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Full-time & Part-time Positions

Current open positions include: 
Visitor Services Weekend & Event Supervisor (listed below)
Visitor Services & Events Associate (listed below)
Oral History Processing Assistants (listed below)
Part-time Educator (listed below) 


Visitor Services Weekend & Event Supervisor
Reports To: Visitor Services and Retail Coordinator
Part-Time Position: 24-32 Hours/Week (Weekend days, Weekend and Weekday Evenings)
Rate of Pay: $16/Hour

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a dynamic, outgoing and experienced individual to lead the Visitor Services team of part-time staff on weekends and during special events. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with a growing cultural organization in Brooklyn and be part of our thoughtful and engaging public programing series and rental business. 

The Visitor Services Weekend & Event Manager will take a leading role in managing and developing a growing team of part-time Visitor Services and Special Event Staff and Volunteers. He or she will set the standard for customer service at the reception desk and create a welcoming and engaging environment for the public and staff alike.  Responsibilities include managing daily operations at the reception desk, including; interfacing with the public in a friendly and welcoming manner, handling admissions, retail sales, and supervising security functions.  He or she will also motivate staff and drive Gift Store and Membership sales.  This position works closely with our Visitor Services, Retail, and Development Departments, serving as the point person and staff leader during programs and special events.  The VS Weekend & Events Supervisor is responsible for training staff to perform a wide range of duties from inventory to admissions.  The ideal applicant must be available weekends and after-hours, as he or she will be supervising staff at evening rentals and special events. The weekly schedule may fluctuate but will involve working a minimum of three, and a maximum of four, 8-hour shifts each week.  Weekly schedule will be: Thursday 1-9PM, Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm and then additional evening events when necessary. Proven experience training and supervising staff is a must!

Time Breakdown:
60% Supervising and directing daily operations and staff at the Reception Desk/Gift Shop.
25% Managing & directing evening rentals and special events.
15% Administration and scheduling.

Qualifications
Minimum of 2 years’ experience managing visitor services, retail floor, volunteer or operations management.
Proven ability to effectively train and supervise staff and create a culture of excellent customer service.
Superior customer service skills
Ability to drive retail sales through superior customer service and maintenance of visual presentations.
Demonstrated ability to problem-solve quickly and efficiently.
Excellent interpersonal, communications and technological skills.
Ability and willingness to respond to a rapidly changing environment.
Team-player with an engaging, outgoing personality that can motivate staff to improve performance and encourage growth.
Prior experience managing or executing events at a cultural organization, event space, restaurant or catering company.

Responsibilities Include
Oversee weekend front desk operations, including; open/close the building, reconcile daily sales and cash box, manage security and maintenance staff, troubleshoot building or technology issues.
Establish a positive and pro-active front desk environment. 
Direct morning or evening staff meetings to review the daily schedule of tours, events and programs.
Set daily goals for sales to motivate staff and support projected sales and museum visitation.
Manage the flow of visitors and tours through the reception area and exhibitions spaces.
Receive new shipments of retail inventory, restock and maintain Gift Shop displays and merchandizing.
Retail Inventory and database management.
Manage part-time staff during special events with a focus on customer service and time management.
Coordinate and liaise with clients on weekends to ensure the successful execution of rentals.
Attend weekly meetings with VS, Public Programs and Development teams to ensure adequate preparation and staffing for events, rentals, public programs and front desk shifts.
Assist in training, supervising and evaluating part-time VS and Special Event Staff, as well as Volunteers.
Maintain and refresh exhibitions daily.
Communicate with facilities staff regarding any maintenance needs.
Generate Sales/Admissions reports and assist VS and Retail Manager in reacting to trends and boosting sales.

How to Apply
Send your resume, cover letter and references to apply@brooklynhistory.org.  Please put “Visitor Services Weekend & Event Supervisor” in the subject line.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
August 5th, 2014 

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

About 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 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.  

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

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

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

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

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
August 5th, 2014 

Oral History Processing Assistants (PT)
The Brooklyn Historical Society is hiring 2 Oral History Processing Assistants who will report to the Oral History Project Archivist and Crossing Borders Bridging Generations Program Associate. The Oral History Processing Assistants will audit transcripts and prepare audio assets for access on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (CBBG) website. CBBG is an oral history project and public programming series that examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn (http://cbbg.brooklynhistory.org/). Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities for the Processing Assistants include: listening to audio recordings of oral history interviews and reviewing transcripts for discrepancies; making corrections in transcripts as necessary; formatting and uploading audio and transcripts to CBBG website; writing brief biographical and scope and content notes; assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings and keywords to interviews; and transcribing metadata in Excel.

