Director – Virginia Festival of the Book
The Program Director of the Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, coordinates the five-day Festival in March, which has welcomed an audience of more than 20,000 for the last decade of its twenty-year history.
The Program Director leads a team of volunteers, interns, and community partners to produce all aspects of the Festival. Festival Committee members, hosting organizations, and sponsors are engaged to generate a robust program of offerings that celebrate books, writing, and literacy. The Program Director reports to the Director of the Center for the Book and coordinates efforts with the VFH Events Manager, web and communications professionals, development team, program directors, and University staff.
The Festival is a conduit for other vibrant programming at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, including the online Encyclopedia Virginia, the Virginia Folklife Program, Grants and Fellowships, and the nationally broadcast BackStory and With Good Reason public radio shows.
A successful candidate will have exemplary communications skills, initiative, and demonstrated success in managing events with many stakeholders. Applicants should be knowledgeable and conversant with educational and business communities.
BackStory Associate Producer
BackStory with the American History Guys seeks an energetic, thoughtful, creative associate producer to join the show’s production team. This individual will work with two other associate producers, an assisting producer, a technical director, and an editor, under the supervision of the program’s senior producer, also reporting to the executive producer. The new associate producer will be responsible for all aspects of show production, including planning, research, scripting, studio and field recording, editing, and distribution of finished episodes. Duties also require extensive outreach to guest scholars, as well as in-depth research of show topics and cultivation of outside contributors for on-air content. Associate producers assist in maintaining BackStory’s online and social media presence and may help to create and disseminate related multimedia content.
Competitive candidates will share a passion for making the study of American history accessible and relevant to a broad public audience. Applicants should have extensive experience with audio and/or multimedia production software (preferably Pro Tools). They should possess excellent research, writing, conceptual, organizational, and decision-making abilities, have an active interest in current events, and feel comfortable engaging high-level humanities scholars and scholarship. A background or experience in the field of American history and journalism is preferred.
BackStory is a nationally-distributed, weekly, one-hour public radio program and podcast hosted by three historians who explore the historical contexts of current events.
The position is based at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, Virginia; telecommuting is not an option. The new producer will be in place by May, 2014.
BackStory with the American History Guys is seeking an Editor to join its Charlottesville-based radio production staff. The Editor will coordinate production of each of the program’s weekly episodes, working under the direction of the Senior Producer, and ultimately reporting to the Executive Producer. This person will supervise the editing of all show content, including host interviews, listener calls, script copy, and reported pieces. He/she will take charge of keeping the weekly production process on track, ensuring that all audio content, scripts, and associated online content are completed on schedule. The Editor will also oversee audience outreach and engagement efforts for each episode, collaborating with fellow producers to utilize and develop the program’s social media and other digital assets. The Editor will participate in pitch meetings and work closely with the Senior Producer to assign stories to the program’s Associate Producers and shape the development of each show episode. The Editor will also work closely with BackStory’s historian-hosts in the studio, directing their recording of interviews, analysis, and narration. In addition, he/she will consult with the Senior and Executive producers on long-term planning for the program and may step in to fill the functions of the Senior Producer in that person’s absence, among these personnel management, budgeting, and strategic planning.
Competitive candidates will be passionate, curious, and skilled radio professionals who are enthusiastic about the program’s mission of making historical scholarship relevant and accessible to a broad audience. Experience editing the work of others is a must, and supervisory experience in a journalistic setting will be considered a definite plus. The Editor must be comfortable engaging intellectually challenging content under tight deadlines. Candidates with a background in radio journalism and U.S. history, American studies, or a related area of the humanities will be particularly well suited to the demands of the position. A record of working successfully with scholars; demonstrated excellence in research, analysis, editing, writing, and management; and strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well under pressure in a team setting are all essential.
BackStory is a weekly, one-hour, nationally-broadcast public radio program and podcast hosted by a trio of academic historians. It employs a combination of storytelling and journalistic techniques to connect the American past with the present. BackStory is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) at the University of Virginia. The position will be based at the VFH in Charlottesville, VA, and is planned to commence in April 2014.