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

Web Manager and Developer

Volunteer Manager

Web Manager and Developer

Department: Information Technology

Summary: The Web Manager and Developer will administer and maintain the infrastructure of all Newberry websites. This will include management of content, information architecture, and software updates. The Web Manager and Developer will also oversee the creation of new web services and the incorporation of new technologies, provide training in the use of the Content Management System, and work with others to coordinate and develop web content on a variety of hosted sites.


  • With the Director of IT, maintain the web services infrastructure;
  • Consider and make recommendations about website innovations and work with other staff, institutional partners, and web services vendors to implement changes;
  • Advise and assist the Director of Communications and Editorial Services in the use of Newberry social media sites to meet general communications objectives;
  • Work with the Director of Digital Initiatives and Services on the development of content and web services on externally hosted sites;
  • Coordinate the integration of Newberry web resources and promote standards representing institution-wide perspectives and goals;
  • Provide staff with the training, tools, and access to maintain Newberry websites;
  • Create new website and web applications as needed;
  • Assist staff in the development of website proposals.


  • BA in information technology or related field;
  • Quick thinking, attention to detail, and a willingness to learn;
  • Professional attitude and clear communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of staff;
  • Initiative to create and/or manage tasks and projects in a timely fashion;
  • Basic social media and information architecture experience;
  • Web development experience using HTML, CSS, and Javascript;
  • Ability with PHP and one or more other programming languages (Python, DotNet etc.);
  • Proficiency with Drupal, IID, Apache, and MySQL. Omeka and Scalar a plus.

Schedule: Full-time, 35 hours hours/week. Exempt position.

Benefits: First year – health, dental, vision and group life insurance, fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays. After one year of service – twenty vacation days, long-term disability, long-term care, and retirement plan available.

Date Posted: September 26, 2017

Date Available: November 27, 2017

Volunteer Manager

Department: Development

Summary: The Volunteer Manager recruits and supervises volunteers to support the work of the Newberry and provides direction, coordination, and consultation for volunteer functions across the library. The Volunteer Manager also oversees the day-to-day management of the library’s newly-renovated main lobby.



  • Work with staff to identify Newberry-wide volunteer opportunities on an ongoing basis;
  • Source and recruit volunteers through various methods (databases, email, social media, personal interviews, external events, etc.);
  • Collect information on availability and skills and match volunteers with specific jobs;
  • Conduct and/or arrange appropriate volunteer orientation and training ;
  • Manage schedules for volunteer activities, including building and exhibition tours;
  • Develop and manage volunteer policies, procedures, and standards of volunteer service;
  • Maintain accurate records and provide timely statistical and activity reports on volunteer participation;
  • Provide ongoing guidance to volunteers to ensure volunteer satisfaction;
  • Conduct formal and informal evaluations of volunteers;
  • Organize volunteer recognition activities;
  • Disseminate information about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities;
  • Regularly evaluate all aspects of volunteer programs to ensure effectiveness and recommend changes as appropriate;
  • Εnsure the Newberry’s mission is clearly communicated.


  • Work cross-departmentally to coordinate the activities and visitor experience in the lobby;
  • Ensure proper volunteer staffing and training for lobby activities and functions; staff lobby activities in the event of volunteer absences;
  • Act as part of the Welcome Center Team;
  • Provide exemplary customer service to readers, program attendees, and other visitors.


  • Experience working with volunteers;
  • Proven supervisory experience;
  • Excellent organizational skills, customer service skills, and strong attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated capability to conduct one’s self in a calm and professional demeanor when dealing with the public and/or difficult situations;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Strong computer skills, with competence in MS Office programs; familiarity with scheduling or events software preferred; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge preferred;
  • Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a diverse group of staff and volunteers;
  • Ability to work productively in an unstructured environment with frequent interruptions;
  • Bachelor’s degree desirable;
  • Knowledge of and interest in the humanities preferred.

Schedule: Full Time, 35 hours per week, Tuesday - Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM with occasional evenings and flexible scheduling due to library events. Non-exempt position.

Benefits: First year – health, dental, vision and group life insurance, ten vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays. After one year of service – fifteen vacation days, long-term disability, long-term care, and retirement plan available.

Date Posted: October 31, 2017

Date Available: January 2, 2018