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Non Profit African American Video Oral History Archive Chief Operating Officer

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Please send resumes to:


The HistoryMakers
1900 S. Michigan Ave. | Chicago, IL 60616


[email protected]

The HistoryMakers, a 501 (c ) (3) national African American nonprofit educational/archival institution ( headquartered in Chicago, seeks to hire its first Chief Operating Officer.  This newly created position will report to the Founder & President and be responsible for the overall operations of The HistoryMakers including human resources and training, facilities, IT/database management and analytics, video production, research, education and electronic resources, archival management, fundraising and development and communications. The person hired must be committed to collaboration and the highest standards of accountability as well as have a solid track of record of driving growth and profitability. He/she must also have prior experience working with small employee teams in a non profit or start up/private sector environment to drive a culture of excellence, service, efficiency and high performance. The goal is to transition The HistoryMakers from a project-focused organization into an ongoing sustainable organization.  This is a tremendous opportunity for someone who seeks to live a life of significance and to make a difference with his/her skills and experiences. The HistoryMakers has grown from an idea into and the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive. The HistoryMakers organization currently has $2 million in revenues and is seeking to grow to $3 million annually.


  • Demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to The HistoryMakers’ mission.
  • At least 5 -7 years of a proven strong record as in the role of nonprofit business and operations.   
  • Excel at operating in a fast-paced, community environment
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency with Outlook 365, Microsoft Excel and Filemaker Pro.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style.
  • Excellent budget development and oversight experience.
  • Excellent budget development and oversight experience.
  • Knowledge of tax and other compliance implications of non-profit status.
  • High comfort level working in an environment that has not been well-resourced.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordination and Supervision - Coordinate, manage and monitor The HistoryMakers various departments (i.e. research, archival operations and processing, video production, events, interview production, fundraising, database management and analytics, website management and facility operations).
  • Efficiency- Review financial statements and data, utilize financial data to improve efficiency, prepare and control operational budgets, control inventory and recommend effective strategies for the financial well-being of The HistoryMakers.  
  • Best Practices - Improve processes and policies in support of organizational goals, formulate and implement departmental and organizational policies and procedures to maximize output and monitor adherence to The HistoryMakers rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Human Resources – Working with the President and Chief of Staff, oversee human resources and assist in recruitment and hiring, establish organizational structure; delegate tasks and accountabilities; establish work schedules, supervise staff and monitor and evaluate their performance.   
  • Operations - Monitor, manage and improve the efficiency of support services such as IT, database management, HR, accounts and finance as well as facilitate coordination and communication between various support functions.
  • Strategic Input - Liaise with the President and Chief of Staff to assist in the development of strategic plans for operational improvement and activity and implement and manage operational plans.
  • Risk Management - Oversee organizational systems, policies and coordinate, manage and monitor the workings of various departments of The HistoryMakers.


  • Must be a self-starter.
  • Ability to be flexible and to multi-task with strong ability to meet deadlines.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Timely completion of work and strong ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The HistoryMakers also offers a competitive benefits package that includes 403(b), PTO, health, vision and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement and school loan repayment assistance.