Director of Public Programs

National Building Museum

Organization Summary

The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build.

We are a private, nonprofit institution, created by Congress in 1980 to commemorate American achievements in architecture, design, and engineering and to encourage excellence in the building arts.  Today, the National Building Museum transforms understanding of the history and impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and design. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events, we welcome all ages to experience stories about the built world and its power to shape our lives, communities, and futures.


Our Commitment

At the Museum, we pursue diversity and endeavor to create an inclusive and accessible environment for our staff, visitors, stakeholders, and Board members. We value diverse perspectives and believe the power of diversity enriches us all. Creating an inclusive environment is critical to every individual’s work. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Position Description

The Museum seeks an experienced, enthusiastic and process-minded leader to grow and oversee public programs. The Director of Public Programs (DPP) joins the Museum at an exciting time of transition and expansion. With new leadership and a new vision for impact, the Museum is committed to offering compelling programming content to our industry, professional and student audiences and to expand our reach to more cultural consumers at a local and a national level. The DPP will bring focus, energy and strategy to strengthen the role and the voice of the Museum in national conversations about the built environment and its impact on our lives and communities especially in the realms of climate, equity and innovation. With support from the Vice President of Education and Engagement, the DPP conceptualizes, develops, implements, and evaluates public programs, summits, awards, fellowships and professional learning series.   

This position reports to the Vice President of Education and Engagement and works collaboratively across Museum departments and with other members of the Education & Engagement team. The DPP embodies the values of the Museum and is a leader in building an inclusive and equitable environment for colleagues and visitors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Design and develop bold, unique and relevant programs, both in structure and content, and supporting resource materials that are rooted in industry best practices 
Partner with the VP of Education ad Engagement to outline annual content focus, programmatic goals, and evaluative metrics for NBM signature programs including Spotlight on Design, Climate ABC and Equity in The Built Environment; and for other exhibition-driven initiatives
Serve as project lead for large scale industry focused activations, summits and symposiums
Lead the development and implementation of the National Building Museum fellowship and industry professional continuing learning programs
Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with industry and academic leaders in applicable and relevant fields
Identify qualified and diverse expert program participants from both industry and academia for inclusion in various summits, panels, workshops and lecture series
Represent the National Building Museum in relevant panels, discussions and conferences
Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or higher in architecture, urban planning,  and/or other fields related to the building arts strongly preferred  
Program development and design experience
Professional Learning and/or Adult Education development, facilitation and evaluation experience strongly preferred
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Staff management experience preferred
Demonstrated attention to detail with an ability to meet deadlines, manage projects and prioritize multiple tasks.  
Self- motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
High energy and a “roll up your sleeves” attitude 
Actively engaged and informed in industry best practices in a changing landscape of public engagement practices, both virtually and in-person
Excellent writing and interpersonal skills
Flexible, professional, friendly manner
Ability to work evenings and weekends 
A love for learning and a sense of humor
What We Offer
Full-time employees are eligible for the following benefits
•    Medical, Dental and, Vision coverage
•    403(b) plan with matching
•    Generous PTO policy
•    11 paid company holidays
•    Museum discounts
•    Free on-site parking
•    Flexible work scheduling
•    Mission-driven impact and much more!

To Apply

Please follow the link on the Museum’s website to apply online.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Washington D.C.
Due Date: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Posted by aao on July 29, 2022 - 11:35am