Employment Opportunities

Founded in 1863, BHS is a nationally recognized urban history center comprised of a museum, scholarly research library, and education 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.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer. Diversity and equity are core values of the institution.

Our work is strengthened by the wide range of perspectives, positionalities, skills and experiences of our present and future staff. We are 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.

Full-time & Part-time Positions
    - Facilities Assistant
    - Director of Education
    - Visitor Services and Events Associate (Part-Time)
Request for Proposals
Internships
Volunteer Opportunities

Full-time & Part-time Positions

Facilities Assistant (Part-Time)

The Facilities Assistant reports to the BHS Facilities and Building Coordinators. The primary responsibility of this position is to assist with the maintenance and operation of BHS’ historic landmark building at 128 Pierrepont Street and our annex location at 55 Water St, Empire Stores

Responsibilities:

• Assist with housekeeping, sanitation, and environmental conditions throughout the facility, including the exterior and pedestrian sidewalks.
• Follow weekly schedule of cleaning priorities.
• Maintain all floors and stairwells, including vacuuming, mopping, stripping, buffing, shampooing carpet; operate necessary equipment.
• Dust and clean woodwork, desktops, walls, work surfaces, windows, office equipment, staff kitchen, etc.
• Inventory management for all housekeeping supplies
• Learn proper use of equipment and materials to avoid harming museum artifacts and sensitive architectural fixtures.
• Assist with performance of daily physical tasks such as moving office furniture and equipment.
• Assist and complete event and rental set-up as required.
• Perform general repairs and maintenance to building. Inform supervisor of needed supplies. Organize supplies inventory and assist with maintaining equipment.
• Assist with overseeing work done by outside contractors.
• Maintaining the building during events and/or rentals that can start as early as 6:00am and can run through 2:00am.
• Assist with snow removal and other seasonal maintenance issues.
• Commute between the institution’s two locations as scheduled or as needed.
• Assist with maintaining and operating facility mechanical systems; participate in ongoing training as needed.
• Assist with installation and maintenance of exhibitions as needed.
• Assist Facilities and Buildings Coordinator with other responsibilities as they may occur.

Qualifications:

• High School Diploma or GED; or 5+ years of work related experience and/or training.
• Experience in custodian, housekeeping, or maintenance field preferred.
• Museum or Landmark building experience a plus.
• Driver’s License a plus but not mandatory.
• Ability to lift 20+ pounds.

Hours and Compensation:

Wage is $15 per hour, 15-30 hours per week.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to apply@brooklynhistory.org with the following subject line: “Facilities Assistant”.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as possible. Please no phone calls.

Posting Date:  

August 16, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.


Director of Education

The Director of Education is a Senior Staff position reporting to the President. The Director of Education leads a dynamic team of 3 FT staff and 4 – 10 PT staff and is responsible for the overall design, evaluation, staffing, and financial sustainability of learning experiences and resources primarily for K-12 audiences, as well as family, college, adult and older adult groups. Education programs bring to life BHS’s unique collections, including archives and oral histories, as well as objects, art, and ephemera, and connect local Brooklyn history to new scholarship and national narratives. The Director of Education represents BHS through collaborations with outside partners, communities, institutions, and the NYC Department of Education. Successful candidates will bring an active interest in racial equity and inclusion – both of which are fundamental to the institution.

Responsibilities:

Department Administration and Leadership
• Establish annual goals, objectives and priorities for the Education Department across all BHS sites
• Establish and manage the Education Department budget
• Manage Education Department partnerships, new and ongoing (the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NYC DOE, and others)
• Hire, supervise and train Education staff, volunteers and interns and develop Education department procedures and protocols
• Develop marketing strategies for education programs and work in collaboration with Marketing and Communications staff
• Represent the Education Department at Senior Staff meetings, and in strategic planning with the Board of Trustees
• Collaborate with all other BHS Departments on a wide range of institutional projects
• Represent BHS at conferences and professional meetings
• Serve as a liaison between BHS and public, private and parochial schools
• Conceive of and implement program evaluation strategies for Education programs
• Serve as editor for the Young Scholars book series, a program in which BHS publishes original student research every spring
• Oversee program development for college students, adults, and older adults.
• Develop new programs for family audiences

