• Schomburg Junior Scholars Instructor (Hourly)

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
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    Schomburg Center - PESI
  • Overview

    The Junior Scholars Program is a college-preparatory program that invites 125 youth, ages 11 to 18, to explore American and global history through the lens of the Schomburg’s vast collections, annual exhibitions, and educational resources.   Founded in 2002, the flagship program builds students’ core literacy, research, and critical-thinking skills; cultivates Scholars’ lifelong commitment to historical literacy and civic engagement; fosters positive cultural identity development through the arts and media studies; and prepares students for academic success in college as well as intellectual and entrepreneurial careers. Junior Scholars attend college-style lectures and presentations, engage in dialogue with adult scholars and professionals, participate in guided peer group discussions aka “teen talks”, generate individual research projects and portfolios, and create collaborative media arts projects that grow from their intensive study. The program runs for ten months on Saturdays, from October through May, and culminates with an annual Youth Summit presentation to the public.

    Principal Responsibilities

    The Staff Instructor(s) report to the Program Coordinator and will be responsible for leading a cohort of Junior Scholars (maximum of 25 students) through the daily activities of the program as in the weekly syllabus. 


    Duties will include:

    • Supervising Junior Scholars from from 9am to 3pm
    • Participating in plenary presentations and discussions
    • Conducting small group cohort discussions as assigned
    • Leading field trips to local NYC destinations for cohort groups
    • Assisting scholars with individual research projects at the library
    • Leading a special project team through the creation, production, and presentation of a group project
    • Completing weekly workshop reports and timesheets
    • Attending weekly staff meetings from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
    • Completing any other administrative tasks as needed

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Minimum of 3 years of experience in education and youth development programming
    • Bachelor’s degree required – preferably in education, history, liberal arts, or other related field
    • Great written and oral communication skills


    10 hours per week, inclusive of 5 hours minimum every Saturday

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union


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