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Visitor Services & Events Associate (VS & EA)

Reports To: Visitor Services and Retail Coordinator
Part-Time Position: 10-15 Hours/Week (Weekend and Weekday Evenings, Some Day Shifts)
Rate of Pay: $12/Hour

About the Position
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a dynamic and outgoing individual to join our part-time Visitor Services Staff.  This is an exciting opportunity to represent a growing cultural organization in Brooklyn and be part of our engaging programing and thriving rental business. Visitor Services & Events Associates are the first contact the public has with the institution and play an invaluable role in defining the tone of each visitor’s experience.   VS Associates assist the public at our reception desk during museum and library hours and work closely with our public programs and development teams at events that range from panel discussion to wedding rentals.  VS Associates will take pride in their knowledge of the organization and guide visitors by answering questions and providing an overview of what BHS offers.  

In order to be successful in this position applicants must have strong customer service skills and be able to create a welcoming and engaging environment for the public.  The ideal candidate will take a leading role in daily operations at the reception desk; interfacing with the public in a friendly and welcoming manner, handling admissions, reception, and retail sales.  He or she will also demonstrate an ability to drive Gift Store and Membership sales through proactive customer service.  This position works closely with our Visitor Services, Retail, and Development Departments, serving a support role during programs and special events.  Applicants must be available evening hours for rentals and public programs.  Weekly schedule may fluctuate but will involve working a minimum of one, and a maximum of three, 8-hour shifts each week. 

Qualifications

•    Minimum of 2 years’ experience in visitor services, retail floor, sales, or customer service position.
•    Experience handling cash and reconciling daily sales.
•    Superior customer service skills.
•    Ability to drive retail sales through attentive customer service.
•    Demonstrated ability to problem-solve quickly and efficiently.
•    Proactive, action oriented team member willing to take direction from supervisors.
•    Excellent interpersonal, communications and technological skills.
•    Team-player with an engaging, outgoing personality.
•    Prior events or hospitality experience at a cultural organization, event space, restaurant or catering company.
•    Knowledge of and enthusiasm for Brooklyn and NYC history and culture a plus!

To Apply
Send your resume, cover letter and references to apply@brooklynhistory.org.  Please put “Visitor Services & Events Associate” in the subject line.

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
March 27, 2015

Internship Opportunities

Library & Archives Interns

There are no public library & archives internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time. 

Public Programs & Communications Interns


There are no public programs & communications internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time. 


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