Associate Director, Oral History Center

Berkeley, Alameda County / UC Berkeley, Alameda County
Jul 01, 2014
University of California, Berkeley Associate Director, Oral History Center – Library Oral History Center (formerly Regional Oral History Office) The Bancroft Library Hiring range: Academic Coordinator II, Step 1 - 11 $63,012-$101,088 per annum, based upon qualifications This is a full-time appointment available starting January 2015. The University of California, Berkeley seeks an active scholar to coordinate staff and budget resources to accomplish project goals of the Oral History Center (formerly Regional Oral History Office), a research unit of The Bancroft Library. Environment The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,500. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries - including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. The Oral History Center (formerly Regional Oral History Office) is a research program of the University of California, Berkeley, working within The Bancroft Library. OHC conducts, teaches, analyzes, and archives oral and video history documents in a broad variety of subject areas critical to the history of California and the United States, including politics and government, law and jurisprudence, arts and letters, business and labor, social and community history, University of California history, natural resources and the environment, and science and technology. Individual interviews have been used as source material for monographs, books, articles, video and film documentaries, and dissertations. OHC provides a forum for students and scholars working with oral sources to deepen the quality of their research and to engage with the theory, methodology, and meaning of individual testimony and social memory. By conducting carefully researched, tape-recorded, and transcribed interviews, OHC creates archival oral histories intended for the widest possible use. Interviews are transcribed, lightly edited for accuracy and clarity, and reviewed by the interviewees, who are encouraged to augment or correct their spoken words. Responsibilities Working with the Director of OHC, the associate director coordinates staff and budget resources to accomplish project goals. Administrative responsibilities include: coordinating hiring of new OHC employees, both academic and staff; completing employee renewal paperwork; supervising and evaluating staff employees; working with the Director and OHC interviewers to coordinate transcript, video, and other priorities; overseeing and assigning staff employee work schedules to meet project goals and deadlines; assigning all general office functions; serves on Bancroft Library administrative committees. The Associate Director provides the Library Business Office with the information it needs to oversee OHC budget and to ensure that University fiscal policies and requirements for effort compliance are being followed. The Associate Director is an active scholar who organizes interview projects, conducts interviews; trains and advises undergraduate and graduate students; teaches courses; presents research papers at conferences; and publishes books and articles. The Associate Director serves as a liaison between OHC and the University community, as well as with off-campus requests for information about OHC’s activities and collections. The Associate Director stands-in for the OHC Director, as required. The Associate Director contributes to the work of integrating OHC and its scholars into the teaching and research mission of the university. He or she will foster espirit de corps among OHC’s specialists, production staff, graduate student employees, and interns/volunteers. He or she will work with the Director, OHC specialists, and Bancroft and Library development to develop and raise funds for new projects. The Associate Director will report to the Director of the Oral History Center. Qualifications Minimum Basic Qualification at Time of Application:
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in United States history or another subject relevant to OHC’s research projects Additional Required Qualifications:
    • A significant record of active publication and presentations at scholarly conferences
    • Extensive experience organizing multi-interview oral history projects, interviewing, and preparing completed interviews for public access in print, audio, and video formats
    Additional Preferred Qualifications:
    • Familiarity with University of California policies and procedures regarding budgets, personnel, fund-raising, grants, and overall reporting requirements, or equivalent experience at a comparable institution
    • Experience as an undergraduate teacher, as well as an ability to assist the Director in helping graduate students working at OHC to develop the appropriate scholarly framework for their interview projects
    • Experience in project development, grant writing, and fund-raising from individuals donors, philanthropic foundations, and government agencies
    The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity. This position is entitled to appropriate professional development leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. DEADLINE: The initial review date for this position is August 1, 2014. All completed applications received by this date will be given full consideration; this recruitment will remain open until filled. Submit applications online at Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, a chapter-length writing sample, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant's qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

    Send inquiries to:

    Susan E. Wong Director, Library Human Resources Library Human Resources Department 110 Doe Library University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-6000 Phone: (510) 642-3778 Email:

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer