Associate Director of Education, Schomburg Center

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Full-Time Regular
SCD Schomburg Administration


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. Recently named a National Historic Landmark, the Schomburg Center is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on the African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. For over 90 years the Center has collected, preserved, and interpreted the global black experience.


The head of Education conceives, develops, implements, and oversee the Schomburg Center’s robust public education programming, including school programs and performances (K-12 and college), the Junior Scholars and Teen Curators Programs, educator events and professional development workshops, and programming and exhibition related activities in support of the institution’s mission and strategic goals.

Principal Responsibilities

Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the incumbent:

  • Effectively develops, tracks and manages education program budgets for educational programming from multiple funding sources including grants, donations, and revenue generated from fee-based programs.
  • Creates, organizes and manages a year-round series of instructional learning programs for students and teachers (K-12 and college) related to the Schomburg’s mission, current exhibitions and themes in African American and African Diasporan history and culture.
  • Researches and develops education program content independently and in collaboration with Schomburg curators, NYPL’s division of Teaching Learning, Literacy and Outreach and other program partners.
  • Manages correspondence and contracts with scholars, artists, partners, curators, and other consultants or vendors related to education programs.
  • Recruits, cultivates and manages education program speakers, contributors and instructional staff  from a network local, regional, and national networks of institutions, scholars, educators, artists, authors, curators, and educational organizations as well as NYC schools, community organizations, colleges, potential program partners, supporters, and educational partners.
  • Actively seeks and creates development opportunities through grants, proposals, etc. for programming initiatives and assists with grant writing, research, and reporting.
  • Maintains statistics and develops procedures for program evaluation and assessment.
  • Coordinates and supervises volunteers and interns.
  • Continually assesses current events and trends in education programming.
  • Provide the public face of the Education division to parents, students, and future scholars, including public speaking and coordinating promotional materials (emails, flyers, and postcards), website updates, social media, and press materials.


Additionally, the incumbent oversees the Schomburg’s Junior Scholars Program, a uniquely designed pre-college black studies program at the Schomburg Center that runs for 26 Saturdays each year.  Responsibilities for the Junior Scholars Program include:

  • Managing program budget of $200-300k annually.
  • Recruiting 100-150 student participants from age 11 to 18 from New York City the New York Metropolitan Area.
  • Recruiting and supervising program faculty and 7-10 core staff instructors.
  • Creating program curriculum independently and in collaboration with program faculty.
  • Planning and administering weekly program activities (year-round planning).
  • Supervising the daily management of the program (Saturdays from 8am to 6pm).
  • Managing grant tracking and reporting to program funders.
  • Cultivating new funding opportunities.
  • Conducting and attending community outreach and networking activities.
  • Acting as a liaison with parents to increase involvement.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Library Science, or Museum Studies; or MFA in arts
  • Experience of at least 3 years in education related to a library, museum, or other rigorous arts organization
  • Knowledge of NYC & NYS Dept. of Education standards for curriculum and instruction.
  • Broad knowledge of African American and African Diaspora history and culture
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization and with the public.
  • Excellent program management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and conduct educational programs for elementary, middle, and high school learners and educators, as well as college students and faculty.
  • Superior networking and marketing ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply judgment, discretion, and initiative.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the demonstrated ability to work tactfully and effectively with library staff at all levels, curators and docents.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and management skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, reliability, punctuality and attention to detail.

Union / Non Union

Non Union


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