1583 Program & Outreach Specialist, Native American Initiatives

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JOB TITLE: #1583 Program & Outreach Specialist, Native American Initiatives

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION: History Center – 345 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

SALARY: $4,223.00 monthly minimum, commensurate with experience

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time,(approximately 2,088 annual hours) project position through October 30, 2022. The position will be extended beyond the end date if funding is available.

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in the State Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals with additional paid holidays.

DEPARTMENT: Native American Initiatives

CLASSIFICATION: 11L Professional


HIRING MANAGER: Director, Native American Initiatives

POSTING DATE: April 12, 2022

DEADLINE DATE: Open until filled

TO APPLY: You must include a resume and cover letter with your application. Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs by the application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION: This position will develop and operate the Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship (NAUMF) Program; assist with sustainable and purposeful outreach strategies to Native American (NA) communities in Minnesota and exiled Dakota communities; engage emerging professionals during outreach visits; and recruit participants for the Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship (NAUMF) Program during outreach, university and tribal college visits.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Coordinate all day-to-day aspects of the NAUMF Program including but not limited to organizing the recruitment of and selection process for potential fellows, providing administrative support, managing the on-boarding process and all scheduling for fellows, mentors, advisors and program affiliates; 2) Assist with the development of and facilitate all programmatic activities, including a three week long seminar and seven week long internships, that promote the objectives of the program; 3) Assist in organizing and providing support for summer intensive internships in curatorial, conservation, archaeology, exhibit departments, and others; and 4) Participate in professional development through research, writing, presentations, and other activities.


● Bachelor’s degree plus three years experience working in public history, community outreach, program development or equivalent.

● Experience working collaboratively with Native American communities.

● Ability to create networks and connections among and within external groups.

● Strong interpersonal skills to negotiate, mediate, and collaborate with a wide variety of people with a diverse range of knowledge and skills and diverse backgrounds, education, and interests.

● Strong relationship building skills to facilitate connections between multiple community and internal partners.

● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing, by phone, and in person with varied audiences.

● Ability to use Microsoft Office and Google software and email.

● Technical skills and experience using internet and media technologies.

● Demonstrated ability to think imaginatively and problem solve.

● Demonstrated ability to multitask, work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritize and adapt to changing priorities.

● Demonstrated ability to work independently and take individual initiative while also being able to collaborate effectively and contribute positively in a team environment.

● Ability, flexibility and willingness to occasionally work a varied schedule, including evenings and weekends.

● Ability and willingness to travel within and outside of Minnesota.

● Valid driver’s license.


● Advanced degree in American Indian studies, museum studies, library science, American or public history, or a closely related field.

Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org.

At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

To apply for this job please visit www.mnhs.org.