Community Engagement Specialist – MN History Center (St. Paul, MN)

#1535 Community Engagement Specialist

Requisition ID: 1535

JOB TITLE:    Community Engagement Specialist

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:    Inclusion & Community Engagement

CLASSIFICATION:    11L Professional


HIRING MANAGER:    Program Manager, Community Programs

POSTING DATE:    January 18, 2022

DEADLINE DATE:    February 8, 2022

TO APPLY:    Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION:  The purpose of this position is to advance the work unit strategies of establishing and nurturing community relationships –  cultural  entities, community based entities and individual community leaders.

In collaboration with the DICE Program Manager, this position leads the delivery of partnership products or program support which could include but is not limited to: the design, development, planning, and delivery of MNHS expertise, products, or programs, defined by community partners with the support of MNHS resources and/or staff.

SUMMARY OF WORK:  1) Identify, develop and implement work unit strategies to establish, nurture, or maintain collaborative relationships with community entities , vendors, and leaders; 2) Work with MNHS staff and external stakeholders to create and implement plans for delivery of community support; 3) Communicate and build collaborative relationships both internally and externally to support community engagement work done at MNHS; 4) Develop social media posts that present traditionally excluded community histories; and 5) Perform other departmental and MNHS work as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Three years experience working in community program development and delivery, education, historical research or equivalent education/experience.

  • Ethnic Studies (can be specific to a cultural group), Urban Studies, American Studies, History Museum Studies

  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and work with and in support of external partners, including community-based groups or organizations, to deliver programs and/or services to the public.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to collaborate with a wide variety of people with a diverse range of knowledge and skills and diverse backgrounds, education, and interests.

  • Personal or professional experience engaging with the Latinx community in Minnesota.

  • Established relationships with Latinx leaders and Latinx-led organizations in Minnesota.

  • Proficient written and spoken skills in Spanish and English

  • Effective communication skills, including ability to write clearly and concisely and effective oral communication with individuals and groups.

  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently to complete projects.

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

  • Computer skills necessary to develop quality project and program documentation

  • Ability to pay attention to details while overseeing multifaceted projects.

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritize and adapt to changing priorities.

  • 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.

  • Ability to lift 20 pounds.

  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel.


  • Four years previous experience developing community based programs for museum and community audiences.

  • Four years previous experience delivering community programs to non-predominantly white audiences.

  • Familiarity with Minnesota Historical Society programs and/or exhibits.

  • Previous experience working with interns or volunteers.

  • General knowledge of United States history and the history of multiple racial, ethnic and cultural, and tribal groups within the state.

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English

  • Experience with program assessment or evaluation.

  • Knowledge of a finance system and database driven work

Should you have questions with the application process, email or call MNHS Job Line at 651-259-3181.

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.