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10 Oct 2018

Instructional Support Assistant Manager of Professional Learning

New-York Historical Society

Job Description


REPORTS TO: Associate Director for Professional Learning


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.



As a member of the Professional Learning team within the New-York Historical Society Education Division, the Assistant Manager of Professional Learning provides critical administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for a robust year-round schedule of programs for teachers.


The Assistant Manager will spend a significant amount of his/her time researching, writing, and teaching professional development workshops for both custom partnerships and the team’s open enrollment calendar.

The Assistant Manager will work closely with the Associate Director for Professional Learning on the expansion of the team’s custom professional learning offerings. Custom programs leverage the Division’s expertise in inquiry-based history programming to support the specific professional learning needs of our education partners.  These partnerships include tours, workshops, and long-term engagements with schools, districts, institutes of higher learning, and other educational entities.  The Assistant Manager will play an important role in cultivating and managing relationships with partners (which include high-level DOE and University administrators); developing custom experiences to meet each partner’s needs; and delivering programs both in the museum and off-site at schools and other locations.


The Assistant Manager also oversees the logistics of all of the above programs, including space reservations, catering, evaluations, and scheduling of staff.


The Assistant Manager must have the ability to have a flexible schedule, including early morning, evening, and weekend hours.


Given the nature of this position, candidates who have K-12 classroom teaching experience, particularly within the New York City Department of Education, are strongly preferred. Bilingual candidates fluent in English/Spanish are also preferred, as the Assistant Manager will play a critical role in the expansion of custom professional learning programs to include outreach for parents and school communities.



Bachelor’s degree in U.S. History, Education, or a related field required, Master’s degree strongly preferred. Previous experience as a classroom teacher preferred.



  • Required minimum of three years’ experience working as a K-12 classroom teacher OR leading professional development programs for K-12 teachers
  • Bi-lingual speakers in English/Spanish strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with museum education, particularly in a history setting, strongly preferred
  • Experience leading programs focused on museum collections, archival materials, and exhibitions
  • Experience conducting research on complex topics in history and distilling them for a wider audience
  • Experience writing lesson plans and curriculum materials
  • Proven ability to take initiative and execute projects efficiently and thoroughly from start to finish
  • Creative thinker with ability to innovate within parameters
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent customer service skills
  • Must be highly organized and detail oriented
  • Extensive knowledge of the New York City Department of Education as well as state and local social studies, literacy, and arts standards preferred



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

  • Regularly and consistently develop and lead professional learning programs based on the collections, exhibitions, and educational resources of the New-York Historical Society to deepen teachers’ historical content knowledge and develop their pedagogy. This includes both open enrollment and private professional development programming.
  • Cultivate and manage professional learning partnerships with Educational entities across the city and beyond.
  • Assist the Associate Director for Professional Learning in designing custom professional learning experiences based on partners’ needs.
  • Manage all Private PD logistics, including but not necessarily limited to:
    • Manage space reservations for events
    • Liaise with catering staff to organize catering for division and external events
    • Create and send set-up memos
    • Complete data entry and data analysis on an on-going basis
    • Contribute to the management of the Education Division’s electronic booking system and constituent database
    • Serve as point of contact/support person for on-site events
    • Liaise with other departments within the institution on programming, scheduling, etc.
  • Manage Professional Learning email and phone line, responding to inquiries and requests in a timely fashion
  • Assist in evaluation of teacher programs to ensure high-quality sessions and participant satisfaction; collect, enter, analyze, and use data to improve programs
  • Participate in brainstorming for and development of new professional learning programs that will leverage the forthcoming Tech Commons @ New-York Historical, upcoming temporary exhibitions, and the newly developed Women and the American Story curriculum
  • Contribute to development of and provide support for Division-wide special events
  • Work collaboratively with Division staff on various programs and projects
  • 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 pounds), bend, stoop, walk, speak, and stand for up to 7 hours in a day. Sedentary computer work is also required.

How to Apply

For consideration please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: Please include the job title – Assistant Manager of Professional Learning – in the subject line.    The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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