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The Southern Historical Collection seeks qualified applicants for a 20 hr/wk Research Assistant position to serve as Project Coordinator for the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance (HBTSA). The HBTSA is a regional initiative to promote historic preservation in Southern black communities, developing sustainable digital archives and promoting tourism and economic growth. We welcome candidates from any graduate program.

The position start and end times are negotiable with the expectation of a 12 month commitment. The salary is $1,316.67/month. This position may also qualify for additional benefits, including graduate student health insurance. This position does not include a tuition award.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as Project Coordinator for the HBTSA, based out of Wilson Library on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus
  • Work with multiple stakeholders to create a unified vision for HBTSA initiatives
  • Develop and maintain a robust web presence for the HBTSA
  • Scan, describe, and organize primary source materials
  • Assist in developing online and physical exhibitions for HBTSA communities
  • Develop and promote outreach events, educational materials, and workshops for HBTSA towns
  • Present and promote scholarship related to the HBTSA

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Enrollment in a UNC Chapel Hill graduate program for the duration of the position
  • Prior completion of at least two years of graduate coursework
  • Willingness and ability to make appx. 2-3 brief trips per semester to partner towns in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina (full travel compensation is provided in addition to salary)
  • Web development skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Interest broadly in African American history, community outreach and development, public policy, special collections, developing regional partnerships, economic development and capacity building in the South
  • Familiarity with Omeka, WordPress, OneDrive, and Microsoft Office programs
  • Superb communication, networking, and public outreach skills
  • Ability to streamline and prioritize work with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience creating events and educational materials for the public
  • Experience with grant writing

To Apply
Applications will be accepted through February 5, 2016. Interviews will be conducted the week of February 8, 2016.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Mary Williford (
Subject: HBTSA Application

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