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National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)


The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is seeking a curatorial assistant for a full-time contract position starting in August 2018. The contractor will work with a curator on research and program development for a symposium on black architects and planners, and curatorial research on black architectural history. The contractor will be responsible for services related to managing and tracking proper and up-to-date information pertaining to objects under consideration for acquisition and existing collection objects. The goal of the project is to assist the curator in completing the acquisition of object, make artifact information publicly accessible, and make artifact information available for inclusion in Museum-defined projects to include conducting research related to the objects and object donors. The contractor will be involved working with several departments at NMAAHC, other Smithsonian museums and centers, and organizations outside of the Smithsonian who may serve as collaborators or funders.


Candidates must have knowledge of American History, particularly regarding African American history and culture.

Candidates must have experience conducting research pertaining to African American history and material culture.

Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Outlook. 

Candidates must also have strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.

Experience with public programs, budgets, and strong interpersonal skills is a plus. 

Experience handling objects is a requirement


Any interested candidates should forward a resume (2 pages max) and a personal statement (1 page max) that outlines your experience and describes what makes you a good fit for this position to Elaine Nichols at . Submissions are due by 1pm June 29. As this is a contract position, all submissions will be reviewed to obtain a sense of the pool of candidates. A selection of candidates will be made from the submitted pool and the selected candidates will be invited to submit a Request for Quote. 

Please contact Martin Cullen, ,with any questions about contracting in general. If you do not have a DUNS number and you are not registered in the System for Awards (SAM) management, contact Martin right away for guidance on how to go through the process of getting a DUNS number and being registered in SAM. You must both have a DUNS number and be registered in SAM to work on contract for the Smithsonian Institution.