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The New-York Historical Society will be closed on September 23, and select spaces will be closed September 24. For details, please visit our calendar.

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the New-York Historical Society. Individuals interested in employment at the New-York Historical Society should check this page frequently for updated listings. Fax us your resume at (212) 877-6336 or e-mail it to, attn: Human Resources. To learn more about internship opportunities, please click here. To learn more about fellowship opportunities, please click here.


Floor Manager

Department:  Education
Reports to: Education Program Coordinator            
Date: September 10, 2014

Job Summary
The Floor Manager works closely with School Programs staff to oversee daily logistics of school programs, including school group arrivals, payment collections, and communication with teachers/schools. The Floor Manager also provides administrative support to the School Programs staff as well as the Education Division staff on an as-needed basis.

Major Responsibilities

  • Oversee logistics of classroom and orientation spaces and school programs materials.
  • Coordinate daily schedule with Education Program Coordinator and troubleshoot any potential conflicts or problems.
  • Oversee daily school programs logistics: greet teachers and students; direct groups to assigned educator; ensure programs are running on time.
  • Collect payment for programs when groups arrive, provide receipts, track record of groups paid.
  • Complete School Programs administrative tasks, including but not limited to: teacher reminder calls, filing, database entry.
  • Keep a record of daily headcount and report total numbers to visitor’s services

Additional Responsibilities

  • Complete other administrative tasks as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Background in museum education
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Superb decision making skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Must have a flexible schedule

Essential Physical Functions

$15 an hour
For consideration please send cover letter and resume to In the subject line please reference the job title.  The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Part-time Reference Assistant

Department: Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections (PPAC)
Reports to: Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Pay Rate: $17.32 per hour

Job Summary

Assist in the provision of on-site public reference services for those using collections held in the Library’s Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections and other duties as needed within the Department.

Major Responsibilities (List in order of importance the essential functions of the job)

  • Assist in the retrieval and re-shelving of collections
  • Monitor use of collections and enforce guidelines
  • Speak with classes about PPAC materials as needed
  • Assist in departmental accessioning tasks
  • Other departmental duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skill Requirements
B.A. in humanities, preferably history or art history; interpersonal skills ability to work as part of a team, as well as with the public; flexibility, including the ability to adapt to a changing work environment and diverse constituencies; knowledge of New York and American history and/or the history of printmaking, photography, or architecture; strength in attention to detail. Highly preferred: current enrollment in an M.L.S. program.

Essential Physical Functions

Must be able to retrieve books and archival boxes from high shelves and handle bulky and/or heavy books.

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


Part Time Bilingual Family Programs Educator

Job Summary:
The New-York Historical Society is seeking to hire a part time Spanish-speaking family programs educator to lead a family gallery and studio museum program from October 2014 – May 2015.

The Family Programs Educator will lead both community outreach and monthly teaching (in the gallery and studio) in Spanish to serve children ages 4 – 10 and their grown-ups. Families are contacted through community organizations and local schools and attend the program for free. The work will be approximately half outreach and half planning/prepping/teaching.

The Family Programs Educator will work in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum department. This family program combines visual arts and art history with the study of New York and American history using visual thinking and historical inquiry-based learning strategies. The program is in its third year.

$25/hour (teaching)
$15/per hour (outreach and prep)
Approximate monthly outreach and prep hours: 20


  • Candidates must be bilingual Spanish/English and be comfortable with outreach, presenting to groups, and leading families in a class in Spanish.
  • Candidates must have experience teaching visual arts in a classroom, museum, or community-based setting.
  • Candidates must have experience with object based learning and multi-modal approaches to teaching.
  • Candidates must have a BA in a related field (for example, visual arts, art history, history, or education).
  • Candidate must have a minimum of two years’ experience working in an education setting, museum, or youth program.
  • Candidates should be independent, highly motivated, and comfortable establishing a strong rapport with family audiences.

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



Job Summary

Seeking one highly motivated, team-oriented, creative retail professional to join our museum store staff. Responsibilities include all sales, merchandising, re-stocking, and customer service related tasks. Individual should be energetic, organized, and enjoy a high level of interaction with customers and staff. Preferred applicants will have experience with retail sales systems, be proficient in Microsoft Office, Internet and email, and have the ability to balance varying demands and changing priorities.

One four-month temporary part-time position is available, with an hourly rate of $12.00. Applicants must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays, and able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds.

