Temporary External Affairs Special Projects Position

temporary external affairs special projects position

National Children’s Museum is a world-class institution that aims to spark children’s imaginations. In its 50th year since founding, National Children’s Museum celebrates the joy of childhood through science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) exhibits and programs. As the Temporary Special Projects Position with the External Affairs team, you will play an integral role in contributing to initiatives that fall within the Museum’s 50th anniversary year and communicating the Museum’s story of impact.

what you’ll do

This part-time temporary position will sit on the External Affairs team, the Museum’s department responsible for all brand strategy, marketing, and communications. You will provide critical support toward implementing the Museum’s marketing strategy, contribute to the Museum’s brand through editorial and digital efforts, and encourage audience development through project management of special communications projects and events. The Special Projects position will report to the Communications and Digital Manager and work to execute the following:

Support the writing and editing of copy for materials including emails to members and supporters, website, social media, marketing materials, and event materials;

Support operations of digital platforms, including the Museum website and email marketing tools; 

Support the production and project management of special initiatives, including the Museum’s 50th anniversary communications campaigns, a history archive project, institutional events, and more; 

Occasionally staff Museum outreach programs through brand ambassadorship and communications support;

Be knowledgeable regarding Museum exhibits, programs, and services, coordinating fact-finding interviews with other departments as required;

Adhere to Museum policies and procedures relevant for contractors; and

Other duties as assigned.

what we believe are important experiences + traits for this role

Bachelor’s degree (A degree in one or more relevant fields, including journalism, marketing, communications, and/or museum studies is preferred;) 

1–3 years of communications experience, which could include internships;

Exceptional writing and communication skills, including creative writing, editing, social media, and proofreading;

Ability to tailor messaging and adapt tone and voice for diverse audiences, including donors, Museum members, and the general public;

Ability to create engaging and creative social media content, manage social media platforms, and track social media results;

Prior experience with project management and maintaining attention to detail;

Experience with basic photo and video editing using the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, etc.);

An eye for design with experience in Adobe Illustrator or comparable design tools;

Prior experience with HTML and CSS; 

Excellent decision-making skills; ability to balance multiple time-critical projects and pivot quickly;

Team player who values a collaborative and fast-paced working environment;

Must be able to pass a criminal background check; and

Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two-doses of an FDA approved vaccination).


The candidate should be able to commit 20 hours per week in-person Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, with the potential for infrequent weekend work at institutional events. This position is a six month position from March 1 –  September 30, 2024, with the possibility to extend.


$27.00 per hour, commensurate with experience and skill set.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Part-Time Temporary External Affairs Special Projects Position.”

what we value

Our mission is to inspire children to care about and change the world. The Museum is an innovative institution that sparks curiosity and wonder and a space where all children feel valued. In order to do this well, we need a team that reflects the dynamic and diverse communities that we serve and brings a variety of perspectives, abilities, and skills. We embrace that this work is critical to our mission and never finished. The more inclusive we are, the stronger our Museum.