• Curriculum Writer, Schomburg Educational Programs

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
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    SCE Schomburg Public Engagement & Strategic Initiatives
  • Overview

    Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the world’s leading cultural institution devoted to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of materials focused on African American, African, and African Diasporan experiences, featuring diverse programming and a collection of over 11 million items that illuminates the richness of global Black history and culture. A research library of The New York Public Library and seeded by the collection of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg nearly 95 years ago, the Schomburg Center provides free access to materials documenting Black life locally, nationally, and internationally.


    The Schomburg Curriculum Writer will develop an innovative history curriculum for grades 6-12 focusing on key themes that can be illustrated using the Schomburg Center’s unparalleled collection of more than 11 million items, including the archives of James Baldwin, Sonny Rollins, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Ann Petry, and Malcolm X. A grant-funded position, the Writer will spend 15 hours a week during six semesters (September through June, 2019-2022) conducting research at the Schomburg Center and writing 15 history/social studies lesson plans based on a series of themes using primary source documents and artifacts from the Schomburg Center’s archives. The Curriculum Writer will work closely with Schomburg Center curators and education staff, as well as an advisory board of practicing educators, and will have the opportunity to receive and incorporate feedback on the lessons from students and instructors in Schomburg Center youth programs and from educators in professional development workshops. 

    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Education, the Curriculum Writer will: 

    • Conduct archival research at the Schomburg Center
    • Meet weekly with the Associate Director of Education, other staff, and guests
    • Draft lessons based on archival materials
    • Write and revise five lessons each for three curricula themes: The Black Power Movement, Transatlantic Slavery, and Black Women’s Stories
    • Solicit feedback and guidance from staff, educators, youth, and others
    • Revise lesson plans based on feedback
    • Teach lessons in youth programs and/or in professional development workshops
    • Complete weekly workshop reports, timesheets and other administrative tasks 
    • Perform related tasks within the education department as needed.

    Required Education & Experience

    • Masters Degree in Education
    • Minimum of 3 years experience classroom teaching, grades 6-12

    Minimum Qualifications

    • 1 to 3 years experience teaching African, African-American, and/or other diasporic history and culture.
    • 1 to 3 years experience with curriculum writing / development
    • Strong project management skills
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
    • Knowledge of current trends and issues in scholarly communication and research
    • Communicate regularly and substantively with Library administrators, curators, librarians, researchers, and user groups 
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close and productive working relationships with colleagues and constituents in an environment where consultation, flexibility, collaboration, and cooperation are essential

    Preferred Qualifications

    1 to 3 years experience working with archival records

    All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

    • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
    • Be Resourceful in solving problems 
    • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

    Starting Salary

    USD $46.00/Hr.


    - 15 hours per week, scheduled between Monday and Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm
    - Evenings and Saturdays as required
    - Schedule subject to change

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union


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