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 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

Email: hr@newberry.org

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.

Current Opportunities

Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

NEH/Mellon Intern

President and Librarian

President and Librarian

Summary: The President serves as the institution’s Chief Executive Officer and Librarian. Working with and reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President drives the formulation of the Library’s vision, goals, and direction. He or she values serious scholarship and intellectual thought, and is able to articulate a compelling vision for the future of a collections-based research library that desires to expand its impact broadly throughout the Chicago community and beyond. The President is a successful leader, accustomed to setting a tone of collaboration and managing a strong professional team. He or she projects energy and enthusiasm–qualities necessary to extend the Library’s reach, resources, and position among the cultural institutions of Chicago.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

The new President will:

  • Serve as the chief steward of the Newberry’s world-renowned collections, working with staff and donors to enhance support for collection development, usage, conservation, and accessibility;
  • Champion the Newberry both nationally and in Chicago; be a highly visible and articulate spokesperson for the institution, serving as a powerful voice for the humanities;
  • Provide leadership for strong fundraising initiatives including capital investment, endowment growth, annual operating support, and special projects; participate actively with the staff on key fundraising initiatives;
  • Cultivate relationships that will continue to increase the Newberry’s profile and stature; maintain close relationships with library, academic, and cultural communities; deepen relationships with elected officials, civic leaders, and media in order to grow support for the institution;
  • Maintain a comprehensive grasp of the budget and other key financial metrics to ensure that finances are managed prudently;
  • Spearhead initiatives to review the Library’s technology needs including day-to-day operations, website, and digitization, and ensure timely execution of recommendations;
  • Partner with the Board to recruit and engage a strong, diverse, and committed Board of Trustees representative of the community it serves; increase diversity of staff and audiences;
  • Manage, motivate, empower, and evaluate staff, maintaining a productive, supportive, and collaborative working environment; attract and retain employees of high quality.

Ideal Experience:

The President will bring:

  • A record as an inspirational leader able to articulate a mission with conviction and clarity; capable of building support among both internal and external constituencies;
  • Evidence of visionary leadership and management in the academic, nonprofit, or business sectors; recognized experience and expertise that relate to the mission and operations of the Newberry;
  • Proven success in raising funds, as well as cultivating and soliciting new donors;
  • Good business acumen; the ability to apply management experience to the institution’s practices; ability to build new relationships and collaborations as a way to leverage assets and expand reach;
  • Experience working with a Board;
  • Experience with cultural heritage institutions;
  • The capability to balance respect for a distinguished history and traditional practices with the need for creativity, innovation, and growth;
  • Skill as an articulate and persuasive communicator in both spoken and written expression to a variety of audiences;
  • An advanced degree, with a humanities PhD preferred.

Personal Characteristics:

The new President will be a dynamic leader with:

  • A passion for the Newberry’s mission and an appreciation for the humanities and intellectual pursuits;
  • The ability to create and respond to new opportunities;
  • An inclusive style with respect to empowering the staff and engaging the Board;
  • A commitment to diversity;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • A persuasive, motivating management style; the ability to achieve consensus and make decisions while respecting the need for transparency; the ability to be firm, fair, and flexible as needed;
  • An eagerness to devote considerable time to raising financial resources;
  • Ethical values that impart stability, trust, integrity, and common sense; the ability to motivate others;
  • A high level of comfort in the academic, business, and cultural environments.

Date Available: July 1, 2019

Applications, including cover letters and résumés, and nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Meade and Jane Donaldson at Newberry@PhillipsOppenheim.com.

Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

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

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 hr@newrry.org. Applicants should indicate their start date availability in the cover letter.

NEH/Mellon Intern

Department: Chicago Studies

Summary: The Newberry seeks a paid intern to help in the administration of one summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and a fall seminar for doctoral students. The summer institute is “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Chicago, 1893-1955,” directed by Liesl Olson (July 8-August 3). The fall seminar is “The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice,” taught by Liesl Olson, and will meet on Fridays from October through December. Working in the Department of Research and Academic Programs, the intern will help to organize and facilitate the application process for both programs; update websites (wordpress) for each program; organize readings lists and bibliographies; coordinate travel, accommodations, and reimbursements for visiting scholars; respond to queries and emails about the programs; and be “on-hand” during the 4-week run of the institute and during the 8-week seminar.


Under the supervision of the Director of Chicago Studies, the intern will work on the following projects:

  • Communicating with program applicants on acceptance or rejection; organizing paperwork for accepted applicants; constructing participant rosters.
  • Building password protected sites to post reading and other information about the programs, including policies of the Newberry, and information about Chicago (housing, transportation, restaurants, etc.).
  • Organizing participant folders, name tags, carrels, and reserve reading list.
  • Being on-hand for coffee set-up, lunch orders, and one day of bus travel during the programs.
  • Helping facilitate collection displays of archival materials from the Newberry, including working with archivists and librarians.
  • Responding to the needs of the institute and seminar as they emerge.


  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and in group settings;
  • Familiarity with computer applications;
  • Bachelor’s degree required with academic focus on twentieth-century literary studies or twentieth-century United States history and/or art history preferred;
  • This position is ideal for an individual seeking experience in an alternative academic institution, or exploring the possibilities of archival work, and we welcome applications from candidates with advanced degrees.

Schedule: Temporary internship, March 18 - June 21 (20 hours/week); June 24 - August 3 (35 hours/week); August 5 - December 14 (20 hours/week). Non-exempt position.

Date Posted: February 1, 2019.

Date Available: March 18, 2019