Citizenship Educator

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

Organization Description:
Visitors experience 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibitions, immersive films, and thought-provoking conversations among renowned historians and public figures at the New-York Historical Society, New York’s first museum. A great destination for history since 1804, the Museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library convey the stories of the city and nation’s diverse populations, expanding our understanding of who we are as Americans and how we came to be. 

Position Description:
New-York Historical Society Citizenship Educators lead online civics and history lessons for green card holders through the Citizenship Project. The Citizenship Project is a special initiative of New-York Historical Education designed to help eligible permanent residents pass the civics test portion of the naturalization process with distance learning programs taught through video conference.

Citizenship Educators lead online classes with prescribed lesson plans under the supervision of the Senior Manager of the Citizenship Project. The approach to teaching and learning at New-York Historical is object-based inquiry, in which material culture provides a window into the past. All new Citizenship Educators undergo training in this approach before leading their first program, and all new and veteran educators participate in monthly mandatory training sessions throughout the year.

Educators must be available to teach weekday evenings and Saturdays. Online courses are offered on weekday evenings (6-7pm and 8-9pm) and Saturdays (10am-12pm). In-person courses are offered at the New-York Historical Society on Saturdays (10am-1pm).

Citizenship Educators must be comfortable teaching distance learning programs independently

Reports to:
Senior Manager of the Citizenship Project

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
– Educators teach programs about American history and government to help permanent residents pass the USCIS Civics Test through video conferencing and in-person at the New-York Historical Society;
– 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 communicate with the Senior Manager of the Citizenship Project to ensure all programs meet expectations;
– Educators maintain accurate records of program delivery within personal calendars and the N-YHS payroll system;
– Educators are 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.

Candidate Qualifications:

– Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in history, American Studies, and/or political science;
– Experience teaching adults;
– Experience teaching through Zoom or other video conferencing software;
– Experience with adult English Language Learners (ELLs) strongly preferred;
– Knowledge of American history and government a plus;
– Experience in museum education and/or teaching American history/civics is preferred. Interest and willingness to be trained in the New-York Historical Society’s approach to inquiry-based teaching is required;
– Bilingual candidates, particularly Spanish speakers, are strongly encouraged to apply.​

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.

To ensure the overall health and safety of the New-York Historical Society community, all newly hired employees of the New-York Historical Society are required to be fully-vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions for medical, religious, or other reasons in accordance with all applicable laws.

Position Type:
Part Time

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Salary or Compensation:
$40/hour for Distance Learning Programs and $20/hour for Training and Preparation Time.

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