1868 Site Manager, Minnesota History Center

  • Full Time
  • St Paul ,MN
  • $80240.00 USD / Year

Website Minnesota Historical Society

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JOB TITLE: Site Manager, Minnesota History Center

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

COMPENSATION: $80,240.00 annual minimum; commensurate with experience

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 2,080 annual hours) position.

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

DESIGNATION: Supervisory

POSTING DATE: February 5, 2024

DEADLINE DATE: Open Until Filled *Priority will be given to applications received before February 26, 2024

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.

INTERVIEWS: Virtual interviews will be held on March 1st, March 4th, and/or March 5th. Candidates may be invited for second round interviews to be held in-person on March 26th, March 27th, April 3rd, and/or April 5th.

DESCRIPTION: This position exists to provide overall management and professional administration of the Minnesota History Center. The Site Manager, Minnesota History Center has responsibility for the site’s planning and development, interpretive program, staff selection and supervision, budget, rental program, cafe, and maintenance in line with the policies and procedures of the Minnesota Historical Society.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Manage and coordinate site programs, special events, and rental operations so that institutional and division goals and objectives are fulfilled in accordance with institutional and professional standards; 2) Provide supervision, support and guidance to assigned staff as well as oversight of the day-to-day operations of the department; 3) Lead the site’s develop and implementation of public education programs so that the visiting public is educated and engaged in the learning process and current scholarship is maintained; 4) Oversee and coordinate the preservation and maintenance of all site structures and grounds to maintain structural integrity and to ensure maximum visitor and staff safety; 5) Secure, budget, disburse and monitor state and non-state fiscal resources so that the site operates effectively, efficiently and according to MNHS policies and procedures; 6) Serve as a key coordinator, collaborator, and liaison between the History Center’s museum, library, and institutional headquarters functions; and 7) Champion the site through marketing and community engagement.


● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

● Eight years managing museum operations, business administration, or related management experience, including supervising staff.

● Ability to work a flexible schedule when needed, including evenings and weekends and being on-call.

● Ability to work in an environment where the air quality may contain dust, mold or other airborne particles.

● Required to lift and carry files and objects up to 20 pounds independently.

● Valid driver’s license.

● Ability and willingness to travel.


● Supervise staff, writing work plans and actively managing employee’s performance to ensure success towards organizational goals.

● Creating, fostering, and leading a collaborative team environment that values individuals’ diversity of expertise, experience, and perspective while working towards common goals.

● Planning, organizing and managing complex budgets and multi-faceted projects/programs within a large institution.

● Experience in managing large, multiple, complex projects through periods of growth, reduction, and change.

● Customer service and interpersonal communications skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

● Demonstrated innovative and entrepreneurial leadership or programmatic.

● Multitasking, working effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritizing and adapting to changing priorities.

● Creating work plans and setting objectives, and prioritizing to meet evolving department and institutional goals.

● Working independently and taking individual initiative while also being able to collaborate effectively and contribute positively in a team environment.

● Communication, both orally and written, including preparing and delivering reports and presentations.

● Creating positive partnerships and relationships within an organization and with external partners.

● Gathering data, analyzing, and organizing information into action plans.

● Computer skills, specifically Google applications.


● Knowledge of and ability in historical interpretation methodology and techniques sufficient to develop and implement interpretive programs.

● Project management principles.

● Minnesota History and MNHS programming.


● Project management experience.

● Experience with fundraising and grant writing.

● Knowledge of preservation, maintenance, and security methods for historic structures, grounds, and cultural landscapes.

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.