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Employment

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

Collections Conservator

Conservator for Special Projects

Director of Annual Giving

Reference Librarian - Part-time

Reference Librarian - Part-time

Department: Reader Services

Summary: Reporting to the Curator of Genealogy and Local History, the Reference Librarian provides general and specialized reference assistance and instruction in the Reference and Genealogy Services section.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide reference assistance in Reference and Genealogy Services section. Serve at Genealogy reference desk. Answer reference correspondence.
  • Maintain bibliographic materials and guides. Update print and online pathfinders and guides. Maintain log of update suggestions.
  • Participate in management of digital reference resources and website work. Assist with library-wide information technology initiatives.
  • Provide tours and library orientation to visiting groups and resident classes. Participate in outreach activities such as public presentations on the Newberry and on genealogical research sources and methodology.
  • Work with the Curator and Public Programs office to coordinate public programming in genealogy. Assist in planning programs. Help coordinate publicity and program descriptions.
  • Author content for departmental weblog.
  • Work with volunteers and interns. All other tasks or activities needed for the achievement of departmental goals.

Qualifications:

  • MLS from ALA-accredited institution.
  • Strong background in genealogy with academic training in American history preferred.
  • Experience working in a research library or local history/genealogy library setting required.
  • Ability to communicate with diverse library users and staff.
  • Strong service orientation requiring tact, patience, and flexibility.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills including public speaking ability.
  • Interest in and experience with current information technology.

Schedule: Part-time, 21 - 25 hours/week, Tuesday through Saturday. Actual schedule to be determined with manager. Non-exempt position.

Salary: $17.85 - $20.50 per hour based on experience

Date Posted: November 19, 2015

Date Available: January 5, 2016

Director of Annual Giving

Department: Development

Summary: Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Director of Annual Giving builds a program to secure annual unrestricted gifts from individuals to the Newberry Library. The Director will support successful current fundraising efforts, will work to increase their productivity and will develop new fundraising strategies and initiatives on an ongoing basis. The Director supervises one staff member.

Responsibilities:

  • Play a key role in ensuring that the overall fundraising goals of the Library are achieved each year;
  • Achieve annual and long-term revenue goals in the area of unrestricted giving as set by the Vice President for Development;
  • Plan and implement a comprehensive program to renew and increase annual unrestricted support from individuals through peer-to-peer volunteer-based solicitation programs and e-solicitation strategies. Create and implement the strategy for direct mail campaigns;
  • Design and implement an annual acquisition campaign to attract first-time donors. Segment the database of Library users effectively to identify prospects and craft a compelling solicitation package;
  • Ensure that individual Annual Fund donors are acknowledged for their gifts in a timely manner and receive associated benefits;
  • Track and analyze data associated with the performance of all individual Annual Fund campaigns and make recommendations for mid-campaign adjustments if necessary;
  • Think cross-functionally by actively reviewing donor lists to identify prospects for major gifts, planned giving, corporate/foundation support, etc.;
  • Recommend to the Vice President for Development annual revenue goals and associated fundraising expenses for the individuals segment of the Annual Fund;
  • Track and analyze year-to-date results for the Annual Fund on a regular basis and adjust forecasts/projections accordingly. Develop strategies for addressing any projected revenue shortfalls. Ensure adherence to approved expense budget;
  • Strive to maximize the capacity, productivity and cost effectiveness of fundraising efforts in the Annual Giving area;
  • Responsible for hiring, supervising, professional development and evaluation of the Associate Director of Development for Donor Services;
  • Work with the Associate Director of Development for Donor Services to ensure the best possible use of data and use benchmarking and analytics to determine successful strategies;
  • Maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct;
  • Continually develop expertise through active involvement with professional associations and by attending relevant seminars and professional development classes;
  • Represent the Development Office at Library events;
  • Engage in all other projects and activities needed for the achievement of departmental goals.

Qualifications:

  • An energetic self-starter with exemplary communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Substantial fundraising experience (five or more years preferred) with a track record of achieving fundraising goals;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on several projects concurrently while achieving results;
  • Commitment to and/or experience in using benchmarking and analytical data;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office;
  • Knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge fundraising software a plus.

Schedule: Full-time, exempt position; Monday through Friday with evening and weekend hours as needed to achieve goals and attend Library events.

Benefits: Group health, dental, vision and life insurance; fifteen days vacation the first year, twenty days thereafter; two personal days and six paid holidays annually; discount in bookstore and book purchasing service; long-term disability, long-term care, and retirement plan available after one year of service.

Date Posted: January 4, 2016

Date Available: Immediately

Collections Conservator

Department: Conservation Services

Summary: Reporting to the Director of Conservation Services, the Collections Conservator coordinates general and special collections conservation workflows, performs physical care and treatment of Newberry Library collection materials, and assists the Director with conservation initiatives and other departmental activities.

