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 email cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Director. 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
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 Library is committed to diversity and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, the Library does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We recognize that our building and Chicago are located on Indigenous homelands, including those of the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, Odawa, Miami, and Kickapoo, among many others. We respect and honor their historic and continued presence in Chicago.
Summary: The Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies leads a research center designed to promote research, scholarship, and teaching in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the collection of the Newberry Library. The position includes leadership of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) and an expectation of outreach to Chicago’s American Indian communities. The Director of the McNickle Center reports to the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs.
- Plan, secure funding for, 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 active and ongoing involvement with Chicago’s American Indian Community and with other Indigenous communities 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;
- Perform all other tasks or activities as necessary for the achievement of departmental and institutional 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 library in various settings.
- A record of teaching, published scholarship, and administrative experience is preferred.
Schedule: Full-time, Exempt position, Monday through Friday, occasional evenings and weekends for special events. Travel to NCAIS institutions and major conferences is expected.
Benefits: Group life, health, dental, and vision insurance; fifteen vacation days first year and twenty 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: November 1, 2018. Applications accepted through January 5, 2019
Date Available: August 2019
The Newberry Library recognizes that our building and Chicago are located on Indigenous homelands, including those of the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, Odawa, Miami, and Kickapoo, among many others. We respect and honor their historic and continued presences in Chicago.
Email cover letter, cv, short (chapter or article length) writing sample, and contact information for three references to the Director of Human Resources at email@example.com. Applicants should indicate their start date availability in the cover letter.