content management technologies (legacy and emerging) and a commitment to continue to broaden technology skills
  • Experience working with executives, senior leaders, and administrators in large organizations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of business environments including an understanding of business case development and ROI considerations
  • Understanding of the archives and content needs of marketing and communications functions
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills
  • Proven project management and the ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Ability to creatively and analytically problem solve
  • Deep understanding of contemporary archives best practices, concepts, and challenges
  • Expertise in archival processing and digitization methods, procedures, and practices
  • Ability to convey complex technical issues in business terms
  • Experience in a business-to-business professional services firm
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with teammates and other areas within History Factory
  • Supervisory and leadership skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel and work off-site

To Apply:

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