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Deputy Director

  • National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Washington, DC

This position has been filled.

About the National Museum of African American History & Culture

The Smithsonian Institution (SI) is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo – shaping the future by preserving heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., NMAAHC was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 40,000 artifacts with nearly 250,000 individuals becoming members. From its inception, NMAAHC has elevated the curation, study, and presentation of African American history. The Museum has hosted more than 8 million visitors and 21 million virtual visitors to its website, world-class online programming, Searchable Museum, and virtual access to its collections. Through the current Living History campaign and expanded technologies, the Museum hopes to reach every corner of the digital world, reexamining the past and connecting history to the issues of today.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Museum’s Director, Kevin Young, the Deputy Director will be responsible for assisting and collaborating in overall planning, development, and management of all the activities of the Museum. Inherent in this responsibility is leading the offices of Education and Publications. This new leader will be challenged to partner and cultivate an environment of learning and engagement across the Smithsonian museums. The Education department currently has a budget of $3.8 million which includes salary and benefits for 20 staff. Anticipated increased spending is planned for fiscal year 2023 for initiatives set to premier in 2023, the budget will trend closer to $4.5-5 million.

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