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Oral Historian
Job Description:
Reporting to Brooklyn Historical Society’s Director of Public History, the Oral Historian will serve as a steward for existing oral history collections, will manage current oral history projects, and will help plan and execute new projects. The Oral Historian will support the use of oral histories and oral history practice in exhibitions, public history projects, educational initiatives, public programs, partnerships, and more. The position will work closely with the library staff regarding description, access, and storage of oral history collections. The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience as an oral historian and project manager. He or she will also have working knowledge of American and New York history and will be enthusiastic about community outreach and making the critical themes of history accessible to the public.
 
Required qualifications:
- MA or higher in oral history, American history, American studies, or related field, or equivalent experience
- Thorough understanding of oral history professional practice and methodology
- Demonstrable experience organizing and conducting oral history interviews
- Knowledge of and experience with the technical equipment required to conduct, collect, and preserve oral history interviews; experience with digital audio editing
- Demonstrable research and writing experience; excellent writing skills
- Project management experience

Preferred qualifications:
- Knowledge of the history and historiography of the United States, New York, and Brooklyn
- Experience working in a museum, historical society, special collections library or archives, historic site, or other public history venue
- Knowledge of archival description and preservation of oral history materials
- Excellent attention to detail
- Excellent communication and problem solving skills
- Experience using open source content management/web publishing platforms like WordPress, Drupal, and Omeka; knowledge of themes and practices of digital humanities

Job Responsibilities:
- Managing all aspects of oral history projects in accordance with OHA Best Practices, including preparatory research; identifying and selecting interviewees; scheduling and conducting interviews, coordinating transcription and preparing legal agreements; editing transcripts and sound recordings; writing abstracts; budget and accounting details.
- Supporting education, public history, and exhibition projects with oral history components
- Liaising with library and collections staff as related to oral history processing, standards, description, access, and acquisitions
- Helping to guide interpretation and interpretive planning for the institution’s public and oral history projects
- Promoting awareness of BHS’s oral history collections to the public and staff through writing, public and internal presentations, community outreach efforts, and educational programs
- Planning and preparing appropriate funding applications in collaboration with colleagues
- Editing audio for exhibitions, public programs, publications, and online presentation
- Engaging community groups in support of their oral history initiatives by advising on professional standards and methods and by facilitating meetings and trainings

Compensation:
Salary: $50,000-$60,000 based on experience. Position includes full health benefits and paid vacation.
 
To Apply
Those with an interest in the position and having the required qualifications should post a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org. The subject line of the email should read: [last name] Oral Historian

Applications will be accepted until January 29, 2015.

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.

Posted: December 23, 2014


Internship Opportunities

Please check back for information about graduate internships in the Library, for students currently enrolled in MLIS programs.


Library & Archives Interns


Acquisitions Internship
About the Position
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Acquisitions Intern to assist with the creation of complete accession records for recent acquisitions; prepare incoming collections for Collection Committee review/approval; and prepare the deeds of gift for formal addition to the collection 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.

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.

The intern will be supervised by Julie May, Head of Collection Management. This is a Spring semester internship with the possibility of extension. A minimum of 2 days/week is required beginning as early as January 5, 2015.

Responsibilities
 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 necessary documentation, collection inventory, and location designation.
•    Manage incoming born-digital collections; transfer files to secure server.

Required Qualifications
•    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
•    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.
•    Previous experience or knowledge about intellectual property issues in primary and secondary resource collections.
•    Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history.

Compensation
This is an unpaid internship that can be used for course credit, and includes a BHS staff ID, which grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply
Those enrolled in an ALA-accredited library program should post a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org. The subject line of the email should read: Acquisitions Internship [last name]. Interviews will commence 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.

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

December 9th, 2014


Public Programs & Communications Interns


Social Media Marketing Internship - Summer 2015

About the Position
The Social Media Marketing intern will assist the Communications & Programs Associate and the Programs & Communications team with development and execution of communications and outreach. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-starter to obtain substantive, hands-on experience in non-profit marketing and communications as part of an organization experiencing an exciting period of growth in its communications and outreach. The intern will contribute to the brainstorming and execution of innovative online messaging to increase the visibility of BHS, build excitement about our exhibitions and programs for the public, and tell the full and complex story of the institution.

Position Details
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
•    Developing proposals for social media campaigns
•    Reporting and monitoring traffic of all networks
•    Maintaining BHS press files
•    Updating website content

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.

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will be able to commit a minimum of 2 days a week and be able to work directly in our Brooklyn office. However, we will consider a combination of in-office and remote work.
•    Exceptional writing and interpersonal skills: ability to write compelling content for website, blogs, and social networks
•    Current or recently graduated college or graduate student in the NYC area
•    Copy-writing and/or creative writing experience a plus
•    Proficient in Photoshop
•    Savvy and experienced with social networking tools
•    Excellent self-starter with the ability to work effectively alone or in a team environment
•    Reliable, flexible, and committed to the internship
•    Excellent attention to detail

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.

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

Public Programs & Communications Intern in collaboration with ARTS Intern - Summer 2015
About the Position
This internship position is in partnership with the ARTS Intern, a fantastic program that places college undergraduates in paid internships in New York City museums. Eligible applications much show financial need and either be New York City residents or enrolled in a college or university within the five boroughs. Learn more about the particular program requirements on their website, and see this specific internship listing.

Posting Date
January 13th, 2015

Development Interns


Seasonal Development Internship

About the Position
Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking 1-2 Seasonal Development interns. The successful candidate will learn about fundraising operations inside a nonprofit organization and will gain valuable experience and skills applicable for careers in the nonprofit, cultural and marketing sectors. Internship may be extended and applicable to additional departments (Education, Library) if student is interested.

Position Details

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•    Administrative: Research and prepare reports; assist with office filing and day-to-day tasks, may include some travel for errrands around the city.
•    Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with special events, including Brooklyn Bounty. Help prepare guest lists; liaison with vendors and volunteers. Attend day-of events as needed. Conduct interviews and compose blog entries to be published on our BHS blog.
•    Membership: Assist with Raisers Edge database, mailings, and other special projects and events as assigned.

Skills and Experience
•    Candidate must be interested in learning about non-profits.
•    Possess excellent writing, computer, organizational and communication skills
•    Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, Powepoint) and social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter).
•    Graphic design skills, Adobe Photoshop and Raiser’s Edge experience are a plus but not required.
•    Familiarity with or interest in Brooklyn is helpful.

Hours
Flexible during 9am-5pm business work week. 16-20 hours per week, depending on availability and requirements of student and program.

Salary
•    Unpaid, but credit may be obtained for participation in this program; interns are expected to make a commitment to a full summer and/or semester of work.
•    Published credit for written content on the BHS blog.
•    Includes free, unlimited admission to Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, exhibits, programs and events and free admission to NYC museums and cultural institutions.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org or fax to 718-222-3794. Please include "Seasonal Development Internship" in the subject line. One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor or former employer is preferred, but not required.
Interviews will commence 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.

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
August 18th, 2014


Public History Interns


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


Education Interns


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

Oral History Interns

There are no oral history 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
Contact:Taina Sanon: Database and Membership Coordinator
Development Department
Brooklyn Historical Society
129 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tsanon@brooklynhistory.org