Citizenship Educator (pt)

JOB TITLE: Citizenship Educator, PT
REPORTS TO: Citizenship Education Fellow


The New-York Historical Society is seeking part-time Citizenship Educators to lead government and history lessons for green card holders who are on the path to American citizenship. As part of the newly launched Citizenship Project at the New-York Historical Society, Citizenship Educators will teach programs designed to help eligible permanent residents pass the civics test portion of the naturalization process. Citizenship Educators will teach primarily at the New-York Historical Society, both in classroom spaces and in the museum galleries, with the possibility for teaching courses offsite at centers around the City.

Educator responsibilities include preparing for and facilitating workshops and attending regularly scheduled trainings under the supervision of the Citizenship Education Fellow. The approach to teaching and learning at the Historical Society is object-based inquiry, in which material culture provides a window into the past.

Educators must be available to work at least one of the sessions each season. Courses are offered on weekday evenings (2 days per week), weekday afternoons (2 days per week), and weekends (Saturdays or Sundays).


  • Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in history, American Studies, political science, or a closely related field.


  • Candidates must have worked in a museum or other educational setting leading programs for adult visitors/participants.
  • Candidates must be comfortable teaching to the test.
  • Experience with English Language Learners (ELLs) required, experience with adult ELLS a plus.


  • Educators will teach programs about American history and government to help permanent residents pass the USCIS Civics Test in the New-York Historical Society classrooms and galleries, with potential for off-site programs.
  • Educators are expected to learn all programs by studying the provided program outlines and conducting additional research to ensure the effective delivery of content.
  • Educators will communicate with N-YHS administrative staff to ensure all programs are delivered in a timely fashion and meet expectations.
  • Educators will maintain accurate records of program delivery within personal calendars and Education Division booking system.
  • Prior to teaching, Educators will gather materials to conduct successful programs.
  • Educators will be responsible for day-of-program logistics.
  • Educators are required to attend trainings to learn institutional pedagogy and content.
  • Educators are required to complete and submit all required paperwork including program evaluations, attendance lists, and timesheets.


$25/hour Citizenship Programs
$15/hour Training and Preparation Time

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee with or without accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

This position will require the employee to lift, bend, stoop, walk, speak, and stand for up to 6 hours in a day.

For consideration please send a cover letter, resume and availability to: by May 26th, 2017. Please reference the job title in the subject line. 

Interviewed candidates will be required to prepare a demonstration lesson using information provided by the Education division.

The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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