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Part-Time Educator

Brooklyn Historical Society
Working Time
Part Time

Position Description:
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally recognized urban history center, museum and library dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement, and community outreach. BHS recently opened a satellite museum, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and will begin leading school programs there in the spring semester of 2018. Since 2011, BHS has also offered school programs in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 (BLDG 92) is a museum and visitor center that serves as a gateway to the community through permanent and rotating exhibitions. BLDG 92 explores the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s rich and illustrious history, its evolution to become a national model for sustainable industrial parks and its continuing role as a vital economic, manufacturing, and cultural hub of Brooklyn. Housed in the renovated 1857 Marine Commandant’s residence with a modern extension, BLDG 92 educates the public about the significant role the Brooklyn Navy Yard has played, and continues to play, in the social, economic, environmental, and historic fabric of the United States and Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking highly qualified educators to join the Education Department in leading tours and offsite outreach programs in NYC schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Educators may be chosen to lead programs at the landmark building in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and/or at the Brooklyn Navy Yard depending on availability and qualifications.
• Conduct exhibit-based tours for K-12 students and some adult & college groups at Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and/or the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
• Lead student workshops based on BHS curriculum materials in schools
• Assist with implementation of teacher professional learning workshops • Support tours with other administrative duties as assigned; i.e. confirming tours with bookers, refreshing didactic materials, revising tour outlines
• BA in history, education, arts administration, museum studies, science education or other related field (advanced degrees preferred)
• Prior experience teaching K-12 students in museums, classrooms, or other informal settings
• Interest in and working knowledge of U.S. history (Brooklyn history knowledge preferred)
• Willingness to travel to all parts of Brooklyn and throughout NYC via public or other transportation
• Cultural competency and ability to communicate well with diverse groups of learners
• Ability to assimilate large amounts of information quickly
• Punctuality and dependability
Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Multiple language fluency a plus
• Active in related professional organizations (NYCMER, etc.) a plus
Schedule/Time Commitment:
• Educators work between one and four days/week, during the hours of 10:00 am and 2:30 pm, with the opportunity for afternoon after school work throughout the year. Educators have a set amount of guaranteed hours per week for all positions.
• All educators must make a commitment for the 2017-2018 school year (September – June)
• All BHS educators must complete mandatory BHS & BNY training (paid) before leading tours. Training will be held during the week of September 18.
Compensation and Benefits:
$25/hour for programs, $18/hour for trainings & meetings
NYCMER Institutional Membership
Paid sick leave in accordance with NYC law
Free/discounted admission to BHS Public Programs
20% discount at museum shop
Opportunity for additional project-based work (After school programs, etc.)

Application Info: Write “Part Time Educator” in the subject line and email a resume and cover letter detailing your availability and interest to
Application deadline: July 30, 2017 by 5:00 pm
Interviews: To be scheduled August 9 - 11, between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm
Start Date: September 18, 2017