Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum seeks an experienced CoSpaces Maker Software Specialist for our spring Design Camp.


In our Design Camp program, Cooper Hewitt offers week-long explorations of design through fun challenges and gallery experiences. Each week, guest designers will provide campers with real-world design challenges and share innovative solutions to get their creative juices going. Campers will experience the design process through sketching, building, and playing, both at the museum and in adjacent Central Park. They will uncover the best of design and dive deep into creative problem-solving with the museum’s world-renowned collection and exhibitions at their fingertips, and with exclusive behind-the-scenes activities.

Design Camp 2018 will be held from 9am to 4pm on weekdays (Monday – Friday) from March 19th –23rd, 2018.


As part of a team of camp educators and museum staff, you will create fun, age-appropriate (ages 9-10) lesson plans and activities for students that build on each week’s design theme. You will spend each day of camp working directly with our students and developing and teaching classroom lessons.


  • Must be available from March 19 – 23rd, 2018. Hours are TBD.
  • Minimum 2 years experience working with children between the ages of 9 and 10, especially in a day camp or afterschool program
  • Experience in art or design education, including curriculum development and hands-on teaching
  • Experience teaching CoSpaces to a youth audience
  • Flexibility and ability to quickly assess the needs of a situation, including group management and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate creatively
  • Desire to work with and inspire children through the medium of design 

COOPER HEWITT: HISTORY AND MISSION                                                      

Cooper Hewitt (CH) is the preeminent design resource in the U.S. and is the leader in introducing design thinking across all ages in formal and informal settings. CH’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower people through design is achieved through innovative education programs, exhibitions, publications, and online resources that demonstrate the impact of design on daily life. CH’s world-renowned collection comprises over 210,000 artifacts, spanning thirty centuries. CH’s main campus is located in the former Carnegie Mansion on New York City’s Museum Mile.

CH education programs provide dynamic learning experiences that explore design concepts while engaging the public with the museum’s collection, exhibitions, and resources. Each year, over 50,000 students, educators, families, scholars, design professionals, and members of the public participate in CH youth and adult workshops, professional development programs, and family events. The goal of these programs is for participants to understand design and unlock design thinking by learning about and working through the steps of the design process (Defining the Problem; Getting Ideas; Prototyping; and Testing) and applying it to problem solving.


Please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Letter in which you describe what excites and interests you about this position, and how your past experiences would make you a strong Design Camp educator.
  • Two professional references who can speak to your ability to work with and inspire young people
  • Sample CoSpaces lesson


Hourly rate $20 per hour


Email cover letter and resume to and indicate “CoSpaces Maker Specialist” in subject line. No phone calls please.