Employment Opportunities

Help us educate, inspire and connect family historians

To advance the study of family history in America and beyond, the New England Historic Genealogical Society educates, inspires, and connects people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise. We are supported by 90 employees and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, serving 225,000 members. Our jobs span a broad range of careers, from entry-level to professional, including genealogical research, publishing, library science, curatorial, internet technology, finance, information systems, development, sales, education, and member services.

For immediate consideration to any of our open staff positions, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to:

Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources mmajor@nehgs.org.

Please check out our Volunteer page for other opportunities to help advance the study of family history.

Open Positions:


Director of Facilities

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is seeking a Director of Facilities for its buildings located in Boston on Newbury Street.

The Director of Facilities will direct NEHGS’s properties maintenance, engineering, custodial, and security operations and ensures that these services are effectively and efficiently delivered to all staff and patrons.

Essential Functions

  • Directs the facility’s maintenance, engineering, custodial, and security operations. Sets and maintains the budget for the same.
  • Manages requests for new equipment, enhancements and repairs to facilities and workstations with clear, responsive communication to managers and staff.
  • Initiate planned maintenance programs, including preventative maintenance for all major systems. Sets standards and practices for the operation and maintenance of building equipment.
  • Manage compliance for emergency planning and assists with the development and execution of the Disaster Response Plan, including fire, life, safety and physical security. Serving as NEHGS’s primary liaison with law enforcement, fire department, and other external emergency response personnel to ensure effective coordination and communication in the event of a building emergency.
  • Will lead and be accountable for all facility operations, including all building infrastructure maintenance, safety and security programs and capacity planning; ensuring facilities capacity meets short term and long term operational demands.
  • Available 24 hours for emergencies.
  • Negotiates purchase contracts with various utilities and building contractors.
  • Negotiates contracts and supervises security and custodial providers.
  • Ensure building operations comply with all local zoning laws as well as OSHA, ADA and other federal and state regulatory requirements.


Minimum Training and Experience: Requires a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or Facilities Management, and 5 years of progressive facilities management experience.

Must possess a thorough knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the application of best practices pertaining to facilities planning, operation and maintenance; building and utility systems, energy conservation and personnel management. Proven experience in vendor management and bid procurement desired. Excellent customer service skills including managing staff in a team-oriented, collaborative environment essential. Proven general trade knowledge of building engineering, HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, landscaping and electrical systems.

How To Apply:

Please send resume and compelling cover letter to:
Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources

Apply by July 27, 2018


Director of the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS

The Director is the principal advocate for the Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) and its purpose and values. The Director is responsible for building and sustaining JHC's vision and for giving shape to its services. The ideal candidate will be an experienced and talented professional who can enthusiastically represent JHC to the larger community and convey the excitement of this growing organization and its rich collections.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates in the development of policies and short- and long-term strategic plans for JHC.
  • Plays a leading role in JHC advancement, including securing grants, sponsorships, annual and planned giving, and the cultivation of long¬-term relationships with major donors.
  • Oversees programs, services, and activities to ensure that they align with and meet JHC and NEHGS goals.
  • Promotes and represents JHC to the larger community; attends and participates in events and programs – either sponsored by JHC/NEHGS or by other organizations – many of which are held during evenings or weekends.
  • Works with NEHGS executive team and JHC Advisory Council to advance the organization’s objectives.
  • Cultivates positive and effective relationships with all constituents, including researchers, community members, existing and prospective supporters, advisory council members, and other key stakeholders.
  • Directs growth of JHC to include more genealogy-related collections and activities.
  • Oversees staff (currently 4 full-time, 1 part-time); including the Associate Director, a partner in developing and furthering the mission of the JHC.
  • Attends weekly Management Team meetings.
  • Prepares annual budget, quarterly activity reports, and monthly financial reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree in related discipline.
  • Experience in non¬profit governance or operations or equivalent business experience; working knowledge of non-profit fiscal management; and experience working with a board or advisory council.
  • Demonstrated success in working with other cultural-organization and Jewish-community leaders, performing outreach, and developing partnerships.
  • Expertise in one or more subject areas of Jewish cultural or local history.
  • Experience or strong interest in Jewish genealogy.
  • Knowledge of Jewish traditions, holidays, and observance; and a history of community involvement.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated success in grant applications and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability in public speaking.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

How To Apply:

Please send resume and compelling cover letter to:
Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources

Apply by July 27, 2018


Digital/Print Graphic Designer

New England Historic Genealogical Society has an opportunity for a mid-level graphic designer with experience in producing creative for print and digital mediums.

