Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

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Docent Coordinator

Department: Visitor Services & Scholarly Programs                                                           
Reports to: General Counsel & CAO and Vice President of Scholarly Programs               
Date: 4/6/2014

Job Summary

The Docent Coordinator oversees the administration, training, and evaluation of the institution’s docent volunteers and is responsible for managing their relationship with the museum.

The Coordinator manages docent schedules, provides enrichment and training activities, evaluates participants, and leads recruiting and training of new docents.


  • Provide leadership and guidance for the Docents: Establish and maintain positive communication with the docents on an individual and group level to build their connection to the Museum its goals.
  • Schedules docents for regular public permanent collections tours as well as private group tours
  • Coordinates with Curators to arrange temporary exhibition trainings and auditions
  • Maintain docent website
  • Maintain database of docents with current contact information
  • Develop formal docent performance evaluation process
  • Coordinate regular monthly enrichment and training sessions.
  • Identify when to actively recruit new docents
  • Strive to produce a diverse group of docents
  • Work with other staff  to interview and select qualified and committed volunteer applicants
  • Provide training for new docents to ensure that they can become effective and skilled ambassador for the institution.
  • Work with the Group Tours Supervisor to develop tours and market group tours. 
  • Assist with group sales and visitor services duties as needed.


Bachelor’s degree in History, Public History, American Studies or Education,
2-3 years work experience in a museum or non-profit environment working with volunteers
1 year supervisory experience
A demonstrated interest in American history
Strong desire to work as a team member
Excellent communication skills
Position will require some evening and weekend work.

For consideration please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to In the subject line please reference the job title.  The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Associate Director for Continuing Education

Department:  Education
Reports to:     Director of Education
Date:               April 15, 2014

Job Summary
The Associate Director for Continuing Education at the New-York Historical Society is responsible for the conception, development, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of a suite of continuing education programs on topics pertaining to the exhibitions and collections of the New-York Historical Society as they relate to New York and American history in all facets as well as the arts. Target audiences will include, but not necessarily be limited to: teachers, school leaders, post-secondary students, colleges and universities, retired education professionals, community organizations, and museum members.

Major Responsibilities
Responsibilities for this position include but may not be limited to:

  • Working in collaboration with the Director of Education, Education Division staff, museum staff and consultants as needed, create a stimulating program of workshops and seminars for a broad audience
  • Supervise all educational programs for adult and post-secondary learners
  • Manage all programs and events for teachers, including private and open enrollment
  • Oversee the development and implementation of professional development workshops, lectures, credit-bearing courses, institutes, and special events, including but not limited to:
    • Serve as primary instructor for teacher programs
    • Develop a roster of staff, scholars, and specialists to lead workshops and programs.
    • Develop new workshops and programs for teachers and when possible a public audience
    • Research, write, and lead P-Credit courses for teachers
    • Manage calendar of workshops
    • In collaboration with Division staff, create calendar of open enrollment opportunities for teachers and menu of private workshop options each academic year
    • Oversee all scheduling and logistics for continuing education programs
    • Serve as Education Division liaison to the NYC Department of Education broadly, and the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development and the After School Professional Development Program specifically, including attending all necessary meetings and maintaining relationships with key staff members
    • Plan, coordinate, and teach citywide professional development days
    • Organize open house and other special events for teachers and other groups
    • Coordinate with outside organizations/individuals on special workshops and events for teachers and others
  • Work with the Manager of School Programs to develop and lead Educator and Teaching Artist trainings
  • Research, develop, and deliver new programs for adults, including retired teachers and administrators
  • Develop and manage partnerships with colleges, universities, and community organizations
  • Evaluate all programs to ensure high-quality sessions and participant satisfaction
  • Work closely with staff leading and/or supporting continuing education programs to communicate all relevant information and ensure program success
  • Coordinate with Education Marketing Coordinator and Communications Department to conceive of strategic marketing plan for existing and new programs to increase attendance
  • Contribute content to relevant marketing materials, including website and Facebook
  • Contribute to grant proposals, programs, and reports as required
  • Liaise with other departments within the institution on programming, scheduling, etc.
  • Lead programs for students as needed
  • Represent institution and division at conferences, fairs, and meetings on an as-needed basis

