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Full-time & Part-time Positions

Current open positions include: 
Part-time Educator (listed below)
Manager of Teaching and Learning (listed below)
Exhibition Coordinator/Registrar (listed below)
Head of Reference and User Services (listed below)


Part-time Educator (PT)

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. 

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92 (BLDG 92), which opened in November of 2011, 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. 

In the upcoming school year BHS is excited to continue an education partnership with BLDG 92 to offer school and teacher programs in the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s exhibitions and historic spaces.  The Education Department at BHS will be hiring a select group of highly qualified educators to join the BHS team in leading tours at BHS and the Brooklyn Navy Yard and offsite outreach programs in NYC schools for the 2014-2015 school year.  Educators may be chosen to lead programs at one or both of the sites depending on their availability and qualifications. 

Responsibilities:
•    Conduct exhibit tours for K-12 students at Brooklyn Historical Society and/or at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92 (BLDG 92)
•    Lead student workshops based on BHS curriculum materials in schools throughout Brooklyn
•    Other tour-related administrative duties as assigned

Qualifications:
•    B.A. in history, education, arts administration, museum studies, science education or other related field (M.A./M.S. preferred)
•    Prior experience teaching K-12 students in a classroom or in museums
•    Interest in and working knowledge of U.S. and Brooklyn history
•    Willingness to travel to all parts of Brooklyn
•    Ability to communicate well with diverse groups and to assimilate 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:
•    All educators must be available to lead programs at least one day a week, Tuesday through Friday, between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:30 pm.
•    All educators must make a commitment for the 2014-2015 school year (September – June)
•    Hours vary depending on tour bookings.
•    All BHS educators must complete BHS training (paid) before leading tours.

Compensation:
$25/hour for training; $50/program for leading tours and in-class programs.

How 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 22, 2014 by 5:00 pm

Interviews:
August 25-29, 2014, between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm

Training:
September 16, 17, 22, 23, 2014

About Brooklyn Historical Society: 
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 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. Our collection represents the most comprehensive collection of Brooklyn materials in the world, and includes archival, photography, artifact, and oral history collections, as well as maps, paintings, and works on paper. Unlike many historical societies, BHS is committed to having collection policies and procedures that encourage the unification of archival collections and artifact collections wherever and whenever appropriate.   

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
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.


Manager of Teaching and Learning (FT)

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Hiring for this position has been temporarily suspended. Please check back in November, 2014.

Position reports to: 
Director of Education

About Education at Brooklyn Historical Society:
Brooklyn Historical Society's (BHS) school programs are designed to make the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, engaging and meaningful for K-12 audiences and to strengthen the teaching of history in classrooms across New York City. Programming is tailored to the specific needs of teachers and students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. BHS offers educator-led tours and in-school workshops, Young Curators residencies, Exhibition Laboratory teen afterschool programming and school-based oral history projects. Exhibition Laboratory (Ex Lab) is a unique teen museum studies afterschool program, in which BHS turns over a gallery to a group of high school student “curators in residence” and shares their voices in exhibitions that will be seen by a broad audience. Ex Lab is held in the spring semester for 9th – 12th grade students from downtown Brooklyn high schools, both public and independent. Through programs such as Exhibition Laboratory, BHS develops students’ skills as researchers, historians, curators, and history-makers. These programs empower students, honor their voices, and support their intellectual contributions.

BHS also provides extensive curriculum resources and professional learning opportunities for teachers throughout the calendar year. Programs take place at Brooklyn Historical Society’s landmark building in Brooklyn Heights, at our partner site, the Brooklyn Navy Yard center at BLDG 92, in schools, on the streets of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods, and in digital formats

Summary of Work:
The Manager of Teaching and Learning works collaboratively as part of a three person Education Department and reports to the Director of Education.   Primary responsibilities include project management and implementation of teacher resources, including curricula and professional learning opportunities, and strategic school partnerships including teen afterschool programs, family and early childhood programs, and in-school residencies. In addition to these tasks, the Manager of Teaching and Learning works closely with the Director of Education to identify, frame, and support new and ongoing partnerships and funded education projects. 

Responsibilities:
•    Develop and lead professional development workshops for teachers on and off-site
•    Develop and implement in-depth teen afterschool programs at BLDG 92 and BHS
•    Collaborate with the Senior Educator to develop new school tours and programs
•    Develop, write, and manage development of new curricula
•    Teach school programs on- and off-site
•    Develop new and maintain existing relationships to NYC DOE leaders and initiatives, including the NYS Common Core Standards
•    Track attendance numbers of students and teachers served for all projects under his/her management
•    Tracking program budgets
•    Coordinate hiring, training, and supervision of project consultants
•    Assist with Education department communications and marketing, including social media, e-blasts, and printed mailings in collaboration with Marketing team
•    Respond to and seek out new, funded school partnerships and relationships with the NYC DOE in collaboration with Director of Education and Development          Staff
•    Work in collaboration with Education team to develop family and early childhood initiatives
•    Participate in ongoing interdepartmental committees

