Careers

We offer Smithsonian Institution benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance, 10 paid holidays, telework options, transit subsidy (we are conveniently located near L'Enfant Plaza Metro station on the blue/orange/silver and green/yellow lines) and health and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA). Find out more here!


Marketing & Communications Specialist:

The Marketing and Communications Specialist will serve as the primary delegate for all of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s (SSEC) marketing and communications needs with responsibility for helping to develop marketing strategies and implement marketing tactics necessary to accomplish the objectives of the SSEC’s marketing and communications strategy.  This position reports to the Manager of Digital Media.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.  This is a temporary appointment for one year.

 

Duties:

  • Develop content, materials, and strategies to promote the SSEC’s brand, products, and services
  • Write and design all marketing and communication – both print and digital - materials as needed which include brochures, social media, blog posts, web content, newsletters, reports, infographics, and advertisements.
  • Ensures that all SSEC branded materials are accurate before publishing or distribution for formatting, aesthetics and content.
  • Assist with the evaluation the SSEC’s marketing capabilities and strategies.
  • Coordinate with SSEC’s Digital Media Team and external consultants, contractors and service providers to develop strategies for digital marketing, print marketing, and in-person outreach initiatives.
  • Analyzes analytics from Google, social media, and other platforms to determine audience behavior and trends.
  • Generate ways to advance the SSEC’s brand in industry trade publications, the media, speaking opportunities, conference participation and other forms of public engagement.
  • Engages with the public to promote SSEC news and project development through formal press release distribution, article development/pitch, social media, etc. 
  • Serves as a liaison to reporters, producers and editors in print, digital, and broadcast media who might create stories with press releases. 
  • Organize promotional or community-centered programs and events, such as speaking engagements for SSEC staff, conventions, or public presentations.
  • Write speeches and/or create speaking points for SSEC staff.
  • Track all correspondence, reports, etc., and follows up to ensure timely action and replies.
  • In coordination with staff or supervisor, arranges for meetings, contacts participants, assembles correspondence, records, reports, and other materials. Prepares requisitions and purchase orders, compiles data for budget submissions, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  •  A Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or Public Relations preferred.
  • Proven track record in developing marketing strategies and communication plans to create brand awareness
  • Strong graphic design or digital production background with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with management to gain confidence and cooperation of management, stakeholders, and customers.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and digital publishing/photography, principles, practices, techniques and methods sufficient to plan, execute and monitor and social media campaigns.
  • Knowledge of and skill in researching, gathering and analyzing statistics, analytics, and other data sufficient to evaluate/measure the effectiveness of marketing and communications strategies.
  • Strong problem solving skills and recommending solutions.
  • Skill in working with a variety of people in various settings.
  • Strong oral and written communication.
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management.
  • Skill in using computer software and technologies, including proficiency in Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and DRUPAL, in order to post new content on websites and applicable social media sites/tools (such as Facebook and Twitter) sufficient to maintain the existing organizational content. 

 

How to Apply: 

Send by email only: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu. Reference in the subject line of your email: Marketing & Comm.

 

Resume Format: 

Submit your resume in chronological format only.

Please, no phone calls. EEO

 

 


Advancement Assistant

We are currently seeking an Advancement Assistant. This position will report to the Division Director of Advancement & Partnerships and works closely with other members of the division to handle list management, prospecting, and assist with development-related special events.  The incumbent will provide back up for the gift processing function as well as other technical and administrative duties for the division. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.  This position is located in Washington, DC.

 

Duties include:

  • Developing and managing invitation and mailing lists for a wide variety of SSEC events and programs
  • Researching and prospecting individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations for possible funding of SSEC programs
  • Ability to run reports and provide accurate information
  • Liaising with other SSEC divisions to develop and continually expand invitation and mailing lists, as well as keep data current
  • Entry of reports, actions and other updates to the pan-institutional development database
  • Assisting with the paperwork, logistics and execution of development-related special events
  • Providing back-up support to the gift processing function to ensure new gifts/payments/pledges are properly recorded by SSEC and the central Office of Advancement
  • Assists with other administrative and technical functions for the department
  • Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of the Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies and procedures

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree is required
  • One or more years of relevant experience in fundraising
  • Knowledge of working with databases and reports
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

 

How to Apply: 

Send by email only: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu. Reference in the subject line of your email: Advancement Assistant.

 

Resume Format: 

Submit your resume in chronological format only.

Please, no phone calls. EEO

 

 


Science Curriculum Developer

We are currently seeking a Science Curriculum Developer. This person will report to the Division Director of Curriculum and Communications and will be primarily responsible for the planning, design, production, and editing of SSEC’s Smithsonian Science for Global Goals curriculum and other print and digital material.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Trust Appointment, not a Federal position. Appointment background investigation is required.  This position is located in Washington, DC. You must live in the local commuting area of Washington, DC. This is not a remote position.  This is a temporary appointment for 15 months.

Duties:

  • Responsible for writing and editing a K-12 international science education curriculum and other digital or print information on subjects related to science, sustainability, global citizenship, and science education
  • In collaboration with a small team, assist in the development of new print and digital curricular products
  • The incumbent identifies and integrates scientific expertise from across the Smithsonian Institution and other agencies to integrate into SSEC’s curricular offerings
  • The incumbent will stay current with the latest scientific and socio-scientific research taking place among the Smithsonian community and advise SSEC staff of potential collaborations
  • The incumbent will ensure accuracy of all scientific content published by SSEC via print and digital channels
  • The incumbent interviews subject-matter specialists and program officials when the information needed is not available or not verifiable through other research methods.
  • The incumbent contributes to SSEC’s blog (STEMVisions) content according to SI guidelines

Required knowledge and skills:

  • A demonstrated passion for science, sustainability and education
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or education.
  • Portfolio of science writing or curriculum development
  • Ability to establish and uphold deadlines
  • An understanding of the needs of K-8 teachers and students
  • Ability to work collaboratively and constructively as part of a team
  • Ability and confidence to delegate work effectively among team-members
  • Comfortable with receiving and providing constructive critique and feedback
  • Understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage
  • Ability to communicate effectively to translate scientific information into written materials
  • A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation

Preferred knowledge and skills:

  • Advanced degree in education, natural science, or related field.
  • Understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they apply to curriculum materials
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Understanding of the research into how students learn science

 

How to Apply: 

Send by email only: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu. Reference in the subject line of your email: Science Curriculum Developer.

 

Resume Format:

Submit your resume in chronological format only.

Please, no phone calls. EEO