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Director of Development 

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a proactive and collaborative Director of Development responsible for every aspect of BHS’s Development Department, with the goal of achieving an annual fundraising target of $4.5 million annually. The Director will be responsible for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. He/she will manage a small development staff and have direct oversight of all fundraising activities. The Director will lead, coordinate, and implement BHS’s efforts to build lasting relationships with significant funding sources, including individual, foundation, corporation, and government. He/she will work in close collaboration with the President, Trustees, and program staff throughout the institution.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will report directly to BHS’s President and work closely with an active and engaged Board of Trustees to lead all fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will be responsible for meeting the income requirements of BHS’s operating budget, and will be responsible for establishing and implementing a comprehensive development plan. The Director of Development also oversees all fundraising events, “Friends” group activities, and an aggressive space rental program. 

Brooklyn Historical Society is completing a $4.4 million 150th anniversary campaign, and raising funds for a new 3200 sq. ft. satellite museum in DUMBO, which will open in 2017. The Director of Development plays a lead role in developing and implementing these efforts. Essential duties include:

·  Developing a long-term fundraising plan for the organization, working closely with BHS leadership and program staff;
· Planning and implementing 2+ major fundraising events annually;
· Working closely with Development, Governance and Finance Committees of the Board;
· Identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors for BHS to increase existing support and expand the base of support;
· Identifying and cultivating relationships with Foundations, Corporations, and Governments and successfully raising funds from these sources;
· Managing development staff of 4, plus government relations consultants, and other consultants as needed.
· Overseeing membership program, implementing general strategy for engagement via annual appeals, and e-blast communications, and stewarding donors solicited through email and social media;
· Overseeing BHS’s newly formed junior donor group;
· Planning and implementing 10 to 12 cultivation and smaller fundraising events annually;
· Writing and/or editing proposals, reports, letters, membership brochures, annual appeals, and other communications in collaboration with leadership staff;
· Setting and meeting annual income goals in collaboration with BHS President, Trustees, and Director of Finance.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to creatively build and expand a donor constituency and a track record of securing philanthropic support from donors not previously affiliated with the organization. He/or she will possess a successful track record of building and maintaining a prospect portfolio, and will bring significant experience in the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts. The Director of Development will have excellent interpersonal communication skills and the demonstrated ability to motivate staff.

The Director of Development will have the ability to create and articulate compelling cases for support, and generate excitement for the mission and programs of BHS.

Compensation:

Salary: Competitive and based on experience. Salary requirements should be specified in cover letter. Position includes full health benefits and paid vacation.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and references to: Office of the President, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY  11201, or to apply@brooklynhistory.org. Subject line of the email should read: Development Director Application [your last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

Posting Date:
July 28, 2016

Special Assistant to the President
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a Special Assistant to the President, to support the President in all administrative responsibilities, and to act in part as a Liaison to the staff, the Board of Trustees, and all other external partners. The Special Assistant to the President will assist with a range of special projects connected to the President’s Office, including coordinator of BHS’s technology committee, and volunteer coordinator for the institution.

The Organization:
Founded in 1863, BHS is a nationally recognized urban history center, comprised of a museum; scholarly research library; and educational center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. The mission of the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is to connect the past to the present and make the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities, and for generations to come.

Responsibilities:
The Special Assistant to the President will provide general assistance to the President and the Board of Trustees, organize and manage calendar of appointments, meetings, conference calls; field all incoming inquiries by phone and mail, responding when appropriate; handle all correspondences and mail; execute travel arrangements and secure reservations; track/manage the Administration Budget and reconcile expenses with Finance Department; prepare and distribute staff & logistic meeting materials and agendas; use Raiser’s Edge software to keep thorough records of donor meetings and communication; help prepare materials and minutes for Trustee meetings; act as liaison between the Board of Trustees, the staff and the President of BHS; work closely with President to organize meetings, dinners and related events; regularly communicate with Board members by phone, email and in person; assist in managing the official board records; manage meeting RSVPs and notifications, as well as procedures for board actions/meetings per the bylaws; will occasionally give tours of landmark building to public and donors. Chair of Technology Committee and coordinate all tech related issues with current IT contractor. Co-Manage with Public Programs staff, all Audio/Visual equipment in the Great Hall and lower level classroom. Plan pro bono related events scheduled by the President and assist with other special events when needed. Coordinate volunteers for the institution, keep track of volunteer jobs throughout the institution, interview potential candidates and help place them in appropriate departments.

