Job Overview


About the Agency

The Executive Officer, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access (ASEA), Smithsonian Institution serves as the principal advisor and works with the Assistant Secretary on policies, issues and operations relating to business plan formulation, implementation and evaluation to ensure financial sustainability of new initiatives and existing programs within the strategic objectives and priorities of the Office of ASEA.
Participates with the Assistant Secretary in leading day-to-day business operations across ASEA units. These include the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, the Smithsonian Affiliations Program, the Smithsonian Associates, the Center for Learning and Digital Access, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and the Smithsonian Science Education Center.


Serves as the principal advisor and works with the Assistant Secretary on matters relating to the ASEA units' business activities and revenue generation. Serves as a central point of contact for ASEA units and facilitates coordination between and among these units to promote business and analysis capabilities and disciplines, and ensure successful implementation of business plans. Alerts Assistant Secretary to issues that require attention and keeps unit directors informed. Evaluates financial and business-related developments, concerns, or problems, analyzes issues, and makes recommendations to the Assistant Secretary or takes action to resolve problems where appropriate. Proposes or reviews proposed policies and procedures to increase ways in which ASEA units can maximize dissemination of education content while sustaining the quality and effectiveness of programs and resources. Reviews policies concerning fees, cost recovery, and earned income and develops protocols that lead to financial sustainability while keeping within the boundaries of the ASEA strategic objectives and priorities.

Oversees the development and analyses of business plans, marketing plans, and other related plans to identify target audience and revenue potential, expand reach strategically, and improve financial outcomes, both in revenue generation and in efficiency in program development and delivery. Collaborates with ASEA unit directors to ensure successful implementation to meet financial goals.

Recommends and coordinates the implementation of business plans, policies, goals, and metrics for ASEA units. Assists in evaluating and strengthening business processes. Monitors unit performance in strategic and financial objectives and mission expectations. Reviews and evaluates quality and consistency of policies, programs, and operations to ensure improvements.

Works with the Assistant Secretary to establish policies, procedures and processes to identify and evaluate financially sustainable ways through which the ASEA units can capitalize their combined educational assets. These improvements should involve collaborative initiatives and extend the reach, engagement and learning to include exhibitions, educational assets, public programming, curriculum, and learning experiences in both formal and informal venues. Serves as a central point of contact between the ASEA units and other Smithsonian units to expand the dissemination of educational contents and maximize the potential for generating earned income.

Works with Office of Planning, Management and Budget (OPMB) and other senior management staff on ways to obtain new funding or to reprogram existing funding to meet program priorities.