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Part Time Educator


About the Position


Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally recognized urban history center, museum and library dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history.  Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach. 

Since 2011, BHS has also offered school programs in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92 (BLDG 92) is a museum and visitor center that serves as a gateway to the community through permanent and rotating exhibitions.  BLDG 92 explores the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s rich and illustrious history, its evolution to become a national model for sustainable industrial parks and its continuing role as a vital economic, manufacturing and cultural hub of Brooklyn. Housed in the renovated 1857 Marine Commandant’s residence with a modern extension, BLDG 92 educates the public about the significant role the Brooklyn Navy Yard has played, and continues to play, in the social, economic, environmental, and historic fabric of the United States and Brooklyn.

The Education Department at BHS will be hiring a select group of highly qualified educators to join the BHS team in supporting the education department administratively, and leading tours and offsite outreach programs in NYC schools for the 2015-2016 school year.  Educators may be chosen to lead programs at BHS or at the Brooklyn Navy Yard depending on their availability and qualifications. 

Responsibilities:
•    Conduct exhibit-based tours for K-12 students and some adult & college groups at Brooklyn Historical Society and/or the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.
•    Lead student workshops based on BHS curriculum materials in schools throughout Brooklyn.
•    Other tour-related administrative duties as assigned; i.e. confirming tours with bookers, refreshing didactic materials, revising tour outlines.

Qualifications
•    B.A. in history, education, arts administration, museum studies, science education or other related field (M.A./M.S. preferred but not required).
•    Prior experience teaching K-12 students in museums, classrooms, or other informal settings.
•    Interest in and working knowledge of U.S. history (Brooklyn history knowledge preferred).
•    Willingness to travel to all parts of Brooklyn and throughout NYC via public transportation or self-provided transportation (car, bike, etc).
•    Cultural competency and ability to communicate well with diverse groups of learners.
•   Ability to assimilate large amounts of information quickly.
•    Punctuality and dependability.

Additional Desired Qualifications
•    Multiple language fluency a plus.
•    Active in related professional organizations (NYCMER, etc.) a plus.

Schedule/Time Commitment
•    Depending on the site and position hired for, educators work between one and four days/week, during the hours of 10:00 am and 2:30 pm. Lead educators will have set hours for the school year; swing educators may have flexible schedules.
•    All educators must make a commitment for the 2015-2016 school year (September – June).
•    All BHS educators must complete BHS training (paid) before leading tours.

        •    Educators selected to lead tours at Brooklyn Navy Yard must be able to attend training sessions on September 30, 2015.

Compensation and Benefits
•    $25/hour
•    NYCMER Institutional Membership
•    Paid sick leave in accordance with NYC law
•    Free/discounted admission to BHS Public Programs; 20% discount at museum shop
•    Opportunity for additional project-based work (Afterschool programs, etc.)

To Apply
Write “Part Time Educator” in the subject line and email a resume and cover letter detailing your availability and interest to apply@brooklynhistory.org.

Application deadline: August 14, 2015 by 5:00 pm

Interviews: August 24-26, 2015, between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm
Start Date: September 16, 2015

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 29th, 2015



Oral History Project Archivist


About the Position


Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Oral History Project Archivist to process and describe ten oral history collections.  Reporting to the Managing Director of Library & Archives and working closely with the Oral Historian, the successful candidate will be responsible for processing and describing the Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity oral history collections according to established project procedures and best practices for in-house and online access.  Voices presents not only historical evidence about the lives of twentieth-century century Brooklyn residents, but also reveals changes in how history is documented and how cultural identities are defined in a diverse and complex American community over many generations, and through periods of demographic change. The collections demonstrate how these communities sought to preserve vital social, political, religious, and even culinary traditions while embracing new identities as Brooklynites, New Yorkers, and Americans.

Using Archivist’s Toolkit (AT) to create EAD finding aids according the standards set forth in BHS’s oral history and archival processing manuals, the Archivist will be responsible for exporting that descriptive record from AT to online access tools. Each interview will be described at the interview-level within AT using archival standards for description and subject access and indexed and synced using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS).  The archivist will also be responsible for updating and maintaining procedures and policies; providing information for periodic reports to our funder; supervision of two oral history interns; and support reference services during the library’s open hours, including at least 1 Saturday per quarter.

