More than 6,000 people are employed at the Smithsonian Institution, 300 of whom work at the National Museum of American History. The Museum employs people whose job titles range from Curator to Computer Specialist. Staff at the Museum conduct historical research, manage collections of Museum artifacts, document historic objects, design and build exhibits, work with computers, networks, and Web pages, present educational programs, develop budgets, track finances, and oversee the administration of the museum. Because of the diversity of its work, the Museum is able to offer a wide variety of employment opportunities. The National Museum of American History is an ever evolving place that in the future will have many opportunities related to new and exciting projects.


Education Specialist

The National Museum of American History seeks an Education Specialist to support existing teacher professional development programs and assist in the development of new teen and youth-oriented programming. The Education Specialist will:

  • assist the Manager, Youth and Teacher Programs to organize and present the Museum’s annual National Youth Summit webcast for secondary students and a biennial electronic field trip for elementary students
  • co-develop new onsite programming for teens, including recruiting and coordinating a teen advisory group
  • deliver teacher professional development programs as needed
  • support online outreach including coordinating social media messaging for the education and outreach division
  • respond to school group inquiries by email and phone; schedule programs as needed
  • work an alternate schedule, preferably Sunday-Thursday

This is a one year term position with benefits and potential for renewal. Starting salary is $42,631 to $52,146 depending on experience.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be flexible, creative, and enthusiastic about working directly with young people.  In addition, s/he should have a bachelor’s degree in a humanities discipline (master’s degree preferred) and at least two years of experience with teens, museum education, or informal learning.

Application procedures: Submit a resume, cover letter, and a short (no more than one page) description of a program for teens that you have developed, staffed, or observed and found especially compelling to no later than Monday, December 29, 2014 at 5 pm.