Open Positions at the Gilder Lehrman Institute

Manager of Website and Technology

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) is the nation’s leading American history organization dedicated to K–12 education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Since its founding in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has created powerful and meaningful ways to teach and learn history. Focusing on primary sources, the Institute offers teacher seminars, online courses, exhibitions, digital materials, and print publications that enable students of all ages and backgrounds to study the nation’s past.

The Institute brings the work of today’s leading historians into classrooms and homes around the globe. Through public events, publications, posters, videos, exhibitions, and essays, and a dedicated website rich in primary sources, the Institute brings every period of American history to life. The Institute’s diverse education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, provide opportunities to explore five centuries of American history. The Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School network comprises nearly eight million students and 56,000 teachers from more than 30,000 schools worldwide.

The Role

With an increased emphasis on digital learning, expanding access to teachers and students is core to the Institute’s mission. The Institute seeks a Manager of Website and Technology to oversee our websites and supporting systems, as well as technical assistance and customer service related to the Gilder Lehrman website. The ideal candidate should be a strong self-starter and comfortable working with non-technical staff in a fast-paced environment.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Ensure that the main GLI website and its related sites are well-maintained and secure
  • Maintain high-level view of website structure, needs, and supporting applications
  • High-level management of the database, Salesforce, and support the Manager of Technical Services in troubleshooting, creating reports, uploading users, and assisting staff
  • Ensure applications and data are secure, appropriately backed up and up-to-date
  • Project and people management
  • Manage staff of two, a Website Designer and a Manager of Technical Services
  • Manage third-party vendor products that are integrated with the website as well as relationship with vendors
  • Create documentation and training for staff and 3rd party vendors

Support

  • Respond to inquiries and requests from a broad base of internal and external users, many of whom are not proficient with the website’s technology
  • Gather information, analyze problems, apply patches, and troubleshoot errors, often under the pressure of time constraints
  • Assist in research and production of digital assets for the GLI website
  • Oversee management of servers and other supporting systems

Skills and Qualifications 

  • HTML/CSS
  • Drupal: Experience with system configuration, content type construction, user/permission management, UberCart administration, Webforms creation, and basic theming • Requires proficiency with the current Drupal content management system (currently migrating to version 9 from version 7) and familiarity working in a LAMP stack environment • Salesforce: experience with system configuration, custom field and profile management, event creation, membership tools, reporting, and financial record administration preferred
  • Experience working in Google analytics / SEO
  • Experience working in a LAMP stack environment • Experience with providing customer service
  • Able to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Able to manage multiple projects on time and within budget
  • Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • Interest in supporting K–12 education is a plus
  • Passion for American history is a plus

To Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to hr@gilderlehrman.org. Please include “Manager of Website and Technology” in the subject line of your email.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a generous and inclusive benefits package, which includes free admission to some of the best NYC museums and a paid winter recess from December 27-31.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, sex, gender identity, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, or any other legally protected status.

GRANT WRITER

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) is the nation’s leading American history organization dedicated to K–12 education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Since its founding in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has created powerful and meaningful ways to teach and learn history. Focusing on primary sources, the Institute offers teacher seminars, online courses, exhibitions, digital materials, and print publications that enable students of all ages and backgrounds to study the nation’s past.

The Institute brings the work of today’s leading historians into classrooms and homes around the globe. Through public events, publications, posters, videos, exhibitions, and essays, and a dedicated website rich in primary sources, the Institute brings every period of American history to life. The Institute’s diverse education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, provide opportunities to explore five centuries of American history. The Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School network comprises nearly eight million students and 56,000 teachers from more than 30,000 schools worldwide.

The Role

The Institute is seeking a dynamic Grant Writer to support the organization’s growing fundraising efforts and stewardship activities. This person will serve as an integral member of the four-person Development Department, which is responsible for grant proposals and reports, donor events, donor cultivation and stewardship, database management, and direct mail campaigns.

The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, possess outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and be highly organized and detail-oriented. This team member must exhibit maturity, flexibility, enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and grace under pressure. This position is new and reflects the Institute’s need for additional funds to support its ambitious growth plans.