Funding for Education
• Collaborate actively with Development Staff on fundraising for Education programming from government, foundation and corporate sources.
• Manage Education Department grants and awards
• Meet with and present on Education programs to funders as needed

Direct Instruction and Educator Training
• Build and maintain relationships with NYCDOE and NYC schools to provide content-rich teacher and student programs in Pre-K - 12
• Manage 3 FT staff
• With other Education Staff:
    o Lead training of PT staff
    o Teach school programs, especially as training for PT program educators
    o Facilitate Teacher Professional Learning workshops

Required Skills:

• BA in History, Humanities, Education, Museum Studies, or related field. Advanced degrees preferred.
• At least 7 years in museum education or public history education, at least 3 of them in a leadership role.
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Deep knowledge of trends and pedagogies related to museum education and public history
• Experience and interest in contributing to development and fundraising for education programs
• Strong leadership and experience managing a varied team of PT and FT staff
• Demonstrated budgeting and organizational skills
• Commitment to racial equity and inclusion work in public history and education
• Ability to partner with scholars and outside presenters

Preffered Skills:

• Experience curating exhibitions or humanities projects that involve primary sources
• Knowledge of teen and youth program design
• Experience creating written curriculum
• Experience collaborating with NYC Department of Education and other agencies
• Multiple languages

Hours & Compensation

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

The salary for this position is in the $75,000 - $85,000 range plus benefits.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org, with "Director of Education" in the subject line.

Posting Date:  

July 2, 2018

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.

 

Visitor Services and Events Associate (Part-Time)

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.

Responsibilities:

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 (15-25 Hours/Week, weekdays, evenings, weekends).

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!

Compensation:  

This is a part-time, paid position offering compensation of $14/hr.

To Apply:

Please e-mail resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org, with the subject line "Visitor Services & Events Associate."

Posting Date:  

March 13, 2017

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here to read our statement about our committment to hiring equality.


Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals: Muslims in Brooklyn Curriculum

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is currently seeking proposals from education designers to develop a website-based curriculum based on our public history project, Muslims in Brooklyn. For well over a century, Muslims have lived, worked, and prayed in Brooklyn, making it a major center of Muslim life for New York City and the nation. As such, the histories and experiences of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities hold great resonance for national conversations on religious diversity and pluralism.

BHS is seeking an experienced curriculum writer to design a web experience that integrates oral histories and other primary sources to facilitate learning about Brooklyn’s Muslim communities. Our vision is that the resulting product will support teaching through modular lessons, downloadable worksheets, and a robust non-linear design that allows users exploring the site to direct their own learning.

Proposals need not include technical specifications for developing the website. This RFP is for designing the educational experience, choosing primary sources the students will work with, and designing units, lesson plans, and worksheets.

Please see our RFP for web development if you are interested in incorporating both RFPs in a single proposal.

Proposal deadline:

All proposals for consideration must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019. We plan to commence the project immediately after hiring the developer.

Completed work deadline:

Website should be operational on June 6, 2019 for a teacher training.
Proposals will be accepted within a cost range of $8,000 - $10,000.

Application Information:

For technical specifications and submission information, download and read the entire RFP: RFP Muslims in Brooklyn Curriculum



Request for Proposals: Muslims in Brooklyn Website

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is currently seeking proposals from WordPress developers to set up a multimodal website that will house and deliver a curriculum for our Muslims in Brooklyn public history project incorporating media assets and textual content. The web developer will work with BHS staff and a curriculum writer to develop an interactive, non-linear user experience for learning.

Please see our RFP for curriculum writer if you are interested in incorporating both RFPs in a single proposal.

Proposal deadline:

All proposals for consideration must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019. We plan to commence the project immediately after hiring the developer.

Completed work deadline:

Website should be operational on June 6, 2019 for a teacher training.
Proposals will be accepted within a cost range of $16,000 - $18,000.

