Educator (PT)

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:
The New-York Historical Society is seeking part-time Educators to lead history programs for students ages Pre-K through College in the museum galleries, including the permanent collections, special exhibitions, and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. The collections of the New-York Historical Society support programming that covers 400 years of New York and American history.

Drawing on said world-renowned collections and a staff of passionate professionals, the N-YHS Education Department engages learners of all ages in the study of our collective past to deepen content knowledge, develop 21st century skills, and foster an empowered and engaged citizenry. We believe in the power of authentic historical study to spark curiosity and creativity, to promote cultural understanding, and to strengthen our democracy.

Under the supervision of the Manager of School Programs, Educators facilitate object-based, inquiry-driven tours and workshops in the museum galleries and classrooms as well as online in which material culture provides a window into the past. N-YHS provides extensive, rigorous training upon hiring and throughout the school year, developing Educators’ museum and history education practice, historical content knowledge, and class management skills.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for history and appreciation for the power of history to engage learners of all levels in the process of discovery. Educators must be available to work between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM at least three business days a week for the majority of the school year in order to be considered.

Interviewed candidates will be required to prepare a demonstration lesson using information provided by the Education division.

Reports to:
Manager of School Programs

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
– Educators will teach inquiry based programming about important events and periods in New York and American history in the New-York Historical Society galleries, special exhibitions, and online learning platforms;
– Educators are expected to learn all programs by studying the provided program outlines and conduct 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 the – Education Division booking system;
– Prior to teaching, Educators will gather materials to conduct successful programs;
– Educators are required to attend regularly-scheduled Education Division trainings to learn institutional pedagogy and content;
– Educators are required to complete and submit all required paperwork including program evaluations, planning session sheets, and time-sheets;
– Educators must be vaccinated against COVID-19;
– Additional duties as requested may include but not be limited to leading parent involvement programs, family programs, special events, teacher workshops, etc.

Candidate Qualifications:
– Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in history, American Studies, Education, art history, and/or studio art;
– Candidates must have worked in a museum, educational setting, or youth program, with experience in classroom management and establishing a strong rapport with groups of students;
– Candidates should be familiar with the New York City Department of Education’s Scope and Sequence for Social Studies and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy and History;
– Comfortability teaching in a language other than English, experience with students with special needs and/or English Language Learners (ELLs), and/or a background in the visual or theater arts (including familiarity with the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts) is a plus.

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.

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Salary or Compensation:
 $25/hr for Museum Programs (2 hours each), $40/hr for Online Programs and $18/hr for Administrative Tasks and Training

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