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Job Listing: American Indian Historian

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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA 

The American Indian Historian conducts historical research on American Indians in 18th-century Virginia, designed to inform and help shape the Foundation’s interpretive programs. Conducts research independently and as part of a research team. Helps instruct interpretive staff and responds to questions about American Indian culture and history. Liaisons with other departments and proposes and designs strategies for American Indian research projects.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Conducts and oversees original historical research on American Indian culture and history in Virginia in support of the major interpretive goals and educational mission of the Foundation.
  • Conducts and oversees research into American Indian culture and history in response to questions raised by interpretive and research personnel and in support of major assigned projects. Shares research and relevant resources widely.
  • Assembles, evaluates, and analyzes data from primary and secondary sources using recognized research methods.
  • Presents findings in reports, memos, lectures, conference papers, articles, book chapters, monographs, and professional blogs or other appropriate venues to support the educational mission of the Foundation.
  • Serves as a leader of American Indian research on team or teams working on major projects as assigned by the Director of Historical Research and Digital History.
  • Serves as the American Indian history staff liaison and supervises the work done on projects by research assistants, associates, fellows, interns, and volunteers, ensuring that the work meets Foundation and professional standards.
  • Recommends American Indian research projects in response to the Foundation’s objectives and guidelines.
  • Proposes appropriate research strategies, methodologies, and techniques. Provides input into the development of ongoing research projects.
  • Maintains contact with researchers and scholars from outside the Foundation, who concentrate in areas of American Indian culture and history in Virginia.
  • Serves as a primary liaison with Virginia and regional tribal communities, representing CW by developing strong and productive working relationships with those stakeholders.
  • Responds to queries for information, critiques work, keeps abreast of recent historical literature and interpretive best practices, maintains awareness of state-of-the-art research and emerging historical arguments, and seeks opportunities to infuse programming with current historical scholarship.
  • Reviews and consults with program development teams, site managers, and individual interpreters to ensure proposals, programs, characters, scenes, tours, and other programming reflect current historical knowledge and interpretive best practices of American Indian culture and history.
  • Works with colleagues in Education, Research and Historical Interpretation in developing and teaching courses on American Indian culture and history.
  • Presents lectures, audio-visual presentations, tours, and other programs to internal and external audiences.
  • Represents the Division on assigned committees, providing input based on historical reading and research.
  • Reviews materials published by CWF, such as books and teachers’ guides, and other print and digital materials to ensure soundness of historical claims.

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