Open Positions at the Gilder Lehrman Institute

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC STRATEGY

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, we illuminate the stories of people and events that inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to learn and understand more about history.

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, the Institute brings every period of American history to life. The Institute’s diverse portfolio of education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, provides opportunities to deepen one’s knowledge and appreciation of 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 Gilder Lehrman Institute seeks a PhD in American history who is interested in stepping outside the conventional academic career path to provide rigorous, imaginative oversight to its history education programs. Responsibilities include advising the President and COO on priorities for the Institute’s academic strategy and programs that serve teachers, students, and the general public.

The right candidate will have a strong background in American history, stellar writing skills, teaching experience, administrative ability, and an entrepreneurial spirit. They will share in GLI’s beliefs that the study of history should be rooted in primary sources and should involve creativity and exploration, that we should seek to understand the past on its own terms, not through a presentist or political lens, and that American history, despite its uneven progress, is the continuous pursuit of “a more perfect union.”

This role reports to the Chief Operating Officer. The position is based in New York City. The start date is negotiable but should be no later than September 1, 2022. Some weekend and evening hours are required.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

In consultation with the President and COO, the Director of Academic Strategy will

  • Guide and oversee the intellectual and pedagogical content of all GLI programs, ensuring accuracy and rigor
  • Lead the development of new education programs and initiatives to better serve teachers and students, and extend the Institute’s reach
  • Determine GLI’s priorities for teacher professional development and curriculum materials
  • Oversee the selection of scholars for GLI programs and recipients of GLI college and scholarly fellowships
  • Advise on topics for GLI publications, including books and History Now, exhibitions, and course offerings for the master’s degree program
  • Lead major initiatives, such as the Declaration at 250 project
  • Serve as GLI’s representative to academic organizations
  • Collaborate effectively with teams and colleagues within the Institute, including leading cross-departmental teams
  • Additional responsibilities as required

Skills and Qualifications 

  • PhD in American history
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience working in K–12 education a plus
  • 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 must submit a cover letter and resume/CV in a single file to hr@gilderlehrman.org. Please include “Director of Academic Strategy” 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 from December 26 to 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. Candidates with diverse backgrounds are especially welcome to apply.

SENIOR EDUCATION FELLOW (PART-TIME)

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 nine million students and 56,000 teachers from more than 30,000 schools worldwide.

The Role

The Institute is currently seeking a part-time (up to 19 hours a week) Senior Education Fellow to work with and support the Hamilton Education Program, EduHam Online, and other Gilder Lehrman Institute programs. This role can be filled remotely but may involve some travel. The fellowship is for one year (August 2022 to July 2023). For more information on the Hamilton Education Program visit: www.gilderlehrman.org/hamilton.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Represent the Gilder Lehrman Institute to partners and schools as needed, which may include
    • Leading professional development for teachers using Gilder Lehrman resources and strategies, including working with educators implementing the Hamilton Education Program
    • Presenting at regional or national conferences
    • Leading online history courses for students (middle and high school)
    • Speaking with partners and donors about Gilder Lehrman programs
  • Advise and contribute to the development of education materials as needed. This may include
    • Writing and / or reviewing lesson plans to ensure that they provide useful support to teachers and meet Institute standards
    • Contributing pedagogical expertise to the Institute’s resources for teachers and students
    • Collaborating closely with other staff at the Institute involved in the development and promotion of Gilder Lehrman resources
  • Support and build relationships with teachers within the GLI network, which may include
    • Helping foster and manage relationships with Affiliate School teachers participating in programs by conducting direct outreach and answering pedagogical and program implementation questions
    • Contributing to the recruitment and training of new Master Teachers for the Institute

Skills and Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years of recent experience teaching American history in K–12 schools
  • Familiarity with American history and civics standards in K–12 schools
  • Familiarity with Gilder Lehrman Institute resources and active participation in its programs and Affiliate School network
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong background and interest in American history
  • Familiarity with project management a plus
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications

To Apply

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

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.

Book breaks and program coordinator

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 nine million students and 56,000 teachers from more than 30,000 schools worldwide.

The Role

The Institute seeks a Program Coordinator to manage and produce our weekly book talk program, Book Breaks. This is an online interview program featuring eminent historians and authors discussing their recent publications, and has been watched live by an average of 650 people each week since its launch in 2020. Book Breaks guests have included John Barry, Eric Foner, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Peniel Joseph, among others. We are looking for someone who can help us continue to grow and refine this exciting program.

The Program Coordinator for Book Breaks is responsible for the general management and production of the program, including identifying and recruiting guests, managing the technical aspects of program delivery and data tracking, and responding to audience queries. The role requires collaborating closely within and across departments, and working with hosts/interviewers, scholars, and other external partners. The role also requires work on Sundays to deliver the program and support the program host and guest hosts. GLI offers a generous comp and flex time policy to account for this weekend work.

