Engagement and Outreach Manager – Yale University Digital Humanities Lab – New Haven, CT

Requisition: 29537BR



Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: Conceives, produces and delivers communications and outreach efforts to support Digital Humanities projects on campus. Primary responsibility for print and electronic communications about the Yale Digital Humanities Lab, and uses expertise in communications, outreach, public relations, or a similar field to communicate effectively with students, faculty, journalists, and the public at large. Building upon a familiarity with and interest in digital humanities, digital cultural heritage, museums and/or educational technology, effectively crafts stories and produces updates about the DHLab’s work in areas such as crowd-sourced transcription, digital mapping, and the intersection between public humanities and digital humanities. Uses visual abilities to select graphic elements that enhance these print and electronic outreach efforts. Drawing upon knowledge of social media best practices, develop and maintain profiles and updates on media such as Twitter, Facebook, and others as appropriate. The majority of the communications produced by this position are on-campus outreach; however on a project basis, this role facilitates engagement with institutions beyond Yale. Creates, customizes and implements communications deliverables across multiple media in the following broad areas of focus: Upcoming DH workshops for students, faculty and staff; Explanation of new services available to the campus community; Progress reports on initiatives; Write-ups from visiting scholars and speakers’ presentations; Collaborations with other cultural heritage, educational, and community institutions; Media relations with both general-circulation and specialized outlets; Others as required on a project basis.

Work to understand, summarize and produce communications that originate from both DHLab staff as well as project leaders in an iterative process. Sole responsibility for determining tone, approach, & delivery strategy for DHLab communication and outreach efforts. Works alongside faculty, students and librarians as clients and collaborators, to specify and realize complex ideas in an easy-to-understand form, and is responsible for evaluating communications needs and recommending and implementing the best solution.

This position is a member of the newly-formed Digital Humanities Lab at Yale, housed in Sterling Memorial Library at the heart of campus. The lab serves Yale scholars who wish to collaborate across disciplines, with a focus on STEM/Arts & Humanities projects. For more information about the DHLab, please see http://bit.ly/Digital-humanities-laboratory-yale.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

* Bachelor’s Degree in English, Journalism, Communications, Humanities, History, Educational Technology, Digital Humanities or a related field and two years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

* Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of collaborative teams. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, students and staff.

* Demonstrated communications abilities, including messaging across multiple media. Ability to lead the narrative creation process for outreach, communication and reporting purposes.

* Demonstrated familiarity with and expertise in digital humanities, digital cultural heritage and/or educational technology fields.

* Proven ability to work with diverse non-academic constituencies: K-12, veterans, senior citizens, neighborhood/community organizations, etc.

* Strong computer skills. Ability to work with content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress as an end user, and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and others.


Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

1. Master’s degree in educational technology, the humanities, or journalism. 2. Previous experience in digital humanities, academic technology, academic libraries, or related field. 3. Previous experience working with content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress as an end user, and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and others.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.


Salary and Benefits:

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.


How to apply: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs. The STARS req. ID for this position is 29537BR. Please be sure to reference 29537BR in your cover letter.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.