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Full-time & Part-time Positions

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

Requests for Project-based Proposals

Request for Proposal: Development of Wordpress Media Gallery Tool

Overview
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is currently seeking proposals from Wordpress developers to develop a tool within the Wordpress media gallery to import and display Dublin-core metadata generated from PastPerfect Museum Software in the form of xml.
 
BHS creates Dublin-core metadata using PastPerfect Museum Software and will populate the customized media gallery with an xml report on a periodic basis that will create new records and modify existing records.  Records will represent photographs, fine art, artifacts, oral histories, archival documents, and films.
 
Proposals incorporating both this RFP and the RFP for Wordpress MIcrosite Network are welcomed.

Target audience
The audience for the Wordpress media gallery tool is BHS staff and the developer community.  BHS does not currently employ an in-house developer, web designer, website manager, programmer, or IT support.  Therefore, the tool should be developed in such a way that Collections Staff and/or Content Curators can populate the Wordpress media gallery after initial setup and testing and create additional micro-sites that utilize the customized Wordpress media gallery without IT support.
 
Purpose
The goal of this tool is to capitalize on rich metadata created in PastPerfect and make it available in other online access tools that could include aesthetic, interpretation, curation, navigation, and functionality components through a static and repetitious, but streamlined workflow.

Scope of work
• The developer will work with BHS staff and PastPerfect to generate a functioning xml report from PastPerfect
• The tool will be designed so that fields may be set to display/not display unique to each microsite
• The developer will consider how the tool will handle the modification of existing records along with the entry of new records added to the data set
• The developer will create documentation and make the tool freely available to the developer and WP communities
• The developer should consider that three different websites, with different purposes, functions, and appearances, will be utilizing this tool immediately after it is developed (for examples of BHS microsites, see: http://www.brooklynhistory.org/exhibitions/lefferts/, http://www.teacharchives.org/)
• The developer will work with the microsite designer to ensure the tool functions and to document how the tool will work for future microsites

Format for proposal
All proposals should contain 1) a section outlining, among other topics, how the technical specifications will be met, the method and schedule for testing and review; 2) a section describing costs and time for the work to be performed; and 3) a section highlighting sample work.
 
The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience using WordPress and developing WP plug-ins.  The candidate should be highly skilled in HTML, CSS, and some PHP/Javascript.
 
All work that results from this project are property of BHS; we will require a consultant agreement.

Proposal deadline
All proposals for consideration must be received by Monday, June 20, 2016. We plan to commence the project immediately after hiring the developer.

Completed work deadline
July 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016
 
Proposal Submission information and contact for any questions
Julie I.  May, Managing Director of Library & Archives
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
jmay@brooklynhistory.org
 
To apply, please provide a proposal that includes a description of workflow and a detailed timeline with milestones, review period, revisions, and costs.  Include a cover letter explaining your interest in the project; a link to a portfolio with samples of previous work; and the names and contact information of three references.
 
Proposals will be accepted within a cost range of $7,000 - $10,000.
 
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.

 

Request for Proposal: Design and development for Wordpress Microsites Network

Overview
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is currently seeking proposals from Wordpress developers to set up a Wordpress Multisite network that utilizes a custom Wordpress media gallery tool (see RFP for Wordpress Media Gallery) and design three microsites incorporating metadata, assets, and textual content.
 
Proposals incorporating both this RFP and the RFP for Wordpress Media Gallery tool are welcomed.

Target audience
The audience for the Wordpress microsites include museum-goers, history enthusiasts, teachers, students, and researchers.  Functional displays of content will allow them to access and explore rich archival material from remote locations. It will entice users in the New York area to visit Othmer Library to access BHS’s remarkable collections. In structure and content, the tool and microsites may serve as a template for future digital BHS endeavors.

Scope of work
• Designer will work with BHS staff and Media Gallery Tool developer to create three networked microsites.
        • Microsite #1:  Oral History catalog. The first microsite to be created will consist of brief descriptions of oral history collections and the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer plugin to allow for searching and listening or audio.
        • Microsite #2: Packer Collegiate Institute interpretive website. The Packer website will include a multipage interpretive narrative and an image gallery drawing on assets from the custom Wordpress media gallery tool.  It will incorporate photographs, video, PDF attachments, and archival documents.
        • Microsite #3: Voices of Crown Heights. The Voices of Crown Heights website will  a multipage interpretive narrative alongside oral history interviews, presented as both excerpts on Soundcloud embedded within the narrative, as well as complete interviews drawn from the Oral History catalog. In addition, it will incorporate photographs, video, PDF attachments, and archival documents. All assets will be drawn from the custom Wordpress media gallery tool.
 
• BHS creates Dublin-core metadata using PastPerfect Museum Software and will populate the customized Wordpress media gallery with an xml report on a periodic basis that will create new records and modify existing records.  Records will represent photographs, fine art, artifacts, oral histories, archival documents, and films.
• The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience using WordPress and developing WP plug-ins.  The candidate should be highly skilled in HTML, CSS, and some PHP/Javascript
• All work that results from this project are property of BHS; we will require a consultant agreement
• All intellectual content and digital images will be provided by BHS

Format for proposal
All proposals should contain 1) a section outlining, among other topics, how the technical specifications will be met, the accuracy thresholds expected, and the quality assurance procedures to be used; 2) a section describing costs and time for the work to be performed; and 3) a section featuring sample work.

Proposal deadline
All proposals for consideration must be received by Monday, June 20, 2016. We plan to commence the project immediately after hiring the developer.

