Join Cooper Hewitt’s award-winning Education Department! Under the direction of the National Design Awards Manager, the Education Coordinator will coordinate and support all aspects of the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt’s largest and most prominent education program honoring excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement in American design. The Coordinator will support a wide range of additional high-level programs and projects including National Design Week/Month, NDA Cities, and the National High School Design Competition. The Education Specialist will also organize public programs, particularly exhibition-related, as part of the public programs team. Reports to the Deputy Director of Education.

• Performs a wide range of administrative and logistical assignments in the planning, development, and execution of various high level meetings, programs, and events (onsite, offsite, and virtually) in a fast-paced environment, including working on collateral, room set-up, registration, catering, av/lighting, rentals, photography/videography, access, promotion.
• Coordinates the selection process for the National Design Awards, including the open call for nominations, the submission process, cataloguing and organizing digital submission materials for the jury’s review. Also assists with the annual National High School Design Competition and related logistics as needed.
• Corresponds and interacts with designers, stakeholders, and high level guests in a professional manner, building and maintaining excellent relationships.
• Collaborates with internal and external partners to fulfill advancement, communication, and other initiatives related to transformation programs.
• Gathers and edits content and images for publications, website, audio-visual program, and educational offerings, and proofread high profile letters and promotional materials.
• Maintains budget and coordinates with vendors, prepares purchase orders, and makes purchase card payments, ensuring all financial protocol is followed.
• Serves as a dynamic team member, working with colleagues in the education department and across the museum at all levels to support all education initiatives.
• Utilizes Windows Office (i.e., such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and other software) in completing assignments.
• Domestic travel is required. Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree in design, arts administration, education, or museum studies. Transcript required if selected for the position.
• Experience organizing education programs and special events of various scales, onsite, offsite, and virtually.
• Ability to take ownership and initiative of administrative projects to ensure they are completed timely and accurately.
• Careful attention to detail and highly organized with demonstrated logistical and administrative skills.
• Ability to write effectively and articulately and proofread and edit work, including with high profile letters, promotional materials, and program descriptions.
• General knowledge of contemporary U.S. design and architecture.
• Highly proficient in Windows Office such as Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of software such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop a plus. Interest and experience with learning new digital technology.
• Experience tracking budgets and compiling data using Excel.
• Ability to multi task and keep track of work assignments to meet or exceed deadlines.
• Strong interpersonal, diplomacy, and customer service skills.
• Knowledge of WordPress, Zoom, Mailchimp, WordFly, and Tessitura are a plus.
• Ability to travel.
• Valid driver’s license in order to drive to offsite locations for events and conferences (Preferred)
• Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for programs.

TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT: One year full-time appointment that may be extended beyond the one year (based on performance and budget).

SALARY: $50,476

• Telework is required through December 31, 2021 (and may be extended).
• Permanent Duty Station is 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128 (must be available to report to this location January 1, 2022).

Life Insurance (including Optional Life Insurance)
Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
Long Term Disability
Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
Dental (Delta Dental)
Vision (Vision Services)
Flexible Spending Accounts
Commuter Benefits
Annual Leave (13 days)
Sick Leave (13 days)
Federal Holidays (10 days)
Family Friendly Leave
Family Friendly Workplace
Telework+Alternative Work Schedules
Historic and landmark offices/library and garden (New York)
Design Library
Curatorial Talks and Tours (Cooper Hewitt)
Employee Assistance Program
Smithsonian Network
Museum Shop (employee discount)
Free Admission to most NYC museums
Smithsonian Discounts

How to apply?

Please submit cover letter and resume (addressing qualification requirements) to:
Subject Line of email please indicate: Education Specialist (Transformation Team)