Coordinator, Field Trips

The New York Public Library

Organization Description: 
The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 125 years. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring 92 locations across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, including our world-renowned research centers at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Together with our circulating branches, including the all-new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), the Library provides an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all.

Position Description:
The Field Trip Coordinator is responsible for coordinating K-12 field trips to the Polonsky Exhibition of the New York Public Library’s Treasures. The Coordinator will be primarily responsible for scheduling the groups and part-time staff, maintaining program attendance data, and communicating with teachers before and after their visits. The Coordinator will assist the Manager of Collections Education in growth and development of the field trip program, including the hiring, training, and observation of part-time staff, drafting lesson plans, facilitating field trips, and conducting program evaluation.

The Field Trip Coordinator will report to the Manager of Collections Education, and work closely with a team of Exhibitions Educators who are responsible for facilitating field trips to the Polonsky Exhibition of the New York Public Library’s Treasures and within the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building to K-12 students. The team will ensure that K-12 students and educators have a positive experience as they learn about The New York Public Library’s history, exhibitions, and collections. 

The field trip program is part of the Center for Educators and Schools, and supports the Library’s mission of inspiring lifelong learning, advancing knowledge, and strengthening communities. For some students, a field trip to the Stephen A Schwarzman Building and the Polonsky Exhibition of the Library’s Treasures is the first encounter with research libraries and collections; we aim to ensure that students feel welcome, engaged, and interested in returning throughout their academic and personal futures.

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
We are looking for someone we can count on to:
The scheduling process and program data for the field trip program
Object-based stories, and inquiry/research skills to K-12 students
Best practices in object-based teaching to part-time staff 
Communication and field trip coordination processes with K-12 educators
Record keeping for CES to share the impact/outcome of exhibition field trips

Some expectations for this role are that within
1 month, this person will:
Learning the field trip program
Support in the sourcing, hiring and training of the part-time educators
3 months, this person will:
Observe and provide ongoing feedback and support the training for part-time educators
Communicate with teachers before and after scheduled visits, and solicit feedback 
Support the promotion and launch of the 2022-23 school year program via facilitating field trips, as needed
6 months and beyond, this person will:
Review and report on program attendance data with CES colleagues
Collaborate with CES colleagues on social media/multimedia creation for exhibition education

– Keep the field trip calendar updated, and as needed reserve spaces
– Support recruitment, training, and observation of part-time educators who will facilitate field trips
– Communicate with part-time educators to schedule shifts and provide feedback
– Communicate with teachers to coordinate logistics and discuss learning goals, and greet upon arrival as needed
– Communicate with internal stakeholders including Visitor Experience, Exhibitions, Research, and Security
– As needed, create positive learning experiences for K-12 students and educators on field trips in the Polonsky Exhibition and other exhibitions in the Stephen A Schwarzman Building
– Collect, maintain and report field trip program data, using Drupal and Google Suite.
– Attend staff meetings and professional development opportunities

Candidate Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in Education, Museum Education or Studies, or a related field or a Bachelor’s degree in History, Literature, Art, Material Culture, or related field in combination with experience teaching

Required Experience
– 1-3 years coordinating programs or field trips in a nonprofit or informal education setting
– 1-3 years experience teaching K-12 students with objects and artifacts, historical documents and records, rare books, manuscripts and archives, historical landmarks, and/or visual and performing arts
– 1-3 years experience teaching content in Black Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, Women’s Studies, and/or cultural and ethnic studies, or Literature, Journalism, Youth Development, Arts Education

Required Skills
– Teaching with best practices in museum education and/or progressive education (student-centered, object and inquiry-based teaching, Visual Thinking Strategies)
– Multilingual fluency/Language in addition to English, preferred
– Excellent communication, written and verbal, for varied audiences, including public speaking, managing group discussion, classroom management, and listening skills
– Cultural competence
– Strong organizational and time management skills with high attention to detail and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
– Ability to adapt and improvise plans
– Ability to act professionally in challenging situations

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Salary or Compensation:
$55,000 – $57,000

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