Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in
Smithsonian history. With our Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III, who
was previously the founding director of the Smithsonian's National
Museum of African American History and Culture, we are positioned
to realize our goal of being a truly 21st century museum complex.
The Smithsonian is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase
and diffusion of knowledge” and as such we use our resources to
encourage curiosity, ignite wonder and spark the joy of learning.
Following the success of the Smithsonian’s first comprehensive
capital campaign, the largest ever undertaken by a cultural
organization, the Smithsonian has built a model fundraising
organization. This position offers exciting opportunities for the
successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of
the Smithsonian. There is no better time to join this amazing
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American
History (NMAH) seeks a Special Events Assistant to serve as a
member of its Special Events team. This is an entry level
opportunity for an energetic professional with strong time
management, organizational, and problem-solving skills. The Special
Events Assistant position involves event planning, scheduling, and
designing for receptions, dinners for corporations and
organizations, exhibition openings, donation ceremonies, staff
receptions, and donor cultivation for the Museum’s Director.
The candidate is responsible for drafting a budget for each
event and suggesting/ planning appropriate menus, décor, music,
entertainment, seating arrangements, and other event
scenarios. The candidate drafts invitation text and other
event related correspondence. The candidate initiates
purchase orders and financial arrangements for vendor services and
prepares Smithsonian forms, memorandum, and briefings outlining
event arrangements. The candidate attends events to ensure all
requirements are carried out.
The successful candidate must possess customer service skills
and communicate in an effective and timely manner. Candidates must
have the initiative and ability to work independently on multiple
projects concurrently, and at times under short deadlines.
The incumbent must be able to staff events with the flexibility to
work early mornings and late nights and occasional weekends. The
candidate must have experience planning and coordinating
reception-type events for a cultural organization to ensure
appropriateness of event components, protocol, and etiquette.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to NMAHApplications@si.edu
subject “Special Events Assistant” by September 30, 2022.
Resumes should include a description of your paid and non-paid work
experience that is related to this job; starting and ending dates
of job (Month and year); and average number of hours worked per
week. Starting Salary for an IS-07 is $50,643 per year plus
The Smithsonian Institution ensures its employees (federal and
trust), applicants, and affiliated persons (interns, research
associates, fellows, and volunteers) are protected from
discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace regardless of
their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender
identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation),
age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental
status, or political affiliation and are free from reprisal against
protected activities. In addition, other Smithsonian policy
prohibits discrimination based on membership in an employee
organization or other non-merit factors, and political
The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the
application and hiring process, please notify the contact person
listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.