Assistant Director for Programs and Experiential Learning

Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Washington College
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 29, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience seeks qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director for Programs and Experiential Learning.

(Please note that the Starr Center is also hiring an Assistant Director for Communications and Outreach; that job listing is here .)

The interdisciplinary Starr Center is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to American history and culture at the local and national levels. Established in 2000, the Center promotes excellence in the study of American history, politics, and culture; builds bridges among diverse academic disciplines and with other institutions; engages with a broad range of public constituencies; and creates special on- and off-campus opportunities for Washington College students and faculty. Our current programs include a major partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; extensive work in oral history; a national book award; visiting fellowships; and a myriad of hands-on opportunities in public history for undergraduates.

This staff member will be a hands-on leader of experiential learning opportunities for Washington College students. Serving as an educator, mentor, and supervisor to undergraduate students, they will design and implement out-of-classroom learning opportunities, including on-site and off-site internships, exploratory trips, and research projects. In partnership with other staff and faculty across the campus, the Assistant Director will develop and coordinate events and programs designed to bring these students into conversation and collaboration with the local community and broader world. We are seeking the kind of person who loves to lead students on a neighborhood tour, a weekend road trip, a deep archive dive, or an oral history interview.

This staff member will also act at the Starr Center’s chief public events manager. Working collaboratively with other Starr Center staff and on- and off-campus cosponsors, the Assistant Director will help plan, promote, and support Center-sponsored activities and events. These will include trips, conferences, lectures, performances, workshops, community conversations, receptions, and meals. The Assistant Director will work with other staff to ensure broad and diverse participation in Center programs.

The Assistant Director will also serve as the Center’s primary liaison with Washington College’s admissions office to develop and implement the Center’s participation in recruitment, scholarships, and outreach.

A bachelor’s degree and a strong background in education and American history are required. Professional background in education and/or experiential learning — whether in schools, museums, outdoor education, or other settings — is also sought. Experience in managing and implementing public programs or special events is desirable. 

This is a full-time, benefit-eligible position.

Washington College, with 1,450 undergraduates, is a liberal-arts institution that emphasizes close student/faculty collaboration and integrative learning. Established in 1782, it is the nation’s 10th-oldest college and the first one chartered in the newly independent United States, as well as America’s first fully secular college. George Washington was among the institution’s original trustees and major donors.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment, and encourages applications from women, people of color, disabled persons, members of the LGBTQ community, and veterans.