Position: Research Scholar

Classification: Full-time, Exempt, Term-Limited 12 Months

Location: One of our regional offices located throughout New England. Periodic remote work is possible, but employee must reside in the New England region.

Description:  Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation, is seeking applicants for two full-time research scholars who have a research specialty(ies) in Indigenous history and/or Black history. This position is 30-40 hours a week with a salary of $70,000 for 40 hours/week. It is term limited for 12 months and includes generous and comprehensive vacation, holiday, and health and wellness benefit packages.

In September of 2021, we launched the first phase of a multi-year project to reimagine and re-center the site experience at our historic sites—grounding our work in inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility. The first phase, now completed, focused on creating an extensive databank of primary and secondary sources. The second phase researchers will use this databank and other appropriate resources to extend and deepen our knowledge in two priority areas, Indigenous and Black history, and will work with staff to apply that research to the interpretation at our sites. To learn more about the first phase of the project visit HERE.

Ideal candidates are scholars who work with New England history, specialize in Indigenous and/or Black history, and have experience conducting challenging archival research, such as those of oppressed, marginalized, and erased groups. The goal of the research position is to provide Historic New England with a new foundation of knowledge in those subject areas to transform the visitor experience at our sites. The position will require creative thinking and problem solving as well as experience with “reading between the lines” or “reading against the grain” of primary sources and narratives.

This position resides in a uniquely interdisciplinary setting with the opportunity to work cross-team with Historic New England staff in areas of material culture, archives, preservation, architectural history, and visitor experience.

Historic New England welcomes applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusion.

Individuals who are connected to the communities impacted by these research topics are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Conduct extensive primary and secondary research from the provided databank and other relevant sources to deepen and broaden our knowledge of the topics, subjects, stories, and people, particularly as they relate to Historic New England sites

Collaborate with the other researchers and staff to incorporate the research products into transformative experiences at our sites

Initiate new and help grow existing relationships with communities who are directly connected to and impacted by this research and its implementation into the programming at our sites

Participate in and contribute to Historic New England’s culture through staff training, blogs and vlogs, and public programs

A completed Master’s degree or expected completion before the term of employment begins, in history or a related field specializing in the topic areas listed above

Experience working with challenging archival research, particularly in oppressed, erased, and underrepresented history

Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.

Experience working with data management software programs. Requires fully competent computer skills including working knowledge of MS Office Suite. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Zoom or similar virtual meeting platforms, and internet research is required

Valid driver’s license and means of transportation are required.  Ability to travel to our collections and archives offices as well as any libraries, archives, and research sites throughout the region

Preferred Qualifications:
A completed Ph. D. or expected completion before the term of employment specializing in the topic areas listed above

Publication(s) in scholarly, peer-reviewed academic journals, book chapters, and/or monographs

Experience training or teaching research methods and approaches

Experience working with new media such as YouTube, blogging, etc.

Application Requirements:
CV with Work Experience
1-3 page single-spaced statement discussing your academic research interests and why you are qualified for this position

For questions, contact Dr. Alissa Butler at abutler@historicnewengland.org

Please send applications to jobs@historicnewengland.org

Applications are due by June 5, 2022

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Tagged as: museum, public history, research

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. We engage diverse audiences in developing a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England home life by being the national leader in collecting, preserving, and using significant buildings, landscapes, archives, stories, and objects from the past to today.