The role reports to the Director of Development. Please note: This job is a 12-month position with the potential to grow into an ongoing role. The Institute is currently operating remotely and will likely return in January to a hybrid schedule. The Institute would also welcome candidates who prefer an exclusive remote arrangement.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Write strong and compelling letters and grant proposals for individual donors and foundations
  • Prepare detailed interim and final reports for funders
  • Work collaboratively with the Development team and other Institute departments on the development of proposals and reports
  • Lead prospect and other research as needed
  • Attend weekly team meetings
  • Track grant and all prospect activity in Salesforce
  • Maintain calendar for proposals and reports to ensure timely submission of grants and reports

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Experience and proven success writing grants, letters, and reports
  • Experience identifying potential new funders, assessing possible funding alignment, and compiling funder analysis
  • Excellent writing skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills in person, by phone, and in writing
  • Strong organization and efficient time-management skills with a strong ability to prioritize multiple deadlines simultaneously, while paying extreme attention to detail and accuracy
  • Proficiency in Google Docs and Microsoft Office. Salesforce experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with K–12 education and American history is a plus.

To Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume in a single file to hr@gilderlehrman.org. Please include “Grant Writer” in the subject line of your email and let us know how you heard about the role.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a generous and inclusive benefits package, which includes free admission to some of the best NYC museums and a paid winter recess from December 27–31.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, sex, gender identity, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, or any other legally protected status.

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) is the nation’s leading American history organization dedicated to K–12 education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Since its founding in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has created powerful and meaningful ways to teach and learn history. Focusing on primary sources, the Institute offers teacher seminars, online courses, exhibitions, digital materials, and print publications that enable students of all ages and backgrounds to study the nation’s past.

The Institute brings the work of today’s leading historians into classrooms and homes around the globe. Through public events, publications, posters, videos, exhibitions, and essays, and a dedicated website rich in primary sources, the Institute brings every period of American history to life. The Institute’s diverse education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, provide opportunities to explore five centuries of American history. The Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School network comprises nearly eight million students and 56,000 teachers from more than 30,000 schools worldwide.

The Role

GLI is currently seeking a Managing Director of Programs to lead GLI’s programs for K–12 teachers and students. This Managing Director reports to the Chief Operating Officer and directly supervises the Director of Program Operations and the Director of Curriculum Development and Instructional Design. The position is based in New York City. Some weekend and evening hours and travel are required.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Responsible for oversight and direction of GLI’s programs for K–12 teachers and students, including teacher professional development, the Hamilton Education Program, and History School
  • Supervise the Director of Curriculum Development and Instructional Design and the Director of Program Operations, who manages the day-to-day work of 6 full-time and 4 part-time staff members
  • Work with the President and COO to lead the organization in development of new education programs and initiatives to better serve teachers and students, and extend the Institute’s reach
  • Work with the President and COO to determine and meet annual revenue goals for fee-for-service and grant-funded curriculum and PD projects
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external partners and potential funders
  • Represent the organization externally as needed
  • Oversee the optimal deployment of our network of more than 75 master teachers, including recruitment, onboarding, and ongoing support and communication
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees, with guidance from the President and COO
  • Oversee the Institute’s Teacher Advisory Council to help inform new programs and initiatives
  • Additional responsibilities as required

Skills and Qualifications 

  • Graduate degree, preferably doctorate, in related field (history or education)
  • Experience with revenue generation, partnership management, and budget management
  • Proven experience as a supervisor
  • Meaningful experience working in K–12 education
  • Strong background and interest in American history
  • Experience working well under pressure, meeting deadlines, and developing short- and long-term strategies to meet objectives
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in a single file to hr@gilderlehrman.org. Please include “Managing Director of Programs” in the subject line of your email. Please also let us know how you heard about the role.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a generous and inclusive benefits package, including free admission to some of the best NYC museums and a paid winter recess (in 2021, this will be December 27–31).

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, sex, gender identity, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, or any other legally protected status.