Friday, December 19, 2014

BHC Seeks New Web Editor

The Business History Conference announces its search for a new Web Editor to oversee its online presence as an organization.
    The new Editor will succeed the current Web Editor, Pat Denault, who will be permanently stepping down as of June 2015. The new Editor's term would officially start in March 2015 (running for 3 months concurrently with the present editor), runs for three years, and is renewable.
    The BHC Trustees recently approved the appointment of Shane Hamilton as Web Administrator, in charge of developing and maintaining the website's content management software. The Web Editor will thus not need special technical skills in website design or server operations, but should instead be prepared to focus solely on matters of producing and updating content and information for our membership. The ongoing responsibilities of the Web Editor include the following:
  1. Posting annual meeting materials. This involves both proactively contacting people for relevant information and then posting the program, abstracts, and papers in advance of the meeting. These duties, usually running from approximately December to March, constitute the busiest time of year for the web editor and the most concentrated work. 
  2. Updating the "Governance" sections as required (annual changes in Trustees, committees, etc.); updates to bylaws. 
  3. Maintaining and updating the Prizes and Awards pages (new prizes, each year's winners, etc.) 
  4. Maintaining BEH On-Line (posting new essays each year). 
  5. The Editor also serves as an ex-officio BHC trustee. The ideal candidates would be enthusiastic about the BHC as an organization, flexible in the face of a constantly changing medium, creative in terms of what kind of material the BHC might want to add to the site, and conscientious regarding the maintenance of the web presence. 
    The current Web Editor, Pat Denault, has agreed to keep editing The Exchange, the Business History Conference weblog, which is hosted on a different website. This will make the task of the Web Editor easier.
    The new Editor can reside in any country. Should it be needed, the BHC would be in a position to budget some modest funds to support the position, preferably in conjunction with matching support from an institution. Formal applications for the Web Editor position should be submitted by February 1, 2015, to Gerben Bakker, Chair, BHC Electronic Media Oversight Committee, at Please include a CV or résumé, and a cover letter explaining your qualifications, interest in the position, and vision for how to grow the BHC's web presence. Initial expressions of interest are welcome, and should also be sent to Gerben Bakker.