Responsibilities:
•    Perform due diligence in rights-assessment: review release forms, research and contact narrators to update permissions.
•    Audit audio recordings, review transcripts, and create index logs of interviews.
•    Complete online synchronization of audio recordings to transcripts/indices using Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) tool.
•    Contribute to BHS’s blog.
•    Supervision of interns including quality check of description and auditing.

Qualifications
•    Masters in Library and Information Science, or equivalent degree, with a specialization in archival studies and completion of a library cataloging course.
•    Previous experience working with CMS and ILS systems; familiarity with WordPress content management systems; experience specifically with Archivists’ Toolkit.
•    Familiarity with MARC and EAD; AACR2 and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies.
•    Experience working with digital assets, specifically audio and video.
•    Familiarity with new archival and digital humanities technology such as OHMS (training provided).
•    Ability to lift, bend, and reach boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs. and work in library stacks in cold temperatures (60-65 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to an eight-hour workday, five days a week.
•    Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential.
•    Supervisory experience, either within an archive or another work setting.
•    Effective oral and written communication skills.
•    Ability to work as both independently and as part of a team and ensure that work is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner

Preferred Qualifications
•    2-3 years post-MLS archival processing and description experience, including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.
•    Familiarity and/or interest in histories of Brooklyn neighborhoods, New York City, immigration, ethnic communities, public health, and/or racial and social justice.
•    Knowledge of oral history best practices; familiarity with OHMS.
•    Experience instructing students on the use of primary resources within a classroom setting.

Compensation
Dependent upon qualifications and experience; benefits include medical and dental coverage.  BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City. Position is an 18-month, grant-funded position.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Oral History Processing Archivist [last name].  Applications will be reviewed immediately.  No phone calls please.

About Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity
Brooklyn Historical Society’s Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity is a project to digitize, process, and catalogue ten oral history collections that document different ethnic and cultural groups in Brooklyn. Some of these collections date back as early as 1973; and they all demonstrate how diverse communities sought to preserve vital social, political, religious, and even culinary traditions while embracing new identities as Brooklynites, New Yorkers, and Americans.

The chief goals of the project are to digitize and process the collections, catalogue them through item-level descriptions as well as collection-level finding aids, and post as many as possible online using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)—an innovative online application that makes the content of interviews searchable, and therefore more accessible. A final goal of the project is to use each collection as the basis for increased community and public engagement through outreach, social media, online publishing, and programming.

For more information on our oral history collections, visit http://brooklynhistory.org/library/wp/library-collections/oralhistory.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 28th, 2015


History of Public Health Research Fellow


About the Position


BHS’s Public History Department seeks a scholar to conduct initial research and complete an extensive report toward an upcoming exhibition on the history of public health in Brooklyn. 

Candidates should be effective writers and communicators, should have research experience and scholarly expertise in the history of public health, and should be enthusiastic about making critical themes of history accessible to a diverse public.

This position will begin in September 2015

About the Project

Brooklyn Historical Society is beginning initial planning for Sick: Brooklynites and Disease, a major exhibition that will open in 2018.  Disease has been a constant presence in Brooklynites’ lives, shaping individual and collective understandings of self and community; religious and civic beliefs; conceptions of race, class, and gender; and interactions with the built environment. This exhibition will dive into six health-related crises – from smallpox in the 17th century to diabetes in the 21st century – to examine Brooklyn’s social and physical development over time. Ultimately, it will push visitors to understand disease today – and in the future – as a manifestation of culture as well as biology.

Fellowship Duties:
Working under the supervision of the Director of Public History, the History of Public Health Research Fellow will spearhead a research project on the history of public health in Brooklyn from the 17th century to the present
•    Plan and execute a research plan, including initial research questions, bibliographies, lists of repositories, and research schedule
•    With public history staff, help conceive, workshop, and revise initial exhibition concept
•    Read, analyze, and summarize key scholarship on the exhibition topic
•    Conduct research in BHS’s archives and museum collections and identify potential artifacts for exhibition display
•    Conduct research at repositories in the Greater New York City area and identify potential artifacts for exhibition display
•    Liaise with pertinent scholars and other community stakeholders  
•    Complete a robust research report that will guide the curatorial approach to the exhibition
•    Create and maintain object lists, bibliographies, and research files related to the exhibition
•    Write blog posts and participate in social media outreach

Skills and Experience
•    Graduate student or recent PhD in history, with a specialty in the history of public health
•    Demonstrable archival research experience
•    Expertise in the history and historiography of New York City and the United States
•    Excellent writing skills
•    Self-starting; willing to work independently or in a team
•    Highly organized
•    Enthusiastic about public history and willing to acquire new skills and knowledge
•    Some interpretive experience at a museum or historical society not required but a plus

Compensation
The fellowship will comprise approximately 200 hours of work, which can be accomplished in one semester or two (to be determined by the fellow and the Director of Public History). The fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend for this project.

