1585 Volunteer & Intern Program Manager

Website Minnesota Historical Society

museum / volunteer opportunities

JOB TITLE: #1585 Volunteer & Intern Programs Manager

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

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

SALARY: $5,511.00 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: Human Resources, Volunteers & Interns



HIRING MANAGER: Chief Human Resources & Inclusion Officer

POSTING DATE: April 21, 2022

DEADLINE DATE: May 5, 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 plan, manage, supervise and implement all aspects of the volunteer and intern functions of MNHS; and organize, direct, administer and evaluate the volunteer and intern functions of the institution. This position manages approximately 2300 volunteers, 100 interns, and 150 staff members who place volunteers and interns at MNHS. As a result, people of Minnesota will become involved as MNHS volunteers and interns at all levels and will enhance the mission of the institution with effective volunteer activities and intern experiences.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Provide vision and leadership for the Volunteer and Internship programs to align strategy, goals, processes and results with the MNHS mission; 2) Manage oversight and implement the operations of the volunteer and intern programs to sustain a high level of performance and productivity; 3) Direct the development and implementation of budgets, planning, annual reports and evaluations by working with leadership and managers across MNHS; 4) Provide supervision, support, guidance, coaching, hiring, training and development of volunteer and intern staff; and 5) Represent MNHS Volunteer and Intern programs both externally and internally.


● Bachelor’s degree plus six-eight years program experience or equivalent OR an advanced degree plus five years program experience or equivalent.

● Demonstrated leadership ability in the field of volunteerism, including knowledge of current trends and issues in volunteerism.

● Experience and demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership and management to volunteer program staff and the ability to direct the work of others.

● Effective administration skills to plan, develop, organize, and manage systems and multifaceted projects within a complex institution.

● Demonstrated interpersonal skills to maintain productive working relationships with Society employees, volunteers, community organizations and special interest groups.

● Ability to establish and manage competing priorities.

● Knowledge of the basic principles of volunteers and personnel management as related to recruitment, selection, placement, training, supervision, and motivation of staff and volunteers.

● Knowledge of the basic principles of organization, public relations, marketing, and administration.

● Knowledge of the community organization process.

● Computer knowledge sufficient to maintain a database and keep computer systems current.

● Strong interpersonal and communication skills including conflict resolution.

● Ability to write clearly and accurately.

● Strong public speaking skills.

● Strong training skills appropriate to volunteer training.

● Experience and demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership and management to staff supervisors.

● Knowledge of federal and state legislation that affects volunteer and intern operation. Knowledge  of federal and state laws related to volunteerism and risk management, payroll, minimum wage  practices, child labor laws, volunteer protection act, Fair Labor Standards Act and Worker’s  Compensation.

● Valid driver’s license.


● General understanding of MNHS and its programs.

● Commitment to and enthusiasm for MNHS’ mission.

● Advanced degree.

● Experience working with a large scale volunteer and intern programs in excess of 500 participants.

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.