1647 Production Manager

Website Minnesota Historical Society

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JOB TITLE: #1647 Production Manager

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

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

SALARY: $4,925.00 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.




HIRING MANAGER: Director, Exhibits

POSTING DATE: July 18, 2022

DEADLINE DATE: Open until filled

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: The Production Manager position exists to provide leadership and direction for all aspects of production and project management for exhibitions and other interpretative projects of the Minnesota Historical Society.

This position exists to plan, manage and supervise the implementation of exhibits and other related interpretative projects that make history entertaining and educational for the general public, including exhibits at the History Center Museum, historic sites, and for the traveling exhibit program. The Production Manager provides the overall management and direction for the implementation of projects that intellectually and visually meet the criteria established by the development and design process and that convey information to the intended audience, meeting content and learning objectives while staying within budget and schedule timeline.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Manage the administration of the Production Unit including but not limited to staffing, budget, and policy development; 2) Direct exhibit production and implementation process; 3) Develop long-range and annual plans for unit operations that deliver on exhibit commitments and support institutional goals and initiatives; and 4) Advocate for production in departmental planning, scheduling, and budgeting.


● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

● Expert knowledge of exhibit production management, methodology, and processes.

● Five or more years of museum exhibit production experience.

● Ability to lift 30 pounds, more than 30 with a team lift.

● Ability to stand for extended periods of time.

● Ability to bend, crouch, kneel, reach, push, and pull.

● Valid driver’s license.

● Ability and willingness to travel.


● Strong skills in human relations, personnel management, interpersonal communication, team building, tact and diplomacy.

● Ability to organize and oversee the work of others to plan and realize complex projects.

● Ability to communicate orally with individuals and groups.

● Ability to compile and synthesize verbal, written and visual information into production strategies and work plans.

● Ability to prepare clear and accurate schedules and budgets.

● Ability to manage efficiently and simultaneously several projects on discrete timetables.

● Expert skill in and knowledge of techniques for estimating labor and materials costs for a wide variety of production tasks from rough carpentry to mount making.

● Strong research skills in sourcing and selecting materials, supplies and contractors.

● Ability to write clear and accurate specifications.

● Ability to evaluate vendor’s proposals and workmanship.

● Expert knowledge of architectural and exhibit fabrication and production techniques.

● Knowledge of conservation guidelines and proper handling of artifacts.

● Working knowledge of computers for use with database, spreadsheet, word processing and computer aided design software.

● Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in service delivery and operations.

● Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals.

● 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 think imaginatively and problem solve.

● Excellent written and oral communication skills.

● Excellent customer service and human relations skills.


● Background in historical administration, history museum studies, history or a related field.

● Proficiency in Vectorworks.

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.