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter, and availability to jgolia@brooklynhistory.org.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 10, 2015


Press and Promotion Associate


About the Position


The Programs and Communications Department is seeking an energetic, outgoing, and creative individual to help drive press for BHS events, public programs, exhibitions, and other newsworthy initiatives.

This is a Part-Time consultancy or staff position, 20 hours per week, available immediately.

This position will build awareness for the wide variety of programs BHS offers each month, including lectures, panel discussions, screenings, book talks and family programs. In addition, on regular occasions BHS opens new exhibitions, holds press-worthy events like our Real Estate Roundtable luncheons, and launches other initiatives, from new public history websites to new retail products, all of which provide opportunities for press coverage.

This position will serve as the primary press point person for the organization. It requires the ability to accurately and dynamically represent BHS’s activities to journalists, bloggers, and other members of the press. It involves weekly and sometimes daily outreach to the press, and regular meetings and communications with BHS staff. This person will be responsible for writing press releases, and actively and persistently following-up. He/she will service press requests by providing images, confirming factual information, and coordinating interviews. This person will also be responsible for developing and maintaining an updated press list, including targeted lists for outreach to specific markets and audiences (family blogs and church listings are examples). He/she will help to lay out press strategy.

The position reports to the Vice-President of Programs and External Affairs.

Duties Include:
•    Drafting descriptive, engaging press releases and media alerts that promote BHS programs, exhibits and other initiatives
•    Contacting press every week to be represented in listings, blog posts, articles, and to seek TV and radio appearances and other press coverage
•    Responding to press inquiries, providing information, images, and coordinating interviews
•    Building and maintaining relationships with members of the press
•    Meticulously developing and updating a BHS press list
•    Conducting weekly follow up with targeted members of the press to encourage coverage
•    Coordinating internally with BHS social media and website team, as well as the programming department and other departments
•    Tracking all press hits, maintaining a master list, and outlining these outcomes in regular reports
•    Participating in the development of press strategy for the institution, and for specific programs and initiatives
•    Generally assisting in building awareness and excitement for the institution overall
•    Creating and maintaining innovative outreach strategies as needed for targeted audiences, such as building relationships with schools, faith-based organizations, and other promotional opportunities

This position is perfect for a self-motivated, detail-oriented person who enjoys working with a small team and has excellent follow-up skills. As a key contributor this position offers an unusual opportunity to make a direct impact on BHS’s visibility at a particularly exciting moment in the institution’s history. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, highly-organized and bring enthusiasm and talent to the team. He/she will value the organization’s mission and programming.

Qualifications
•    B.A. in humanities (history, English or related discipline a plus)
•    1+ year of demonstrated success in museums, cultural organizations, media, or related fields
•    Outstanding writing skills; ability to write in pithy and lengthier styles
•    Outstanding interpersonal skills and verbal skills
•    Polished, professional and polite with the ability to work collaboratively and engender trust and mutual respect both internally and externally
•    Ability to take initiative and anticipate needs
•    Outstanding time-management skills
•    Creative problem-solver
•    Initiative and independence combined with the ability to work as part of a team
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office (word, excel, power point) and Dropbox
•    Familiarity with social media platforms, television and radio production a plus
•    Basic graphic design skills a plus
•    Experience in marketing and branding a plus

To Apply
This position is available immediately. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org, with “Press” in the subject line. Be prepared to send writing samples and references.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 9, 2015


Special Events and Database Coordinator


About the Position


Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) has an immediate opening for an energetic self-starter to support BHS’s special events and to manage the institution’s Raiser’s Edge database. An integral member of a four person Development team reporting to the Director of Development, responsibilities include 6-8 fundraising and 6-8 donor cultivation events annually; and maintaining donor records and mailing lists in Raiser’s Edge. General administrative tasks in support of the Development Department include coordinating mailings for membership renewal/acquisition and annual fundboth digital and mailed.

