Youth Education Manager

Five Areas of Accountability

  • Develops programs, experiences, and complementary materials for youth and family audiences
  • Implements programs and experiences
  • Recruit, onboard, and supervise contract educators
  • Ensures consistency of results
  • Coordinates with Comms on marketing


Are you a dynamic teacher who thrives on sparking curiosity in kids? Do you enjoy engaging with youth and family audiences through unique and immersive experiences? If so, then the International Spy Museum (SPY) has an exciting position open for you! SPY is recruiting a Youth Education Manager to join our innovative and creative team. This person will help envision and deliver mission-driven programs that bring SPY’s content to life both onsite and beyond the Museum’s walls (offsite and virtually) for a variety of ages. 

The International Spy Museum is a private, nonprofit museum dedicated to educating the public about the world of espionage and intelligence through exhibits, educational programs, special events, and public outreach. We are the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events.

The International Spy Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions and help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the people behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history.

Success Traits

  • Passionate about informal education and creating unique, one-of-a-kind experiences
  • Eager to engage with youth audiences and create memorable programming to meet their needs
  • Excellent teaching ability with demonstrated skills in using innovative techniques to diverse audiences
  • Thinks outside the box to create new and exciting programs and resources
  • Not afraid to take risks and learn from mistakes
  • Confident and expressive public speaker who connects with audiences of all ages
  • Team player who thrives on collaborating with internal and external stakeholders 


  • Design and implement unique and unforgettable experiences for youth audiences including:
    • K-12 student workshops that have students participating in scenario-based programs focused on the shadow world of espionage. SPY workshops can be delivered both onsite, offsite, and virtually.
    • Spy Camp, a one of a kind innovative in-person day camp that has recruits out on the streets of DC conducting various missions.
    • Large scale family festivals and overnights that leave participants Spy Museum fans for life.
    • Girl Scout workshops that provide hands-on activities highlighting female espionage stories.
    • Educator professional development workshops that help teachers supplement their curriculum with SPY’s unique content and resources.
  • Conduct evaluations and assessments of programs to ensure that they meet the Programs Department’s objectives, goals, and high expectations.
  • Recruit, onboard, and supervise “training officers” (contract educators) to assist with the implementation of youth programming.
  • Maintain existing partnerships and seek out new community partnerships to make SPY more accessible to the public.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Youth Education and Museum Educator to develop exciting new curriculum and programmatic resources for youth audiences.
  • Manage budget and track annual expenses for Youth Education Department.
  • Provide program data to internal and external stakeholders and for grant and sponsorship proposals, reports, and funding initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to ensure SPY’s goal of offering engaging, accessible, and inclusive experiences is met.

Minimum Education & Experience Required

  • Master’s Degree required, preferably in Museum Studies, Museum Education or Education (elementary or secondary).
  • Three years museum education or programming experience with diverse audiences.
  • Management experience preferred.
  • One year experience managing large-scale programs (250+ people) preferred.
  • One year of virtual teaching preferred. 

Skills Preferred

  • Passion for learning and educating various audiences 
  • Desire to learn more about SPY’s content and have fun with it
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Dynamic public speaking skill and an ability to connect with youth audiences
  • Flair for the dramatic
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines
  • Poised and calm demeanor when handling customer issues
  • Ability to thrive and collaborate in a fast-paced, small team setting
  • Focus on accuracy and details
  • Familiarity with Common Core and National Curriculum Standards
  • Motivation to provide a high-level product and service
  • Experience with budget management and planning
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Zoom

Special Considerations

  • Occasional evening and weekend work required
  • Ability to handle, lift, and move stock weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Vaccination is required as a condition of employment and reasonable accommodations will be considered.

How to apply: 

To Apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to the Youth Education Application Form.