The Assistant Director serves as a member of the curatorial staff for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The position specializes in the following specialty programs: political history, social history, civil rights, social justice, community life, domestic life, institutional life, science, education, African American Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, 19th Century American history, 20th century American History or LGBTQ+.
In this position, you will:
- Conduct research, identify relevant objects, write scripts, and provide leadership.
- Conduct work which may result in a variety of publicly accessible forms, including gallery exhibitions, online digital exhibitions, books or articles, live public programs, etc. Correspond with donors, researchers, and colleagues.
- Contribute to the long-term health of the collection through strategic acquisition and deaccession, collections documentation within a shared data management system and the advancement of public access.
- Actively participate in professional circles relevant to the museum’s work by regularly giving talks within and outside the museum, consulting, organizing, and participating in workshops and symposia, presenting at major professional conferences and events. Play a senior leadership role in the institution’s interpretive work, initiating and leading complex projects that shape institutional priorities and approaches.
- Oversee the establishment of goals, articulation of priorities, development of schedules and checklists, and the assignment of tasks. Formulate goals and priorities to ensure most efficient use of personnel and available funds. Evaluate performance; encourage a team-based approach to project planning and implementation; prepare adverse or disciplinary actions.