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 email cover letter and resume to the Human Resources Director. Please combine cover letter and resume 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

No phone calls please.

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.

Current Opportunities

Public Humanities Fellow

Public Humanities Fellow

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

This two-year, term position is dependent on pending grant funding

Summary: The Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies seeks an early career scholar in Indigenous Studies to serve as a Public Humanities Fellow for two years, beginning in September 2020. Reporting to the Director of D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Fellow will assist with the activities of a grant (funding pending) that will develop strategies to make the Indigenous Studies collection at the Newberry Library more accessible and useful to Native communities in the United States.


The fellow will devote the majority of their time to assisting with grant activities, including coordinating communication between the Newberry Library and partner tribal nations, assisting with a series of community meetings held throughout the grant period, planning a scholarly convening on archival work related to Indigenous materials, and supporting the development of a long-term tribal outreach and partnership program at the library. The Public Humanities Fellow also will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing scholarly and public programs presented by the McNickle Center, including writing workshops, collection presentations of rare books and materials, curatorial work, and public events such as lectures and panel discussions.


PhD or MA in a humanities field related to Indigenous Studies preferred, however, we are also open to candidates who have equivalent public history experience working with Indigenous museum, library, or archival collections. Preference may be given to candidates whose scholarly work or career has been focused on public history, museums, libraries, and archives, as well as those who have significant experience partnering with Native communities.

Schedule: Full-time, exempt position, twenty-four-months duration to begin in September 2020.

Application Deadline: Application review will begin June 1, however, applications will be accepted until position filled. To submit an application, please email your cover letter and cv to hr@newberry.org.

Date Posted: April 30, 2020