Project Assistant, Spark!Lab, Natl Museum of American History

*Position opens April 23, 2012; applications must be received by 5:00 p.m.
EDT on May 4, 2012. Expected start date is July 9, 2012.*

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and
Innovation (Lemelson Center) is dedicated to exploring invention in history
and encouraging inventive creativity in young people.   A part of the
center at the National Museum of American History, Spark!Lab ( is a hands-on invention activity center which
provides museum visitors, particularly children and their families, the
opportunity to engage in the invention process through history,
engineering, science, and creative activities. The Lemelson Center is
currently working to establish a Spark!Lab National Network, which is
envisioned to be an extension of the NMAH-based Spark!Lab with sites in
children¹s museums, science centers, and/or other institutions outside of
Washington, DC.

We are recruiting for a Project Assistant to help us set up a national
network of Spark!Labs.  The Project Assistant will assist with planning,
marketing and administration to establish the Network.   S/he will conduct
market research and help develop and implement business and marketing plans
for the Network.  The Project Assistant will organize, coordinate, and
facilitate cooperation among diverse resources and staff in the Lemelson
Center and partner organizations.

The best qualified applicants will have experience developing and executing
business and marketing plans, developing educational outreach programs, and
working with external partners.  A master¹s degree or equivalent experience
in museum education, museum studies, communications, or a relevant field is

This is a full-time, 1-year Trust (non-Federal) position at IS-9, Step 1.
The salary is $51,630 with excellent benefits.  To apply, please submit *by
email* a cover letter, resume and two (2) writing samples, by May 4, 2012

Tricia Edwards
Education Specialist
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

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