Director of Learning & Public Programs
Job Details
Senator John Heinz History Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Full Time
Graduate Degree

The Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is currently seeking a Director of Learning & Public Programs to lead the organization’s dynamic Learning Division.

The Director of Learning & Public Programs is responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating educational outreach, school initiatives, and public programs at the History Center and its museum system.  

This senior-level position will build and lead a team that coordinates and executes in-person and virtual experiences for students; offers professional educational opportunities for teachers; and provides its diverse audiences with equitable access to learning through strategic partners such as Pittsburgh Public Schools, Remake Learning, the Smithsonian, and more.

The Director of Learning & Public Programs serves as the lead facilitator for the History Center’s civics education initiatives, including America 101 and the national History Made By Us coalition, and oversees the History Center Affiliates Program.  

This role is additionally responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of innovative public programming for the History Center, both on-site and virtual. The successful candidate will foster relationships with external partners and create programs that appeal to diverse audiences, interests, and learning styles.

The Director of Learning and Public Programs is responsible for supervising and managing staff, volunteers, and interns within the Learning Division; creating and managing income and expense budgets; aiding the Advancement team in identifying and obtaining funding to support the History Center’s educational programs; and working with colleagues throughout the museum to create educational content and initiatives that align with the History Center’s strategic mission. 

This is a full-time, division director position reporting to the Vice President.


This position requires a master’s degree in education, museum education, museum studies, history, or other similar field or equivalent experience. 

The ideal candidate will have 8-10 years of experience working in a museum or similar cultural organization, preferably in a supervisory role that manages outreach and programs for students, educators, and diverse audiences. 

A candidate who possesses exceptional written and verbal communication skills, a thorough understanding of technology trends in education, and proficiency in teaching and learning theory is highly preferred.