Book Breaks and Education Program Coordinator

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI)

Type of Position:   Full Time

Salary:   Not disclosed

Job Type:    In-person

Application Post Date:   August 19, 2021

About Our Organization

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) is the nation’s leading American history organization dedicated to K–12 education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Since its founding in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has created powerful and meaningful ways to teach and learn history. With a focus on primary sources, we illuminate the stories, people, and moments that inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to learn and understand more about history.

The Institute brings the work of today’s leading historians into classrooms and homes around the globe. Through public events, publications, posters, videos, exhibitions and essays, the Institute brings life to every period of American history. The Institute’s diverse portfolio of education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, provides opportunities to deepen one’s understanding and appreciation of history. The Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School network comprises nearly eight million students and 56,000 teachers from more than 29,000 schools worldwide. 

Job Position Summary

The Institute seeks an Education Program Coordinator to manage and produce our weekly book talk program, Book Breaks. This is an online interview program featuring eminent historians and authors discussing their recent publications, and is watched live by an average of 650 people each week since its launch in 2020. Book Breaks guests have included Eric Foner, Annette Gordon-Reed, John Barry, and Peniel Joseph, among others. We are looking for someone who can help us continue to grow and refine this exciting program.

The Book Breaks and Education Program Coordinator for Book Breaks is responsible for the general management and production of the program, including identifying and recruiting guests, managing the technical aspects of program delivery and data tracking, and responding to audience queries. The role requires collaborating closely within and across departments, and working with Master Teachers, scholars, and other external partners. The role also requires work on Sundays to deliver the program and support the program host and guest hosts. GLI offers a generous comp and flex time policy to account for this weekend work.

In addition to overseeing the production of Book Breaks, the Education Program Coordinator will also contribute to other projects within the Education Department, which may include managing professional development for teachers or student-facing programs. 

The ideal candidate should be self-motivated with outstanding project management skills, communication skills (verbal and written), online presentation skills, and flexibility. A background in American history is not required, but is preferred. This role reports to the Associate Director of Education, and is based in New York City. 

Roles & Responsibilities

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • General oversight of all aspects of the Book Breaks program, including:
    • Researching, identifying, and recruiting a diverse group of guest authors
    • Communicating with scholars, host, publishers, and external partners about the program
    • Serving as Zoom moderator for the Sunday program, which includes selecting audience questions and posing them to the author
    • Managing program budgets and tracking expenses
    • Managing technical aspects of the program, including updating webpage content and data tracking of attendees
    • Overseeing interns or other GLI staff supporting the program
    • Working with marketing team to promote the program
    • Long-term planning for the program’s continued growth and sustainability
    • Participating in the project evaluation, including data collection and tracking, and reflecting on areas for improvement
  • Contributing to other Education programs as needed, which may include tasks such as budget management, program planning and implementation, and working with scholar and master teachers to deliver high-quality education programs
  • Contributing to organizational processes to streamline and improve our work overall


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Experience managing programs, preferably in the non-profit, history, or education context.
  • Experience and comfort presenting online to large audiences.
  • Excellent writing skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills in person, by phone, and in writing.
  • Experience working well under pressure, meeting deadlines, and developing short- and long-term strategies to meet objectives.
  • Proficiency in Google Docs and Microsoft Office, especially Excel. 

This role requires availability on Sundays (in place of another traditional workday). GLI offers a generous comp and flex time policy.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume in a single file to Please include “Education Program Coordinator” in the subject line of your email and let us know how you heard about the role. 

​​The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a generous and inclusive benefits package, which includes free admission to some of the best NYC museums and a paid winter recess from December 27–31

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, sex, gender identity, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, or any other legally protected status.