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  • Teen Historian Engagement Coordinator

    The Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) seeks a Teen Historian Engagement Coordinator to develop and implement our first official and pilot Teen Historian Program. The Coordinator will be instrumental in creating this program. The Coordinator will work with the WSJHS Staff to craft the communications necessary to create the application process and recruit the teens (about 8-12) from around the state, create a weekly program with materials to engage the teens in history topics that are currently relevant, to schedule and invite monthly or bimonthly speakers and to work with the teens on production of a podcast and radio segment to be aired as the culmination project.  

    The Washington State Jewish Archives will be used as a resource, along with the training by the new Hear O’Washington (HO’W) Oral History Committee. This coordinator will also be responsible for media communications and work with the teens to promote this initiative on social media platforms. 

    The Coordinator will:

    • Implement this exciting new program with the Teens in our Jewish Community/State (as we are not limited this year by geographical boundaries). 
    • Act as a liaison with the WSJHS and the Teens.  
    • Develop relationships with local community groups to collect and disseminate content. 
    • Invite guest speakers to the weekly sessions for education and engagement.  
    • Work with the WSJHS Hear O’Washington (HO’W) Committee and Chair and the WSJHS Archivist/Collection Strategy Manager for training prior to starting the Teen sessions and then incorporate this training with the Teens.  
    • Be creative and use all resources available.  
    • Be a digital storyteller, helping the teens to translate historic materials as well as current history into accessible, appealing digital formats conducive to social media platforms.  
    • Manage regular content creation, including, text-, audio-, image- and video-based stories.  
    • Develop an editorial calendar for weekly, monthly and end of project content production and ensure content is released on time.  
    • Establish a WSJHS social media strategy and present the Teens’ work in a culminating WSJHS program/History Happy Hour.  
    • Build and encourage community engagement with existing and new audiences.  
    • Produce a podcast and a hosted session on Ethnic Radio Show as the final product.  
    • Promote Teen excitement and passion for History in the making, relevant history from the Now and linking it to our past.  

    Qualifications:

    • Ability to take initiative, show good judgment and manage projects from beginning to end.  
    • Strong interest in Washington’s Jewish history and community and a passion for bringing history into the digital age.  
    • Excellent organizational and writing skills, and skills and interest that support digital storytelling.  
    • Familiarity with social media best practices and demonstrable social networking experience inclusive of a variety of social medial tools, ideally for a brand or organization.  
    • Enthusiasm for technology and openness to new platforms and ideas.  
    • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team.  
    • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, new media, filmmaking, journalism, history, PR or related field (may be working toward degree), or commensurate experience.   
    • Availability to begin work in March 2021 work up to 8-10 hours a week for up to 6 months. We will develop a timeline, based on the work needed.  

     Applicants must have access to a laptop. Work will take place mostly remotely at this time, but with the potential to be at the SJCC, a synagogue or outside at a mutually agreed upon location. 

     Compensation:

    • WSJHS secured a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s, Ignition Grants that will fund a pilot period for this position. The Coordinator will be paid on an hourly basis at a rate of $20-23/hour, commensurate with experience. 

    To apply:

    Submit the following to lisak@wsjhs.org  by March 18, 2021:   

    •  1-page letter of interest that describes why you are interested in the position and why you are particularly well suited for it.  
    • Resume  
    • And then any one of the following:  
      • A writing sample (such as a published article or blog post)   
      • Links to a digital storytelling sample (such as a podcast you were a part of, online short film, slideshow, audio recording or the like)  
      • Website work you were involved in maintaining or editing 
      • Any other piece of work or creative experience piece you have been involved with 
    • Two professional references  
    • Familiarity with the Washington Jewish community a plus 

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If you share our passion for sustaining Washington State's Jewish History, please submit your resume to our Operations and Office Manager, Shmuel Kahlke at shmuelk@wsjhs.org and we'll consider you for future opportunities.