Employment | Newberry


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.

Unless otherwise directed in the job posting, please send cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Director. When emailing, please combine cover letter and résumé as one Word or PDF document and submit that document as an email attachment.

Human Resources Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324

Email: hr@newberry.org
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 Library is committed to diversity and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, the Library does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We recognize that our building and Chicago are located on Indigenous homelands, including those of the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, Odawa, Miami, and Kickapoo, among many others. We respect and honor their historic and continued presence in Chicago.

Current Opportunities

Digital Projects Assistant, part-time

Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

President and Librarian

Public Programs Intern

President and Librarian

Summary: The President serves as the institution’s Chief Executive Officer and Librarian. Working with and reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President drives the formulation of the Library’s vision, goals, and direction. He or she values serious scholarship and intellectual thought, and is able to articulate a compelling vision for the future of a collections-based research library that desires to expand its impact broadly throughout the Chicago community and beyond. The President is a successful leader, accustomed to setting a tone of collaboration and managing a strong professional team. He or she projects energy and enthusiasm–qualities necessary to extend the Library’s reach, resources, and position among the cultural institutions of Chicago.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

The new President will:

  • Serve as the chief steward of the Newberry’s world-renowned collections, working with staff and donors to enhance support for collection development, usage, conservation, and accessibility;
  • Champion the Newberry both nationally and in Chicago; be a highly visible and articulate spokesperson for the institution, serving as a powerful voice for the humanities;
  • Provide leadership for strong fundraising initiatives including capital investment, endowment growth, annual operating support, and special projects; participate actively with the staff on key fundraising initiatives;
  • Cultivate relationships that will continue to increase the Newberry’s profile and stature; maintain close relationships with library, academic, and cultural communities; deepen relationships with elected officials, civic leaders, and media in order to grow support for the institution;
  • Maintain a comprehensive grasp of the budget and other key financial metrics to ensure that finances are managed prudently;
  • Spearhead initiatives to review the Library’s technology needs including day-to-day operations, website, and digitization, and ensure timely execution of recommendations;
  • Partner with the Board to recruit and engage a strong, diverse, and committed Board of Trustees representative of the community it serves; increase diversity of staff and audiences;
  • Manage, motivate, empower, and evaluate staff, maintaining a productive, supportive, and collaborative working environment; attract and retain employees of high quality.

Ideal Experience:

The President will bring:

  • A record as an inspirational leader able to articulate a mission with conviction and clarity; capable of building support among both internal and external constituencies;
  • Evidence of visionary leadership and management in the academic, nonprofit, or business sectors; recognized experience and expertise that relate to the mission and operations of the Newberry;
  • Proven success in raising funds, as well as cultivating and soliciting new donors;
  • Good business acumen; the ability to apply management experience to the institution’s practices; ability to build new relationships and collaborations as a way to leverage assets and expand reach;
  • Experience working with a Board;
  • Experience with cultural heritage institutions;
  • The capability to balance respect for a distinguished history and traditional practices with the need for creativity, innovation, and growth;
  • Skill as an articulate and persuasive communicator in both spoken and written expression to a variety of audiences;
  • An advanced degree, with a humanities PhD preferred.

Personal Characteristics:

The new President will be a dynamic leader with:

  • A passion for the Newberry’s mission and an appreciation for the humanities and intellectual pursuits;
  • The ability to create and respond to new opportunities;
  • An inclusive style with respect to empowering the staff and engaging the Board;
  • A commitment to diversity;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • A persuasive, motivating management style; the ability to achieve consensus and make decisions while respecting the need for transparency; the ability to be firm, fair, and flexible as needed;
  • An eagerness to devote considerable time to raising financial resources;
  • Ethical values that impart stability, trust, integrity, and common sense; the ability to motivate others;
  • A high level of comfort in the academic, business, and cultural environments.

Date Available: July 1, 2019

Applications, including cover letters and résumés, and nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Meade and Jane Donaldson at Newberry@PhillipsOppenheim.com.

Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Department:D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Summary: The Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies leads a research center designed to promote research, scholarship, and teaching 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) and an expectation of outreach to Chicago’s American Indian communities. The Director of the McNickle Center reports to the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs.


  • Plan, secure funding for, 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 active and ongoing involvement with Chicago’s American Indian Community and with other Indigenous communities in North America;
  • Oversee budgets;
  • 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;
  • Perform all other tasks or activities as necessary for the achievement of departmental and institutional 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.
  • A record of teaching, published scholarship, and administrative experience is preferred.

