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DIRECTOR OF CURATORIAL AFFAIRS

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, (NPG) seeks a creative museum leader with expertise in art history at the doctoral / Ph.D. level or equivalent masters-level with a minimum of 10 years of active curatorial practice and management-level museum experience.

Our ideal candidate possesses a deep understanding of the United States—past and present—and a passion for making connections between art and culture. They possess a sense of adventure and creativity with a sophisticated understanding of art, history, curatorial principles and institutional practices. They have a recognized history of championing the principals of DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion) in their curatorial practice. Applicants must demonstrate experience converting exciting ideas into working programs and inventive exhibitions and building a collection of national significance for future generations. As a member of the Executive Team they should be able to demonstrate their collaborative managerial approach, flexibility, collegiality, and enthusiasm for engaging a diverse community through art and creativity.

Applicants must have superior presentation and public speaking skills, as well as the ability to demonstrate strong leadership presence. They must be able to take a leadership role in promoting the importance of American history, art and culture which requires constant engagement with a variety of stakeholders, including the museum’s Board of Commissioners, Collections Committee, colleagues, press, donors, external partners, as well as the general public.

Candidates must hold themselves and their work to the highest ethical standards. Strategic thinking, financial acumen, organizational effectiveness, and a passion for staff development are fundamental functions of the position.

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #21A-JW-306007-MPA-NPG.

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Contract Opportunity:

Facing History Curriculum Guide Researcher/Writer

About the contract:

The Contractor shall provide professional, technical, non-personal researching and writing services for “Facing History: Curriculum for Teaching U.S. History through Portraiture” in the National Portrait Gallery’s Audience Engagement Department.

The Facing History curriculum guide will be a suite of materials written for teachers and students primarily at the 8th grade level. This will be a formal education resource, citing national and (where appropriate) local education standards of learning. The components of Facing History will include themed Study Guides, teaching posters, videos, access to museum educators, and a portal entry for use of images.

“Facing History” will serve as a national model for teaching American history in the 5th-12th grade US History classroom using the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The Facing History curriculum guide will be a suite of materials written for teachers and students primarily at the 8th grade level. This will be a formal education resource, citing national and (where appropriate) local education standards of learning. The components of Facing History will include themed Study Guides, teaching posters, videos, access to museum educators, and a portal entry for use of images. Facing History will be a series of curriculum guides based on the themes in the upcoming Portraits of a Nation exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Quotes for services (including resume, cover letter, and writing sample) are due by Friday, November 20, 2020. Please apply by email to whitebz@si.edu

To applicants:  

Please make sure your bid packet is completed as required and submitted by Friday, November  20, 2020. Should you be the selected contractor, you will need a DUNS number and active registration in SAM.gov (for “All Awards”). 

Facing History Curriculum Guide Researcher/Writer:

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