Essential Duties

•    Support the Development department and steering committee(s) with planning and executing two annual gala events;
•    Leadership role in 6 – 8 fundraising events; and 6-8 cultivation, membership and donor events throughout the year:
        -Create income and expense budgets for each event and monitor all financial details, including billing and collection of event pledges
        -Organize and coordinate committee meetings
        -Manage vendors (catering, rentals, etc.)
        -Coordinate internal staffing and space booking when needed
        -Track RSVPs and manage registration for all events
        -Oversee the development, printing, and distribution of invitations and all collateral materials, including digital invitations
        -Maintain efficient record-keeping systems, process gifts, generate acknowledgement letters, and track results
        -Ensure that all financial details, including database tracking, coordination and reconciliation with Finance Department, are handled on a timely basis
•    Maintain donor records in Raiser’s Edge, enter pledges and gifts, generate queries and reports, generate mailing lists (digital and print) as needed for development and program departments

Required Qualifications
•    Bachelor’s degree
•    3-5 years directly related experience in a not-for-profit setting
•    Goal oriented, motivated self-starter
•    Ability to work independently
•    Meticulous attention to detail
•    Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs; mastery of Raiser’s Edge
•    Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to interact with a wide range of constituents
•    Ability to attend evening and weekend events as necessary

Compensation
Salary is commensurate with experience. Position includes full health benefits and paid vacation.

To Apply
This position is available immediately. Those with an interest in the position and having the required qualifications should send a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and three professional references to:  apply@brooklynhistory.org. The subject line of the email should read: [last name] Special Events and Database Coordinator. No phone calls, please.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 31, 2015

Senior Development Manager


About the Position


This is a full-time position with health benefits and paid vacation.

Brooklyn Historical Society has an immediate opening for an energetic self-starter who will work toward growing, deepening, and diversifying contributed revenue in support of BHS’s mission and its $4 million annual budget. BHS is also in the final year of a $4.4 million 150th anniversary campaign, with $3.7 million raised to date. This is an exciting opportunity for a development professional to be part of an extraordinary period of growth for BHS.

Reporting to the Director of Development, this highly visible position on the front line of the institution’s donor engagement efforts will develop and implement strategies to: cultivate and build our existing donor base to meet annual fundraising goals; actively identify viable corporate prospects and develop relationships with corporate funders to increase contributed corporate revenue; increase membership acquisition and retention; and perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Development. The position is a senior member of a four person development team.

The ideal candidate will be a hard-working, highly organized individual who brings enthusiasm and talent to the team. Candidates must have impeccable interpersonal and writing skills and be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Qualifications

•    Bachelor’s degree required
•    Minimum of 4 years related fundraising experience
•    Proven track record of securing both individual and corporate gifts
•    Demonstrated ability to meet revenue goals
•    Familiarity with the New York City philanthropic community (familiarity with Brooklyn specific funders preferred)
•    Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge required
•    Microsoft Word and Excel experience essential
•    Must be available to work some evenings and weekends as required

Additional Qualifications
•    Meticulous attention to detail
•    Ability to work collaboratively and engender trust and mutual respect with internal and external stakeholders
•    Outstanding time-management skills
•    Creative problem solver
•    Initiative and independence combined with the ability to work as part of a team
•    Energetic, self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable with a sense of humor

Compensation
Commensurate with experience. Position includes full health benefits and paid vacation.

To Apply
This position is available immediately. Those with an interest in the position and having the required qualifications should send a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and three professional references to: apply@brooklynhistory.org. The subject line of the email should read: [last name] Senior Development Manager. No phone calls, please.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 9, 2015

Internship Opportunities

Library & Archives    Public Programs & Communications     Development   
Public History    Education    Retail

Library & Archives Interns

There are four internships currently available in the BHS Library & Archives:
Archival Processing Internship
Collections Management Intern
Accessioning Intern
Reference and User Services Internship


Archival Processing Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Archival Processing Intern for the 2015-2016 academic year to assist with the processing of BHS archival collections. Candidates must have taken at least one course in archival concepts, or be enrolled in an archival course during their first semester of the internship to be eligible for the position.

Responsibilities
•    Perform basic rehousing and minimal description or inventorying.
•    Contribute to a finding aid; create additional access points and content guides.
•    Apply basic preservation techniques to archival records, including encapsulating fragile material and foldering oversized material.
•    Assist with basic collection management, including numbering of folders and boxes.
•    Arrange and describe a related collection, and author a finding aid in Archivist Toolkit.
•    Intern will be expected to contribute to BHS’s blog.

