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

Postdoctoral Scholar in Italian Paleography

Program Assistant

Postdoctoral Scholar in Italian Paleography

Department: Center for Renaissance Studies

Summary: Reporting to the Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies, the Postdoctoral Scholar will assist with preparing materials for inclusion in an online handbook for Italian paleography, 1300-1700.


  • Assisting with the selection of original source documents for inclusion in the site;
  • Preparing database entries for them;
  • Drafting reference resources;
  • Translating manuscripts and secondary sources into English;
  • Encoding the documents and reference resources.


  • PhD in field relating to Italian medieval and/or early modern studies (e.g., history, art history, philosophy, literature);
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills in English;
  • Fluent reading knowledge of Italian in its modern and early forms;
  • Experience with archival research in Italy;
  • Coursework in paleography in early modern Italian;
  • Familiarity with Access database and TEI encoding knowledge preferred (or ability to learn new applications quickly).

Schedule: Two-year full-time, grant-funded, exempt position; 35 hours a week, Monday- Friday.

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: January 3, 2017

Date Available: August 1, 2017

Application Deadline: Priority given to applications received by 2/28/17. Review will begin 3/1/2017 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application materials should include cover letter, cv, and contact information for three references and should be sent via email to hr@newberry.org.

Program Assistant

Division: Research and Academic Programs

Summary: Reporting to the Manager of Professional Development Programs for Teachers, the Program Assistant will help administer ongoing teacher professional development programs run by the Newberry Library.


  • Provides administrative and clerical support to the Manager of Professional Development Programs and for the Department;
  • Provides administrative support and program set-ups for teacher seminars, workshops, and summer institutes;
  • Maintains program records, evaluations, teacher certification paperwork, and mailing lists;
  • Handles photocopying, filing, and general clerical work;
  • Maintains program Web pages;
  • Researches Newberry collections for program-related materials;
  • Arranges for rooms and presentation equipment for programs;
  • Arranges catering for programs;
  • Performs all other tasks or activities needed for the achievement of divisional and program goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in history or literature;
  • Experience with secondary education preferred;
  • Strong writing, editing, and communication skills;
  • Strong office management skills;
  • Proven ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks and demonstrate initiative;
  • General competency with office equipment, software, and computer troubleshooting;
  • Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office programs including Access preferred;
  • Superior customer service skills required.

Schedule: Full time, 35 hours/week; Monday through Friday with occasional evening, early morning or weekend hours; non-exempt, grant-sponsored 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 vacations days, long-term disability, long-term care, and retirement plan available.

Date Posted: 1/20/17

Date Available: 2/15/17