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Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center composed of a museum, a scholarly research library, and an education 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.

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 staff. We are dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination 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

Join a team of dedicated, passionate individuals working to sharing the past, present, and future of Brooklyn with a curious public. Click each position title to learn more about responsibilities, preferred qualifications, compensation, and how to apply.

Facilities Assistant-Part Time

The Facilities Assistant reports to the BHS Operations Manager and Visitor Services Supervisor.  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 second 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.
• 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.

Required Skills:

• High School Diploma or GED; or 5+ years of work related experience and/or training.
• Experience in custodian, housekeeping, or maintenance field preferred.
• Experience with escorting vendors and overall building management.
• Must be available at least one weekend day.
• Driver’s License a plus but not mandatory.

Hours & Compensation

15-30 hours per week, $15.00 per hour

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected], with “Facilities Assistant” in the subject line.

Posting Date:

July 29, 2019

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Institutional Giving Officer

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) has an immediate opening for an energetic self-starter to join BHS’s development team. This position is responsible for strategically managing BHS’s corporate, foundation and government fundraising activities to maximize support for general operating, special projects and capital priorities.

Reporting to the vice president for advancement, the institutional giving officer oversees a portfolio of foundation donors, corporate sponsors, and government agencies to establish and sustain ongoing relations and cultivate new prospects. Additionally, this person will collaborate with staff throughout the organization to develop project ideas, create compelling language for proposals and reports, and ensure that grant objectives are met, including all reporting and communications with institutional funders.

Essential duties include:

·         With vice president for advancement, prepare and monitor a clear institutional giving plan that ensures annual goals are met;

·         Partner with the vice president for advancement and President & CEO to maintain good relationships with foundation/corporate officers and government agency staff;

·         Research, write, assemble, review and submit all LOIs, grant applications, government and foundation reports, and government grant contracts within deadlines;

·         Ensure that grant objectives are accomplished within parameters outlined by the grant, which includes integrating grant objectives, tracking progress toward objectives within the organization and producing reports required by the funder;

·         Conduct meetings to identify and prioritize project needs and coordinate grant preparation assignments with program and finance staff, including the development of project budgets and financial reports;

·         Attend funder meetings and liaise with program officers from foundations and government agencies;

·         Participate in other special projects, tasks and initiatives as needed.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication skills and the desire to work as part of a team. He/She/They will be able to coordinate projects and meet and manage multiple deadlines. Meticulous attention to detail and compelling writing skills are required.

·         5+ years of demonstrated success in development with foundation, corporate and government grants;

·         Outstanding writing and editing skills; solid verbal communication and presentation skills;

·         Demonstrated ability to work with senior management and program staff on funding requests and grant management;

·         Initiative and independence combined with the ability to work as part of a team;

·         Knowledge of Brooklyn and New York City funders;

·         Familiarity with government grants protocols (city, state, and federal), proposal and budget guidelines, and compliance;

·         Bachelor’s Degree is preferred;

·         Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred; and

·         Experience working with a museum or library preferred.

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.

Compensation

Commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position with health benefits and paid vacation.

To Apply

This position is available immediately. Those with an interest in the position and having the required qualifications should send a cover letter and resume, to: [email protected] The subject line of the email should read: [last name] Institutional Giving Officer. No phone calls, please.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

The 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 staff. We are dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination 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.

Posted: January 2020

Internship Opportunities

BHS is proud to offer departmental internships that help participants gain valuable experience working in many facets of an active and vibrant organization. Internships can be counted toward course credit where applicable. Click each department heading to see available internship opportunities.

Advancement and Development

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

Administration

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

Curatorial Affairs and Collections

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

Education

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Public Programs and Communications

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Operations and Retail

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers at Brooklyn Historical Society 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 eighteen 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. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply today – if you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] detailing your volunteer interests and including your résumé. Qualified applicants will be required to attend an in-person interview.