Associate Director for Museum Learning and Programs

Washington D.C.
May 10, 2017
Jun 19, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

NOTE: The closing date has been extended to 6/16/17.

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is currently seeking an Associate Director for Museum Learning and Programs to support educational activities for both museum locations: Washington, D.C. and New York City, NY. There is only one opening, but that position location can be at either museum in Washington, D.C. or New York.

The National Museum of the American Indian is responsible for affirming to Native communities and the non-Native public, the historical and contemporary culture and cultural achievements of the Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. This is accomplished by advancing, in consultation with both Native communities and the non-Native public, a sense of collaboration and cooperation, a knowledge and understanding of their cultures, including art, history, and language, and by recognizing the Museum's special responsibility, through innovative public programming, research, and collections, to protect, support, and enhance the development, maintenance, and perpetuation of Indigenous culture and community.

This position is responsible for planning, developing and implementing education programming at NMAI in various forms for onsite audiences at the NMAI’s museums in Washington, D.C. and New York City, as well as with online audiences. Education programming and products are wide-ranging and include: 1) materials developed to support the Museum’s exhibition interpretation program for museum visitors; 2) curriculum-based products targeting visiting school groups, families, and online audiences; 3) educational components to support the Museum’s onsite cultural programming; and 4) seminar and symposium development. This position works across and with all departments at NMAI to ensure the infusion of educational perspectives in all of the Museum’s programs and products.

  • Pass Pre-Employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
    A degree in Education, Museum Education, Native American Studies, History, Management, or a related field; or a combination of education and appropriate experience that provides knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a four year course of study in an applicable subject matter field.


    In addition, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-15 level. Specialized experience is defined as the demonstrated knowledge and leadership skills as they relate to educational programming/activities, audience development, interpretation, digital learning and public engagement of a large museum or cultural organization.

    The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

    1. Experience in leading and supporting a program related to education and public engagement that consists of visitor orientation and guest services, K-12 outreach and digital learning, audience development and public programs.

    2. Ability to lead and manage strategic priorities and initiatives related to education and audience development. This should include local, national, and international audiences both onsite and online.

    3. Skill in leading and managing a multi-disciplined and culturally diverse workforce, including developing team work and high morale; attracting, retaining, motivating, and providing guidance; and implementing EEO/Affirmative Action policies and programs for a highly performing team.



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