Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum seeks a dynamic Pubic Education Specialist (Public Programs) to be responsible for developing innovative public education programs on historic/contemporary design topics that relate to Museum exhibitions and preparation of content production (including digital) for Cooper Hewitt.

•Develops innovative, timely, design-focused programs related to Museum exhibitions and timely design topics and issues.
•Oversees program site and space logistics, including physical set-up of all necessary program spaces and lecture facilities for on-site and off-site programming, including technical support and catering.
•Manages budgets and generates purchase orders for all programs under management.
•Manages program marketing via printed materials, email and web site.
•Produces relevant content for the Museum’s web site.

All applicants must meet these Basic Requirements (unofficial transcript required at the time you apply for the position online):

Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position. or Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above.

Specialized Experience
In addition to meeting Basic Requirements above, You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as developing innovative public education programs on historic/contemporary design topics that relate to Museum exhibitions and preparation of content production (including digital).

Note: Your specialized experience must have been in a position(s) equivalent to duties for the occupation at the next lower grade level for the position being filled as defined by applicable Federal standards.

Or Education: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s or equivalent degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirements.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.


Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:

1.Knowledge of innovative, timely, design or art focused public education programs related to Museum exhibitions.
2.Ability to manage a budget and set up purchase orders for public programs.
3.Skill in the logistics of setting up the physical space for museum lectures and programs (including off site) that involves travel, catering and technical support.
4.Ability to communicate in writing.
5.Ability to independently oversee and mange program registration and reporting procedures.

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAJOBS system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

Federal Retirement Coverage (FERS) +401k benefits
Federal Health Insurance Plans
Vision Care
Federal Employees Life Insurance
Voluntary Accidental Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Free Commuter Benefits ($130 per month)
Commuter Bicycle Reimbursement Program
Paid Vacation (Annual Leave)
Paid Sick Leave
Family Friendly Leave
Family Friendly Workplace
Historic and landmark museum, offices and garden
Smithsonian Networking
92Y Fitness Center
Amazing Employee Discounts
Entrance to Museums and Galleries (New York)
Research/Design Library
Employee Assistance Program/Counseling
Health Screenings (onsite)
Flu Vaccine (onsite)

Application Instructions

This is a federally funded position.
Applicants must apply at this web site:

Reminder: Unofficial transcript required. Applicants must provide a detailed resume addressing specialized experience and qualification requirements.