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 email cover letter and resume to the Human Resources Director. Please combine cover letter and resume 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

No phone calls please.

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.

Located near the confluence of several waterways, the Newberry Library sits on land that intersects with the aboriginal homelands of several tribal nations: the Council of the Three Fires: the Potawatomi, Odawa, and Ojibwe Nations; the Illinois Confederacy: the Peoria and Kaskaskia Nations; and the Myaamia, Wea, Thakiwaki, and Meskwaki Nations. The Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Kiikaapoi, and Mascouten Nations also call the region of northeast Illinois home. Indigenous people continue to live in this area and celebrate their traditional teachings and lifeways. Today, Chicago is home to one of the largest urban Indigenous communities in the United States, and this land remains an important place for Indigenous peoples. As a Chicago institution, it is the Newberry’s responsibility to acknowledge this historical context and build reciprocal relationships with the tribal nations on whose lands we are situated.

Current Opportunities

Director of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources

Department: Human Resources

Summary: Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Director of Human Resources is responsible to develop, manage, administer, and coordinate all activities of the Human Resources functions of Library. The part-time Payroll Manager reports to the HR Director.


  • Design, implement and administer all compensation and benefit programs;
  • Oversee payroll administration in coordination with the Payroll Manager and Controller;
  • Develop and manage all aspects of the recruitment process including internship programs;
  • Develop and maintain full life cycle employee reporting;
  • Participate in developing and implementing organizational goals, objectives, and systems;
  • Keep abreast, and ensure compliance of all Federal, State and Local employment laws and regulations, including completion of all reporting documents, such as EEO-1 and 5500;
  • Respond to employee relation issues and advise department managers on all personnel matters, including the handling of grievances, harassment claims, wage and salary reviews, and other employment matters;
  • Develop and conduct new employee orientation and employee and supervisory training;
  • Maintain Employee Handbook;
  • Maintain human resources division budget;
  • Coordinate organization-wide social events;
  • Manage special projects as needed and all other tasks or activities needed for the achievement of departmental goals.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum 3 years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources;
  • Knowledge and experience in employment law, administration of benefits, compensation, employee relations, safety, and training and development;
  • SPHR or PHR certificate preferred.

Skills and Abilities

  • Self-motivated, resourceful and takes initiative;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment and to balance multiple projects;
  • Accounting, strong analytical, problem solving, and leadership skills;
  • Strong interpersonal, supervisory and coaching skills;
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills;
  • Organizational skills, detail orientation, flexibility and learning agility;
  • Technological aptitude with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and HR systems required;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in dealing with employee and business information.

Schedule: Full-time, Monday – Friday, exempt position.

Benefits: Group life, health, dental, and vision insurance; 15 vacation days year one, two personal days and paid holidays annually; 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, long term disability, long term care insurance, and 20 days of vacation annually after one year of service.

Date Posted: February 19, 2021

Date Available: May 2, 2021