Citizenship Educator (pt)

JOB TITLE: Citizenship Educator
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 at the New-York Historical Society, both in classroom spaces and in the museum galleries, with potential for off-site courses throughout New York City.

Educator responsibilities include leading workshops and information sessions 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. All new Citizenship Educators will undergo at least two full days of training in this approach before leading their first workshop.

Courses are offered on weekday evenings, weekday afternoons, and Saturdays. Educators must be available to work on Saturdays, and either two weekday evenings or two weekday mornings (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday).


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


  • Candidates must be comfortable teaching adults.
  • Candidates must be comfortable teaching to a test.
  • Experience with English Language Learners (ELLs) required, experience with adult ELLS a plus.
  • Knowledge of American history and government a plus.
  • Interest in museum education and American history and a willingness to be trained in the New-York Historical Society’s approach to teaching and learning is required.
  • Bilingual candidates, particularly Spanish speakers, are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • 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: . Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. 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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