Job Overview


This position is located in the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian-NY (NMAI-NY), Smithsonian Institution.  The employee is responsible for the coordination of a variety of the museum's public programs and productions, including programs featuring Native music, dance, theater, storytelling, author events, and related demonstrations, as well as special program events and projects that relate to the Native Cultural Arts. 

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  • Identifies, plans, and produces Native-themed public programs for the NMAI's Museum Programs group in New York City, and potentially at other venues in the New York City area and beyond while exercising sensitivity with respect to the collections and Native American points of view.
  • Ensures that all internal and administrative requirements related to assigned/developed programs are carried out.
  • Writes materials for programs, press releases, and other materials to inform the public, media, staff and targeted communities of upcoming public programs. 
  • Establishes and/or maintains relationships with internal and external contacts for the purpose of supporting programmatic goals of the unit; serving as a representative of the Community Programs department on internal project teams and in museum-wide meetings; and serving as a representative of NMAI in regular and recurring interactions with Native artists/performers and the visiting public in the support of public programming events.