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!

Excerpt from The Smithsonian Institution's Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement from Secretary Lonnie Bunch, dated September 30, 2020:
The Smithsonian is committed to ensuring that all employees and affiliated persons (e.g. interns, research associates, fellows, and volunteers) are treated equitably in an environment that is free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status, or marital status and retaliation for reporting workplace harassment.  In our diversity lies our greatest potential, and I want to assure you of my commitment to an organizational culture of mutual respect where each of us feels welcomed, comfortable, and safe.

The Smithsonian Institution has a mandate requiring all employees (federal and trust), affiliated staff (including volunteers, interns, and fellows), and the contractors who work with us to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., onsite, telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Smithsonian Institution, if after November 22.

The Smithsonian Institution will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exemption from this requirement. This requirement applies to employees, affiliated staff, contractors who are working on-site, and those teleworking in whole or in part. Limited exemptions to the Smithsonian Institution’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be considered on a case-by-case basis for selected candidates who inform the Smithsonian that they cannot be vaccinated because of a disability, including certain medical conditions the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers contraindications to the vaccine, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Additional information and instructions regarding Smithsonian’s COVID-19 mandate will be provided at the time of selection.

 

The SSEC is an organization of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to transforming K-12 Education Through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe. To achieve its mission, SSEC has four goals: (1) promote authentic, inquiry-based, integrated K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teaching and learning; (2) ensure diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) in K-12 STEM education; (3) advance STEM education for sustainable development (STEM4SD); and (4) translate the research and collections of the Smithsonian into meaningful tools and convenings for K-12 teachers and students. SSEC achieves its goals by: (a) building awareness for science education among school leaders; (b) promoting Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER); (c) supporting the professional growth of K-12 teachers and school leaders; (d) developing exemplary K-12 curriculum materials and digital resources (including the comprehensive research-based science curriculum programs: Smithsonian Science for the Classroom; Science and Technology Concepts for Middle School (STCMS); and Smithsonian Science for Global Goals); and (d) engaging in research. At the heart of SSEC’s work is the idea that all youth—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, geography, race, native language, ability, or socio-economic status—should be given the opportunities to learn about the socio-scientific issues that challenge us. The Smithsonian, through the Smithsonian Science Education Center, plays an active role in sparking students' and teachers' interest in STEM to ensure scientific literacy and a sustainable planet.

For additional information about the SSEC visit www.ssec.si.edu.

 

Special Projects Coordinator

We are currently seeking a Special Projects Coordinator.  This person will report to the Division Director of Professional Services.  The purpose of this position is to assist the Division Director and other staff in the Professional Services Division with planning for specific special projects, such as SSEC’s Girls and Women in STEM program, our after school program “Always Thinking Like A Scientist,” STEM Literacy program for early elementary students, summer school program (S4), and other similar outreach programs. This includes general administrative duties, organization and scheduling of conference calls with internal and external stakeholders such as schools and employee volunteers, preparation of agendas for meetings, dissemination of events, assisting with on-site events and materials development for events.

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

Duties:

