Humanities Program Fellow
|Location:||New Jersey, United States|
PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY
HUMANITIES PROGRAM FELLOW
Established in 1909, the Princeton Public Library serves 30,000 residents in Princeton, NJ. The library’s dynamic service program includes a great collection of print and digital content, more than 1,600 programs attracting more than 70,000 attendees, each year, and a variety of opportunities for community engagement With more than 850,000 annual visitors. The Princeton Public Library is widely recognized for excellence and is regarded as a model for other public libraries. The library’s $5.4million annual budget is funded through a combination of public and private funds.
The Library’s Humanities initiative, supported by an endowment fund seeded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, seeks to:
- Reinforce its role as a welcoming intellectual space that functions as our town’s public square
- Increase the community’s awareness of how the humanities provide a unique method for understanding the most critical issues of our time
- Support the delivery of public programs with a humanities focus as a method for encouraging discussion and debate
- Serve as a model for other libraries interested in using the humanities as a technique for public engagement
From 2007 until now, humanities-focused programming at PPL has been managed by the library’s Program Team. High-quality programs have made the humanities more accessible to the community through the “spotlight on the humanities” series, special events like Princeton Reads, programming that commemorates historic events like the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Summer, and additional one-time programs.
In order to expand the humanities programs and contributions of PPL, we’ve created a new position – the Humanities Program Fellow. We seek a highly qualified candidate to be the inaugural humanities program fellow.
The Humanities Program Fellow will be responsible for the overall administration and implementation of the library’s efforts to promote the humanities as an essential part of contemporary life.
Building on the library’s preeminent role as a welcoming intellectual space that functions as our town’s public square, the Humanities Program Fellow will develop ideas, identify subjects and speakers for events, and create new opportunities for public engagement using the practices of the humanities to frame conversations.
The Humanities Program Fellow will report to the Public Programming Librarian and work closely with the Program Team, and Marketing Director on translating contemporary issues and big ideas into live events with broad public impact.
The primary responsibilities of this full-time position are:
- Develop, maintain, and enhance PPL’s public humanities program
- Serve as a liaison between the library, community partners and humanities scholars to develop big ideas that translate into live events.
- Attract new audiences to PPL humanities programs from surrounding communities in Mercer, Middlesex, and Bucks County, including special emphasis on communities not currently engaged with humanities programs
- Identify and secure relevant resources, collections and technology to promote the humanities and extend the reach of the humanities programming
- Collaborate on humanities-based programming efforts with the NJ Council for the Humanities, the Princeton University Humanities Council, and other institutional partners
- Assess the impact and reach of the library’s humanities programs
- Maintain a humanities presence on the library’s website and use the library’s social media tools to support programmatic efforts
- Capture the essence of the library’s humanities programs by contributing to the library blog, creating short videos, creating podcasts and live streams, and other tools
- Manage an annual humanities program budget and work with the Library’s Development Director to secure additional funding as needed
- Coordinate the efforts of the PPL Humanities Advisory Council
- Collaborate with the PPL Program team to assure that humanities programming is well integrated with the library’s other offerings
- Serve as an effective, visible library spokesperson about the humanities
The Fellow will be encouraged to develop her/his own program expertise in public humanities and, in consultation with PPL staff, work focus may be adjusted to make best use of the Fellow’s particular skills and interests.
The most competitive candidate will have demonstrated academic and personal experience, including:
- A masters degree in Library Science (with an undergraduate degree in the humanities) preferred
- A masters or doctoral degree in a humanities discipline or ABDs interested in a career launching position in the public humanities
- Excellent judgment, the ability to learn quickly, a track record of responsibility and accountability and a commitment to improving personal performance
- Understanding of and enthusiasm for public humanities
- Outstanding project management skills, including budgets, deadlines, and collaboration
- Experience working in a team environment
- Evidence of outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication including confidence and enjoyment with public speaking
- Flexibility, energy, and enthusiasm to address an array of humanities issues and diverse constituencies
- Experience with using social media and the internet along with traditional print media to effectively communicate and reach new audiences
- Program experience
- Experience with measuring program success
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a two-year position beginning on or about July 2015 and continuing for 24 months. Beginning salary is $50,765 per year, negotiable depending upon experience. PPL offers an exceptional work environment and attractive benefits.
Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
TO APPLY for this exciting opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter using the following options:
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