Deputy Director

Washington D.C.
Salary commensurate with experience.
May 15 2021
Other, Education
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
All Industry


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is seeking an experienced executive to work with the Director and Executive Team to lead and manage a wide portfolio of programs and activities spanning the museum’s scientific, public and operational programs.  The successful candidate will bring extensive experience in leadership and management of museums or  organizations, strategic planning, financial, operational and personnel management, and policy formulation to the NMNH, which has over 450 employees plus large student and volunteer bodies. Working in collaboration with the Sant Director, this high-profile leader will formulate and implement strategic directions for the science, public and operational programs of the Museum; lead the management of the research departments, collections programs, exhibits, education, outreach and visitor experience, finances, operations, facilities, specialized laboratories, field stations, and other similar programs and partnerships; assure the quality and breadth of all Museum activities; and provide institutional leadership in broader national and international programs.

The National Museum of Natural History: The National Museum of Natural History is a public-facing, science-based museum within the Smithsonian Institution’s complex of museums and research organizations. The NMNH is dedicated to understanding and explaining the natural world and is one of the most visited natural history museums in the world, reaching more than 4 million museum visitors each year and millions more through its education programs and digital channels. With over 146 million specimens and objects, the Museum’s collections represent over 90% of the holdings of the Smithsonian and are the largest of its kind in the world. These collections, and the work of the scientific staff, form the foundation for the Museum’s extensive public programs, and include exhibitions, education, and citizen science.

The Smithsonian: The Smithsonian Institution was established by an Act of Congress in 1846 with a clear mission: the increase and diffusion of knowledge. It is the largest museum and research complex in the world with 19 museums, 8 research facilities, and the National Zoo. The Smithsonian has national and international impact in science, research, history, art, and culture. Each year, it welcomes more than 25 million visitors to its public facilities as well as 180 million web visitors, and employs approximately 6,500 staff and is supplemented by over 6,000 volunteers, interns, fellows, and visiting scientists annually. The Smithsonian is supported by a combination of federal appropriations and government grants, awards and gifts from private foundations, corporations and individuals, and self-generated commercial revenue. The Institution’s endowment also provides additional financial support.


This is a full-time, permanent position to be filled as Trust (private sector, U.S. citizenship not required, proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. required).  Salary commensurate with experience. The Smithsonian Institution offers a comprehensive package of benefits. For complete requirements and application procedures, please visit: and refer to Announcement # EX-21-09.   Applications must be received online by 5/31/2021.  Applicants will be notified by email when their applications are received.


We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.