This role will be responsible for a wide range of on-brand materials, including email marketing and development campaigns, print ads for conferences, and content-rich websites. The work is fun and interesting, but schedules are tight, so you will need to be able to manage your time effectively. As projects demand, you may also need to direct supplemental design resources at our offshore vendor. Project management skills are essential.

A portfolio of print and web design is required to be considered for the position. A quick on-spec sample design may also be required as part of the interview process.

This role is on-site at NEHGS in Boston, and is full time (35 hours a week).

Technical Skill Requirements/Responsibilities

  • Experience designing for both web and print: Will be responsible for designing a wide range of materials, including brochures, website graphics, website landing pages, direct mail, email templates, print catalogs, advertisements, digital ads, etc.
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop is a must
  • Strong conceptual/critical thinking skills
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Demonstrate exceptional typography skills
  • Must be able to take constructive criticism with ease and grace, and
  • Must be able to communicate technical information effectively to various people, such as printers, developers and other teammates to complete the final product
  • Must have a strong design portfolio demonstrating print and web work
  • At least two years of front end development and design experience (HTML, CSS, SASS, JavaScript)
  • Experience with SmartSheets, Microsoft Office, Sharepoint is a plus
  • Experience with Drupal a plus

General Skill Requirements

  • Is a self-starter: Can produce work without falling behind on assignments and/or impairing quality of design work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: Demonstrate the ability to cooperate and communicate with others
  • Prioritize multiple tasks and communicate effectively when questions, time constraints or other concerns arise
  • Follow through with commitments and foster mutual trust with fellow teammates
  • Ability to work with a variety of projects and deliverables
  • Understand expectations and recognize when issues/events may affect delivery
  • Anticipate needs before they arise and present solutions
  • Must maintain a professional demeanor under tight deadlines

How To Apply:

Please send resume, a portfolio of print and web design projects, and a compelling cover letter to:
Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources

Apply by July 27, 2018


Visitor Services Representative

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This part-time Visitor Services Representative fulfills a key role on our strong member services team, providing front-facing support to members and visitors to the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The hours of this part-time position are 8:45-5:15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Supporting our organization’s strategic vision, this position has the essential role of actively welcoming, energetically recruiting, educating, and engaging new members. The position provides oversight of our historic building’s front reception desk and entryway and serves as a welcoming and proactive first point of contact for all members and new visitors. The Visitor Services Representative also processes book, membership, and day pass purchases made at the reception desk.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the front-line representative of NEHGS for in person interactions with members and visitors
  • Actively building relationships with library visitors and recruiting new members
  • Handling bookstore, membership, and day fee sales at the front desk
  • Signing members, visitors, and volunteers into the building
  • Answering all incoming calls to the front desk
  • Assisting with registration at events
  • Coordinating with security guard to ensure proper safety procedures are followed
  • Opening and closing the building each day, with assistance from security guard
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Skills

  • Excellent customer service skills, in person and by phone
  • Interest and/or knowledge of visitor services at non-profit organizations
  • Desire to be part of a team and collaborate with other departments
  • Excellent communication skills with all levels of staff in a professional environment
  • High level of organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Microsoft Office and Windows computer proficiency
  • Enthusiasm for helping people
  • Familiarity with CRM database software is a plus

Customer, visitor, or member services experience is desired. Enthusiasm for, or knowledge of, NEHGS, genealogy and/or history is a plus.

How To Apply:

Please send resume and a compelling cover letter to:
Michelle Major, Director of Human Resources

Apply by August 3, 2018