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Associate Director of Teen Programs

JOB TITLE: Associate Director of Teen Programs
REPORTS TO: Vice President for Education

The New-York Historical Society is the oldest museum in New York and home to one of the nation’s most distinguished research libraries. Drawing on world-renowned collections and a staff of passionate professionals, New-York Historical Education 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.

The New-York Historical Society seeks an Associate Director of Teen Programs to provide leadership and vision to teen and college programs and, in partnership with the Vice President for Education and other Associate Directors, to the Education Division more broadly. S/he will oversee all out-of-school-time programs for teens, manage a team of full- and part-time staff who execute and administer teen programs, and envision and execute improvements as well as new programs for teens and beyond. 

The Associate Director will lead a team tasked with fostering innovation in the new Tech Commons @ New-York Historical (opening fall 2018) and will ensure that all N-YHS Education programs take full advantage of the digital humanities opportunities embodied in the space. The Tech Commons will be a state-of-the-art digital learning lab in which students will engage in authentic learning opportunities at the intersection of STEM and the humanities. These tech-enabled, history-driven programs seek to inspire young people, and young girls in particular, to pursue ambitious educational and career goals in the humanities and STEM fields. S/he will design, implement, analyze, and disseminate results of evaluative study/ies of the Tech Commons and its accompanying programs.

The Associate Director is responsible for the development, oversight, and administration of out-of-school time education programs for middle and high school students as well as college/graduate internships.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in U.S. history or a closely related field, a strong background in the digital humanities and/or public history, extensive youth development experience, and an appreciation for the power of the humanities to engage learners of all levels in the process of discovery. S/he must have a flexible schedule and be available to work weekday evening hours and Saturdays and Sundays as needed throughout the calendar year.

Master’s degree in History, Art History, Education, or a closely related field required. PhD preferred.


  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and staff through a period of extensive change and growth
  • Deep knowledge of American history and current scholarship, experience developing and producing public history projects
  • Minimum five years’ experience managing out-of-school-time programming for teens
  • Minimum five years’ experience leading workshops and teaching courses utilizing museum collections and exhibitions
  • Experience developing and evaluating curriculum for out-of-school time programs for middle and/or high school youth
  • Passion for working with a teen audience, particularly in a museum setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail
  • Skillful ability to multitask and balance multiple priorities
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office and information/database management
  • Knowledge of the New-York Historical Society mission and collections
  • Knowledge of the NYC Social Studies Scope and Sequence and Common Core State Standards
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings
  • Ability to work individually and as a member of a team

Responsibilities for this position include but may not be limited to:

  • Oversee all out-of-school-time programming for teens, including a robust, award-winning high school internship program, Saturday Academy, shorter-term cohort-based programs, and drop-in opportunities.
  • Supervise and directly manage full time staff working on teen and college programs; oversee part-time staff working on teen and college programs
  • Establish and coordinate a Tech Advisory Council to provide support and contacts for tech-integrated programs as well as feedback
  • Serve as program manager and lead facilitator of at least one out-of-school-time program
  • Evaluate and revise existing programs and develop new programs for middle and high school students; ensure all existing and new teen programs thoughtfully and effectively integrate STEM learning and/or digital tools into high-quality history and humanities experiences
  • Work across the Education Division to support the implementation of digital humanities learning for diverse audiences
  • Actively engage with the NYC youth development and STEM learning communities; reinforce and establish N-YHS as a trusted and high-quality service provider in those respective spaces
  • Oversee and actively contribute to marketing efforts for all teens programs, including print and electronic materials as well as attending recruiting and opportunities fairs at schools and community organizations to cultivate audiences for all New-York Historical Society teen programs
  • With the Vice President for Education and the Development Department, actively contribute to fundraising efforts, including: generating grant proposals and reports, participating in cultivating and liaising with current and prospective funders
  • Generate and publish studies and/or articles about public history learning programs at N-YHS relative and relevant to the broader field
  • Manage teen programs and Tech Commons operating budgets, including providing accurate financial reports and projections upon request
  • Develop and lead teacher professional learning programs on an as-needed basis
  • Participate in the general work and programming of the Education Division as an active member of the team
  • Collaborate with Education department staff on the content and execution of periodic special events
  • Additional duties as requested

Salary commensurate with experience. The New-York Historical Society offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  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 (up to 25 lbs.), bend, stoop, walk, speak and stand for up to 7 hours in a day. Sedentary computer work is also required.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to resumes@nyhistory.org. Please reference the job title in the subject line.

The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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