Production & Archival Assistant sought for The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American national nonprofit organization located in Chicago’s South Loop (www.thehistorymakers.org). The individual hired must be extremely detailed-oriented and able to effectively multi-task and manage several tasks simultaneously at once, with attention to detail. Prior experience in migrating footage and/or working in a TV master control environment critical. Knowledge of Photoshop and extensive database experience (FileMaker Pro) important. The person hired will be expected to be flexible and to work days, evenings and weekends as needed (a total of 50 hours per week). The position involves data entry and review, migration of its analog tapes to digital using the Samma Solo and processing new interviews.


• Migrate and process video interview footage on a daily basis:
• Make DVD dubs of The HistoryMakers' interviews;
• Data entry into The HistoryMakers database;
• Produce reports using The HistoryMakers database;
• Photo captioning using Photoshop;
• Troubleshoot equipment and software as necessary.


• FileMaker Pro
• IT background(network server administration)
• Windows/Mac experience
• Avid and Premier
• Photoshop
• MS Office (Word, Access, Excel)

The HistoryMakers, a 501(c) (3) national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known and unsung African Americans. It is the largest video oral history archive of its kind, and the only massive attempt, since the WPA Slave Narratives of the 1930s, to record the African American experience by the first voice. In 2014, the Library of Congress became its permanent repository. The HistoryMakers Collection now numbers over 10,000 hours (3,200 interviews) of first person testimony recorded in over 413 cities and towns including international locations like Norway, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The earliest memory in the collection dates back to the 1700s.