Project Assistant, Lemelson Center, Education and Public Programs
Office, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Opens September 14, 2011; applications must be received by October 5,
2011. Expected start date is the January 2, 2012.

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and
Innovation (Lemelson Center) at the Smithsonian¹s National Museum of
American History (NMAH) is recruiting for a Project Assistant to join
the team. The Lemelson Center is dedicated to exploring invention in
history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. Working
individually and with members of the Lemelson Center team, under the
supervision of the Center¹s Exhibition Program Manager, the Project
Assistant will conduct research about historic and contemporary
inventors, innovators, and ³places of invention,² assist with exhibition
development, coordination, and related program planning, assist with the
Center¹s podcast series ³Inventive Voices,² and provide administrative
and programmatic support for the in-development Places of Invention
exhibition project and for general Lemelson Center activities. Places of
Invention, scheduled to open in 2014, will be a new, interactive,
family-friendly exhibition for the Lemelson Hall of Invention at NMAH
that tells the stories of historic and modern communities where people,
resources, and spaces have come together to spark inventiveness.

Applicants must demonstrate experience in conducting historical
research, writing, and giving presentations, and have strong
organizational skills. The best qualified applicants will also have
experience developing museum exhibitions and related programs. A
master¹s degree or equivalent experience in history, public history,
American studies, museum studies, or relevant field is preferred.

This is a full-time, 2-year Trust (non-Federal) position at IS-9, Step
1. The salary is $51,630 with excellent benefits.  To apply, please
submit a cover letter, a resume documenting the above criteria, two (2)
writing samples, and contact information for three (3) work and/or
academic references by October 5, 2011 to:

Monica M. Smith
Exhibition Program Manager
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
MRC 604, PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012 – Email

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