Women & the American Story (WAMS) Project Assistant (Part-Time)

JOB TITLE: Women & the American Story (WAMS) Project Assistant (Part-Time)
DEPARTMENT: Education
REPORTS TO: Manager of Education Special Projects

New-York Historical Society, a preeminent educational and research institution, is home to both New York City’s oldest museum and to one of the nation’s most distinguished independent research libraries. N-YHS is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of books, manuscripts, graphic materials, historical artifacts, and American art documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York.

JOB SUMMARY:
The Women & the American Story (WAMS) Project Assistant at the New-York Historical Society is a temporary part-time position that provides direct support for the WAMS curriculum project. This comprehensive American history survey curriculum is led by the New-York Historical Society’s (N-YHS) Education Department.

Drawing on world-renowned collections and a staff of passionate professionals, N-YHS 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. Women & the American Story is a central initiative in this work, helping educators weave diverse women’s experiences, perspectives, and contributions across American history into their classroom teaching. Two new units launch each year. When complete in 2022, the guide will comprise ten units spanning roughly 1492-2018. This digital curriculum guide is freely accessible online to teachers across the country at wams.nyhistory.org.

The Project Assistant will provide research and administrative support to aid in the development and production of the curriculum. They will work closely with the Manager of Education Special Projects to coordinate production for the project. This will include securing image files and usage rights, drafting written supplemental materials for existing and new curriculum units, gathering and managing drafts of all written copy from various stakeholders and editors, and play a lead role in uploading materials to the website.

They will also provide support for the two curriculum writers as they develop the content for upcoming units. In this capacity, the Project Assistant will conduct research in the N-YHS collections, including the museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, and in other institutions as needed. They will also help the writers identify themes, topics, and individuals that may help students and teachers better understand the daily lives and experiences of women during unit eras, and help to find potential resources to support these aspects from within or outside N-YHS.

The Women & the American Story (WAMS) Project Assistant is a part-time, temporary position that will begin in October 2019 and run through the completion of the curriculum project in November 2022. Candidates must be available 20 hours per week for 48 weeks of the year. The schedule is flexible, but the Project Assistant must be available to work at least three business days (Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9AM-5PM) per week.

COMPENSATION: $25 per hour

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s degree in history or a closely related field required, Master’s degree strongly preferred.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum one-year experience working in a fast-paced office setting
  • Superior writing and editing skills, including proper grammar and identifying and adapting appropriate tone across document audiences and purposes
  • Experience writing for an audience of middle/high school teachers and students preferred
  • Must be highly organized and extremely detail oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Self-starter with a can-do attitude who takes initiative and sees projects through to completion
  • Strong computer skills including WordPress, Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, and Dropbox
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Experience in a museum setting or non-profit organization preferred
  • Project management experience preferred

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

  • Drafting supplemental materials for the curriculum, including adapting existing N-YHS curricula and exhibition materials for incorporation into WAMS resources, researching and creating additional forms of resources for teachers such as timelines, and modifying teacher-submitted lesson plans for upload onto the website.
  • Preparing existing and forthcoming curriculum unit materials for upload to the website, including organizing images and image requests, identifying metadata tags, and maintaining content upload spreadsheets.
  • Conducting research in N-YHS library and museum collections, and beyond, to identify primary source holdings related to the theme of women’s experiences and contributions to American history.
  • Identifying primary sources to be included in the curriculum and developing lists of possible themes, topics, and individuals to be highlighted.
  • Conducting additional background research and writing brief descriptions on those sources selected to appear in the guide.
  • Creating blurbs, drafting eblasts and social media copy, and writing blog posts to promote the curriculum across N-YHS marketing and social media channels.
  • Liaising with internal staff across departments as well as external partners, contractors, and stakeholders as-needed.
  • Assisting with the preparation for and facilitation of WAMS special events.
  • Additional duties as requested.

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, bend, and stoop. Sedentary computer work is also required.

TO APPLY:
For consideration please send a cover letter, resume, and relevant writing sample 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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