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 send cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Director. When emailing, please combine cover letter and résumé 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
Fax: (312) 255-3509

No phone calls please.

In addition to accepting résumés for current vacancies, we keep a file of general and specific inquiries regarding employment at the Newberry. General inquiries should include a preference of position, department and hours (part-time or full-time.) Résumés are kept on file for six months.

We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Newberry.

The Newberry is an equal opportunity employer.

Current Opportunities

Communications Coordinator

Interim Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Interim Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Department: D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Term: September 4, 2018 - August 15, 2019

Summary: The Interim Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies leads a research center designed to promote research, scholarship, and public programs in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the collections of the Newberry Library. The position includes leadership of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS). The Director of the McNickle Center reports to the Vice President for Research and Academinc Programs.


  • Plan and implement research and educational programs that promote research, scholarship, and public events in American Indian and Indigenous studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the Newberry’s collection;
  • Direct the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, including production of seminars, workshops, and meetings for consortium members;
  • Maintain close and effective relationships between the McNickle Center and scholarly communities locally, regionally, and nationally; maintain collaborative relationships between the Newberry Library and Indian communities, both in Chicago and elsewhere in North America;
  • Oversee budgets;
  • Manage a center staff assembled on a per project basis to implement grant-funded and consortium programs;
  • Participate in the intellectual life of the Newberry; collaborate with other Newberry departments and divisions to maintain the center’s participation in library activities and events;
  • All other tasks or activities as necessary for the achievement of departmental goals.


  • PhD in American Indian and Indigenous studies, or a related field, required;
  • Entrepreneurial and administrative capacity;
  • Ability to collaborate with scholars, librarians, teachers, the general public, and other cultural institutions and to represent the Newberry in various settings;
  • Teaching, scholarly, and administrative experience preferred.

Schedule: Full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, occasional evenings and weekends for special events. Exempt, term position from September 4, 2018 - August 15, 2009.

Benefits: First year – health, dental, vision and group life insurance, fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays.

Date Posted: May 10, 2018

Date Available: September 4, 2018

Application Deadline: Review of Applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Email cover letter, cv, and contact information for three references to the Director of Human Resources at hr@newberry.org.

Communications Coordinator

Department: Communications and Marketing

Summary: Reporting to the Director of Communications and Editorial Services, the Communications Coordinator will assist in the department’s efforts to increase the Newberry’s visibility among both existing stakeholders and new audiences. These efforts consist of—but are not limited to—understanding the library’s different constituencies and engaging them across a variety of platforms and channels of communication, including social media, e-newsletters, print publications, and the Newberry’s website. Of special importance for the Communications Coordinator position is the ability to craft and disseminate stories about the Newberry’s collection, staff, special projects, exhibitions, and other programs and events, while tailoring these stories according to audience and communications vehicle. In the instance of media relations, the Communications Coordinator will help brainstorm, refine, and pitch story ideas to local and national media.


  • Contribute content to the Newberry’s social media channels, website, e-newsletter, and magazine in consultation with library staff as necessary;
  • Track the performance of individual communications as well as larger promotional campaigns, using a range of data as the basis for recommended alterations to future communications activity;
  • Participate in the editorial process of planning and scheduling content for the above channels and platforms;
  • Work with staff across the library to increase their participation in the department’s communications activity, soliciting suggestions for—and assisting in the execution of—contributions they can make to social media, Newberry blogs, and The Newberry Magazine;
  • Assist in the development of comprehensive campaigns to promote major projects, programs, and events;
  • Assist in media relations efforts to increase the visibility of the Newberry. Pitch story ideas about Newberry programs and exhibitions to members of the local and national media;
  • Follow trends in the humanities, libraries, and higher education to identify opportunities for Newberry staff to participate in expert interviews;
  • Work with reporters, producers, and others to secure and facilitate interviews and b-roll for Newberry-related stories and expert interviews.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, journalism, communications, or related field.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and good facility working collaboratively with other professionals, including the proven capacity to be a good listener.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure with a track record of meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail and proof-reading skills.
  • Capacity for working both independently and as a team member.
  • Understanding of the humanities and cultural institutions, including both the challenges and opportunities such institutions face today.
  • Some experience creating media lists and conducting media and/or community outreach preferred.
  • Some photography-, audio-, and/or video-editing experience is preferred.

Schedule: Full time, 35 hours per week; generally Monday through Friday during regular business hours (9 am – 5 pm). Non-exempt position.

Benefits: Group life, health, dental, and vision insurance; ten vacation days first year and fifteen days thereafter, two personal days and paid holidays annually; long term disability, long term care and retirement plan match available after one year of service.

Date Posted: May 24, 2018

Date Available: Immediately

Email cover letter, resume and short writing sample you’ve composed (such as a blog post, brief essay, or e-newsletter) to the Director of Human Resources at hr@newberry.org.