Schomburg Junior Scholars Program Instructor

Manhattan, KANSAS | 6 months
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The Schomburg Junior Scholars Program is a 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 is a tuition-free Saturday program that promotes historical literacy through college-style lectures and presentations, project-based learning. Junior Scholars conduct individual research and create original art inspired by their intensive study of the Schomburg Center’s archives, exhibitions, and educational resources. Through this program, the Schomburg's Junior Scholars increase their knowledge of Black history and cultivate themselves to be the next generation of intellectual, social, cultural and artistic influencers. 

The program runs for ten months on Saturdays, from October through May, and culminates with an annual Youth Summit presentation to the public.

Reporting to the Manager of Education Programs and Outreach, the Junior Scholars Program Instructor 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 a cohort of Junior Scholars from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays from October to May
  • Participating in plenary presentations and discussions
  • Conducting small group cohort discussions as assigned
  • Leading field trips to local NYC destinations
  • Assisting scholars with individual research projects
  • 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 on Wednesdays from 5pm-7pm or Saturdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • Completing any other administrative tasks assigned by the Program Coordinator

  • 2-4 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
  • Experience with administrative support, Media/Video Production, and Research/Documentary

  • Curriculum writing, teaching and research skills
  • Familiarity with the Schomburg Center archives and research divisions
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Experience 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.

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

  • Limited physical effort is required
  • May require travel within NYC

10 hours per week:
Saturdays: 6-7 hours of instruction
3 hours for prep/staff meetings

Non Union

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