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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.

Manager of Programs and Press

The Manager of Programs and Press is a key member of the programming and communications team and reports to the Executive Vice President. Her/his/their charge is to build a loyal, diverse audience for the institution through public programs, and to increase the institution’s external visibility as the primary press contact. The position also plays an important role in the general administration of the department. Duties include:

• Developing and producing dynamic public programs that appeal to a wide range of audiences
• Creatively pitching and driving media stories and listings to press outlets across platforms (print, online, radio, tv)
• Spearheading cross-promotions
• Coordinating various print materials, banners and signage
• Collaborating on marketing and brand strategy and planning
• Helping to manage the day to day activities of a busy department

This position is perfect for a self-motivated worker who enjoys writing, idea-generating, and story-telling; who is engaged in current events and the conversations of our times; who enjoys building and maintaining relationships; and who thinks strategically about reaching diverse audiences. Ideal candidates will have the discipline, follow-up skills, and attention to detail, along with an ever-evolving pool of ideas, to generate and oversee the successful execution of multi-layered public programs. He/she/they will be skilled at developing press pitches and maintaining and nurturing relationships with editors, reporters, and other media contacts, as well as colleagues and outside partners. He/she/they will also be adept at organizing and maintaining the systems that keep the department running efficiently and smoothly. He/she/they will value the organization’s mission and programming, and bring a deep respect for the pluralities of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, nationality, age and gender identities in our communities.

Candidates must have impeccable interpersonal and writing skills and thrive at managing multiple projects simultaneously. Note that this position involves evening work overseeing programs.

Responsibilities:

• Develop and curate public programs, including conceiving of engaging ideas, researching and booking participants, managing all communications and scheduling
• Manage all aspects of public program production, including interfacing with BHS facilities, contracting AV technicians and videographers, directing front desk Visitor Services staffing; and overseeing events (typically in the evenings)
• Plan and execute press campaigns large and small, ranging from major exhibition openings to program listings, including drafting engaging press releases, media listings and alerts, identifying promising press outlets, pitching, creating talking points, coordinating delivery of all ancillary materials
• Write assorted promotional materials and blurbs describing the institution and its programs and events for different audiences, including tri-annual event calendars, exterior banners, and miscellaneous ads
• Coordinate and strategize internally with BHS social media and website content creator(s) to develop synchronized campaigns
• Research, identify and reach out to cross-promotion partners and coordinate exchange of materials
• Manage freelance graphic designers and printing vendors to produce marketing collateral
• Help to recruit and supervise seasonal social media/marketing interns. Establish goals and scope of work and manage workflow
• Take part in oversight of department systems, including tracking of financial information and organization of departmental digital files
• Maintain all electronic press files and update website’s press page
• Assist EVP with various projects and partnerships

Qualifications:

• B.A. in humanities (history, English or related discipline a plus)
• 3+ years of demonstrated success in museums, cultural organizations, public relations, media, or related fields
• Outstanding writing skills; ability to write in pithy and lengthier styles
• Outstanding interpersonal skills and verbal skills
• Polished, professional, and polite management style with the ability to work collaboratively and engender trust and mutual respect both internally and externally
• Ability to take initiative, follow-up tenaciously, and anticipate needs
• Outstanding time-management skills
• Creative problem-solver
• Exhibit initiative and independence combined with the ability to work as part of a team
• Ability to authentically integrate a lens of racial and economic equity into all elements of work
• Understanding of NYC media outlets and how to effectively promote BHS exhibitions, programs, and public history projects in a competitive cultural and digital landscape
• Experience effectively managing onsite and remote contractors and vendors, such as AV technicians, graphic designers, and printers
• Basic graphic design skills and familiarity with Photoshop and InDesign
• Proficient in WordPress
• Proficient in Microsoft Office, (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Dropbox, Google Drive, and Google Analytics
• Familiarity with audio and video equipment a plus
• Knowledge of basic HTML and CSS a plus

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Manager of Programs and Press” in the subject line. Be prepared to send writing samples and references.

Posting Date:

August 14, 2019

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.

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

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.

Responsibilities:

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

Requirements:

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.

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 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

Education

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.