DHA Job Description

Full job description for Digital Humanities Associates (DHAs)

Students in all fields of study are welcome and encouraged to apply to become a Digital Humanities Associate (DHA). Please fill out the DHA/DSI Application Form. You will be asked to upload a resume, and submit a faculty or a professional reference. Priority consideration will be given to complete applications submitted by Monday, April 22. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

If you are in need of assistance or need any accommodations with the application process please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources. If you need to create a new resume, the Carleton Career Center can help you with this. 

  • DHA/DSI Application Form: https://forms.gle/ND7xqGrLeoYtn4gr9
  • Priority consideration given to applications submitted by Monday, April 22 
  • We are hiring multiple DHAs for the 2024-2025 academic year
  • There will be 4 days of training September 10-13 (during New Student Week), and work will start September 16.

The Digital Humanities Associates (DHAs) support digital humanities projects and courses throughout the academic year. DHAs engage in a wide array of projects, collaborating closely with faculty who conduct arts and humanities research and who teach using digital methods and tools, and holding evening tutoring sessions for students. Most DHAs work 6 hours per week. You can read more about what we do here: https://www.carleton.edu/digital-humanities/what-we-do/ 

DHAs may do many things, like:

  • Function as research assistants for digital humanities projects, consulting on every stage of the process: initial design, data entry, development, and final deployment. 
  • Serve as embedded teaching assistants in humanities courses and offer hands-on assistance for digital class projects.

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities/Duties

Planning: Work collaboratively with the project leader to develop and document project goals, and processes that move the project forward towards those goals effectively.

Intellectual Work (non-exhaustive): May include content authoring reports and/or blog posts, humanities data entry and management, creating visualizations or models, social media management, and web design.

Instruction: Deliver training in person or documentation to students, faculty, or community partners. Instruction includes evening drop-in hours (2 hours per week) and the possibility of visiting a class.

Participation in Cross-disciplinary Conversations: Engage with others in the field of Digital  Humanities and other disciplines in order to get input or advice on current projects.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Most DHAs work 6 hours per week. This includes one hour a week to check in with other DHAs and supervisors. You will likely have other meetings scheduled on an as-needed basis with Project Leads and supervisors. Much of your work will be self-directed.

Education/Experience/Skills

  • Ability to create and maintain organized documentation of work
  • Ability to learn new skills and technologies independently, including proactively communicating with supervisors when more training is needed
  • Ability to work collaboratively by communicating in a detailed manner with supervisors, peers, and faculty/staff project leads in virtual and in-person interactions
  • Strong time management skills, including the ability to schedule self and others

IDE in the workplace

We strive to create an inclusive and respectful workplace that values diversity. Our individual differences enrich and enhance our understanding of one another and of the world around us. This workplace welcomes the perspectives of all ages, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

We know there are great candidates who won’t fit every aspect of a job, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply. There’s a place on the application for you to tell us more.

Physical demands or Working Environment Requirements

We are committed to providing equitable access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Work spans a wide range of professional technologies, and may involve extended screen time. 

You are NOT required to own or provide your own technology (hardware or software).  

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. 

Your next steps: areas of professional development through this job

In this job, you will be able to learn and practice many skills. We don’t expect you to come into this job knowing how to do all of these already. Some of the skills include core skills valued by future employers:  

  • Communication skills – via email, documentation, peer teaching, formal and informal conversations, and the potential for professional presentations, listening/reading and speaking/writing practice
  • Hybrid/remote teamwork, including asynchronous/synchronous collaboration
  • Flexibility – sometimes our clients change their minds on what they want a project to do, and we respect these changes and work through new options.
  • Creative thinking – sometimes, an obvious technical solution is not the best solution.  Creative thinking, that is thinking that considers ideas and solutions not obviously connected to the problem at hand, helps move projects in unexpected and original ways.
  • Critical thinking – connected to creative thinking but often with a more structured approach, in particular exploring content, considering alternatives, weighing evidence, and finding implications and new applications 
  • Data analysis – making sense of potentially messy data without distorting the information and with respecting the human dimension of data (if applicable)