IEEE Historian, Corporate Activities

Job type: Faculty Non Tenured

Job Summary: 
The overall purpose of this position is to be a part of professional historian team of the IEEE’s History Center, whose mission is to preserve and make known the history of IEEE, its members, their industries and professions, and the related technologies.  In addition to generally participating in the Center’s public history of technology initiatives and supporting the various programs as assigned by the History Center Senior Director (managing and/or participating in IEEE’s oral history program; managing and/or participating in institutional history projects; contributing content to the Engineering & Technology History Wiki; managing and/or contributing content to the History Center’s publication program; and organizing and/or contributing content to conferences), the incumbent in this position is primarily responsible for contributing content and curriculum development to the History Center’s pre-university REACH Program which prepares history of technology curricular material for use in the high-school history classroom.  The role reports to the Senior Director of the History Center, and will be responsible for managing relationships with appropriate volunteers, contractors, consultants and stakeholders, as well as occasionally general oversight of student interns.  This position works under minimal supervision and is authorized to approve program expenditures within limits determined by the History Center.

Essential Functions:
Duties include but are not limited to:
•    Contributing content and developing curriculum for the IEEE REACH pre-university history of technology program.
•    Participating in History Center historical activities including, but not limited to, conducting oral history interviews, writing and reviewing for the History Center newsletter, presenting at conferences, conducting research on behalf of the IEEE Milestones program, creating appropriate historical content for publications and for  the Engineering & Technology History Wiki
•    Participating in History Center collaboration with its strategic educational partner (currently Stevens Institute of Technology), including participating in the teaching of history of technology courses
•    Assisting the Senior Director and other History Center staff in supporting the IEEE History Committee and other IEEE organizational emails, including teleconference and on-site activities
•    Maintaining stakeholder relationships among staff, volunteers, members, vendors, the historical and archival communities, and, especially, the pre-university educational community
•    Assisting the Senior Director and the IEEE Foundation staff in carrying out fundraising activities on behalf of the History Center

In addition, duties may include:
•    Developing expertise on the institutional history of IEEE and taking lead responsibility for reference requests in that area, including outreach to IEEE organizational units
•    Managing the History Center’s Oral History Program through scheduling  and finalizing oral histories interviews
•    Maintain aspects of the History Center’s publications program
•    Working on relevant special projects as assigned


 Education and Experience:
•    Bachelor’s degree in related field is required.
•    Master’s degree in history, education, public history/museology, archival science, or related field required; doctoral degree is preferred
•    Four or more years’ experience post-terminal degree in related field is strongly preferred
•    Demonstrated experience and/or coursework in pre-university teaching and/or curriculum development a plus

Skills & Other Requirements:
•    Specific knowledge/training/experience in high-school history education extremely helpful
•    Specific knowledge of history of technology or related field helpful
•    Awareness of current and emerging information technologies, and understanding of their potential implications and opportunities for education, reference, research, and public outreach
•    Facility with computer applications such as databases, spreadsheets, and communications.
•    Able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines, and excellent organizational skills
•    Excellent  interpersonal, communication and management skills
•    Must be able to present in front of small- to medium-sized audiences.
•    Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite products required; proficiency in media software a plus
•    Understanding of not-for-profit organizations and working with volunteers would be helpful
•    Sensitivity to domestic and international cultural protocols
•    Ability to travel domestically as well as weekends and/or evenings several times per year; international travel may occasionally be required
•    Individual must be self-motivated, disciplined, and organized

For information on work demands and conditions required for this position, please consult the reference document, “Physical, Mental, and Work Environment Standards for IEEE Positions.”  This position is classified under [Category I—Office Position].

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  This job description outlines the general nature and key features performed by various positions that share the same job classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and qualifications required of all employees assigned to the job.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or re-assign duties to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodations or other business reasons. 

Posted: August 26, 2016