Qualifications:
•    M.A. or B.A. in history, education, art history, Museum Studies or a related field (M.A. preferred)
•    Minimum 3 years experience in museum or related education field
•    Demonstrated skill with project management
•    Demonstrable knowledge of pedagogical approaches to museum education
•    Demonstrable knowledge of U.S. history, including recent scholarship
•    MS Office Suite, social media competence
•    Strong research skills (experience with Museum Content Management system such as Past Perfect preferred)
•    Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
•    Ability to carry out multiple and diverse tasks concurrently
•    Strong organizational skills
•    Willingness and enthusiasm to work as part of a team

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

Work Schedule: 
Monday through Friday 9-to-5 with occasional evening and weekend work.

About Brooklyn Historical Society: 
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 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. Our collection represents the most comprehensive collection of Brooklyn materials in the world, and includes archival, photography, artifact, and oral history collections, as well as maps, paintings, and works on paper. Unlike many historical societies, BHS is committed to having collection policies and procedures that encourage the unification of archival collections and artifact collections wherever and whenever appropriate.   

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
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.

Exhibition Coordinator/Registrar 

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks an experienced Exhibition Coordinator/Registrar. BHS has over the past several years grown its public programming and improved access to its collections, with particular emphasis on the Library & Archives collections. Now, on the occasion of our 150th anniversary, we are working to create increased access to our art and artifacts collections, many of which have been in storage and inaccessible to the public. With a newly renovated building and new exhibition galleries, we have doubled our opportunities to exhibit the collections and reach a broad audience with the diverse history of Brooklyn through our vast and unique collections. This new position will facilitate both access to and use of the collections. The Exhibition Coordinator/Registrar will coordinate BHS exhibitions by collaborating with curatorial and collection staff; hiring consultants for art handling, exhibition installation and fabrication; coordinating graphic design; and liaising with marketing and program staff on exhibition outreach. This position will assist the Head of Collection Management with the documentation for exhibitions, incoming/outgoing loans, and accession records for existing and new acquisitions. 

Additionally, the Exhibition Coordinator/Registrar is responsible for aligning policies with AAM best practices and other state and federal laws regarding the collection and incoming loans. This position interacts with the Collection Committee of the Board of Trustees, historical society staff in several departments, contractors, interns, and volunteers. 

Qualified candidates must demonstrate strong commitment to quality control, excellent communication, and collaboration. The Exhibition Coordinator/Registrar will play a critical role in ensuring the safety, preservation, and accurate documentation of collection assets. The Exhibition Coordinator/Registrar reports to the Head of Collection Management. 

About Brooklyn Historical Society: 
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 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. Our collection represents the most comprehensive collection of Brooklyn materials in the world, and includes archival, photography, artifact, and oral history collections, as well as maps, paintings, and works on paper. Unlike many historical societies, BHS is committed to having collection policies and procedures that encourage the unification of archival collections and artifact collections wherever and whenever appropriate. 

Job Responsibilities: 
•    Facilitate access to collections for the purpose of exhibition planning. 
•    Coordinate exhibition planning and installation including liaising with curatorial, finance, marketing and communications, and facilities staff and external partners; arranging and hiring vendors; arranging for the borrowing and lending objects, art handling, insurance, installation, and documentation. 
•    Plan and implement policies and procedures to ensure safe and secure storage for the collections. 
•    Respond to curatorial and public history staff’s requests for information about the collections. •    Coordinate and file accessioning and deaccessioning as directed by Head of Collection Management. 
•    Create and maintain accurate electronic and hard copy records of exhibition history, accession, condition, and location of collection assets in keeping with standard museum and archival description practices. 
•    With guidance and oversight from senior staff, help to organize storage for BHS collections. 
•    Plan and help establish policies and procedures for documentation, storage, and movement of collections. 
•    Integrate BHS’s information databases (Past Perfect for objects and works of art) on its collections with national networks and universal systems. 
•    Work with Library & Archives staff to integrate description and coordinate access to art and artifact collections alongside library and archives collections. 
•    Coordinate the insurance of the collections with help from with the Director of Finance. 
•    Participate in regular departmental staff meetings as well as other interdepartmental meetings as directed. 
•    Other duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications: 
•    Degree in history, art history, museum studies, library science, or other related discipline (M.A. preferred). 
•    Two years in a museum or historical society registration or exhibition department. 
•    Experience coordinating exhibitions, and installing art, artifacts, and documents 
•    Project management experience. 
•    Demonstrable ability to be accurate and detail oriented with records and collections. 
•    Strong written and oral communication skills. 
• Experience in the care and handling of fragile artifacts. 
•    A thorough, well-organized, and efficient work style. 
•    Prior knowledge of Past Perfect or other collections management software. 
•    Knowledge of standard practice in registration techniques. 
•    Knowledge of conservation and storage practices. 
•    Knowledge of insurance requirements for collections. 
•    Experience with the packing and transportation of collections. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
•    Familiarity or experience using Archivists’ Toolkit or other archival content management system.
•    Familiarity with archival description.
•    Knowledge of U. S. history, with focus on Brooklyn or New York City history preferred. 

