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

Development Events Manager

Development Events Manager

Department: Development

Summary: Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Development Events Manager directs strategy for a comprehensive events program to encourage support for the Newberry Library. The Development Events Manager will direct fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship events for the library, both in-person and virtually.


  • Play a key role in ensuring that the overall fundraising goals of the Newberry are achieved each year;
  • Direct strategy for the Newberry’s fundraising events, meeting set financial goals each year. Manage existing fundraising events, including the annual gala, Booked for the Evening, and Book Fair, and develop plans for new fundraising events to generate new revenue and attract new audiences to the library;
  • Develop and pursue strategies to secure event sponsorship and other philanthropic support; establish donor benefits for fundraising events and ensure proper recognition and benefit fulfillment;
  • Plan and implement a year-round schedule of events to cultivate prospective donors and steward current donors. Constituents include, but are not limited to: the Board of Trustees, Associates and President’s Fellows (Annual Fund donors), Blatchford Society (planned giving), Society of Collectors, and Next Chapter (young professionals);
  • Identify, cultivate, and engage volunteer leadership for fundraising events;
  • Develop and manage budgets, including expense and revenue projections, for each event;
  • Work with the Newberry’s Communications department to promote fundraising events, including by enhancing local press coverage;
  • Monitor event results, including attendance, financials, and other feedback; recommend adjustments and improvements as needed;
  • Serve on administrative and cross-library teams and task forces as appointed;
  • Maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct;
  • Engage in all other projects and activities needed for the achievement of departmental goals, as assigned by the Vice President for Development.


  • Proven success managing various types of fundraising, cultivation, and recognition events, both in-person and online;
  • Team player with the ability to build positive working relationships with diverse stakeholders, including staff colleagues, Trustees, donors, volunteers, and external vendors;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Outstanding project management skills and attention to detail; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Understanding of budget management preferred;
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge preferred.

Schedule: Full-time, exempt position. Generally, Monday through Friday during regular business hours; evening and weekend hours as needed.

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: March 23, 2021

Date Available: Immediately