This position is located in Office of Under Secretary for Museums & Culture. The employee provides leadership in fulfilling the mission of recognizing and fostering understanding and appreciation of the contributions women have made to the foundations of American society and culture through the generation and diffusion of new knowledge based on the collections of the Smithsonian.



  • Provides vision and leadership for the representation of women’s experiences at the Smithsonian and through directing the American Women’s History Initiative, advising the Secretary, Under Secretary for Museums & Culture and other officials, and collaborating with colleagues in and beyond the Smithsonian; and strategically implements scholarly, digital, and educational activities that realize that vision.
  • Advises and consults with the Under Secretary for Museums & Culture and other appropriate senior management officials, including museum directors and Smithsonian digital leads, on pan-Institutional programs and issues that relate to and can facilitate the inclusion of AWHI programmatic goals and objectives, especially in the representation of U. S. women and their history and culture.
  • Oversees the initiative’s planning, development, and management. Sets, reviews, and executes annual and out-year budgets and determines appropriate staffing within approved budgets.
  • Performs the full range of supervisory duties for direct reports, and dotted line supervision of AWHI curators hired throughout the institution.

About Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers, and affiliates around the world. To create a more equitable and just American society, the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative (AWHI) will create, educate, disseminate, and amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women. The Smithsonian wants the role of women in American history to be well-known, accurate, acknowledged, and empowering.