About the Agency
This position is located in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the largest national museum for the study and exhibition of African American history and culture. Its primary purposes are to acquire, maintain and preserve objects which document social, cultural, political, military, technological and scientific developments in the United States related to the African American experience; to conduct scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of African American history, to publish findings for both scholarly and general audiences; and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs as well as digital content.
ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 100 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 100 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 100.
We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes. We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.
The Program Manager for the Robert F. Smith (RFS) Fund works with the RFS Fund Committee and is responsible for overall planning, implementation, management, and coordination of the RFS Fund’s strategic efforts to develop and strengthen African-American museums, African diaspora and other national and cultural heritage organizations. These strategic efforts span three core initiatives: 1) professional curation focused on the digitization, licensing, and facilitation of access to media archives; 2) community curation focused on the education and empowerment of the public with regard to the digital preservation of personal and community artefacts; and, 3) internships and fellowships to address the underrepresentation of African Americans in the museum field through professional development opportunities.
The Program Manager shall be responsible for oversight of all three programs and the associated grant, duties shall include, but are not limited to the following:
- managing the overall budget, tracking and reporting;
- analyzing and reporting of key program objectives, metrics and milestones;
- coordinating, managing and administering strategic collaborations with partner organizations and individuals;
- documenting and reporting program initiatives and accomplishments;
- organizing and facilitating special events and public programs; and
- recruiting, hiring and supervising new staff.