Job Opportunities

For those who love art and history, the National Portrait Gallery is an exciting place to work. Our diverse staff includes curators, researchers, collections managers, designers, administrators, and a wealth of other specialists.

Public Affairs Specialist

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is seeking a candidate for a Public Affairs Specialist position in the museum’s office of communications and public affairs. This is a lively role at the museum and will be integral in expanding the museum’s audiences and promoting museum activities. The individual who fills this role will develop media plans, serve as a media contact, and formulate and implement outreach to media. They will also contribute to select marketing (advertising) and social media plans for assigned exhibitions, initiatives and programs. The museum is striving to increase its engagement with audiences from many different cultural backgrounds.

The museum is seeking a candidate who:

• has 3-5 years of experience in communications, media relations, public relations and/or marketing

• is a self-starter who is able to work on short and long term goals while juggling priorities

• is a facile writer who has experience writing press releases, media advisories, and fact sheets

• can apply existing relationships with local and national media and has a proven track record for securing coverage

• has a great attitude and is excited to be a part of this dynamic museum

The position will include coordinating press events; coordinating media interviews; writing for a variety of formats and audiences including press releases, website, articles, social media and calendar listings. It will also include making pitch calls to news outlets, managing the museum’s media lists and clips, and working with other departments within the NPG to identify and develop information for use in news releases, TV and radio programs, articles and meeting with media representatives. Additional skills needed are a working knowledge of a variety of editing styles (AP, Chicago); experience with media databases such as Meltwater; knowledge of social media practices; and knowledge of art, U.S. history, and museum practices to communicate the message of a U.S. cultural institution. On-site work pertaining to media requests and events will be required. Some early mornings, late evenings and weekends will be a part of this role.

This is not a federal position, but a grade 9 trust position. The salary range is, $60,129 – $68,146

The Smithsonian Institution embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to by Nov. 29, 2021.