Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator, Lunder Conservation Center



Applications due by Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is seeking a creative individual who is motivated by working with the public, and skilled at developing and coordinating public and professional programs and interpretive materials.  This program position coordinates the outreach, education, and advocacy initiatives of the Lunder Conservation Center (LCC) and serves as the center's representative for public engagement activities.  The LCC is a visible conservation facility with floor-to-ceiling glass walls.  The center is comprised of five labs and studios where the public can see conservators examining, assessing, and treating fine art, frames, works on paper, objects, and paintings from the museum’s collection. 

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time non-federal trust position equivalent to GS-09 (2022 starting annual salary $61,947) with benefits and promotion potential to the equivalent of GS-11. The Smithsonian Institution offers a comprehensive benefits package for trust employees. Please see  for a complete description.


The Program Coordinator is responsible for planning and coordinating educational programming for diverse audiences, with content focused on conservation, preservation, and care of the collections, and STEM/STEAM (science, technology, education, art, and mathematics) materials.  Responsibilities include designing interpretive content; developing and administering public programs; evaluating feedback and program surveys; and being a liaison to the public for outreach, advocacy, and engagement activities. 

Programs are developed in collaboration with the conservators for content and in coordination with and under the supervision of the Head of Conservation for implementation.  The position also works with conservators to identify and host professional workshops and symposiums for specialized audiences that include conservators, curators, and other museum professionals.

The position serves as part of a museum-wide team that includes education, interpretive, and visitor engagement staff.  The team collaborates on content release and calendar event planning; works collaboratively on museum programming initiatives; and collectively supports the museum's website content, blog postings, and social media platforms.  The program coordinator manages all tours and public inquiries for the center and works with LCC staff to promote the understanding of conservation and programmatic activities at the center.

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of art conservation profession and/or STEM/STEAM educational experience
  • Educational background in fine arts and/or art history or museum studies
  • Ability to research and develop interpretive materials, and evaluate programing
  • Skill in web and interactive computer applications and formats, especially content management, communications, and image editing
  • Proficiency in planning, developing, and implementing public programs
  • Experience in financial budgeting, tracking, and procurement

Key Eligibility Requirements:

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Schedule flexibility for weekend programming

How to Apply

Email your resume, writing sample, letter of interest, and at least 2 professional references to Amber Kerr, Head of Lunder Conservation Center, at  with the subject line of "LCC Program Coordinator" no later than Sunday May 22nd 2022 at 11:59PM EST.


Dan Weinwurm, SAAM Personnel Manager


The Smithsonian is an Equal Opportunity Employer