Requirements
•    Interns must be available 2 days a week (9:00am – 5:00pm) including an hour for lunch.
•    Significant coursework towards the completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archival studies and completion of an archival description courses.
•    Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description.
•    Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
•    Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential
•    Familiarity with EAD and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies.
•    Ability to bend, reach, and lift boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications
•    Previous experience working with CMS and ILS systems; preferably Archivists’ Toolkit. 
•    Previous archival processing and description experience, including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.
•    Experience in developing local taxonomies.
•    Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history.

Compensation

Internships are unpaid and are intended to fulfill course credit requirements for internships and practicums.  BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Processing Internship [last name].  Applications will be reviewed immediately.  No phone calls please.

About Brooklyn Historical Society

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 1st, 2015

Collections Management Intern
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking 1-2 highly motivated, detail-oriented Collections Management Interns for the 2015-2016 academic year to assist the Registrar with general collections management projects, as well as support the ongoing care and maintenance of the collections. This internship is open to graduate students interested in registration and collections experience in a museum setting. The intern will gain broad hands-on experience in records management, inventory, collections management, and care.

 Responsibilities
•    Assist with cataloguing and storing artifacts
•    Maintain item records in PastPerfect database
•    Conduct inventories of artifacts at off-site storage facility
•    Produce condition reports
•    Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions
•    Participate in exhibition maintenance and environmental monitoring

Requirements
•    Interns must be available 1-2 days a week (9:30 am – 5:30 pm) including an hour for lunch.
•    Graduate student or a recent graduate of a master’s program in museum studies, curatorial studies, archival management, or a related field
•    Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
•    Ability to work effectively in a team and independently
•    Must be reliable and committed to completing the internship hours
•    Must be able to lift materials weighing up to 40 lbs; to work in a cold setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered.
•    Experience with PastPerfect preferred

Compensation
Internships are unpaid and are intended to fulfill course credit requirements for internships and practicums.  BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Collections Management Intern [last name].  Applications will be reviewed immediately.  No phone calls please.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 1st, 2015

Accessioning Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Accessioning Intern for the 2015-2016 academic year to assist with the creation of accession records for recent acquisitions; preparation of incoming collections for Collection Committee review/approval; and preparation of the deeds of gift for formal addition to the collections at Brooklyn Historical Society.  This is an opportunity to engage in the early stages of archival management with incoming collections, to correspond with donors, and consider intellectual property issues in a research environment prior to processing and access.

Responsibilities
Under the supervision of Julie May, Managing Director of the Library & Archives, intern will assist with the management of incoming collections from acquisition through processing including:
•    Perform basic rehousing and minimal description or inventorying.
•    Modify templated deeds of gifts, taking into consideration the specifics of individual collections and donor specifications.
•    Complete the physical and electronic accession record with documentation, collection inventory, and location designation.
•    Manage incoming born-digital collections.

Requirements
•    Interns must be available 2 days a week (9:30 am – 5:30 pm) including an hour for lunch.
•    Significant coursework towards the completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archival studies and completion of an archival description courses.
•    Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description.
•    Familiarity with EAD and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies.
•    Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
•    Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail.
•    Must be able to lift materials weighing up to 40 lbs; to work in a cold setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered.

Preferred Qualifications
•    Previous experience working with CMS and ILS systems; preferably Archivists’ Toolkit. 
•    Previous experience or knowledge about intellectual property issues in primary and secondary resource collections.
•    Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history.

Compensation
Internships are unpaid and are intended to fulfill course credit requirements for internships and practicums.  BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Accessioning Internship [last name].  Applications will be reviewed immediately.  No phone calls please.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 1st, 2015

Reference and User Services Internship
The Library & Archives department of Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking Reference and User Services Interns for the 2015 – 2016 academic year (September – May). BHS’s reference and user services internship is a long-standing program with a proven track record providing interns hands-on experience in a special collections reading room. Alumni of the program have gone on to hold professional library and archives positions at many renowned academic, governmental, and cultural institutions in New York City and beyond.

Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Reference Librarian, interns:
•    staff the reference desk and supervise the library reading room
•    answer in-person, email, phone, and mail reference questions
•    help users make appointments for archival research
•    welcome museum visitors to an interior landmarked library
•    gather user services assessment data
•    create new or enhance existing online subject guides

Requirements
Internships are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. Interns must be available one full day a week (9:30 am – 5:30 pm) including an hour for lunch (11:45 am – 12:45 pm) and four hours on desk when the library is open to the public (1:00 – 5:00 pm). The ideal candidate demonstrates reliability, punctuality, attention to detail, and follow-through. He or she is patient, helpful, and energetic when working with the public.
Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate-level history or ALA-accredited library science/archives program. Competitive candidates will have already completed coursework in reference and user services. An academic focus or some experience with special collections and archives is preferred.