  • Communicate with external partners to schedule conference calls, plan agendas for calls, identify key stakeholders to participate in calls and facilitate conversations on conference calls.
  • Communicate knowledgeably, both in writing and verbally, about the products and services produced by the Smithsonian Science Education to external partners.
  • Aware of branding guidelines and adhere to those guidelines with all internal and external communication in verbal, written and materials produced for events.
  • Under the direction of the supervisor, support the development of event agendas with external stakeholders so that events have clear goals to achieve the intended impact.
  • Identify the necessary materials, both physical and written, that are necessary to successfully implement the event and develop or secure those materials.
  • Determine if training for stakeholders will be necessary and identify appropriate individuals to provide the training and schedule a time for the training to occur.
  • Maintain a record of events that are scheduled, collect information on attendance at the events and track the impact of each event.
  • Supports the logistics and implementation of face to face and virtual programming.
  • Create a quarterly report of impact to disseminate to internal and external partners.
  • Follow up with partners post-event to develop on-going relationships.
  • Provide a variety of administrative support services, such as maintaining and updating budget expenses on spreadsheets, administrative records management, reports and forms for programs.
  • Prepares purchase orders and Statements of Work for review and higher approval.
  • Prepares routine correspondence and emails ensuring the correct punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, proper format, and accuracy of information.
  • Schedules conference calls with appropriate internal and external stakeholders that includes a clear agenda.
  • Facilitates conference calls to accomplish goals set forth on the agenda, takes notes during the calls, and disseminates next steps agreed upon during conference calls.
  • When necessary, modifies existing content for delivery at stakeholder events by external stakeholders.
  • Distributes materials (itineraries, program agendas, etc.) and makes routine phone calls to external partners.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to travel (as COVID-19 restrictions allow and when SSEC staff is able to travel again) to venues nationwide and provide on-site assistance at SSEC events with audiences that include leaders in education, district science specialists and classroom teachers.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree.  Degree in a natural science or science education is a plus.
  • A demonstrated passion for science and education.
  • Ability to plan and organize work and work with a team, often under the challenges of multiple projects and short deadlines.
  • Ability to interact and negotiate diplomatically, effectively, collaboratively, and on a sustained basis with Smithsonian Institution staff members, donors, sponsors, registrants and SSEC Advisory Board members.
  • Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage.
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and effectively translate scientific information into written materials.
  • A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation
  • Fluency in a second language a plus.

How to Apply:

Send by email only: cover letter, resume in chronological format only, and salary requirements to SSEC-HR@si.edu.  Reference in the subject line of your email: Special Projects Coordinator.

Please, no phone calls.  EEO

 

Program Specialist

We are currently seeking a Program Specialist to support the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project, and the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s goal to advance STEM Education for Sustainable Development (STEM4SD).  This person will report to the Senior Program Manager for Leadership Development and International Programs and will be primarily responsible for developing and organizing professional development courses and workshops for a global K-12 educator audience that model and promote high quality, inquiry-based STEM and STEM4SD, including a commitment to decolonizing pedagogies and integrating alternative ways of knowing.

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

Duties:

Planning professional development programs, including the development of new professional development products that are based on best practices and current educational research:

  • Performs a variety of duties related to the selection, review, monitoring, and evaluation of projects carried out under grants or contracts to improve education opportunities for all students. 
  • Monitors projects to determine effectiveness in meeting the defined education objectives and to ensure the highest quality of programming.
  • Working closely with international collaborators, other SSEC staff, and other Smithsonian Institution units to plan and organize professional development events for  K-12 educators and educational leaders.
  • Developing online resources that relate to the professional development for STEM Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Working with curriculum developers within SSEC to develop courses that support our curriculum.
  • Locating and contracting venues that include hotels, universities and schools. This may include organizing accommodation and catering.
  • Tracking spending to ensure programs are within budget limits.

Supports the day-to-day administration of the Professional Services Division, including:

  • Working with SSEC staff to develop proposals for grants and gifts to support the work of the Services Division.
  • Gathering and analyzing evaluation data.
  • Writing and editing reports to sponsors and the Smithsonian.
  • Attending and contributing to meetings on behalf of the SSEC.
  • Purchasing products and services as needed to support high quality educational programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will be expected to travel (as COVID-19 restrictions allow and when SSEC staff is able to travel again) to venues nationwide and internationally and provide on-site assistance at SSEC events with audiences that include leaders in education, district science specialists, non-profit/NGO staff, and classroom teachers. These presentations will include:

  • Extended workshops that promote and support users Smithsonian Science Education Center curriculum and instructional materials
  • Workshops that deepen content knowledge and pedagogical practices for STEM and STEM4SD teachers
  • Training a cadre of trainers to support the development of a systemic train-the-trainer model
  • Representing the Professional Services Division and the SSEC at conferences and functions

Requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, science education, or sustainability-related field.
  • A demonstrated passion for science, sustainability, and education.
  • Knowledge of education systems outside of the United States.
  • Ability to present and teach, with confidence and effectiveness, to a wide variety of audiences at venues including workshops and conferences.
  • Comfort collaborating with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to take a project from idea to implementation, including planning, organizing, and directing the work of interns and consultants, working under the challenges of multiple projects and pressing deadlines.
  • Ability to interact and negotiate diplomatically, effectively, collaboratively, and on a sustained basis with Smithsonian Institution staff members, donors, sponsors, partners, registrants and SSEC Advisory Board members.
  • Ability to collaborate across functional teams.
  • Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage.
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills, clear and succinct verbal communication skills, and the ability to effectively translate complex concepts into written materials.
  • Demonstrated dedication to decolonizing education and incorporating alternative ways of knowing in science education.
  • A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation.

Preferred Skills:

  • Advanced degree in international education, natural science, sustainable development, or related field
  • Experience developing and providing professional development to teachers or coaching and mentoring teachers
  • Advanced language skills in a language other than English (preferably French, Spanish, or Arabic).
  • Experience working or living abroad
  • Ability to anticipate problems before they occur, and flexibility to respond to them
  • Working knowledge of curriculum development
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Global Goals Action Progression and Sustainability Mindsets, and how they translate to classroom practice.

 

How to Apply:

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

Please, no phone calls.  EEO

 

 

Program Assistant

We are currently seeking a Program Assistant.  This person will report to the Program Manager of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) to assist the Professional Services Division with general administrative support including preparing travel documents, assisting with on-site and virtual events, and materials development for DEAI projects.

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

This job will close when we have received 100 applications, which may be sooner than the vacancy closing date.

Duties:

  • Gathers educational research and resources related to best practices for professional development.
  • Develops and prepares briefings on updated and informational resources related to leadership and professional development programming.
  • Assist in the development of materials for professional development focused on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) practices as well as Diversity and Accessibility Summits, and other Professional Services events.
  • Supports the development of event agendas, speaker biographies, lists of participants, maps of facilities, and dinner programs.
  • Prepares contracts and Statements of Work for review and higher approval and utilizes the Concur and PeopleSoft systems, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Coordinate pre-event and post-event activities such as: conducting on-site setup of audio­visual equipment, LAN and laptops, PowerPoint presentations, and videos.
  • Supports event logistics for in person and virtual programming that can include the following securing venues, catering, managing web conferencing platforms and providing logistics information to participants.
  • Communicates with program faculty and trainers regarding travel arrangements, itineraries, program agendas, etc.
  • Maintain a record of Professional Services evaluations and transcripts, process evaluations from Professional Services events, works with faculty, special presenters and trainers to obtain biographical information, update event management listing after each event, and collects all material after each event.
  • Prepares routine correspondence such as memos and emails with correct spelling, grammar, format and accuracy of information.
  • Provide a variety of administrative support services, such as maintaining and updating budget expenses on spreadsheets, review, reconciliation and filing of travel expenses, travel authorizations, vouchers, and receipts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supports the day-to-day administration of the Professional Services Division, including:

  • Working with SSEC staff to develop proposals for grants and gifts to support the work of the Services Division.
  • Gathering and analyzing evaluation data.
  • Attending and contributing to meetings on behalf of the SSEC.
  • Purchasing products and services as needed to support high quality educational programs.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to travel (as COVID-19 restrictions allow and when SSEC staff is able to travel again) to venues nationwide and provide on-site assistance at SSEC events with audiences that include leaders in education, district science specialists and classroom teachers.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree preferably in a natural science or science education.
  • A demonstrated passion for science and education.
  • Ability to plan and organize work and work with a team, often under the challenges of multiple projects and short deadlines.
  • Ability to interact and negotiate diplomatically, effectively, collaboratively, and on a sustained basis with Smithsonian Institution staff members, donors, sponsors, registrants and SSEC Advisory Board members.
  • Skilled in writing and thorough knowledge of Standard English grammar and usage.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly verbally and to effectively translate scientific information into written materials.
  • A great sense of humor and passion for educational innovation.

How to Apply:

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

This job will close when we have received 100 applications, which may be sooner than the vacancy closing date.

Please, no phone calls.  EEO