Vice President of Programs and Chief Curator


The National Women’s History Museum seeks a Vice President of Programs and Chief Curator, a new role for the Museum, that will work with leadership to lead the organization’s vision and point of view over the next 10 years. As the first permanent Curator for the Museum, the Vice President will shape the long-term plan and, in turn, the direction of the robust virtual programming created by the Director of Education. As the Institution expands, the Vice President will have the opportunity to work with the President to develop a robust curatorial department. Specific responsibilities include:


  • Conceptualize and produce exhibit programs and their national components, aligning them with and leading the virtual exhibits.

  • Conceive of and develop a virtual and physical publishing plan for the Museum to follow over the short- and long-term.

  • Create partnerships with other institutions, working with them to share exhibitions and programs as applicable; in particular, work with other senior leaders in determining the evolving relationship between NWHM and the upcoming Smithsonian Women’s History Museum.

  • Create large-scale, thematic, multi-disciplinary exhibits that successfully engage audiences through compelling storytelling and creative displays.


  • The Museum currently has a small permanent collection and a library. It will be under the purview of the VP to suggest the future of collecting for the institution. Innovative ideas of collections sharing and other strategies will be welcome.
  • Manage collections by recording and cataloging artwork and items in the collection; research objects and determine their use for display and research; and create labels and interpretive materials for the items displayed.
  • Ensure all items collected reflect the mission, values, and overall storytelling perspective of NWHM.


  • Actively participate in the fundraising process, ensuring the Museum is fully funded to support additional curatorial positions, exhibition programs, and the Museum’s outreach initiatives.
  • Develop an internship and fellowship program for exhibitions and publications.


The National Women’s History Museum seeks a visionary Vice President and Chief Curator with a passion for the Museum’s mission and the role women have played in the history of the United States. The Vice President will be eager to shape the institution’s first women’s history exhibition program and will have direct knowledge of exhibition planning and production, to include creating stimulating exhibits that actively engage the audience through storytelling. This individual will be a networked expert in the field of women’s history and will serve as a key representative of the Museum to external audiences. Qualifications include:


  • At least 10 years of experience working in a museum and curatorial environment, with a demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of exhibition, design, production, and promotion.

  • Master’s degree in Women’s Studies and/or Gender Studies or related field is required; Ph.D. in these or related fields is preferred.


  • Ability to make a compelling narrative out of subjects in women’s history – enlivening the storytelling through objects, art, artifacts, and technology.

  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to create cohesive, collaborative teams that work in tandem to accomplish organizational goals.

  • Sophistication in creating relationships and rapport with a wide variety of constituents; able and willing to work with stakeholders that hold different aspirations about the ultimate direction of the Museum.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas and themes that will be easily understood by Museum visitors and the general public.

  • Genuine curiosity in the curatorial field is required, with a natural interest in discovering new ideas in the virtual and exhibition arena while thinking innovatively regarding the Museum’s collection.

  • Well-versed in how to identify and attract diverse audiences and grow audiences through public engagement and creative outreach.

  • Must possess an entrepreneurial nature and be willing to take risks in order to advance the Museum’s mission.

  • Ability to select objects of art and other items to be displayed in the Museum’s exhibition space that will bring history to life.

  • Ability to create a network to borrow objects and/or determining what items should be acquired and how they fit into the overall mission and vision of the Museum.

  • Ability to organize, present, and communicate messages effectively through design.

  • Knowledge of the role fundraising plays in advancing cultural projects.

  • Knowledge of the latest interpretation techniques, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, etc.

  • A demonstrated commitment to values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and employing these values to create a more inclusive, accurate, and representative telling of women’s history.


To apply: Questions, resumes, and CVs should be sent to [email protected].

All first-round interviews for this position will take place via telephone/video conference.

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The National Women’s History Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is seeking a diverse slate of candidates for formal consideration.