OSA is seeking a Program Director

OSA is seeking a Program Director


OSA Archive at Central European University in Budapest (www.osaarchivum.org) invites applications for the position of Director of Public Programs.

OSA is one of the largest Cold War and human rights archives in the world with both analog and digital, textual, audio and visual holdings. OSA has holdings in 32 languages and an international staff; the language of communication is English. Members of OSA’s staff are engaged in archival work, research, teaching, curating exhibitions, and in organizing both in-house and external, small-scale and major public programs. All our public programs and public engagements are directly or indirectly related to our holdings and/or our professional expertise. Public programs are one of the most important defining elements of OSA’s identity and public recognition.

Our current Public Programs Director is leaving the Archive in order to devote his time to www.fortepan.hu, a unique on-line archive of photographs that was conceived in the Archive.

OSA is looking for an interesting, unconventional individual with proven knowledge and interest in issues of recent history and/or human rights; who is able to combine this interest with creative ideas in order to turn archival evidence into persuasive and memorable public experience. OSA has been curating provocative exhibitions on contested issues of recent history; grave violations of human rights; on problems of archiving, classification; the complex relations between data and information, information and knowledge. OSA has been engaged in organizing lectures and seminar series, series of multimedia events related to its exhibitions. In the past years OSA initiated highly visible public programs, such as “House of Freedom of Speech”, “Budapest 100” (www.budapest100.hu), and “Yellow Star Houses” (www.yellowstarhouses.org). OSA provides defining support for “Verzio”, the annual international human rights documentary film festival (www.verzio.org).

OSA invites applications from outstanding individuals who, besides planning and initiating new public programs, – together with other colleagues and members of our technical staff – would design the programs and be personally involved in setting them up. We are looking for someone with a set of multiple skills.

OSA is more interested in applicants’ previous experience and accomplishments, and affinity to turning historical, legal, ethical, moral facts into serious public concerns, than in their educational backgrounds.

Applicants should send a short CV, naming two referees, together with one-page descriptions and/or links to two previously realized projects or public programs, and a one-page description of an imagined public program related to the holdings of OSA. OSA cannot consider applications without project descriptions.

The contract is for one year with the possibility of renewal. Salary is commensurate with the expected high quality work of the new Director of Public Programs.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer. Deadline of applications is 15 August, 2015. Applications should be sent to: applications@ceu.edu