Seeking Contractual Researcher and Script Writer for Local History Video Series

Baltimore Heritage is seeking a 15 hour per week contractual assistant to help with the organization’s heritage video projects. The assistant will research historic places, people and events in Baltimore and prepare written scripts for the series host, Baltimore Heritage’s director. The assistant will also compile historic and contemporary images to accompany each video. The assistant is not expected to appear in the videos and does not need to have prior video editing experience. The work will be part of Baltimore Heritage’s Five Minute Histories series, as well as other video projects focusing on specific heritage themes. 

This is a 15 hour per week contractual position that does not include benefits. The position is fully funded for one year at $27,500. Baltimore Heritage expects to secure funding to extend the position for at least one additional year. However, the current commitment is for only one year from the start date of May 17. The assistant will report to Baltimore Heritage’s director, Johns Hopkins, and work with Baltimore Heritage’s Community Engagement and Communications Manager, Molly Ricks. Work hours will largely be left to the assistant and may be done at home or in the organization’s office. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Conduct basic research on historic places, people, and events in Baltimore City. Anticipated research sources include newspaper articles, journal articles, websites, and other online material. The research is not scholarly in nature nor does not involve many primary sources. Rather, the work will mostly involve pulling material from previously published sources. 
  • Compile digital images (historic and contemporary) to accompany each history video.
  • From the research, draft scripts for the video narrator to use in each of the approximately 8 minute long videos. The scripts will include more than historic names and dates: they should include short engaging human stories about the featured place, person, or event. 

Qualification and Skill Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, history, or a related field
  • Strong writing skills and experience writing for popular consumption
  • Proficiency in navigating social media
  • Familiarity with Google Suites (Docs, Slides, Sheets)
  • Concern for Baltimore City and its history, heritage, architecture, and people
  • Commitment to sharing a wide diversity of heritage and history

To Apply

  • Send cover letter, resume, and short (500 words or less) writing sample via email to Mr. Johns W. Hopkins, Executive Director, hopkins@baltimoreheritage.org by April 2, 2021.
  • For questions, contact Mr. Hopkins at 410-332-9992 or hopkins@baltimoreheritage.org.
  • We value a diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

About Baltimore Heritage

Baltimore Heritage is a city-wide non-profit historic preservation organization. Founded in 1960, it has two-full time staff positions, a 35 member board of directors, and dozens of volunteers. Baltimore Heritage operates in three primary areas: preservation advocacy for historic buildings and neighborhoods; education programs including an expansive Heritage Tours Program; and technical assistance to homeowners and building owners working to restore their historic buildings. Since March of 2020, the organization has produced over 100 short “Five Minute Histories” videos. 

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