Manager of PK-12 Museum Education, Wisconsin Historical Museum

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The Wisconsin Historical Society, considered one of the nation’s finest historical institutions, is a State of Wisconsin government agency as well as a mission-driven entrepreneurial organization.  The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. At its core, the Society believes that increasing the public’s knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit. The Society’s values are to Embrace a Spirit of Service, Engage our Expertise, Spark Enthusiasm, Cultivate Inclusion, Exceed Expectations, and Think Big and Grow with Purpose. Its collections, historic sites and museums, historic preservation office and extensive educational programs are focused on enriching and transforming lives through unparalleled access to history.

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Position Summary
The Manager of PK-12 Museum Education is responsible for facilitating dynamic learning experiences for a diverse range of PK-12 students and teachers through field trips, virtual learning, and in-classroom programs.  Utilizing inquiry-based education models and other interactive modes of learning, this position creates a vibrant learning environment for students across grade bands and curricular areas.

The Manager of PK-12 Museum Education is part of the Wisconsin History Center team and will play an important role in the development of the educational program in this new museum. Before and after opening, the Wisconsin History Center will serve thousands of students in Wisconsin, the Midwest region and across the nation. The educational program of the Wisconsin History Center will be grounded in the pursuit of historical literacy with learning outcomes tied to civic engagement, sustainability, and ingenuity.

This position coordinates a team of learning facilitators, providing scheduling, training, and support for their professional growth while managing the operations of the museum education program.  This role will also work collaboratively with colleagues across the Society to support marketing, fundraising, and programmatic efforts.


Salary Information
The salary will be between $20 – $28 per hour ($41,600 to $58,240 annually) in accordance with the provisions of the current Compensation Plan. This position is in pay schedule 13, range 04; Civil service classification is Education Specialist.  A12-month probationary period will be required.


Job Details
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) should complete the application process to apply.

WHS does not sponsor work visas.  Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

Certain positions within WHS may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process.

All state employees must report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not and provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment.  The State of Wisconsin continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols for COVID.  Please visit Division of Personnel Management Coronavirus – COVID-19 ( for the most up-to-date information. Guidance may be subject to change.


Please make sure to describe the following qualifications within your resume and/or letter of qualifications in order to be considered for this position.

Minimally qualified candidate will have experience in all of the following:

  • Experience facilitating learning with students of various ages in informal or formal education settings
  • Creating original lesson plans or similar programming for K-12 audiences
  • Working with educators to organize field trips or other educational programs
  • Coordinating or leading teams of people

In addition to minimum qualifications, a well-qualified candidate will additionally have experience in one of the following areas:

  • Developing in-gallery museum education programming for K-12 audiences
  • Using historic content to create meaningful learning experiences tied to civic engagement, sustainability, and/or ingenuity
  • Creating or facilitating professional growth opportunities for team members
  • Managing educational program operations, spaces, and resources


How To Apply
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Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications for your application and what should be included in these materials, click here for resume and letter of qualifications instructions.

Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process.

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce.
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Deadline to Apply
Applications are due at 11:59PM on November 3, 2022.

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