Qualifications:
•B.A. and 3+ years of administrative experience preferred
•Very proficient in MS Outlook, Word, Excel; Raiser’s Edge a plus
•Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion about the institution, its donors and its staff
•Must be a self-starter, take initiative, and be assertive in anticipating the needs of the President
•Detail oriented and ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
•Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
•Professional phone manner with impeccable interpersonal skills
•Enthusiastic and positive demeanor
•Excellent organizational capabilities
•Ability to work collaboratively with BHS staff
•Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends for meetings or special events

Compensation: $40,000. Position includes full health benefits and paid vacation. Work environment is excellent. Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to: apply@brooklynhistory.org. Subject line of the email should read: Special Assistant to the President Application [your last name]. No phone calls please.

Start date: September 14, 2016

Posting Date:
July 28, 2016

Part Time Educator
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 2016-2017 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
• Assist with implementation of teacher professional learning workshops
• 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 or other transportation
• 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:
• Educators work between one and four days/week, during the hours of 10:00 am and 2:30 pm, with the opportunity for afternoon afterschool work throughout the year. Educators have a set amount of guaranteed hours per week for all positions.
• All educators must make a commitment for the 2016-2017 school year (September – June)
• All BHS educators must complete mandatory BHS & BNY training (paid) before leading tours. Training will be held during the weeks of September 19 and September 26.

Compensation and Benefits:
• $25/hour for programs, $18/hour for training
• 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 5, 2016 by 5:00 pm
Interviews: Scheduled during the week of August 15, between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm
Start Date: September 19, 2016

Posting Date
July 12, 2016

Events Associate (Part-time)
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an outgoing individual with experience in customer service, catering, or special events to join our events team. The Events Associate will assist with weekend and weeknight events, including private rentals and public programs, as needed. In general, shifts will be weekend evenings from 5:00pm to 1:00am, and weekday evening shifts, typically 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Hours will vary weekly, dependent on Brooklyn Historical Society's event schedule, so the ideal candidate will be highly flexible.

This is a great opportunity to become involved with a growing cultural organization in Brooklyn, and gain experience in a historic museum's public programming series and rental business!

The Events Associate will assist with customer service, operations and safety at the front desk, library, and galleries.

These duties will include:
• Meet and greet public in courteous, professional, and accessible manner.
• Direct private events staff and deliveries.
• Direct visitors to appropriate public areas throughout the building.
• Monitor the safety of BHS's historic building and collections.
• Provide general information regarding the Brooklyn Historical Society to event attendees.
• Assist Public Programs and Development departments with event set-up and breakdown as needed.
• Assist serving refreshments during special events.
• Assist with check-in at public events.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, outgoing, and an excellent team player, with a previous working knowledge of special events and museums.

To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and references to apply@brooklynhistory.org.

Posting Date
April 7, 2016

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal 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.

Internship Opportunities

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

Library & Archives Interns

Acquisitions Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Acquisitions Intern for the 2016-2017 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. Intern will gain familiarity with an accessioning as processing approach.

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
• Create finding aids at a minimum processing level of description

Requirements
• Interns must be available 2 days a week (9:30 am – 5:30 pm)
• 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 course
• 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 systems; preferably Archivists’ Toolkit and/or ArchivesSpace
• Previous experience or knowledge about intellectual property issues in primary and secondary resource collections
• Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history

Compensation
This internship is unpaid and intended to fulfill course credit requirements for an internship and practicum. 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 Acquisitions 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 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 20, 2016

 

Archival Processing Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Archival Processing Intern for the 2016-2017 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 rehousing 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 one day 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
• Ability to bend, reach, and lift boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications
• Previous experience working with CMS and ILS systems
• Previous archival processing and description experience, including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.
• Familiarity with EAD and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies.
• 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 library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Processing Internship [last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

Anticipated start date is August 29, 2016.

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 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 15, 2016

Oral History Paid Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking two Oral History Interns for fall 2016 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, and make available online ten oral history collections with funding by National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the United States National Archives and Records Administration. 

The paid 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, and item-level and collection-level description. In addition, interns will be among the first to access some of BHS's 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 and research narrators to update permissions.
• Audit audio recordings, reformat, review and proofread 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.