Completed work deadline
Oral history catalog: August 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016
Packer Collegiate Institute WP site: September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Voices of Crown Heights WP site: January 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017
 
Proposal Submission information and contact for any questions:
Julie I.  May, Managing Director of Library & Archives
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
jmay@brooklynhistory.org
 
To apply, please provide a proposal that includes a description of workflow and a detailed timeline with milestones, review period, revisions, and costs.  Include a cover letter explaining your interest in the project; a link to a portfolio with samples of previous work; and the names and contact information of three references.
 
Proposals will be accepted within a cost range of $18,000 - $20,000.
 
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

Library & Archives Intern (an ARTS Intern opportunity)
The Intern will work with various staff members in the Library & Archives Department on three distinct projects.

Fine Art Collection:
The intern will be responsible for conducting an inventory of the Museum’s fine art collection, including updating catalog records, generating condition reports, photographing artworks, and creating labels. The student will be working under the supervision of the Exhibition Coordinator & Registrar, and will be gain experience in museum registration, collection management, and collections care. He/she will be contributing to the preservation and long-term care of the collection.

Oral History:
The intern 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, catalogue, and make available online ten oral history collections. The student will receive training and hands-on experience in several stages of processing a 1990s oral history collection concerning Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The student will reformat digitized transcripts, research biographical details, and summarize or revise summaries of oral histories for item-level description. In addition, the intern will be one of the first to access some of BHS' previously unavailable oral history collections that document the diverse histories of Brooklyn.

Archives:
The intern will assist the BHS Archivist with the processing of the records of the South Brooklyn Savings Bank (SBSB), a major community bank that was founded in 1850. The goal of the project is to complete a survey report of 26 record cartons of bank records and to assist the Archivist in developing a plan to integrate those materials into the collection’s finding aid. The intern will be introduced to the mission and function of archives, and will learn the processes which are used to make historic records available to the public. As a result of this project, the intern will have greatly assisted our institution in preserving and processing these important records.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills -
- Interest in collections management and/or U.S. history strongly desired
- Well-organized and detail oriented
- Computer proficient
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to lift, bend, and reach boxes or volumes weighing up to 30 lbs repeatedly

How to Apply
Please read the application requirements on the ARTS Intern website and then send all required information to Anna Schwartz, Exhibition Coordinator & Registrar, at aschwartz@brooklynhistory.org.

Posting Date
March 2, 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


Oral History Internship

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking 2 Oral History Interns for late 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, catalogue, and make available online ten oral history collections.

The 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, item-level and collection-level description, and cataloguing. In addition, interns will be among the first to access some of BHS 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, research and contact 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 1-2 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.
• Experience with oral history collections or audio digital assets.
• Experience working with controlled vocabularies and archival arrangement & description.
• 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
• 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.
• Conversational fluency in Spanish or Cantonese is a plus.

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 Oral History Internship [your last name]. 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.

For more information on our oral history collections, visit http://brooklynhistory.org/library/wp/library-collections/oralhistory.


Posting Date
March 8, 2016


Education Interns


There are no education internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time.

Retail Interns


Museum Retail & Product Development Internship
About the Position
Museum retail is an exciting and fast growing aspect of current museum practice. Thanks to a major interior renovation completed in 2013, Brooklyn Historical Society has an expanded retail space and new welcome center. This internship will reflect two key areas in our expanding retail operation: new product development and store promotion. Through the internship experience you will be exposed to front-of-house merchandising and display, general retail practice, and inventory and money management systems. However, the majority of the internship will focus on gaining hands-on experience in the development and production of new branded and exhibition-based retail products that support our mission and define our brand. You will work closely with our Retail Manager to identify, design, source, and produce new products that represent key aspects of our collection as well as support upcoming exhibitions series. You will work independently on product sourcing and research projects as well as attend department meetings and assist in daily retail operations. Additionally, you will sharpen your communications and marketing skills by creating content for print and online marketing opportunities. Each week you will create content for social media features, advertising new products, promotions, and store offerings. You will have a central role in creating content for two monthly blog features: “Shop Talk with Brooklyn Makers” and “Staff Picks.” In order to research and write these entries, you will conduct staff and “maker” interviews and prepare final print and online communications. By the end of the internship you will have gained a general understanding of how a retail department is managed within a museum environment as well as gained a deep understanding of how products are bought, designed, sourced and marketed to the museum audience.

Position Details
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Assist with sourcing and development of new collection-based merchandise.
•    Research new vendor partnerships.
•    Research marketing and promotional trends using social media.
•    Create content for online and print store marketing, communications and blog features.
•    Set up online promotions.
•    Conduct research in audience development and community outreach.
•    In-store merchandising and display.
•    Inventory and stock management.


Qualifications

•    College students, graduate students or recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
•    Strong written communication and research skills.
•    Pleasant phone manner.
•    Must be organized and able to work independently on tasks.
•    Candidates with prior marketing, retail, museum and experience preferred.


Hours and Duration
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking an intern for spring 2015.  Start and end dates are flexible, but the internship will be generally run through the spring semester: beginning late January or early February and ending May or June of 2015.  Days of the week are flexible and a specific schedule will be agreed upon if position is offered.

•    Minimum of 2-Maximum of 5 days a week, 8 hours per day.
•    Internships are unpaid, but can be applied toward course credit. Time commitment may be increased to meet course hour requirements.


How to Apply
Email Cover Letter, Current Resume & Professional References to: lpalmer@brooklynhistory.org.

Contact
Lindsay Palmer Vint
Visitor Services and Retail Manager
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
lpalmer@brooklynhistory.org


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.