The African American Interpretive Fellowship is a 24-month position, funded by a grant from Comcast NBCUniversal that will contribute to the Museum’s Diversify Living History Initiative. This project, which began in 2018, aims to cultivate and support a more diverse community of people engaged in the work of costumed living history and museum education.

Reporting to the Gallery Interpretation Manager, the Interpretive Fellow will oversee the implementation of the second phase of the initiative, which is focused on African American interpretation. This phase will include programming related to a 2021-2022 special exhibition, and the Fellow will coordinate certain programming including the creation of a new first-person theatrical play about James Forten (1766-1842), a free African American Revolutionary sailor and Philadelphian. The Fellow will also collaborate in the management of the Museum’s Meet the Revolution! Interpreters-in-Residence fellowship program (Summer 2021) and a summer living history institute for teens and young adults (Summer 2022). These components are part of the Museum’s wider interpretive and living history programming, including things like the Occupied Philadelphia annual event and the First Oval Office Project travelling program. As part of the Museum’s Education team, the Fellow will conduct research, present at professional conferences, and deliver formal and informal interpretive programs for all audiences

This a full-time, grant-funded, 24-month, salaried position with benefits. The salary will be commensurate with experience and education and range from $40,000 – $50,000.

The Museum encourages applicants from various fields and backgrounds to submit a compelling cover letter that explains their interest in the position and work, even if their precise experience does not meet all requirements.

The African American Interpretive Fellowship is made possible by grant support from Comcast NBCUniversal.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to

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