Monday, November 20, 2023

Job Alert: Director, Lemelson Center

[We have the following announcement.  DRE.]

Director, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.  Public History Division, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation seeks a Director to serve as the champion for the power of invention and innovation and to lead the Center’s pathbreaking educational and engagement efforts. The Director oversees scholarship, exhibitions, and digital and programmatic initiatives, guiding the Center as an authority on the history of invention and innovation and its potential to inspire learning and change. This is an opportunity to lead a motivated staff and fulfill the Center’s strategic mission, drawing on consistent, protected funding from the current Lemelson endowment.

To learn more about the Lemelson Center’s previous events, research, publications, exhibitions, and programming, please visit [here].

Job Requirements/Desired Skills and Experience

Experience in a museum, cultural or educational institution is required; board, consultation or advisory experience is desirable.

Experience developing and guiding short- and long-term institutional plans that shape a sustained, multifaceted program of educational activities for public audiences.

Experience establishing frameworks for effective collaboration and partnerships across multi- format, cross-disciplinary projects.

We are open to non-traditional candidates from industry, academia, or other fields and institutions. An advanced degree is required.

To Be Considered

Please submit your résumé and a cover letter that describes how your skill set and background aligns with the requirements and opportunities of the position. We also request a writing sample and a list of three (3) professional references.

Applications must be received by December 4, 2023. For more information and to apply, visit this link:

This is a full-time, Trust (non-Federal) position at IS-15, Step 1. The starting salary is $155,700 with an excellent benefits package. The job is based in Washington, DC, USA.

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