Assistant Manager of Professional Learning

JOB TITLE: Assistant Manager of Professional Learning
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 Department, the Assistant Manager of Professional Learning provides critical administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for a robust year-round schedule of programs for K-12 teachers.

The Assistant Manager position is divided into two primary responsibilities: (1) writing and facilitating professional development programs and (2) contributing to the design and management of professional development programs.

(1) Writing and Facilitating Programs
The Assistant Manager will spend a significant amount of his/her time researching, writing, and teaching professional development workshops for K-12 teachers. Workshops are inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and collections and rely heavily on N-YHS’s inquiry-based approach. These programs take place during the school day, after school, and on weekends. The Assistant Manager must have the ability to have a flexible schedule, including frequent early morning, evening, and weekend hours. Although the vast majority of workshops take place within the five boroughs, there may be an opportunity to travel once or twice each year to teach outside of New York.

(2) Program Management and Logistics
The Assistant Manager will work closely with the Associate Director for Professional Learning on the expansion of the team’s offerings for teachers, including 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. Over time, the Assistant Manager will have the opportunity to manage and build new partnerships and take a leading role in expanding N-YHS’s teacher programming.

The Assistant Manager oversees the logistics of all of the above programs, including space reservations, catering, evaluations, and scheduling of staff. These details require an attention to detail and commitment to providing excellent customer service.

Bachelor’s degree in U.S. History, museum education/studies, or a related field required.


  • Minimum of three years’ experience leading museum programs for adult learners, preferably K-12 teachers, required
  • Demonstrated passion for teacher professional development programming
  • 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
  • Knowledge of the New York City Department of Education preferred
  • Bi-lingual speakers in English/Spanish strongly preferred

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

  • Research, write and lead high-quality professional development programs for K-12 teachers based on the collections, exhibitions, and educational resources of the New-York Historical Society.
  • Cultivate and manage partnerships with Educational entities across the city and beyond.
  • Assist the Associate Director for Professional Learning in designing professional learning experiences based on partners’ needs.
  • Manage program 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 Education’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 Tech Commons @ New-York Historical, temporary exhibitions, and the newly developed Women and the American Story curriculum
  • Contribute to the development of and provide support for Department-wide special events
  • Work collaboratively with Education staff on various programs and projects
  • Additional duties as requested

Salary range $40-45,000, plus 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.

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

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