The temporary Public Affairs Manager performs a full range of media, public relations and marketing functions to broaden awareness of all programs (exhibitions, programs, special events, etc.). The position reports to the Director of Communications & Marketing. This is a temporary 120 day position.


Press Releases
• Research subject matter and draft all content
• Circulate draft release to internal and external audiences, as necessary
• Incorporate feedback and circulate for approval
• Gather images and captions and upload to PhotoShelter
• Design MailChimp press release email
• Develop targeted press list using Cision/MeltWater and upload list to MailChimp
• Publish release to press website via WordPress
• Pitch museum news to appropriate outlets/reporters

Press Inquiries
• Field press calls regarding museum, programs, exhibitions and curatorial
• Review previous articles by journalist and/or publication’s coverage of the museum
• Schedule interview with relevant museum spokesperson
• Fulfill image requests
• Follow up with journalists
• Track and share resulting coverage
• Serve as primary responder to general inquiries about the museum via email account
• Forward emails to relevant departments (Special Events, Curatorial, Etc.)

Press Shoots
o Serve as on-site liaison for all film shoots in the museum
o Coordinate shoot with security and in-house partners
o Troubleshoot logistics, including power, lighting, load in/load out, etc.

Press Lists
• Develop and maintain press list in Cision /MeltWater
• Research new outlets

Press Coverage
o Track and log all coverage of museum projects, using BurrellesLuce, MeltWater and Google Alerts
o Compile reports for use by development and other departments, comparing reach of various campaigns

Knowledge of communication principles, methods, practices and techniques; analytical methods; and interpersonal relations practices. Skill to apply this knowledge to routine public affairs program work.

Ability to design, schedule, execute, and report on communications plans across multiple platforms to diverse and multi-faceted media and public.

Excellent writing and proofreading skills to write compelling press releases and media pitches

Ability to write and edit creatively, quickly and concisely

Must be able to meet tight deadlines and work efficiently

Ability to develop sound judgment and knowledge of public affairs guidelines.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups interested in or affected by the Smithsonian’s activities. Ability to work as a team member and collaborate effectively

Highly proficient in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Adobe, Excel and PowerPoint)

Knowledge and appreciation of historic and contemporary design.

Job Type – Full Time (Monday to Friday)
Salary – $46,398 ($22.23 per hour) or based on experience
How to apply: Please submit your cover letter (addressed to Hiring Official) and detailed resume addressing both qualification and special requirements. Please email them to

Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
Dental (Delta Dental)
Vision (Vision Services)
Flexible Spending Accounts
Annual Leave
Sick Leave
Federal Holidays
Family Friendly Leave Family Friendly Workplace
Historic and landmark offices and garden
92Y Fitness Center
Free Entrance to Museums and Galleries
Design Library
Curatorial Talks and Tours (Cooper Hewitt)
Employee Assistance Program
Smithsonian Network
Tarallucci e Vino Museum Café (employee discount)
Museum Shop (employee discount)
Admission to NYC museums and galleries (free)
General Employee Discounts