Manager of Education Programs
Job Details
National Building Museum - Main Office - Washington, DC
Position Overview

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 individuals work. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.


Position Description

The Museum seeks an experienced, collaborative and enthusiastic professional to support the rebuild, design and management of K-12 education programs. The Manager of Education Programs (MEP) 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 curriculum, programs and experiences that educate and inspire future generations of building industry professionals and community leaders. Under the direction of the Vice President of Education and Engagement, this position works within the Education and Engagement department and collaboratively across the organization to lead the conceptualization, development, implementation, and evaluation, both content and operational, of mission-centered, K-12 education programs. The MEP 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 facilitate bold, unique and relevant K-12 education programs that are aligned with organizational priorities and programmatic strategic goals as well as content and curricular standards
  • Serve as Project lead for the evaluation, redesign, and strategic growth planning for the existing NBM teen engagement programs, Investigating Where We Live, The Design Apprenticeship Program and CityVision
  • Support and promote a culture of learning and ambassadorship across the organization through strategic content and instructional training of front-line staff
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Community Engagement to design and implement exhibition aligned programs and supporting materials
  • Develop and launch a robust educator professional learning program that is aligned with industry standards and pedagogical best practices
  • Develop and track metrics to measure effectiveness and analyze/share evaluation results
  • Partner with development team to identify new and maximize current, foundation, corporate and individual sponsorship and funding opportunities for education programs
  • Actively build opportunistic and sustainable partnerships with individuals, cultural organizations, school systems, academic institutions and community agencies to broaden awareness, support resources and revenue for education programs and the institution
  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate education program staff
  • Monitor and maintain the education programs budget
  • Supervise and manage the education programs calendar
  • Maintain current knowledge of museum education programming, including the activities of peer organizations, emerging and established practices and trending topics in formal and informal education, curricular design and professional learning.
  • Assist the Marketing and Communications team to prepare and edit print and digital materials that promote, publicize and interpret education programs
  • Serve as a primary ambassador for offsite presentations, conversations and events
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in education, museum studies, architecture, urban planning, and/or other fields related to the building arts strongly preferred  

  • Education program design, facilitation, and management experience within a non-profit and/or museum setting strongly preferred 

  • Curriculum writing and professional learning programmatic design and implementation experience strongly preferred 

  • Staff management experience required  

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 

  • Demonstrated attention to detail with an ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks.   

  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills 

  • Passion for architecture, urban planning, and other fields related to the building arts preferred.  

  • Proficiency at both working independently and collaborating as part of a team 

  • 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.