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


Chairman’s Council Manager


  • Plan, organize and implement all aspects of the Chairman’s Council
  • Work closely with Chief Advancement Officer and Vice Chair of the Board to strategize engagement and growth of Chairman’s Council group, including:
    • Reassessment of the Council based on motivations for giving
    • Reconsideration of individuals’ movement through the pipeline to Chairman’s Council member status—and within the Council—and development of methods to increase that movement
    • Prospect identification, stewardship and solicitation (both in pursuit of new Chairman’s Council members, and in identifying current Chairman’s Council members that can be further engaged for other purposes)
  • Work with CAO to develop individual fundraising strategy around exhibitions
    • Explore creation of donor groups to garner support for exhibitions and projects throughout N-YHS


  • Manage portfolio of Chairman’s Council members and prospects
  • Identify and coordinate effective outreach and engagement of Chairman’s Council prospects and members via meetings, tours, events, and gifts
  • Liaise with board members and other major donors to assist in cultivating prospects

Benefits management

  • Manage renewal, new, and lapsed member processes
  • Facilitate benefits such as public programs tickets
  • Execute seasonal update mailings to members


  • Maintain web content (upcoming events, membership benefits, photo gallery) and create new event-specific pages as needed (such as Weekend with History)
  • Use InDesign and work with outside vendors and designers to create biannual calendar, invitations, annual marketing material


  • Plan and execute three annual Dinners with History, Fall Event, Weekend with History, and intermittent stewardship events (invitations, acknowledgments, RSVPs, day-of coordination, meet/greet with members, follow-up)

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.


Special Events Associate

The Special Events Associate will be responsible for interacting with clients and vendors and managing event logistics from the initial inquiry through completion. This person should have an upbeat personality, a willingness to be flexible and pitch in when needed, the ability to think creatively and ambition to learn and grow.  The availability to work nights and weekends is essential. This position will report to the Director of Special Events.


  • Prepare event proposals, contracts and invoices for N-YHS clients
  • Field phone calls and e-mails related to event inquiries
  • Work closely with N-YHS’ exclusive caterer and other vendors to make sure that needs/deadlines are met and schedules are accommodated
  • Conduct sales and operations site visits
  • Draft memos to Museum colleagues in an effort to communicate event details and staffing requirements
  • Interact with other Museum departments to reserve event space
  • Work events (many include nights and some weekends)



  • Bachelor’s degree and 1 to 2 years of event operations experience (preferably in a museum or cultural center)
  • Sales experience or interest in event sales
  • Confidence to speak with clients and vendors
  • Understanding of customer service
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Mail, Google Calendar and Google Docs

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.


Visitor Services Associate

The New-York Historical Society is seeking several part-time Visitor Services Associates for its Visitor Services department. Visitor Services Associates staff the Society’s admissions and membership desk, coat check, auditorium, switchboard and call center in addition to other related tasks. Candidates must be available to weekends and holidays.


  • Selling museum admissions and memberships
  • Accurate maintenance of cash drawer during their shift 
  • Attending and operating the coat room
  • Processing guests who have meetings with Historical Society staff
  • Answering the Society’s main switchboard phone and accurately transferring calls 
  • Distributing assistive listening devices other exhibition aids related to ADA accessibility
  • Stocking and maintaining the staff coffee machine


  • 1 year customer service/cashier experience, preferably in a museum/arts setting
  • Computer skills
  • Friendly, outgoing personality


  • High level of verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interact with customers, coworkers and vendors with an outgoing positive attitude


While the employee may be required to stand or sit for extended periods of time and lift objects over their head, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The pay rate for this position is $12/hour.

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


Job Posting – 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.


Assistant Curator of American Art

The New-York Historical Society, New York’s oldest museum and the repository of one of the world’s finest American art collections, seeks an entry-level curator to join the curatorial team with a principal focus on American eighteenth- and nineteenth-century painting and sculpture.  He/she will be responsible for performing all curatorial duties, including: researching and publishing works in the collection under his/her curatorial responsibility; recommending acquisitions to complement the existing collection; proposing future exhibitions and publications; and maintaining positive and fruitful relations with colleagues in the museum and academic world and with Society trustees and other supporters. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the literature on American art, passionately interested in connoisseurship and in improving the Society’s collection through gift and purchase, and committed to the Society’s mission of public outreach.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Contribute to the organization of permanent gallery and traveling exhibitions, including researching and label writing.
  • Research and oversee publication of works in the collection under his/her curatorial responsibility.
  • Respond to correspondence relating to the collection and assist the public and visiting scholars, and consider requests for loans from other institutions.
  • Participate in the Society’s education and outreach programs.
  • Expand and update painting and sculpture entries in collection database.
  • Work with paintings conservator on setting priorities for treatments.
  • Foster and maintain good working relationships with donors, trustees, and colleagues from other institutions, with the scholarly community, dealers, collectors, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Society.    
  • Other related duties.

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum three (3) years of curatorial experience. 
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement and promise experience in accomplishing original research.  
  • Strong computer skills; knowledge of TMS a plus.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues throughout the Society. 

Ph.D.  in Art History with a specialization in American art.

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.

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