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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.

Senior Director of Institutional Giving

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 and executing BHS’s foundation, government and corporate fundraising activities to maximize support for general operating, special projects and capital priorities.

Reporting to the vice president for advancement, the senior manager of institutional giving oversees BHS’s portfolio of foundation, government, and corporate supporters, and cultivates new institutional 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:

·         Partner with the vice president for advancement and President & CEO to prepare and execute a clear institutional giving plan that ensures annual goals are met;

·         Maintain strong relationships with existing institutional funders while also identifying and cultivating new prospects for institutional support;

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

·         Work with program and finance staff to create holistic project budgets, expectations for project outcomes and plan for required financial and narrative reporting to funders;

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

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

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have extensive extensive experience conceiving, developing, writing, and managing major institutional funding projects from multiple sources, including: governmental agencies at the federal (e.g. NEH and IMLS), state, and city (e.g. DCLA, city council) levels; major foundations; and corporate funders.

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 a leadership role in institutional giving;

·         Experience working with cultural institutions strongly preferred;

·         Track record of success securing six-figure grants from government, foundation, and corporate funders;

·         Outstanding writing and editing skills; excelleny 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;

·         Bachelor’s Degree is 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

$75,000, 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] Senior Manager of Institutional Giving. 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: February 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

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Administration

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Curatorial Affairs and Collections

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Education

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Public Programs and Communications

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Operations and Retail

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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.