Education Specialist

Grade: IS-1701-11
Term of Appointment: Permanent
Type of Position: Trust
There is no supervisory status or promotion potential


This position is located in the Education Department of the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall under the Assistant Director of School Programs and is under the direct supervision of the Supervisor of School Programs. The Education Specialist for School Programs is the coordinator for the Holt Scholars Program.

Major Duties

The Education Specialist for School Programs is responsible for developing and executing research; organizing and developing professional development opportunities for teachers; constructing learning opportunities for students; and designing a long-term plan for middle school programs such as the Holt Scholars Program. Maintain working knowledge of learning principles and practices for online and blended instruction.

The Education Specialist for School Programs will be part of a collaborative team with NASM and DCPS staff and teachers to develop and implement innovative and accessible education programs that are based on STEM subjects, collections and the work of the museum, research program topics and works with curatorial staff to ensure content accuracy, and develop educational activities based on the knowledge of the content and best museum teaching practices.

Conduct formative evaluation to ensure that the activities and programs engage the teachers and students and accomplish the learning objectives. Assist with the development of evaluation plans.  Develops and administers evaluation instruments. Summarize data and create reports to guide future program planning.


  • Experience conceptualizing educational content for teachers and students.
  • Experience developing and implementing educational programs for teachers and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver education content in an engaging manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to master content related to the museum’s collections, exhibitions and research.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate orally for the purpose of presenting and delivering content.
  • Experience collaborating with scholars, scientists or other specialists.
  • Experience working with K-12 school districts, community organizations, educational institutions, and other museums.
  • Professional knowledge of education theory and teaching practices related to learning that takes place in a museum.
  • Experience working with diverse audiences to encourage participation in museum programs.
  • Understanding of accessibility issues to reduce or eliminate physical, socio-economic and cultural barriers to museums.

Security Clearance

Some jobs require a security clearance.  The security clearance level depends on th type  of access to the classified information and secure faclities that you'll need to perform your job.

For jobs that require a security clearance, you'll need to provide at least 10years of personal information and maybe more.  You'll need to complete the Standard Form 86 (SF86).

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To Apply

Send resumes and transcripts to,; please use Education Specialist  in the subject line.

Please indicate on your "Resume" that all of your positions are Full-time or Part-time.

The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

"The Smithsonian is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive, and safe place for all. We will never waver from that commitment”. – Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Lonnie G. Bunch III