Program Manager, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

  • 14 Mar 2023 3:35 PM
    Message # 13131581

    Title of Position: Program Manager

    Announcement Number: SITRUST-23-ACM0304

    Number of Vacancies: 1

    OPEN DATE: March 10, 2023

    CLOSING DATE: March 24, 2023

    SALARY RANGE:  ($112,617.00 - $145,617.00)

    POSITION TYPE: Trust Fund

    APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary- NTE 3 Years

    SCHEDULE: Full Time

    DUTY LOCATION: Washington, DC

    Position sensitivity and risk:           Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Open to all qualified applicants

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    • Authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship

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    The Smithsonian Institution (SI) is a diverse museum and research complex dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge. The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) documents and interprets the impact of social and cultural issues on contemporary urban communities

    The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) aspires to illuminate and share the untold, and often overlooked stories of people furthest from opportunity in the Greater Washington D.C.region. Our mission is to tell stories of everyday people making impactful changes, who use their collective power to tackle complex issues and advance a more equitable future for all. While local in nature, these stories are relevant to people and communities across our nation.

    At ACM, we seek to learn, examine, and interrogate the social, economic, and environmental issues confronting the D.C. region; to share all aspects of a vibrant local history; and to celebrate local creativity. We do this with and alongside others and through immersive and thought-provoking experiences, inclusive of multiple perspectives. We inspire people to see that change is possible in the face of adverse circumstances, by telling the stories of those who have lived and achieved it. By

    connecting the past to the present, our work seeks to engage more of us to act and influence the world around us.

    Information about the role:

    The Anacostia Community Museum currently seeking a Program Manager. This position is organizationally assigned to the Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ). The incumbent reports to a senior curator and manages CEJ, advising senior leadership on all matters relating to CEJ operations.


    Museum Program Management

    Heads the Center and has full authority for planning its programs, resolving problems encountered, rendering decisions, developing, and proposing and administering budgets.

    Leads studies with Center staff and contractors.

    Monitors and controls Center operations. Develops, interprets and synthesizes program plans for approval by a senior curator.

    Directs the work of contractors.

    Establishes program standards for new and existing projects. Serves as contracting officer’s representative (COR).

    Coordinates with the Associate Director of Education regarding the Center’s

    program planning to ensure that programs are not duplicative of other museum programs and to evaluate and advise on opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration.

    Works with the supervisors of other ACM departments to keep them informed of CEJ activities and to obtain their cooperation. Leads studies to evaluate CEJ needs and evaluate achievement of learning and other objectives.


    Formulates, presents, executes and analyzes the Center’s budgets.

    Participates in developing and executing on the annual budget.

    Establishes the budgetary needs for operating CEJ on an annual basis.

    Prepares, submits and justifies operational budget increase requests. Determines the priorities for budget request and allocation purposes.

    Distributes allocated funds and maintains records of expenditures.

    Keeps management records on all aspects of CEJ operations and ensures their


    Drafts, disseminates and incorporates SI-wide feedback on environmental justice-related policy and statements originating from the CEJ program.

    Serves on the museum’s leadership team.


    Supervises a research specialist at the GS-11 equivalent level. Provides administrative and technical direction.

    Establishes guidelines and performance expectations and communicates them through a formal employee performance management system.

    Observes and rates performance and provides verbal and written feedback on observations.

    Resolves informal complaints and grievances.

    Develops work improvement plans, recommending formal corrective action as warranted.

    Reviews and approves/declines leave requests.

    Ensures that subordinate is trained and fully complies with policies.

    Performs other duties as assigned

    Requirements and Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required. 5 to 10 years’ experience and skilled in Museum Program Management, Administration and Supervision.

    Knowledge and experience required for this role include but are not limited to:

    Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office to use (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint,

    Word, SharePoint, MS Teams)

    Knowledge of Project Management software, Smartsheet preferred.

    Applicants, who wish to qualify based on education completed outside the United States, must be deemed equivalent to higher education programs of U.S.

     Institutions by an organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign

    educational credentials. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and should be included as part of your application package

    To Apply:

    Please forward a resume, and cover letter to:

    Please include the position title: Job Title in the subject line.