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Team Leader: Investigating Where We Live

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Education Department

The National Building Museum seeks three creative, adaptable, and passionate individuals to serve as Team Leaders for Investigating Where We Live, a summer program for youth, ages 13 – 18. Working collaboratively with staff, interns, volunteers, and program partners, Team Leaders guide a group of up to 12 youth through a 5 week program with predetermined curriculum that includes digital photography, historical research, interviewing, writing, art making, and exhibition design. The position oversees the day-to-day safety, care, and well being of the teen participants, both on and off the Museum property.


  • Support teen participants and facilitate learning in photography, brainstorming, exhibition design, critical thinking, and teamwork.
  • Work collaboratively with IWWL project team to coordinate, develop, and facilitate curriculum.
  • Foster a collaborative and respectful team dynamic among teen participants as well as adult interns and volunteers.
  • Research project-related sites in Washington, D.C. and coordinate site visits and interviews with relevant residents, experts, and community leaders.
  • Coordinate teen participant’s weekly and daily agenda, including site visits, research, brainstorming, design, and installation of exhibition.
  • Oversee exhibition creation and installation.
  • Ensure safety, care, and well being of participants, on and off Museum property according to safety protocols established by the Museum.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, preferably in education, museum studies, design, history, or related field.
  • One year experience (paid or volunteer) working with diverse populations of youth ages 13 – 18 in an education (formal or informal) or similar setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement a project from conception to completion.
  • Experience working as a member of a team as well as demonstrated ability to accomplish tasks independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.

Optional Qualifications

  • Knowledge of or interest in the built environment, writing, digital photography, studio art, or exhibition design.

The position is 25–30 hours/week mid-June through mid-August. Mandatory staff training is June 18 – July 6; program dates are July 10 – August 9, 2018. Program hours are 9:30 am–3 pm on Mondays and 8:45 am–4 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Training hours are 9 am–3 pm, Monday through Thursday; we will not meet Wednesday, July 4, but will meet Friday, July 6. This is a non-exempt/non-benefited position.

Send cover letter and resume (Attn: Team Leader IWWL Position) to  No phone calls, please.