Application Information:

For technical specifications and submission information, download and read the entire RFP: RFP Muslims in Brooklyn Website


Internship Opportunities

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

Library & Archives

Brooklyn Historical Society Digital Preservation Fellowship

The Library & Archives department of Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a Digital Preservation Fellow for a position starting January 2019 and running through October 2019.

The Digital Preservation fellow will participate in the establishment of a born-digital archives program at Brooklyn Historical Society. The fellow will have the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to a new initiative to accession, appraise, and preserve born-digital materials currently held by Brooklyn Historical Society’s Library and Archives. The fellow will work closely with the Digital Preservation Committee, and take guidance from an outside consultant. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the establishment of a new program which will greatly improve stewardship of and access to our collections.

Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Digital Preservation Committee, consisting of the Director of the Library and Archives, the Archivist, and the Digital Projects Archivist, the fellow will:
• Conduct a survey of existing born-digital materials held in the repository
• Participate in the development of workflows and policies for born-digital materials
• Accession born-digital material using open source tools
• Review content to help set preservation and processing priorities
• Assist in developing procedures for integrating the born-digital program with existing digital preservation workflows
• Create documentation of tools, procedures, and workflows

Requirements:

The fellowship recipient will commit to working onsite for two days per week, between Monday and Friday during normal business hours. The position will begin in mid-January 2019 and can extend through October 2019. Candidates must be enrolled in, or be a recent graduate from, a graduate-level history or ALA-accredited library science/archives program. Candidates will have already completed coursework in digital archiving.

Compensation:  

The term of employment is January 2019 through October 2019 at a rate of $20/hour not to exceed 448 hours or 34 weeks. BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to library@brooklynhistory.org with the following subject line: "[LastName] - Digital Preservation Fellowship."

Applications will be reviewed immediately.

About the Othmer Library:

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.

Posting Date:  

February 7, 2019

Moving Image Internship at Brooklyn Historical Society (Part-time, Temporary)

The Brooklyn Historical Society is hiring a part-time Moving Image Intern, who will report to the Archivist. This position will help BHS work towards comprehensive intellectual control over audiovisual materials, formalized appraisal criteria for retention and digitization of audiovisual material, and BHS-sized workflow for digitization of small quantities of audiovisual materials during processing, using the METRO AV transfer station.

BHS’s reference and user services internship is a long-standing program with a proven track record providing interns hands-on experience in a special collections reading room. Alumni of the program have gone on to hold professional library and archives positions at many renowned academic, governmental, and cultural institutions in New York City and beyond.

Responsibilities:

• Improve intellectual control of audiovisual material through retrospective accessioning and description
• Write EAD encoded finding aid in ASpace for otherwise undescribed materials
• Prioritise materials for transfer using the METRO AV transfer station
• Conduct transfers offsite at METRO
• Work with staff to transfer digital files into Archivematica
• Research and propose appropriate plan for researcher access to these materials
• Document workflow for appraisal and digitization of small batch of audiovisual material at METRO as a routine aspect of processing

Requirements:

The intern recipient will commit to working onsite for one or two days per week, between Monday and Friday during normal business hours. The position can begin in March 2019 and can extend through June 28, 2019. Candidates must have some previous exposure (course work or experience) with moving image archiving. Candidates should be considering a career in archives, be enrolled in, or be a recent graduate from, a graduate-level history or ALA-accredited library science/archives program.

Compensation:  

The position is 1 or 2 days per week for a total of 120 hours. This position is funded through the METRO Studio Internship Program. The recipient will receive $1,800 in overall funding, paid in monthly installments.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to library@brooklynhistory.org with the following subject line: "[LastName] - Moving Image Internship."

Applications will be reviewed immediately.

Posting Date:  

February 6, 2019

Reference and User Services Internship

The Library & Archives department of Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a Reference and User Services Intern for Summer 2019 (May - August).

BHS’s reference and user services internship is a long-standing program with a proven track record providing interns hands-on experience in a special collections reading room. Alumni of the program have gone on to hold professional library and archives positions at many renowned academic, governmental, and cultural institutions in New York City and beyond.

Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Reference Librarian, interns:
• staff the reference desk and supervise the library reading room
• welcome museum visitors to an interior landmarked library
• answer in-person, email, phone, and mail reference questions
• gather user services assessment data
• assist library staff in August clean-up of the archives
• contribute to special projects such as enhancing discovery tools

Requirements:

The summer internship is a compressed version of the two-semester experience offered during the academic year. Internships are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Summer interns work preferably two full days per week (9:30 am – 5:00 pm), including an hour for lunch (11:45 am – 12:45 pm) and four hours on the reference desk when the library is open to the public (1:00 – 5:00 pm, May – July).

Ideal candidates demonstrate reliability, punctuality, attention to detail, and follow-through. They are patient, helpful, and energetic when working with the public.

Candidates must be enrolled in (or recent graduates of) a history or ALA-accredited library science/archives graduate-level program. Competitive candidates will have already completed coursework in reference and user services. An academic focus or some experience with special collections and archives is preferred.

Additionally, candidates must be able to lift and carry library materials and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs; to stoop, reach, walk up and down stairs; to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time; to work in a cold setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered.

Compensation:  

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

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to library@brooklynhistory.org with the following subject line: "[LastName] - User Services Internship."

Applications will be reviewed immediately.

Posting Date:  

February 6, 2019


Public Programs & Communications

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.

 

Development

Seasonal Development Internship

Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking a development intern. 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 errands around the city.
•Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with special events. 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, PowerPoint) 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 "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.

Posting Date:

February 15, 2017


Public History

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.


Education

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.


Retail

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.


Volunteer Opportunities

Brooklyn Historical Society seeks volunteers to support our mission. 

Volunteers at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) offer valuable assistance to staff, visitors, and the general public in a variety of ways. Passionate about the past, present, and future of Brooklyn, volunteers are individuals who enjoy engaging with the diverse communities who make up our great borough. BHS welcomes volunteers 18 years and older who have a sincere desire to lend their time and their skills to the institution. Volunteer opportunities are subject to availability and applicant’s qualifications. Please see the below list of available volunteer openings.

Waterfront Host

Waterfront Hosts are knowledgeable and approachable and will operate throughout the Waterfront exhibit at BHS DUMBO; alert and responsive to visitor needs and are eager to meet and work with visitors; willing to take initiative in assisting visitors with navigating the Museum’s amenities, public offerings, and spaces; and critical in providing visitors a positive experience at BHS.

Waterfront Hosts are NOT docents or tour guides. Waterfront Hosts will report directly to the Visitor Services Coordinator on duty.

Responsibilities

    • Help manage crowds waiting to use interactive elements
    • Assist visitors with the operation of technology within the exhibit 
    • Time management; make sure visitors aren’t monopolizing interactive features of the exhibit
    • Make sure moving parts of the exhibit (props, magnets, costume pieces, etc.) remain in their proper areas and are not being misused or mistreated 
    • Ensure the exhibit is neat, organized, and welcoming for visitors 
    • Be familiar and comfortable with the space and its features (location of restrooms, gallery elements, visitor services desk, exits, etc.)

Required Skills

    • Strong communication
    • Flexible attitude
    • Professional attire
    • Reliability and punctuality  
    • Ability to move throughout the space and/or stand for extended periods of time; reasonable accommodations will be made when necessary  
    • Can lift 10lbs 

Recommended Skills

    • Multi-lingual
    • Experience working with and interacting with families and children 

Time Commitment

2-3 hours of training with a Visitor Services staff member. Shifts will be on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Shifts will last 4 hours with one, 15 minute break per shift. Volunteers will be required to commit to a MINIMUM of 2 shifts per month for a period of 6 months.

As and active volunteer you will receive the following benefits:

    • Free admission to BHS for you and up to 2 guests 
    • Invitations to select BHS openings 
    • Admission to BHS public programs, when available 
    • Discount in the BHS shop  
    • Free admission to most museums in New York   

Apply today - If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to volunteer@brooklynhistory.org, detailing your volunteer interests and including your resume. Qualified applicants will be required to attend an in-person interview.