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Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library
The New-York Historical Society seeks an experienced, innovative, and dynamic leader to be Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. Reporting directly to the President and CEO of the Historical Society, the Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library provides leadership for the Library and directs a staff of 24 full-time and 7 part-time employees. As a member of the Historical Society’s senior management team, the Vice President/Director of the Library works closely with other senior staff to improve intellectual and physical access to the Library’s holdings and to further the reputation of the Historical Society as one of the nation’s premier centers of historical research and scholarship.
The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library
The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is one of the oldest independent research libraries in the United States. Collection strengths include local history of New York City and State; colonial history; the Revolutionary War; American military and naval history; religions and religious movements of the 18th and 19th centuries; the Anglo-American slave trade and conditions of slavery in the United States; the Civil War; American biography and genealogy; American art and art patronage; the development of American architecture from the late-18th century to the present; 19th- and 20th-century portraiture and documentary photographs of New York City; and charitable organizations serving underserved groups in New York City including the homeless, widows and orphans.
The New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets American history and art for a broad national and international public. Since 1804, the Historical Society has assembled vast holdings of American paintings, sculpture, books, manuscripts, decorative arts, artifacts, architectural materials, prints, drawings, photography and ephemera that document the history of New York and the nation. The mission of the Historical Society is to use these collections to help the public understand the complex and diverse past behind the nation and world that we know today. The Historical Society engages a broad audience through a series of initiatives that enliven and illuminate the past, from groundbreaking exhibitions of history and art that capitalize on the Historical Society’s extraordinary museum and library collections, to intellectually engaging programming and educational activities.
The Vice President and Library Director provides leadership in the following areas:
- Oversees and works closely with library managers on short- and long-term planning;
- Participates in N-YHS senior staff meetings and activities, including institutional strategic planning;
- Works closely with the chair of the library committee of the board of trustees;
- Works with the CEO and CFO to develop the Library annual budget;
- Represents the Library at all institution-wide meetings, committees and events, both on- and off-site;
- Represents the Library at local and national meetings and conferences;
- Spearheads fundraising activities for the Library and participates in fundraising for the institution;
- Anticipates and responds to new trends in library services and new methods of research;
- Promotes the use and preservation of the Library’s collections and oversees collection development;
- Builds relationships with the Library’s users, including scholars and faculty at academic institutions in and around New York City; and
- Develops relationships with the antiquarian book trade and with private collectors to enhance the Historical Society’s collections.
- An MLS from an ALA-accredited program; or a PhD in a field consistent with the Library’s collections;
- An outstanding record of accomplishment in librarianship and/or academia, with 10-15 years of progressively responsible management experience in an academic or research library;
- Skill and effectiveness as a fundraiser with a proven track record of writing successful grant proposals;
- Strong leadership management and team building skills, including the ability to mentor, motivate, set goals, delegate, and monitor effectiveness;
- Ability to communicate knowledge and enthusiasm for the Library collections to all constituencies, both internal and external.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and a strong public service orientation; and
- Public presence and energy;
- Experience in the field of Library special collections and appreciation for historical and primary source materials.
For consideration please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line please reference the job title. The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Administrative Assistant – Part Time
The Administrative Assistant will report to the Vice President for Communications. This person will handle all administrative duties for the Communications Department. The ideal person for this position has excellent administrative skills and an interest in a career at a cultural institution.
- Provides day-to-day administrative support for the Communications Department which includes filing, answering phones, ordering supplies, copying, organizing materials, scheduling and other administrative duties.
- Maintain the Communications Calendar, a department wide calendar that outlines changes and updates to digital signage, E-Blasts and home page banner and well as actual meetings and appointments.
- Will occasionally attend Logistics meeting and report to the department members on discussions that are relevant. Also represent the department’s needs in regards logistical, space and scheduling requirements.
- Handle photo research and with other internal departments to obtain photos and other digital images.
- Supervise C-SPAN crews when they are filming in the building. This includes answering questions, troubleshooting problems and liaising with building staff members.
- Keep all mailing and contact lists up to date
- Compiling news clips and maintaining clip book
- Manage databases
- Maintain proper levels of promotional inventory
- Will work on small research projects
- Provide back-up administrative support for President and CEO’s Office
- Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple assignments
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office necessary. Must have a strong working knowledge of Excel, Word and Power Point.
- A self-motivated learner
- Detail-oriented with high standards for accuracy
- Desire to take on challenges
- An interest in Museums and History very valuable
- Intellectual curiosity
This 25 hour per week part time position and the salary is $19/hour.
For consideration please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com. In the subject line please reference the job title. The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Part Time Museum Educator – Early Childhood Family Programs
This museum educator will lead, develop, and grow the DiMenna Children’s History Museum signature early childhood program, Little New-Yorkers. Each class includes time with historic toys, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, story readings, and a related craft project. It is held twice a week in the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library.
- Lead twice-a-week program for children ages 3 – 5 years old and their caregivers
- Program Tuesday and Friday afternoon 3:30 – 4:15 pm
- Develop a New-York and/or history project each week (same class taught on Tuesday and Friday afternoon)
- Plan logistics of program; coordinate and monitor supplies
- Write once-a-month blog post highlighting one of the projects with a step-by-step art description
- Be aware of and promote other New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum programming
- Write program copy for website
- Document projects and maintain records
- Part-time staff; 10 hours, plus 2 programs per week
- $15 per administrative hour; $50 per family program
- Reports to Director of DiMenna Children’s History Museum (DCHM)
- BA in related field
- Enjoy working with early childhood audiences
- Regular Tuesday and Friday afternoon availability
- Ability to work independently and to take ownership over a program
- Experience working with children under 6 and families
- Interest in New York and U.S. history
- Experience working in a museum, a plus
N-YHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please send a statement of interest and resume to HR1@nyhistory.org