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The White House Historical Association is seeking a Programming and Engagement Manager (PEM) to join the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History in Washington, D.C. The PEM will be responsible for planning Rubenstein Center programs, cultivating relationships with historic sites and partner organizations, and engaging with new audiences, communities, and the wider public. This is a full-time position and reports to the Chief Education Officer.

The PEM will be responsible for planning the annual day-long colloquia and symposia, the virtual program White House History Live, the Presidential Sites Summit, and other events as they may arise. The PEM will work closely with the Chief Education Officer to conceptualize, develop, and execute the programmatic components of these in-person and virtual events. They will also work with other Association departments and staff including Marketing and Communications to coordinate both pre- and post-programming promotion. The PEM will also provide on-site supervision for programming. This may require early arrivals, late departures, and/or weekend hours. Programming and events will take place at The People’s House: A White House Experience, historic Decatur House, and other venues.

The PEM will work closely with the Director of Visitor Services & Experience and the Director of Education to coordinate programmatic requests at The People’s House, and with other Rubenstein Center staff for public speaking engagements. The PEM will also assist with research and content development when appropriate and as time permits.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 2+ years of planning experience for in-person and virtual programs
  • Familiarity with digital tools, technologies, and platforms relevant for programming
  • Experience with and writing for different social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and precision, high capacity for problem solving
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to create and maintain a budget
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and with others collaboratively
  • Willingness to work in a nonpartisan setting
  • An interest in White House history, presidential history, or American history

Job Details:

  • Type: Full-time
  • Compensation: This is a salaried position with pay ranging from $55,000-$60,000 annually
  • Benefits: 403(B), Life, health, dental, vision insurance, paid time off, and more
  • Working between two locations (One block apart)

Candidates selected for this position must pass a full background and reference check.

The White House Historical Association is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to enhance the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion. For more than sixty years, the Association has produced award-winning books on a wide range of subjects related to the history of the President’s House and has actively fulfilled its educational mission with robust educational programming and retail offerings including the Official White House Christmas Ornament program.

This is NOT a political position or a position with the United States Government. All proceeds from the sale of the Association’s books and products are used to fund the acquisition of historic furnishings and artwork for the permanent White House Collection, assist in the preservation of public rooms, and further its educational mission.

How to Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter describing your relevant experiences, a resume, and the names and contact information of three references, in a single Word document or PDF to The White House Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.