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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.

Director of Education

The Director of Education is a Senior Staff position reporting to the President. The Director of Education leads a dynamic team of 3 FT staff and 4 – 10 PT staff and is responsible for the overall design, evaluation, and staffing of learning experiences and resources primarily for K-12 audiences, as well as family, college, adult and older adult groups. Education programs bring to life BHS’s unique collections, including archives and oral histories, as well as objects, art, and ephemera, and connect local Brooklyn history to new scholarship and national narratives. The Director of Education represents BHS through collaborations with outside partners, communities, institutions, and the NYC Department of Education. Engagement with fundraising for departmental projects is an ongoing component of the position. Successful candidates will bring an active interest in racial equity and inclusion – both of which are fundamental values and priorities within the institution.


• Establish annual goals, objectives and priorities for the Education Department
• Establish and manage the Education Department budget
• Manage Education Department partnerships, new and ongoing
• Hire, supervise and train Education staff, volunteers and interns
• Develop marketing strategies for education programs, in collaboration with Marketing and Communications staff
• Represent the Education Department at Senior Staff meetings, and in strategic planning with the Board
• Collaborate with all other BHS Departments on a wide range of institutional projects
• Represent BHS at conferences and professional meetings
• Serve as a liaison between BHS and public, private and parochial schools
• Conceive of and implement program evaluation strategies for Education programs
• Oversee program development for college students, adults, and older adults.
• Develop new programs for family audiences
• Collaborate actively with Development Staff on fundraising for Education programming

• Build and maintain relationships with NYCDOE and NYC schools to provide content-rich teacher and student programs in Pre-K – 12
• Develop and Manage Curriculum Development projects
• With other Education Staff, train PT staff, as needed, teach school programs
• Facilitate Teacher Professional Learning workshops

Required Skills:

• BA in History, Humanities, Education, Art History, Museum Studies, or related field. Advanced degrees preferred.
• 5 years in museum education or public history education, at least 3 of them in a leadership role.
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Deep knowledge of trends and pedagogies related to museum education and public history
• Experience and interest in contributing to development and fundraising for education programs
• Strong leadership and experience managing a varied team of PT and FT staff
• Demonstrated budgeting and organizational skills
• Commitment to racial equity and inclusion work in public history and education
• Ability to partner with scholars and outside presenters

Additional Desirable Skills:
• Experience shaping/curating humanities projects that involve primary sources (exhibitions, web-based, or other)
• Knowledge of teen and youth program design
• Experience creating written curriculum
• Experience collaborating with NYC Department of Education and other agencies
• Multiple languages

Hours & Compensation

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 9-to-5 with additional evening and weekend work as needed.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus benefits

To Apply:

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

Posting Date:

February 25, 2019

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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Curatorial Affairs and Collections

Reference and User Services Internship

The Library & Archives department of Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a Reference and User Services Intern for the fall, 2019 semester or academic year.

BHS’s reference and user services internship is a long-standing program with a proven track record providing interns hands-on experience in a special collections reading room. Alumni of the program have gone on to hold professional library and archives positions at many renowned academic, governmental, and cultural institutions in New York City and beyond.


Under the supervision of the Reference Librarian, interns:

• staff the reference desk and supervise the library reading room
• answer in-person, email, phone, and mail reference questions
• help users make appointments for archival research
• welcome museum visitors to an interior landmarked library
• gather user services assessment data
• create new or enhance existing online subject guides


Commitment of one or two days (Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday are available) from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm for the fall 2018 semester, or the 2019 – 2020 academic year. The ideal candidate demonstrates reliability, punctuality, attention to detail, and follow-through. They are patient, helpful, and energetic when working with the public.

Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate-level history or ALA-accredited library science/archives program. Competitive candidates will have already completed coursework in reference and user services. An academic focus or some experience with special collections and archives is preferred.

Additionally, candidates must be able to lift and carry library materials and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs; to stoop, reach, walk up and down stairs; to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time; to work in a cold setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered.


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 resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the following subject line: “[LastName] – User Services Internship.”

Applications will be reviewed immediately.

Posting Date:

June 6, 2019


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

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.