Requirements
• Availability of 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 Archival Management.
• Extremely organized, detail-oriented.
• Effective oral and written communication skills; command of Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Word.
• Ability to work independently and ensure that work is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner

Preferred Qualifications
• Fluency in Spanish.
• Experience with oral history collections or audio digital assets.
• Experience working with controlled vocabularies and archival arrangement & description.
• 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.
• Availability to continue through January 2017.


Compensation
Internships are paid and intended to fulfill course credit requirements for internships and practicums.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Oral History Internship [your last name] before the deadline of July 30, 2016. 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.

This project is generously funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
For more information on our oral history collections, visit
http://brooklynhistory.org/library/wp/library-collections/oralhistory.

Posting Date:
July 7, 2016

Cataloging Intern

Description 

The Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking a Cataloging Intern for a challenging and substantive, year-long cataloging internship. Reporting directly to the Digital Asset Associate, this position will entail enhancement of archival description using Archivists’ Toolkit and the creation or modification of item-level catalog records using Past Perfect Museum Software.  This position will also include writing and publishing blog posts related to the collection as it’s cataloged. While a technical position, it offers a variety of tasks and access to rare materials within a historical museum and research library.

Responsibilities

     Create item-level records using Past Perfect Museum Software
● Modify collection-level record to accommodate digitized materials
● Special projects in support of photographic and archival collections
● Promote the collection through frequent blog posts

Requirements

     Candidate should have significant coursework towards completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Management, Museum Studies, Cultural Informatics, Digital Humanities, User Experience, or Digital Management for Cultural Heritage or Rare Books and Special Collections in the Digital World.
● Experience handling rare and delicate archival materials preferred
● Familiarity with Archivists’ Toolkit, Wordpress, Past Perfect Museum Software preferred
● Completion of at least one course in archival description required

Compensation

A stipend will be provided for the duration of the internship.

The schedule is one day per week during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Benefits include free admittance to NYC museums.

To Apply

Those with an interest in history, background in digitization, and work experience or formal training in library science/archival management should email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Cataloging Internship [last name] 

Anticipated start date is August 29, 2016

About Brooklyn Historical Society

This opportunity is funded by a grant from Gerry Charitable Trust to digitally preserve and catalog scrapbooks and photographs by Eugene L. Armbruster (1865-1943) that depict scenes from Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Kings County, New York. Armbruster was a Brooklyn-based amateur historian and photographer, publishing several books and pamphlets focusing primarily on the New York City area. Within this collection are approximately 1,440 individual photographs and seventeen scrapbook albums, containing over 4,000 pages. The intern will play an important role in making the materials widely accessible.

Posting Date:
July 11, 2016


Public Programs & Communications Interns

There are no positions available at this time.


Development Interns

Development Internships
Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking 2 interns for the winter-spring semester to work in our Development Department.  The successful candidates will learn about fundraising operations inside a nonprofit organization and will gain valuable experience for careers in the nonprofit, cultural and marketing sectors.  Internship may be extended to additional departments (Education, Library) if student is interested. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•    Administrative:  Conduct research and prepare reports; assist with office filing and day-to-day tasks, may include some travel around the city.

•    Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with events. Interview participants, write and format blog posts on Wordpress. Help prepare guest lists; act as liaison with vendors and volunteers. Attend day-of events as needed.

•    Private Events: Assist Private Events Manager with venue marketing and communications assist with vendor research, help prepare venue set up logistics.

•    Membership: Assist with Raisers Edge database, mailings, and other special projects as assigned.

Skills and Experience
Candidate must have excellent writing, computer, organizational and communication skills and an interest in non-profits. Prior office experience and knowledge of Excel, Word, and Social Media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter) are necessary.  Graphic design skills, Adobe Photoshop and Raisers Edge experience are a plus but not required. Familiarity with or interest in Brooklyn is helpful.

Hours
Flexible during 9am-5pm business work week. 14-20 hours per week, depending on availability and requirements of student and program.

Salary/Compensation

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 credits on the BHS blog website.

Includes free unlimited admission to Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, exhibits, programs and events and free admission to other NYC museums and cultural institutions.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org or fax to 718-222-3794.  One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor or former employer is preferred, but not required. 

Posting Date
December 16, 2015


Public History Interns

There are no positions available at this time.


Education Interns


There are no positions available 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


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!

Development Department
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Email: volunteer@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.
 
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.