Responsibilities:

Conservation:

  • Plan and coordinate treatment workflows for Newberry Library collection materials. These non-circulating collections include a broad range of materials, including books, archival documents, maps, manuscripts on paper and parchment, photographs and other materials.
  • Work with the Director of Conservation Services, Conservator for Special Projects, curators, and Reader Services supervisors to identify conservation needs and survey materials for grant proposals and conservation projects.
  • Work with Director of Conservation Services to determine institutional conservation and preservation priorities.
  • Specify, perform and document treatments.
  • Monitor statistics for conservation workflow.

Education and training:

  • Assist in training conservation staff in conservation and preservation activities.
  • Train and direct the work of volunteers and interns in conservation and preservation activities.
  • Educate Newberry staff in the care and handling of materials.

Assistance to the Director in the overall work of the department:

  • Assist in managing and implementing environmental monitoring and pest monitoring programs.
  • Assist in disaster preparedness training programs.
  • Assist in formulating and implementing departmental policy, producing reports and statistics, and database management.
  • Participate in tours of the department and other forms of outreach.
  • Assist in monitoring conservation equipment and supplies.

Other duties:

  • Manage small-scale outside library binding.
  • Participate in library committees.
  • Keep abreast of current developments in conservation, preservation, and related fields.
  • Contribute to conservation funding proposals.
  • Supervises Conservation staff in the Director’s absence.
  • Perform other tasks or activities needed for the achievement of departmental goals.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and graduate degree in Conservation or equivalent combination of training and experience required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a research or rare book library setting.
  • Extensive knowledge of book history and structure.
  • Excellent hand skills and understanding of current conservation theory, practices, and treatments of library materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and productively in a dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated record of continued education in the field.
  • Experience managing workflows and supervising the work of staff, volunteers and/or interns.
  • Demonstrated ability to use productivity software including spreadsheets and databases effectively.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet strict deadlines.

Schedule: Full time exempt position. 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend assignments.

Benefits: Group life, health, dental, and vision insurance; fifteen days of vacation the first year, twenty days thereafter; two personal days and six paid holidays annually; discount in bookstore and book purchasing service; long term disability, long term care and retirement plan available after one year of service.

Date Posted: February 4, 2016

Available: April 1, 2016

Conservator for Special Projects

Department: Conservation Services

Summary: Reporting to the Director of Conservation Services, the Conservator for Special Projects coordinates digitization and exhibition conservation workflows, performs needed treatments on Newberry Library collection materials for digitization and exhibition, and assists the Director with conservation initiatives and other departmental activities.

Responsibilities:

Exhibitions, Digitization, and Special Projects:

  • Work with Library Exhibits staff and curators to plan, schedule, survey, prepare and install library materials for exhibits.
  • Coordinate and perform treatments on library materials for exhibition display.
  • Work with Digital Initiatives staff to plan, schedule, survey and perform treatments needed prior to digitization.
  • Work with Digital Initiatives staff to advise and/or provide assistance for preservation-friendly digital capture.
  • Works with the Director to plan, schedule, survey and perform treatments on library materials to be used in conjunction with other projects.
  • Monitors statistics for project workflows.

Conservation:

  • Specify, perform, and document treatments on Newberry Library collection materials. These non-circulating collections include a broad range of materials, including books, archival documents, maps, manuscripts on paper and parchment, photographs and other materials.

Assistance to the Director in the overall work of the department:

  • Participate in departmental tours and other forms of outreach.
  • Assist with disaster preparedness and recovery.

Other duties:

  • Participate in library committees.
  • Keep abreast of current developments in conservation, preservation, and related fields.
  • Perform other tasks or activities needed for the achievement of departmental goals.
  • May assist in training of volunteers and interns.
  • May assist in the education of Newberry Library staff in the care and handling of materials.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and graduate degree in Conservation of Library and Archival Materials or equivalent combination of training and experience required.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a relevant library or museum setting.
  • Knowledge of book history and structure.
  • Excellent hand skills and understanding of conservation theory, practice, and treatments for library materials.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively and productively in a dynamic environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet strict deadlines.
  • Experience in evaluating and treating materials for digital imaging and/or exhibitions.
  • Experience in exhibition preparation, installation, and environmental monitoring.
  • Demonstrated record of continued education in the field.
  • Demonstrated ability to use spreadsheets, databases and other productivity software effectively.

Schedule: Full time exempt position. 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend assignments.

Benefits: Group life, health, dental, and vision insurance; fifteen days of vacation the first year, twenty days thereafter; two personal days and six paid holidays annually; discount in bookstore and book purchasing service; long term disability, long term care and retirement plan available after one year of service.

Date Posted: February 4, 2016

Available: April 1, 2016