Schomburg Junior Scholars Program Instructor (Hourly)

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


The Junior Scholars Program is historical literacy, art and inquiry-based program that invites 125 youth, ages 11 to 18, to explore Black history through the lens of the Schomburg’s vast collections, exhibitions, and educational resources.


The Junior Scholars Program provides tuition-free classes, including learning experiences that take place outside of traditional classrooms, in black history and culture not often taught in our schools. Through these learning experiences, the Junior Scholars empower themselves with knowledge of black history, and create fresh images to deconstruct negative stereotypes through art and media projects. They learn to define themselves, and participate in forums about local and national issues affecting youth. They connect current events in American society with global issues impacting the African diaspora. They advocate on behalf of all youth through social activism projects. In short, they research, discuss, and write about what matters to them. They gain confidence and leadership skills by participating in college-style lectures, traveling to local museums and cultural institutions, and producing art and media that impact our community. They are the next generation of scholars, artists, activists and social entrepreneurs. They are independent thinkers. They are explorers. They are storytellers. They are team players. They are change-makers.


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 Junior Scholars Program part time instructor reports to the Education Programs Manager and will be responsible for the following:

  • Facilitating a cohort of Junior Scholars virtually for 4-5 hours on Saturdays
  • Organizing and preparing materials for teaching
  • Leading group discussions or field trips as assigned
  • Conducting research for JSP curriculum
  • Supporting the planning, production, and presentation of youth programs such as the Annual Youth Summit and Black Lives Matter Teen Conference
  • Attending weekly staff meetings
  • Completing any other administrative tasks assigned by the Education Programs Manager

Required Education & Experience

  • High school diploma
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience in arts education and positive youth development (social emotional learning), or experience with coaching and/or mentorship, preferably with middle school and high school students


Minimum Qualifications

  • Curriculum writing, presentation and research skills

  • Familiarity with the Schomburg Center archives and research divisions

  • Great written and oral communication skills (experience with teaching literacy


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • An excellent researcher with a passion for synthesizing and differentiating information for youth ages 11-18
  • A mentor who is experienced with positive and inclusive youth development (experience with LGBTQIA, gender fluid, homeless, and differently abled youth is preferred)
  • An empathetic leader with demonstrated success in culturally-responsive teaching and student support
  • A goal-oriented driver with a proven track record of positively motivating students to overcome barriers and achieving ambitious goals

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


10 hours per week, inclusive of 4-5 hours minimum every Saturday

Union / Non Union

Non Union


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