 Additional Responsibilities

  • Contribute to development of and provide support for Division-wide special events
  • Work collaboratively with Division staff on various programs and projects as needed
  • Other responsibilities as needed

Supervisory Responsibilities

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in U.S. History or a related field required
  • Proven record of success in developing new educational programs/initiatives
  • Creative thinker with ability to innovate within parameters
  • Minimum five years experience leading programs for adult learners required
  • Experience leading programs focused on museum collections and exhibitions
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be highly organized and detail oriented
  • Extensive knowledge of the New York City Department of Education preferred
  • Knowledge of the NYS Social Studies Scope and Sequence & Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History

Essential Physical Functions
Ability to walk and stand for extended periods of time.

For consideration please send cover letter and resume to hr1@nyhistory.orgIn the subject line please reference the job title. 
The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Security Officer

Job Summary

The Security Officer is responsible for ensuring the safety of the New-York Historical Society’s collections, building, visitors and staff.  Security Officers keep the Society safe and secure by observing and monitoring activities in the building while touring the facility, while stationed at a post, and through computerized Fire and Security Systems and CCTV monitoring.  

Major Responsibilities

  • Protection of the collection from vandalism, theft, and damage from fire, floods and other outside sources and maintain order in the facility
  • Keeping all people on the premises safe and secure by means of electronic Security and Fire systems and monitoring of CCTV
  • Monitor Security, CCTV and Fire Alarm systems and investigate alarms, notify management, emergency services and departments as outlined in policy and procedures
  • Standing at a post and touring the facility while observing all the activity in the area and reporting  or intervening  on any potentially unsafe condition
  • Reacting to all emergency situations and notifying supervisor or management immediately
  • Enforce N-YHS Policy and Procedures or as directed by Security Manager
  • Screen incoming and outgoing visitors, staff and packages
  • Maintaining log of all tours
  • Communicating to staff and visitors when action must be taken
  • Responding quickly and immediately to any directives by the Police or Fire Departments
  • Managing emergency evacuation when necessary
  • Politely responding to visitors questions and if necessary forwarding them to the appropriate person.
  • Responsible for access control in and out of the building
  • Controlling Access and Answering telephone calls when stationed at the entrances or loading dock by checking ID badges and visitor information. Identify and announce all visitors who are coming to visit a staff member as post requires 
  • Be fully outfitted in approved N-YHS uniform as directed by Security Manager 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Will occasionally be required to work at N-YHS events that are off- site. These events may include but not limited to Public Programs and Exhibitions.
  • Handle all incoming deliveries

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Knowledge and experience in operating electronic  security and fire command systems and CCTV
  • Must have 3-5 years prior Security experience
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Must have 8 hour NY State certificate
  • Fire Guard license preferred
  • Must have experience with various computer applications including email, Word and general report filing
  • When monitoring Security and Fire systems must be able to dispatch personnel to area or location according to floor plan

Essential Physical Functions

Individual must possess visual acuity and good hearing, able to stand on post for long periods of time. Walk, bend and lift moderate weights.

Additional Comments

This facility has Security Officers on duty 24 hours a day. All Security Officers must be available to work all shifts.

Applying for the Position
For consideration please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to In the subject line please reference the job title. The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Library Page (P/T)

New-York Historical Society Library

The successful candidate will work in support of the library public service staff in the reading room of a very busy, closed-stacks research library.

Monitoring researchers
Greeting people in person; answering the telephone
Registering researchers
Retrieving and shelving library materials
Printing out call slips
Additional projects as assigned

Attention to detail
Professional manner
Good interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to handle rare materials carefully
Ability to adapt and transition from one assignment to the next

Experience working in a library or with the public; knowledge of American or New York history.

Up to 24 hours weekly:
Tuesday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. throughout the year;
Saturdays, 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Hours must be on a consistent schedule that cannot be adjusted from week to week.

$12 per hour.

E-mail cover letter and resume to (with subject line “Library Page”) or fax
to (646) 293-9409. Please, no phone calls.

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