Additionally, candidates must be able to lift and carry library materials and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs; to stoop, reach, walk up and down stairs; to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time; to work in a cold setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered.
Compensation
Internships are unpaid and are intended to fulfill course credit requirements for internships and practicums.  BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.
 
How to Apply
Please email resume and cover letter to library@brooklynhistory.org with the following subject line: [LastName] - User Services Internship
 
Applications will be reviewed immediately.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 1st, 2015

Public Programs & Communications Interns

Social Media and Marketing Internship
The Social Media and Marketing intern will assist the Communications & Programs team with the development and execution of a wide range of publicity and outreach initiatives. The intern will help create and implement innovative online messaging to increase BHS’s visibility, and build excitement about our ever-changing programs and exhibitions. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic self-starter to obtain substantive, hands-on experience in non-profit marketing and communications and be part of an organization that is in the midst of exciting growth.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Assisting in the creation and execution of the communications calendar
•    Monitoring, updating, and publishing new content for all social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
•    Designing digital promotional materials
•    Developing proposals for social media campaigns
•    Reporting and monitoring traffic of all networks
•    Maintaining BHS press files
•    Updating website content

Candidate Profile
Candidates must be able to commit to 10-15 hours a week. We strongly prefer that these hours be spent in our Brooklyn office. We will, however, consider a combination of in-office and remote work.

The ideal candidate has these qualifications:
•    Exceptional writing and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to write compelling content for website, blogs, and social networks
•    Proficient in Photoshop
•    Is a current or recent college graduate, or graduate student in the NYC area
•    Copy-writing and/or creative writing experience a plus
•    Savvy and experienced with social networking tools
•    Self-starter with the ability to work independently or in a team environment
•    Reliable, flexible, and committed to the internship
•    Excellent attention to detail

Compensation
In addition to gaining experience working as part of a small, productive team and taking on responsibilities in non-profit digital brand messaging, benefits of this unpaid internship include free access to NYC museums and discounts in the BHS Gift Shop.
 
How to Apply
Send your resume, cover letter, references, and availability as a PDF to Meredith Duncan at apply@brooklynhistory.org. Please include “Social Media Marketing Internship” in the subject line.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 31st, 2015


Development Interns

There are no development internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time. 


Public History Interns

Oral History Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking 2 Oral History Interns for the 2015-2016 academic year who will assist the Oral History Project Archivist with the processing of BHS’s oral history collections as part of Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity, a project to digitize, process, catalogue, and make available online ten oral history collections.

The internship will provide training and hands-on experience in all stages of processing oral histories: research, rights assessment, auditing, transcribing, indexing, online publishing using digital tools, item-level and collection-level description, and cataloguing. In addition, interns will be among the first to access some of BHS previously unavailable oral history collections that document the diverse histories of Brooklyn.

Candidates must have taken at least one graduate-level course in oral history, public history, or archival concepts; or be enrolled in a similar course the first semester of the internship to be eligible for the position.


Responsibilities
•    Conduct background research on subjects related to collections.
•    Assist with rights-assessment: review release forms, research and contact narrators to update permissions.
•    Audit audio recordings, review transcripts, and create index logs of at least two interviews per week.
•    Draft brief biographical and scope and content notes, assign Library of Congress Subject Headings and keywords to interviews, and transcribe metadata.
•    Complete online synchronization of audio recordings to transcripts/indices using Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) tool.
•    Assist with completion of finding aids.
•    Contribute to BHS’s blog.

Requirements
•    Availability of 1-2 days a week (9:00am – 5:00pm) including an hour for lunch.
•    Coursework towards the completion of a Masters in Oral History, Public History, or Library Sciences.
•    Experience with oral history collections or audio digital assets.
•    Experience working with controlled vocabularies.
•    Extremely organized, detail-oriented.
•    Effective oral and written communication skills; command of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel.
•    Ability to work independently and ensure that work is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner.

