1600 Program Specialist, History Day

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JOB TITLE: #1600 Program Specialist, History Day
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, regular (approximately 2,088 annual hours) position.
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: Experience Development
CLASSIFICATION: 11L Professional
HIRING MANAGER: Head of History Day
POSTING DATE: May 16, 2022
DEADLINE DATE: May 30, 2022
TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION: This position exists to develop and coordinate student and teacher services for the statewide History Day program in Minnesota through partnerships with colleges and universities, historical organizations, libraries and archives. The Program Specialist will deliver educational programs for students in grades 6-12; lead the development and delivery of either the college-aged mentor program; and assist in the delivery of library programs; assist with development and delivery of curriculum materials; assist and deliver professional development programs for teachers; coordinate collaborations with other MNHS departments and historic sites to serve History Day participants; and design and develop teaching materials as needed for these programs.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Lead the design, development and implementation of major History Day program initiatives (mentor program) to support participating students and teachers through partnerships with schools, educational organizations, historical/cultural organizations, businesses, and community groups/leaders; 2) Work with internal and external partners, create and implement plans for delivery of History Day curricular resources and programs; 3) Under the direction of program leadership, plan, research, and develop engaging curricular resources and programs for K-16 History Day teachers and students.

● Bachelor’s degree in history, education, or humanities discipline or related field.
● Five years experience working in historical research, education, program delivery, or program development or curriculum development.
● Effective communication skills, including ability to write clearly and concisely and effective oral communication with individuals and groups.
● Understanding of culturally relevant pedagogy and social-emotional learning techniques.
● Previous experience working with external partners, including community groups or organizations, to deliver programs and/or services to the public.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently and take individual initiative while also being able to collaborate effectively and contribute positively in a team environment.
● Demonstrated ability to multitask, work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritize and adapt to changing priorities.
● Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals.
● Demonstrated ability to think imaginatively and problem solve.
● Knowledge of history research methodology and data gathering techniques, including ability to conduct original research in primary source collections, synthesize research, and communicate findings.
● Computer skills necessary to develop quality project and program documentation.
● Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for scheduled events.
● Valid driver’s license.
● Ability to travel throughout the state and nationwide.

● Two years previous experience as some form of participant in the History Day program.
● Language skills outside of English.
● General knowledge of Minnesota and United States history.
● Master’s degree in history, American Culture studies, museum studies, or a relevant field.
● Six years previous experience developing interpretive programs for school and museum audiences.
● Eight years previous experience delivering interpretive programs to diverse audiences.
● Previous experience developing and writing curriculum for K-12.
● Familiarity with Minnesota Historical Society interpretive programs, including K-12 programs and/or exhibits.
● Previous experience creating training materials and/or conducting training for interpreters or volunteers.
● General knowledge of Minnesota and United States history

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.