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About the position

The []Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) is hiring a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student to support its Community Documentarian and New Roots Programs, public history initiatives that document the narratives of North Carolina’s community leaders and explore Latin American and Caribbean heritage. The position involves working with a team of ISA staff and community partners to create and archive oral history and video interviews, public meeting minutes, photos, and other documentary materials from ISA’s []Building Integrated Communities program (BIC) and other ISA programs. BIC is an initiative that partners with local governments to expand leadership opportunities for North Carolinians with Latin American ancestry and create inclusive practices and policies supporting immigrants.

At least 50% of position activities will focus on archiving and expanding public access to archives, including preparing bilingual meta-data to describe oral histories and documentary materials; editing transcripts; preparing video and audio files; and maintaining a bilingual website. An estimated 25% of activities will focus on outreach and engagement, such as conducting oral history trainings with community organizations; maintaining communications with a small cohort of community documentarians in NC partner locales; and creating teaching materials from documentary content. The remaining 25% of position activities include creating documentary materials, such as oral histories and videos of public events and written content for social media and websites.

Successful candidates must be fluent in oral and written Spanish and English; communicate in a professional manner; and pay close attention to details. The candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom and have strong writing and editing skills. Preferred skills include experience working with video and audio editing software, libraries and/or digital archives and oral history interviewing methods.

This is position begins immediately. 15-20 hours/week, with expectations of work (with a flexible schedule) over the summer. The position is based at the Institute for the Study of the Americas and has the option to work up to 50% of weekly hours remotely. Occasional travel (4 trips to NC locales/year) is expected. Must be able to lift 40 pounds and work occasional nights and weekends.

How to apply

If you are interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and Spanish language writing sample (2 pages max) to Hannah Gill,  Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.

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