Preferred Qualifications
•    Familiarity with and/or interest in histories of Brooklyn neighborhoods, New York City, immigration, ethnic communities, public health, and/or racial and social justice.
•    Knowledge of oral history best practices.
•    Familiarity with OHMS.
•    Conversational fluency in Spanish or Cantonese is a plus.

Compensation
Internships are unpaid and are intended to fulfill course credit requirements for internships and practicums. BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to oralhistory@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Oral History Internship [your last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

About Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity
Brooklyn Historical Society’s Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity is a project to digitize, process, and catalogue ten oral history collections that document different ethnic and cultural groups in Brooklyn. Some of these collections date back as early as 1973; and they all demonstrate how diverse communities sought to preserve vital social, political, religious, and even culinary traditions while embracing new identities as Brooklynites, New Yorkers, and Americans.

The chief goals of the project are to digitize and process the collections, catalogue them through item-level descriptions as well as collection-level finding aids, and post as many as possible online using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)—an innovative online application that makes the content of interviews searchable, and therefore more accessible. A final goal of the project is to use each collection as the basis for increased community and public engagement through outreach, social media, online publishing, and programming.

For more information on our oral history collections, visit http://brooklynhistory.org/library/wp/library-collections/oralhistory.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
July 20th, 2015


Education Interns


There are no education internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time.

Retail Interns


Museum Retail & Product Development Internship
About the Position
Museum retail is an exciting and fast growing aspect of current museum practice. Thanks to a major interior renovation completed in 2013, Brooklyn Historical Society has an expanded retail space and new welcome center. This internship will reflect two key areas in our expanding retail operation: new product development and store promotion. Through the internship experience you will be exposed to front-of-house merchandising and display, general retail practice, and inventory and money management systems. However, the majority of the internship will focus on gaining hands-on experience in the development and production of new branded and exhibition-based retail products that support our mission and define our brand. You will work closely with our Retail Manager to identify, design, source, and produce new products that represent key aspects of our collection as well as support upcoming exhibitions series. You will work independently on product sourcing and research projects as well as attend department meetings and assist in daily retail operations. Additionally, you will sharpen your communications and marketing skills by creating content for print and online marketing opportunities. Each week you will create content for social media features, advertising new products, promotions, and store offerings. You will have a central role in creating content for two monthly blog features: “Shop Talk with Brooklyn Makers” and “Staff Picks.” In order to research and write these entries, you will conduct staff and “maker” interviews and prepare final print and online communications. By the end of the internship you will have gained a general understanding of how a retail department is managed within a museum environment as well as gained a deep understanding of how products are bought, designed, sourced and marketed to the museum audience.

Position Details
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Assist with sourcing and development of new collection-based merchandise.
•    Research new vendor partnerships.
•    Research marketing and promotional trends using social media.
•    Create content for online and print store marketing, communications and blog features.
•    Set up online promotions.
•    Conduct research in audience development and community outreach.
•    In-store merchandising and display.
•    Inventory and stock management.


Qualifications

•    College students, graduate students or recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
•    Strong written communication and research skills.
•    Pleasant phone manner.
•    Must be organized and able to work independently on tasks.
•    Candidates with prior marketing, retail, museum and experience preferred.


Hours and Duration
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking an intern for spring 2015.  Start and end dates are flexible, but the internship will be generally run through the spring semester: beginning late January or early February and ending May or June of 2015.  Days of the week are flexible and a specific schedule will be agreed upon if position is offered.

•    Minimum of 2-Maximum of 5 days a week, 8 hours per day.
•    Internships are unpaid, but can be applied toward course credit. Time commitment may be increased to meet course hour requirements.


How to Apply
Email Cover Letter, Current Resume & Professional References to: lpalmer@brooklynhistory.org.

Contact
Lindsay Palmer Vint
Visitor Services and Retail Manager
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
lpalmer@brooklynhistory.org

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

The Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date

January 12th, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities

BHS accepts volunteers on a quarterly basis.  Please download an application, and email volunteer@brooklynhistory.org with all supporting materials, or mail your application to the address below. Many departments only accept volunteers on a project basis (public history, curatorial, education and tours).  If there is not a listing below, we are not currently looking for volunteers in those departments at this time. Please check back!

Public Programs and/or Front Desk Positions
Contact: Kate Ludwig, Visitor Services Coordinator
Attn: Volunteer Positions
Brooklyn Historical Society
129 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 Email: volunteer@brooklynhistory.org

Development Department
Brooklyn Historical Society
129 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Email: volunteer@brooklynhistory.org