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 and resume to: apply@brooklynhistory.org. Subject line of the email should read: Exhibition Coordinator/Registrar Application [your last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

Posting Date
June 3, 2014 

Position Available
July 1, 2014

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
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.

Head of Reference and User Services

The Head of Reference and User Services is responsible for supporting research at Brooklyn Historical Society for a diverse audience of users. He or she will  manage in-person and on-line reference services that serve the general public, the Society’s staff, and visiting scholars; give instructional workshops for researchers;  and direct the library’s post-secondary instruction program.

Brooklyn Historical Society is a world-renowned research library and archives, a museum and public programs venue, and an educational center that works with primary school students to graduate students conducting advanced academic research. Reference and user services at Brooklyn Historical Society reach a wide variety of audiences including house history researchers and genealogists; amateur and professional historians; writers and artists; students of many ages and backgrounds; and professional audiences such as reporters, policy researchers, and urban planners.

The Head of Reference and User Services reports to the Director of Library and Archives, serves as an advisor to the Director and other Senior Staff, and works in close collaboration with staff of other departments. The ideal candidate will show expertise in debates about information literacy and pedagogy; have teaching experience (in or out of the library and archives); and understand the diverse research practices of scholars of different fields, creative professionals, and the many professional and non-professional constituencies that draw on BHS’s resources.

Job Responsibilities:
•    Manage public services of library and archives, including creating and implementing reading room policies, managing all undergraduate/graduate level instruction, collecting library and archives usage statistics, managing remote inquiries database, training all professional and support staff on reference and managing reference interns.
•    Collaborate with Director of Library & Archives and other staff in planning and implementing goals, priorities, policies, and workflows for library and archives.
•    Provide research assistance and reader services for patrons and BHS staff; answer reference requests onsite and remotely.
•    Assist with grant-writing and fund-raising proposals; and sharing in the management of day-to-day operations of the Library.
•    Educate BHS staff on library and archival resources as well as relevant outside sources.
•    Work with the Head of Collection Management to establish effective cataloging and descriptive practices.
•    Share in the management of day-to-day operations of the Library.
•    Serve on the Library reference desk during the library’s open hours as needed, including one (1) Saturday per month.
•    Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
•    Masters in Library and Information Science.
•    Additional academic study or graduate degree in history or other relevant disciplines.
•    Substantial knowledge of U. S. history, with focus on Brooklyn or New York City history.
•    Teaching or instruction experience in or out of library and archives
•    Five (5) or more years of progressively responsible experience in a library, archive, and/or special collections
•    Experience with managing reference services, including bibliographic instruction, in-person and on-line reference, and assessment of service quality.
•    Demonstrated understanding of principles of archival arrangement and description, library cataloging systems, and metadata standards.
•    Effective oral and written communication skills.
•    Ability to work as both independently and as part of a team.
•    Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential.
•    Supervisory experience, including both professional staff and interns.
•    Experience in care and handling of rare materials.
•    Ability to lift, bend, and reach boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs repeatedly, including handling these materials while standing on rolling ladders and stepstools.
•    Ability to work in library stacks in cold temperatures (60-65 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to an eight-hour workday, five days a week.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Previous cataloging and/or archival processing and description experience, including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.
•    Classroom teaching or other pedagogical experience.

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 and resume to: apply@brooklynhistory.org. Subject line of the email should read: Head of Reference and User Services Application [your last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately.  No phone calls please.

Position Available June 1, 2014

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
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.



Internship Opportunities

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

Library Interns

Archival Processing and Acquisitions Internship

Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Archival Processing and Acquisitions Intern to assist with the processing of the records of Brooklyn’s Corporation Counsel. The collection consists of over 90 linear feet of legal documents and related materials, and documents the activities of Brooklyn’s Corporation Counsel, as well as the day-to-day legal issues that the citizens of Brooklyn faced in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The intern will also assist with the creation of complete accession records for recent acquisitions.  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 be supervised by Julie May, Head of Collection Management and John Zarrillo, Processing Archivist. BHS will provide professional and technical guidance, resources, and training to the Intern. This is a summer internship with the possibility of extension.  A minimum of 2 days/week is required beginning June 1, 2014.

Job 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.
•    Contribute to a series-level finding aid; create additional access points and content guides.
•    Apply basic preservation techniques to archival records, including enclosing 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.
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
•    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.
•    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.

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: [last name] Processing and Acquisitions Internship.  Interviews will commence immediately and notification sent before May 31, 2014.  No phone calls please.

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, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.


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. 

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