The Smithsonian Institution has begun hiring to fill a growing number of positions that were previously vacant, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
The institute, the world’s largest museum and the oldest continuously operating museum, has made hiring a priority in the wake of a devastating fire that killed 19 people in 2014.
The Smithsonian hired about 50 new staffers and is hoping to fill vacancies on all levels.
The new hires include people who have worked for the museum before and who are now qualified to work at the institute, said Smithsonian spokeswoman Stephanie O’Brien.
Some positions are open for a year, while others are available for only a year or two.
There is no timeline for when the new hires will be available to join the museum, which has been forced to shut down in recent years due to poor attendance and funding.
But O’Connor said the institute will work with the Smithsonian to find new ways to help its workers in the months ahead.
In addition to filling vacancies, the institute is also hiring for a number of new positions in the field of philanthropy.
“We’re doing our part to help keep the Smithsonian moving forward, and I think this is just another step in that direction,” O’Brian said.
The foundation, which operates more than 2,000 museums worldwide, is hiring for more than 200 positions across a variety of industries, including the arts, business and education.
The goal is to fill positions that will keep the museum alive and well.
“The Smithsonian Foundation is committed to hiring talented people, regardless of their background, to do the important work of the institution,” the foundation said in a statement.
“These positions are designed to serve the needs of our community through leadership development, cultural events, and educational outreach.”
The Smithsonian is expected to have about 400 full-time employees by the end of 2020, according to O’Boyle.
Many of the positions require no prior experience or experience in philanthropic work, such as helping raise money for a charity, O’Leary said.
“I think that’s really important, especially with the new economy, that you do have people who are experienced in philanthropism who can step into those positions and provide that expertise,” Orenstein said.
This is the second time that the Smithsonian has seen a significant increase in the number of applicants for a position.
In May, the foundation hired a team of about 80 people, including two full-timers.
O’Malley, the Smithsonian director of philanthropic and arts programs, said she has no idea why the new staffing levels have been increasing.
“It’s not unusual,” she said.
In January, the museum hired about 60 people for a new program called the Humanities in the World initiative.
The Humanities program seeks to connect its members to other philanthropic groups, especially those working on global issues.
Orensteins said that the institute has already spent millions of dollars to hire people for the Humanism initiative.
“In addition to the $3.5 million we spent to hire staff, we’re going to spend a lot more,” Olinstein said, adding that it’s not clear yet whether the new hiring is for the same group of positions.