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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
Published: November 12, 2020

History Factory is a pioneer in finding and leveraging the history and heritage of companies and brands for business advantage. We blend strategic, curatorial, research, and creative skills in a way that makes us a unique resource for clients.

We are looking for 1-2 research / content interns to support a variety of projects alongside our writers, curators, videographers, designers and other staff to provide foundational material used in documenting our client’s histories. Candidates should have an interest in history and corporate culture and strong communication and organizational skills.

Working for History Factory provides interns with an opportunity to further build their research and writing skills, expand their understanding of history and corporate culture in the context of today’s business environment, and explore opportunities in a variety of career paths.

Research/Content Interns substantively contribute to our projects in numerous ways:

  • Assist teams with storyline development for heritage-based communications.
  • Assist teams with researching and fact checking heritage-based content using corporate archival collections and other resources
  • Assist with content development for exhibit interactives
  • Assist teams with image and artifact organization for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Perform research within corporate archival collections and outside repositories to discover information, develop communication concepts, assemble baseline factual information (timelines, leadership chronologies, background biographical research, etc.)
  • Assist teams with research, and fact-checking, heritage-based content using corporate archival collections and other resources.
  • Assist teams with other client, business development and firm management projects as needed. (including current exhibition and book publication work as well as incoming exhibitions, website content, short and long narrative publications and imaging projects)

Required Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience in a creative or museum setting
  • A high level of curiosity
  • Ability to multitask and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated interest in history and business
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to proactively identify and address potential project and/or client issues

Candidates should be available to work online and/or in the Washington DC office (near Dupont Circle) part time for the spring semester. A stipend is available.

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

To apply: please send your resume, a writing sample and cover letter to Sara Eagin, Senior Curator at seagin@historyfactory.com.

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: 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.