Vice President of Exhibits and Education

vice president of exhibits and education

Washington DC’s children deserve a world-class museum to spark their imagination and encourage them to dream. Steps off the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue, National Children’s Museum celebrates the joy of childhood through science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) exhibits and programs. As the Vice President of Exhibits and Education, you will help realize this vision for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

National Children’s Museum’s Vice President of Exhibits and Education is a crucial position of the Leadership Team, reporting to the President and CEO and overseeing exhibitions and education initiatives throughout the museum and in the community. This individual will take the lead in a broad range of activities related to exhibit development, education, and visitor engagement. The Vice President of Exhibits and Education will provide exceptional creativity to ensure the best STEAM learning opportunities inside all experiences and at the center of each program, supporting the mission of the National Children’s Museum to inspire children to care about and change the world.

what you’ll do

Manage Exhibits, Education, and Visitor Engagement programs at the Museum and other opportunities for those teams to support the community;

Oversee every day operations of exhibits, strategic planning for future exhibitions, and temporary exhibit development or exhibit rentals;

Provide oversight and evaluation to ensure effective STEAM education content throughout exhibitions, programming, and exceptional visitor engagement;

Develop opportunities to engage all guests in the Museum experience, partnering with the rest of the Leadership Team and Board of Trustees to ensure access, inclusion, and diversity initiatives;

Partner with External Affairs to pursue exhibitions that will maximize content and brand of the National Children’s Museum; 

Work with Advancement to maximize fundraising opportunities and steward donors;

Staff and manage various Advisory Committees and Board Committees as requested; 

Serve as liaison to contractors and consultants working on exhibit and museum development of exhibit spaces;

Be a positive leader, working to sustain the collaborative, creative culture that will permeate into the guest experience and provide a joyful work environment for the dedicated staff. 

what we value

We champion high-performing, creative individuals who dive into problems, challenges and opportunities. We believe in people bringing their whole selves to work. We commit to this through a generous paid vacation and benefits package. We celebrate an environment of teaching and learning; we support one another in professional and personal growth. We are a proud equal opportunity employer. We are strongly committed to building a diverse team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the stronger our Museum. 

what we believe are important experiences + traits for this role

7+ years working in exhibit development or design, preferably in a museum; 

Background in education or experience in children’s education or entertainment;

Talent for improv or history in theater, with the ability to think on your feet and adapt learning in a playful way for a young audience; 

Demonstrated leadership skills, strong manager with experience financial planning and budgeting; 

Tremendous creative talent with capacity to be nimble and adapt to the museum’s needs; 

An eye for design and some knowledge of In-Design, CAD, Photoshop, or other programs would be helpful;

Ability to work effectively on a team and think strategically; 

Expert organizational and project management skills, with proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; 

Experience managing multiple, complex initiatives through periods of growth and change; 

Digital aptitude to effectively oversee integration of ticketing and exhibit infrastructure; 

Must be highly professional with the ability to serve as a public representative of the museum; 

Self-starter able to take charge of a task once assigned, but welcoming of feedback from all staff and open to adaptation for the betterment of the museum; 

Passion for educating children and the mission of National Children’s Museum.


Full-time position located at National Children’s Museum at Pennsylvania Ave NW, as well as at the Administrative Offices at WeWork White House at 1440 G Street NW. Occasional travel may be required.

about National Children’s Museum

National Children’s Museum reopened in February 2020 as a unique hybrid that combines a science center with children’s museum experiences. As an entirely STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) focused institution, playful, hands-on engagement opportunities fill a critical void for early childhood learning in our nation’s capital and upend expectations for how a space designed for families can look and feel. Located just steps from the White House and National Mall at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and with accessible Metro and transportation options, more than 500,000 locals and tourists each year will meet at National Children’s Museum for an inspiring experience. Founded in 1974, the Congressionally-designated Museum has served Washington’s youngest learners for over 45 years.

application deadline: july 3, 2020

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: Vice President of Exhibits and Education.

value statement

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 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.

The National Children’s Museum is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and prospective employees without discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family responsibilities, disability, matriculation, marital status or any other category protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment at NCM, including, but not limited to recruitment, promotion, compensation, benefits, training and development, access to facilities, discipline, separation of employment and other terms and conditions of employment.