• Associate Director & Curator of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Trans-Atlantic Slavery

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    SCD Schomburg Administration
  • Overview

    The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery — funded by a generous $2.5 million gift from Ruth and Sid Lapidus, is the only facility of its kind based in a public research library. The 2014 gift  also included 400 rare items of printed material making the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture home to one of the world’s premier collections of slavery material.

    The Center's mission is to generate and disseminate scholarly knowledge on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery pertaining to the Atlantic World. The Center supports the work of researchers with long-term and short-term fellowships. Given the centrality of Atlantic slavery to the making of the modern world, the Lapidus fellowships ensure that slavery studies are a cornerstone of the Schomburg Center’s broader research community and provide a counterbalance to the contemporary direction of scholarship in African American and African Diaspora studies.

    The Associate Director & Curator of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Trans-Atlantic Slavery supports the development, management, and care of the Lapidus collection and all aspects of Lapidus Center Affairs, including collections management, scholarly research and publications, exhibitions, education, and outreach programs, conferences and other opportunities that foster learning and collaboration.


    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the general leadership of the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and as a member of the Management Team, the Associate Director & Curator will:


    • Develop and implement short and long-range strategic program plans inclusive of acquisitions, exhibitions, digitization priorities, the annual Harriet Tubman Book Prize and the bi-annual conference
    • Participate in the selection of fellowship recipients and the tenure of short-term fellows, including connecting scholars with the collections
    • Partner with Public Programs and other Schomburg divisions to develop and facilitate innovative programs
    • Work with team members to cultivate prospective donors and identify grant opportunities
    • Manage and curate the collection, both for potential exhibitions and donor acquisitions
    • Provide oversight for the operational budget; inclusive of forecasting, reviewing and approving expenditures
    • Propose names for and participate in the selection of Advisory Board members
    • Coordinate and approve communication activities of the Lapidus Center both internally and externally in collaboration with Communications staff and other teams.
    • Build partnerships with local, national, and international institutions and organizations to further expand the reach of the Lapidus Center
    • Keep abreast of current trends in scholarship and the field
    • Perform other duties associated with the Schomburg Center as requested by the Director and/or the donor

    Managerial/ Supervisory Responsibilities

    NYPL Core Values

    All candidates must be able to demonstrate and embody our three core values:

    • We are helpful
    • We are curious
    • We are resourceful

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Master’s degree or higher in Africana Studies, Arts, or related field and 5 years’ relevant experience
    • Strong knowledge and research skills demonstrated through scholarly accomplishments in African Slavery & the Atlantic Slave Trade
    • Evidence of and commitment to original scholarship with a proven record of initiating, curating, and delivering well received exhibitions, publications, and public programs
    • Highly developed research, writing, and oral communication skills; the presence and credibility to serve as an effective spokesperson with visitors, outside communities, supporters and donors
    • Proven ability to foster and maintain collaborative relationships with a variety of individuals
    • Excellent problem solving, planning and organizational skills with the ability to execute multiple projects simultaneously

    Work Environment

    Research Library

    Physical Duties

    Sitting, standing, traveling.


    35 hours per week; evenings and weekends as required.

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union


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