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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)

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 

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
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.

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 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

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 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

August 18th, 2014


Public History Interns


Public History Internship
About the Position
BHS’s public history division is seeking 2 – 3 interns to assist with the research and coordination of several public history projects. These projects cover topics including correspondence and photography in Civil War-era Brooklyn, the history and future of the Brooklyn waterfront, Civil Rights in Brooklyn, and more.

We are looking for candidates who are problem-solvers and self-starters, who approach their research with thoroughness and attention to detail, and who are enthusiastic about making the critical themes of history accessible to the public.

Internship Duties
•    Work with Public History staff to conduct primary and secondary source research for several upcoming BHS exhibitions and installations
•    Conduct provenance and collection research using BHS’s library and archives, as well as other local and online repositories
•    Create and maintain object lists, bibliographies, and exhibition research files
•    Work with Exhibitions staff on coordination of exhibitions, including assisting with exhibition planning and installation
•    Write blog posts and participate in social media outreach

Skills and Experience
•    Advanced undergraduate, recently-graduated undergraduate, or graduate student studying history or related subject
•    Demonstrable archival research experience
•    A strong understanding of the history and historiography of New York City and the United States
•    Excellent writing skills
•    Self-starting; willing to work independently or in a team
•    Enthusiastic about public history and willing to acquire new skills and knowledge
•    Some interpretive experience at a museum or historical society not required but a plus

Hours and Benefits
Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours a week for a minimum of one semester. Most work will be done at BHS’s Brooklyn Heights building, but the position can include some offsite work.

This is an unpaid internship, but does provide benefits including free, unlimited admission to BHS’s Othmer Library, exhibitions, programs, and events; free admission to NYC museums and cultural institutions; and a discount at BHS’ gift shop.

How to Apply
Send your resume, cover letter, short writing sample (less than 5 pages; history-related), and availability to apply@brooklynhistory.org. Please include “Public History 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 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.



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