Rockefeller Archive Center, Research & Education
|Location:||New York, United States|
|Position:||Fellow, Post-Doctoral Fellow|
The Rockefeller Archive Center invites applications from individuals who have completed their Ph.D.'s for a two-year post-doctoral research fellow position, to begin work in early spring, 2014.
With previous funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Archive Center has created a multi-media, web-based documentary history of the Foundation (www.rockefeller100.org). This history-based web site looks back over the Foundation’s first 100 years through primary source documents, photographs, and short films held by the Archive Center. Narrative interpretive essays frame the Foundation’s work in medicine and public health, education, agriculture, arts and humanities, social and natural sciences.
With new funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, we now seek a scholar with broad training in history, American Studies, International Relations, or related fields to continue our work with the Foundation, serving as liaison and developing initiatives grounded in historical research and scholarship. This work will take place in collaboration with Foundation leadership, the Archive Center’s team of archivists and historians, and university-based advisers. It will include, but is not limited to, the expansion of the existing web site, the development of a new blog and periodic webinars, the cultivation of scholars and researchers working on Rockefeller Foundation history, and regular presentations to Foundation staff and philanthropic practitioners based in the greater New York area.
While training in 20th century American history and an interest in philanthropy and civil society would be ideal, the work of the Foundation has been global. Interest in and knowledge of other regions of the world will be essential, and the study of transnational history will also be of value. Familiarity with archival practices, including working with finding aids and handling primary materials will also be essential. Experience with the creative uses of technology in the classroom and/or for historical interpretation will be helpful.
The Rockefeller Archive Center was established in 1974 to house the records of the Rockefeller family and its various philanthropies. Since then, its holdings have grown to include the records of other major philanthropic and educational institutions, including the Ford Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, among dozens of examples. The Archive Center is an independent entity with its own board and endowment, located in Sleepy Hollow, NY, approximately 45 minutes north of New York City. With a staff of 44, it is visited by over 400 researchers annually.
The Research Fellow's major responsibilities will include:
Continuing to develop the existing web site www.rockefeller100.org
Working with Archive Center staff to identify primary documents for an ongoing digital library
Commissioning, supervising, and editing papers by non-Archive Center experts on challenges and opportunities at the intersection of history and current philanthropic practice
Writing and publishing papers and shorter pieces suited to both traditional and digital venues
Organizing and leading workshops for Rockefeller Foundation staff, other philanthropic professionals, and scholars working on philanthropic history
Interacting with the Archive’s Center’s growing user base of scholars and researchers
Educating a broader public audience through blog entries and webinars
Preferred qualifications and skills:
A PhD in History, American Studies, International relations, or related fields
An interest in the history of philanthropic foundations and civil society organizations (non-profit or NGO work experience a plus)
Experience in archival research and familiarity with archival practices
Strong writing and editing skills, especially in a web-based context
Strong public speaking and presentation skills
The ability to work on concurrent assignments, meet deadlines, and work effectively with Archive Center staff and the professional staffs of other organizations
Strong computer and web skills (familiarity with Omeka, Drupal, or similar content management systems a plus)
Research fellows will receive compensation and benefits at a level that is competitive with other post-doctoral research positions.
Applications will be reviewed in January and February. For fullest consideration please submit all materials by February 16, 2014. We would expect the fellow to begin work in late winter/early spring. For further information and an application form, please go to: http://www.rockarch.org/about/RFfellow_2014.pdf
|Secondary Categories:||American History / Studies
Research and Methodology
World History / Studies