Required Qualifications
•    Enrolled in Library Science or related program and having completed foundation classes in
     cataloging and archival management
•    Command of Microsoft Office, in particular Excel
•    Experience with oral history collections or audio digital assets
•    Experience working with controlled vocabularies
•    Extremely organized, detail-oriented
•    Excellent communication skills
•    Ability to work independently and ensure that work is accomplished in a timely and accurate
      manner
•    Knowledge of U.S histories of immigrant, LGBTQ and people of color communities

Preferred Qualifications
•    Familiarity with Drupal platform
•    Ability to work in a flexible work environment
•    Exposure to racial justice and anti-oppression language and concepts 

Compensation
The position is a part-time, temporary position to start immediately and end on December 31, 2014.  Compensation is $18.00/hour and assistants must commit to 20-25 hours per week for August and September. The number of total hours is 255. Benefits include free entrance to NYC museums.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to: apply@brooklynhistory.org.
Subject line of the email should read: Oral History Processing Assistant Application [your last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. Application deadline is August 10, 2014.  No phone calls please.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today's diverse communities, and for generations to come.

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center 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.

About Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations
Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history project and public programming series, examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn.

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations is a project of the Brooklyn Historical Society which builds upon BHS's oral history collections. Begun in 1973, the oral history collections contain interviews with more than 800 narrators and are available for listening in the Othmer Library.

Through sharing stories, we open up intergenerational conversations about preserving cultural heritage in a multicultural democracy.
http://cbbg.brooklynhistory.org/

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.

Posting Date
July 24th, 2014 

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.

Internship Opportunities

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

Library Interns

Public Services Internship
The Othmer Library & Archives of the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking reference interns for our public services internship program for the Fall and Spring semesters.  The public services internship program offers interns the hands-on experience of working in a research library and gaining valuable practical experience working with library, archives, manuscript, photographic, and oral history collections. Year-long commitments are preferred, so that we can chart out substantial projects that will support your professional development and foster innovative reference and research services at BHS.

Responsibilities Include
Under the supervision of library staff, interns track reference queries; answer reference and research questions via in-person, email, and phone correspondence across all collections; and work the reference desk during open library hours. Interns must be available one full day a week (7 hour minimum) Wednesday - Friday.   In addition interns work on and publish subject guides on popularly researched topics, author blog posts, and participate in an end-of-the-year symposium to present on their subject guides as well as celebrate the work they have done.  Preference will be given to those who can commit to two semesters.  Internships are unpaid and intended to fulfill internship course credit requirements for internships and practicums. Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate level history or ALA-accredited library program.

Additionally, candidates must be able to lift and carry library materials and equipment weighing up to 30 lbs; stoop, reach, walk up and down stairs, and stand and sit for prolonged periods of time; and work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered. Completed coursework in reference and user services is desirable.
 
How to Apply
Please email resume and brief cover letter to library@brooklynhistory.org with your name and REFERENCE INTERNSHIP APPLICATION in the subject line.
 
Applications will be reviewed immediately.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) houses a world-renowned special collections library on the second floor of its landmark building. The Othmer Library transports the visitor to an earlier era, with stained glass windows, carved wooden columns, and a magnificent reading room.  BHS’s library holds the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn’s history and culture.  These include documentation of commercial, residential, community, and civic development of the borough.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Posting Date
August 12th, 2014 


Public Programs & Communications Interns


Social Media Marketing Internship - Fall 2014

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

Position Details
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Assisting in the creation and execution of the communications calendar
•    Monitoring, updating, and publishing new content for all social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
•    Developing proposals for social media campaigns
•    Reporting and monitoring traffic of all networks
•    Maintaining BHS press files
•    Updating website content

In addition to gaining experience working as part of a small, productive team and taking on responsibilities in non-profit digital brand messaging, benefits of this unpaid internship include free access to NYC museums and discounts in the BHS Gift Shop.

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will be able to commit to 10-15 hours a week and be able to work directly in our Brooklyn office. However, we will consider a combination of in-office and remote work.
•    Exceptional writing and interpersonal skills: ability to write compelling content for website, blogs, and social networks
•    Current or recently graduated college or graduate student in the NYC area
•    Copy-writing and/or creative writing experience a plus
•    Proficient in Photoshop
•    Savvy and experienced with social networking tools
•    Excellent self-starter with the ability to work effectively alone or in a team environment
•    Reliable, flexible, and committed to the internship
•    Excellent attention to detail

How to Apply
Send your resume, cover letter, references, and availability as a PDF to Meredith Duncan at apply@brooklynhistory.org. Please include “Social Media Marketing Internship” in the subject line.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 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.

Posting Date

August 18th, 2014


Development Interns


Seasonal Development Internship

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

Position Details

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

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

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

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

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

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 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.

Posting Date

August 18th, 2014


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