Welcome to the Newberry’s Employment Opportunities page. Positions for which the Newberry is currently accepting applications are listed below. Positions will remain posted until filled or until a sufficient pool of qualified candidates has been established.
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Human Resources Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
Fax: (312) 255-3509
No phone calls please.
In addition to accepting résumés for current vacancies, we keep a file of general and specific inquiries regarding employment at the Newberry. General inquiries should include a preference of position, department and hours (part-time or full-time.) Résumés are kept on file for six months.
We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Newberry.
The Newberry is an equal opportunity employer.
Term: September 25, 2017 – August 15, 2018
Department: D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Summary: The Interim Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies leads a research center designed to promote research, scholarship, and public programs in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the collection of the Newberry Library. The position includes leadership of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS). The Interim Director of the McNickle Center reports to the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs.
- Plan and implement research and educational programs that promote research, scholarship, and public events in American Indian and Indigenous studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the Newberry’s collection;
- direct the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, including production of seminars, workshops, and meetings for consortium members;
- maintain close and effective relationships between the McNickle Center and scholarly communities locally, regionally, and nationally;
- maintain collaborative relationships between the Newberry Library and Indian communities, both in Chicago and elsewhere in North America;
- oversee budgets and manage a center staff assembled on a per project basis to implement grant-funded and consortium programs;
- participate in the intellectual life of the Newberry;
- collaborate with other Newberry departments and divisions to maintain the center’s participation in library activities and events;
- all other tasks or activities as necessary for the achievement of departmental goals.
- PhD in American Indian and Indigenous studies, or a related field, required;
- entrepreneurial and administrative capacity;
- ability to collaborate with scholars, librarians, teachers, the general public, and other cultural institutions and to represent the library in various settings;
- teaching, scholarly, and administrative experience preferred.
Schedule: Full-time, 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday, occasional evenings and weekends for special events. Exempt, term position from September 25, 2017 – August 15, 2018.
Benefits: First year – health, dental, vision and group life insurance, fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays.
Date Posted: July 20, 2017
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Department: Office of the President
Summary: Reporting to the President and Librarian, the Manager of Governance and Assistant to the President oversees the effective operation of the President’s Office, coordinates the meetings of the Senior Staff of the Newberry and follow-up to them, manages the meetings and record-keeping of the Board of Trustees and its committees and task forces, and supports the implementation of institutional strategy.
Direct the governance activities of the Board of Trustees
- With direction from the President and the Chair of the Board of Trustees, schedules, makes all physical arrangements for, prepares and distributes agendas and other materials for, attends, and prepares draft minutes of Board of Trustees meetings, and the meetings of the Executive Committee of the Board.
- Working with the Chairs of Board Committees and Task Forces, prepares and distributes the agendas for their meetings, as well as related materials; attends those meetings and prepares drafts of their minutes.
- Maintains on an up-to-date basis the official records of the Board and its Committees and Task Forces, including minutes, all Trustee-related documents, and the Trustee homepage of the website.
- Working with the President and members of the Senior Staff as well as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, assures that issues needing to be addressed by the Board are included in agendas.
- Assures that members of the Board of Trustees are kept informed of important information, as determined by the President and the Chair of the Board.
- Addresses inquiries brought by Trustees to the President’s Office, when the President is not available to address them.
- Oversees board development activities including Trustee orientations.
- Supports the work of the President, internally and externally, with special attention to the Senior Staff and Board of Trustees.
- Attends meetings of the Senior Staff, keeps a record of their reports and deliberations, and arranges follow up, including the scheduling of additional meetings.
- Ensures that institutional information flows appropriately between and among the President and the members of the Senior Staff.
- Coordinates institutional research.
- Assists with strategy implementation and goal tracking.
- Arranges visits by important visitors (e.g., major donors, prospective major donors, foreign and domestic dignitaries and distinguished scholars, visiting groups from other cultural institutions), often working with other units of the Newberry.
- Represents the President’s Office in public interactions involving calls to the President’s Office.
- Organize events including luncheons, show and tells, and private tours as requested by the President and oversee all details to ensure their success.
- Reviews the President’s draft remarks and correspondence, as requested, and in some case initiates drafting such documents.
- Helps to maintain a friendly and responsive atmosphere in the President’s Office.
- Pursues special projects, including institutional research, as assigned by the President.
- Engages in all other projects and activities needed for the achievement of departmental goals.
- Demonstrated administrative, organization, meeting planning, and project management experience supporting executive management priorities.
- Ability to understand and absorb the complexity of the organization and direct the flow of information into and out of the President’s Office.
- Analytical skills and insight relating to institutional strategy and research.
- Strong people skills, encompassing professionalism, friendliness, diplomacy, and tact in dealing with trustees, staff, readers and other users, and business and cultural leaders.
- Ability to work independently and to identify problems and propose solutions.
- Proven ability to anticipate needs and take appropriate initiative.
- BA degree or equivalent experience, including substantial experience with the humanities.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with strong attention to detail.
- Excellent digital skills, including PowerPoint, Excel, and other Microsoft Office Suite programs.
- Knowledge of or previous exposure to governing board governance.
- Commitment to the mission, values and programs of the Newberry, and an understanding of the humanities.
Schedule: Full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday with occasional mornings, evenings, and weekends for special events or meetings. Exempt position.
Benefits: First year – health, dental, vision and group life insurance, fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays. After one year of service – twenty vacation days, long-term disability, long-term care, and retirement plan available.
Date Posted: July 28, 2017
Date Available: Immediately
Department: Smith Center for the Hisotry of Cartography
Summary: Reporting to the Director of the Smith Center, the Program Assistant is responsible for general communications and administrative support for the Center
- Provide reception, communications, public relations, editorial and administrative support for the Smith Center;
- Edit, manage, and distribute the Center’s newsletter Mapline;
- Manage Chicago Map Society meetings and other Map Society-related needs;
- Administer center programs, which include workshops, summer seminars and institutes, lectures, publications, and public programs;
- Maintain the Center’s databases, mailing lists, and web pages;
- Provide information to the public and other constituencies regarding the Smith Center and its programs;
- Assist the Director in editing and managing grant-related and scholarly publications;
- Handle routine correspondence;
- Perform research tasks, as needed, in support of grant and other center projects;
- Perform other tasks or activities as needed for the achievement of departmental goals.
- Bachelor’s degree with a humanities background required;
- Strong writing and editing skills;
- Professional demeanor and telephone manner; Familiarity with InDesign, Drupal, Photoshop, and Omeka preferred;
- Strong computer hardware and software skills, including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access) programs and ability to learn new applications quickly;
- Excellent attention to detail and accuracy;
- Ability to work independently and in a team, take initiative, organize, and prioritize work;
- Ability to cope with interruptions and juggle multiple tasks;
- Discretion in handling confidential materials.
Schedule: Part-time, non-exempt position; 20 hours/week. Schedule to be determined with manager. Occasional early morning and evening hours and Saturdays as required for programs.
Date Posted: August 23, 2017
Date Available: Immediately