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Director of Learning

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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 to lead the organization’s dynamic Learning Division.

The Director of Learning is responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating educational outreach, school initiatives, and educational partnership  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, early, and adult learners; 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 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. 

The Director of Learning serves as the institution’s audience expert and coordinates with curatorial, collections, and archives staff to engage audiences with collections and exhibitions, including advising on interactive learning opportunities. The Director of Learning develops, gathers, and shares audience feedback and survey data.

The Director of Learning is responsible for researching, planning, facilitating, and evaluating civics-focused virtual and on-site learning, public tours, activities, and programs in line with the mission of the History Center and the goals of the Learning department.

The Director of Learning 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 and community partners to create educational content and initiatives that align with the History Center’s strategic mission.

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt, division director position reporting to the Executive 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 history 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.

The successful candidate will be required to prove that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

Why Work at the History Center?

  • Rewarding, mission-driven work that makes an impact in the community!
  • Smithsonian affiliated museum located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District
  • Voted the #1 history museum in the nation by the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice poll – February 2024.
  • Voted the Best Museum in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine’s Reader Poll 2022 & 2023
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Full benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 403(B) retirement plans with employer match
  • Paid time off
  • Nine (9) paid holidays
  • Company paid life insurance / LTD
  • Discounts in the Museum Shop and Cafe

The History Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The History Center celebrates diversity and is committed to treating all applicants & employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other classification protected by law.