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Designing an Exhibit: The First Ladies

The Smithsonian has more resources than most of us can dream of, but what really impresses me is the way in which they put their resources to work. Their blogs are fantastic. They mix in stories from interns, volunteers, donors, curators, registrars, and many other staff members to present the whole story of an institution devoted to making the world a better, more-educated place.

Case in point: this post about the evolution of design in the First Ladies exhibit, one of the most popular at the National Museum of American History. Look at those old-style cases!

Education Specialist for Digital Outreach and Engagement [National Museum of American History]

Education Specialist for Digital Outreach and Engagement, National Museum
of American History
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History seeks a candidate
experienced in museum education and digital outreach to serve as a member
of the New Media team. Specific duties of the position include:****

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- Leads the interpretive planning for and the development of digital
outreach initiatives.
– Designs outreach campaigns and activities that support the Museum mission
and educational goals by broadening access to online audiences and
encouraging more deeply engaging digital experiences.
– Manages content development, review, editing and publishing process for
the museum blog and other visitor-focused digital outreach including social
media channels.
– Conducts and/or coordinates formative and summative evaluations of the
Museum¹s digital outreach activities and other new media efforts.
– Uses Web analytics, user surveys, and other appropriate forms of testing
and feedback to assess visitor interests and behaviors, prototype proposed
outreach methods, and measure the effectiveness of completed projects.****

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This is a permanent, federal position. Visit USAJobs to learn more and to
apply (closing date May 9, 2012):
http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/315071500****

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Questions can be directed to macarthurm@si.edu.****

Project Assistant [Spark!Lab, National Museum of American History]

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 (
http://sparklab.si.edu/) 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
preferred.

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
to:

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
edwardst@si.edu – Email

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

Project Assistant, Lemelson Center [National Museum of American History]

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
smithmo@si.edu – Email

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

Education Specialist [National Museum of American History]

Education Specialist

The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, is seeking a
well-rounded Education Specialist to help design and present teacher professional
development programs as part of the Museum’s national outreach to K-12 teachers.
Duties will include researching and writing teacher professional development
materials, teaching live workshops both in person and online, developing learning
activities, creating content for the Museum’s social media channels, and coordinating
partnerships with school districts as well assisting the project team with logistics and
administrative tasks. The position will require approximately one week of travel per
month to sites across the United States.

Applicants must demonstrate:

Skill and experience in teaching both small and large groups of learners
(especially adult learners.)

Skill and experience in researching and writing educational materials such
as: lesson plans, learning activities, interactives, short audio-video scripts or
Web-based educational content.

Knowledge of current learning theories and K-12 teaching practices in
the classroom and online, as well as the daily challenges and professional
development needs of educators.

Knowledge of the range of interactive technologies and their potential use for
educational programming.

Knowledge of social media and online communications practices.

Experience serving as an effective member of a project team.

This is a full-time, 2-year non-federal position (renewable). Salary is $ 51,630.00
plus excellent benefits. This position requires travel. To apply, send your resume
and cover letter to thinkfinity@si.edu by August 17, 2011. The Smithsonian is an
Equal Opportunity employer.

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