In addition to overseeing the production of Book Breaks, the Program Coordinator will also contribute to other projects within the Education Department, which may include managing professional development for teachers or student-facing programs.

The ideal candidate should be self-motivated with outstanding project management skills, communication skills (verbal and written), online presentation skills, and flexibility. A background in American history is not required, but is preferred. This role reports to the Senior Program Manager, Educational Programs Department, and is based in New York City.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Management of all day-to-day aspects of Book Breaks (50% of time)

  • Researching, identifying, and recruiting a diverse group of guest authors
  • Communicating with host, scholars, publishers, and external partners about the program
  • Serving as Zoom moderator for the Sunday program, which includes selecting audience questions and posing them to the author
  • Managing program budgets and tracking expenses
  • Managing technical aspects of the program, including updating webpage content and data tracking of attendees
  • Overseeing interns or other GLI staff supporting the program
  • Working with marketing team to promote the program
  • Planning for the program’s continued growth and sustainability
  • Participating in the program evaluation, including data collection and tracking, and reflecting on areas for improvement

Management of other Educational Programs Department projects (50% of time)

  • Planning and implementation of programs for teachers and students
  • Working with scholars and master teachers to deliver high-quality education programs
  • Managing budgets for programs
  • Contributing to organizational processes to streamline and improve our work overall

Skills and Qualifications

This role requires availability on Sundays (in place of another traditional workday). GLI offers a generous comp and flex time policy.

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Experience managing programs, preferably in non-profit, history, or education contexts.
  • Experience and comfort presenting online to large audiences.
  • Excellent writing skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills in person, by phone, and in writing.
  • Experience working well under pressure, meeting deadlines, and developing short- and long-term strategies to meet objectives.
  • Proficiency in Google Docs and Microsoft Office.

To Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume in a single file to hr@gilderlehrman.org. Please include “Program Coordinator" 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 and a paid winter recess (in 2022, this will be December 26-30).

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.

DEVELOPMENT coordinator

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 nine million students and 56,000 teachers from more than 30,000 schools worldwide.

The Role

GLI is currently seeking a dynamic Development Coordinator to support the day-to-day activities of its vibrant Development Department. This person will serve as an integral member of all department initiatives, which include several significant donor events, donor cultivation and stewardship, database management, direct mail campaigns, and other mailings.

Our new Development Coordinator should have excellent written and verbal communication and computer skills, and be well organized and detail-oriented. This team member must exhibit flexibility, enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and grace under pressure.

This role reports to the Director of Development and is based in New York City. Currently, GLI staff members are working a hybrid in-person and remote schedule. Some weekend and evening work is required.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Gift Processing

  • Process all donations to the Institute, including producing thank you notes, coordinating with Finance Department and President’s Office, and entering data into Salesforce

Database Management

  • Manage donor records in Salesforce by updating contact information and uploading gift information, meeting notes, proposals, and correspondence
  • Produce donor list for the Institute’s Annual Report

Grant Proposals and Reports

  • Gather data and supplementary materials (Form 990s, board member and donor lists, biographies, appendices, etc.)
  • Research prospects and write detailed summaries that are integral for meeting preparations

Annual Giving

  • Produce a monthly gift renewal and report calendar and lead a bi-weekly meeting to ensure timely submissions.

Events

  • Support the Institute’s Events Manager to ensure smooth execution of events and maximize donor cultivation, including invitation list generation and distribution, event preparation and management, donation tracking, and assisting with follow up
  • Attend evening events and assist with their execution

Direct Mail Campaign

  • Lead the distribution of multiple direct mail campaigns per year coordinating with the Institute marketing team and external mail house
  • Create mailing lists and update them based on bouncebacks and past giving

Calendar Mailing

  • Coordinate with mailing house and develop mailing list with Co-founders’ offices and utilizing Institute’s database

Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and the ability to proactively ask for assistance with prioritization if project deliverables conflict
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience using a database, Salesforce experience is a plus
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel, and Google Workspace
  • Interest in learning about fundraising and developing database expertise
  • A strong connection to the GLI mission is a plus

To Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume in a single file to hr@gilderlehrman.org. Please include “Development Coordinator" 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 and a paid winter recess (in 2022, this will be December 26-30).

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.

2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is excited to launch the 2022–2023 Academic Year Internship Program! Students from all over the country will take part in a variety of engaging internships, gaining valuable experience in museum collection management, educational programming, and nonprofit operations.

Interns will be paid $15 per hour. Start and end dates are flexible depending on the needs of the department and the intern.

More information can be found on the GLI Internships Page.

For questions regarding the 2022–2023 Academic Year Internship Program, please email internships@gilderlehrman.org.