Supervisory Education Specialist

Opening Date: 3/18/2021
Closing Date: 4/15/2021
Grade: IS-12
Type of Position: Trust
Work Location: Mall Building


The Smithsonian Institution is a diverse museum and research complex dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge.  The mission of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) is to commemorate, educate and inspire.  Learning at the National Air and Space Museum sparks curiosity and empowers learners to imagine the possibilities of our future.  The museum collects, preserves and displays aeronautical and spaceflight artifacts of historical significance.  This position is in the Education Department.  It facilitates and manages all aspects NASM’s digital learning and programming efforts by working with program staff to assess and evaluate the present slate of programs, identify gaps, foster improvements, consider new digital programming opportunities, ensure that technical needs are being met and increase overall audience for NASM’s digital efforts.  Reports to the Assistant Director for Education, Public Programs and New Strategies.

Major Duties

  • Ability to plan, develop, and produce meaningful, educational, and engaging virtual experiences for learners of all ages.
  • Work with education staff and other internal departments and external organizations to collaboratively brainstorm and develop virtual programs for assorted audiences. 
  • Work with the Museum’s Communication department to develop marketing and outreach plans for programs and the Museum’s Advancement office to support their efforts to find program funding.
  • With Education leadership, develops goals and success metrics and develops an operational plan for achieving and evaluating results.
  • Supervises staff, developing work plans, setting priorities, developing performance standards, evaluating work, and addressing career progression and work issues. Also, acts as mentor and guide to staff on their work developing programs.
  • Works with staff in determining services and supplies needed for programming and conducts or oversees purchasing, Requests for quotes and statements of work.  Acts as Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR)
  • Manages funding for programs, developing budgets and ensuring spending is tracked and within guidelines. 

Knowledge and Qualifications Required for the Position

  • Experience planning, executing, and overseeing a wide range of virtual programming for a Museum or cultural institution that engages learners of all ages.
  • Knowledge of best practices and latest technologies for producing digital programs. 
  • Ability to develop a strategic approach to creating a variety of digital and virtual programming that is both engaging and innovative.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve creatively.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team as situations require.
  • Experience with the various components of producing digital programming, including script writing/review, developing story lines, overseeing film shoots, directing, using digital assets, working with editors/editing and overseeing digital asset management and archiving.
  • Experience supervising a diverse staff with varied experience.
  • Experience working with scientists, academics, and other experts to create topical, interesting, educational programming that may be developed several ways to make information accessible to different audiences and learners.  
  • Experience briefing leadership with efficient updates on current and developing work, with an understanding of appropriate points when leadership needs to provide input or weigh in on discussions/ decisions.
  • Ability to work in spreadsheets to manage program budgets and determine cost-effective purchases for the department.

Work Environment

Duty station is the Museum’s National Mall Building in Washington, DC with some work occurring at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.  Requires occasional weekend and evening hours.  Very limited, occasional travel.

How to Apply

Send resumes and transcripts to, by COB April 1, 2021, please use position title in the subject line. Your resume should include description of duties for each of the positions listed on your resume. Work schedule (Voluntary, ll or Part-Time, an average number of hours worked per week).   

The Smithsonian Institute does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.