Schedule: Full-time, Exempt position, Monday through Friday, occasional evenings and weekends for special events. Travel to NCAIS institutions and major conferences is expected.

Benefits: Group life, health, dental, and vision insurance; fifteen vacation days first year and twenty days thereafter, two personal days and paid holidays annually; long term disability, long term care and retirement plan match available after one year of service.

Date Posted: November 1, 2018. Applications accepted through January 5, 2019

Date Available: August 2019

The Newberry Library recognizes that our building and Chicago are located on Indigenous homelands, including those of the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, Odawa, Miami, and Kickapoo, among many others. We respect and honor their historic and continued presences in Chicago.

Email cover letter, cv, short (chapter or article length) writing sample, and contact information for three references to the Director of Human Resources at hr@newrry.org. Applicants should indicate their start date availability in the cover letter.

Digital Projects Assistant, part-time

Department: Digital Initiatives and Services

Term: This is a one year term position

Summary: Reporting to the Digital Initiatives Manager, the Digital Projects Assistant works with the Digital Initiatives team in developing and maintaining online resources that contextualize the Newberry’s collection materials, including rare books, maps, manuscripts, and other archival materials. The Assistant migrates and arranges existing content (images, text, audio and video, as well as metadata and contextual scholarship) for upgrades to digital resources. Using digital asset management systems and web publishing platforms, the Assistant follows guidelines and best practices to produce engaging, user-friendly, and sustainable digital resources that support Newberry goals of broadening access to its collections.


  • Improve and upgrade digital resources: migrate and update legacy sites from outdated platforms to open-source content management systems such as Scalar; compile and export assets and data as needed from Piction, the library’s digital asset management system; arrange site content (digital assets, essays, lesson plans, etc.), following local guidelines to ensure consistency in design, branding, and navigation elements; light proofreading and copyediting.
  • Work closely with the Digital Initiatives Librarian to help establish best practices, implement workflows, and create robust documentation to improve long-term sustainability of digital resources.
  • Work with Digital Services Manager to resolve image file and filename issues within publications and digital asset management system.
  • Consult with library stakeholders (Research and Education Centers, Teacher and Student Programs, Exhibitions and Major Projects) on questions and issues related to site content.
  • Consult with Communications and Marketing on questions and issues related to branding and design.
  • Consult with Collection Services to create links to digital resources from online catalog.
  • Add pertinent links to Wikipedia articles for Newberry digital resources.
  • Perform clerical tasks related to the smooth operation of the department.
  • Special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Interest in the Newberry’s scholarly and public mission, collections, and audiences.
  • Technical skills and facility for learning new tools; demonstrated proficiency working in Microsoft/Windows environment.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently, while understanding when to seek guidance.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Preferred: experience with HTML and CSS, web publishing platforms, digital scholarship tools and methods.

Schedule: Part-time, 20 hours/week, Monday through Friday. Non-exempt position.

Date Posted: January 16, 2019

Date Available: Immediately

Public Programs Intern

Department: Public Engagement

Summary: The Department of Public Engagement invites graduate students and recent MA or PhD graduates to apply for an immersive experience in public humanities programming. This paid internship provides exposure to, and hands-on experience with, the day-to-day operations of planning, organizing, and implementing events in our Public Programs office from now through August 2, 2019. The intern will become familiar with all aspects of planning and implementing high-quality public humanities events, including those related ot our current NEH-funded project “Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots.”


The intern will collaborate with staff on events, ensuring that public programs are delivered in a professional and hospitable manner. Tasks may include:

  • Scheduling and reserving rooms;
  • Creating web pages, registration forms, and flyers;
  • Corresponding with speakers and presenters;
  • Arranging room set-up and catering;
  • Preparing materials;
  • Staffing events;
  • Maintaining project and accounting records and tracking budgets;
  • Other projects as assigned.


  • Must be a current student in or recent graduate of an MA or PhD program in a humanities or humanistic social sciences discipline; students in public history or museum studies programs are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to work on multiple projects independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Competence with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Project management training or experience preferred.

Schedule: Temporary internship, 20 hours/week, flexible except some evenings and Saturdays required for scheduled programs. Non-exempt position.

Date Posted: January 16, 2019. For best consideration submit cover letter and resume by January 25.

Date Available: Immediately with an end date of August 2, 2019