Director, Exhibits – MN History Center (St. Paul, MN)

#1532 Director, Exhibits


Requisition ID: 1532

JOB TITLE:    Director, Exhibits

OPEN TO:      This job is open to all applicants.

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

SALARY:    $6,599.00 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:    Exhibits

CLASSIFICATION:    18M Management


HIRING MANAGER:    Senior Director, Learning Initiatives

POSTING DATE:    January 12, 2022

DEADLINE DATE:    Open until filled.  Applications received before February 4, 2022 will be given priority.

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:  This position exists to administer, direct, and coordinate the Exhibits program at the Minnesota Historical Society according to the MNHS strategic plan.  Responsibilities include developing and implementing an intellectual framework for exhibit development in line with institutional content priorities, leading the use of emerging technologies for storytelling in exhibitions, and managing the production of exhibitions throughout the MNHS network.

SUMMARY OF WORK:  1) Provide the vision and leadership for exhibition programs and initiatives throughout the MNHS network; 2) Oversee the development and implementation of exhibition programs and services across the Minnesota Historical Society network; 3) Provide management oversight to the department leadership team and staff; and 4) Represent MNHS as a member of professional organizations and as a spokesperson, and contribute to the advancement of the fields of exhibition and public history.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Eight years experience in exhibit and production design or equivalent.
  • Six years experience in progressively responsible management positions in museums/cultural organizations, including experience in overseeing human and financial resources.
  • Leadership experience, knowledge and ability in the emerging technologies shaping the fields of historic sites, exhibits, historic preservation, and historic interpretation and/or storytelling.
  • Well developed interpersonal, communication and managerial skills necessary to administer a high quality program, develop budgets, and coordinate program needs in a large historic sites and museums structure.
  • Ability to work together with a broad range of constituencies including visitors, schools, donors, trustees, researchers, historic site and museum professionals, state and local government officials, and the general public.
  • Thorough knowledge of and the ability to manage the process of long- and short-range program and financial planning.
  • Experience in managing large, multiple, complex projects through periods of growth, reduction, and change.
  • Demonstrated highly successful project management skills, including overseeing contract/vendor relationships on small and large-scale projects.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong computer skills including intermediate or higher skill with Microsoft Office, and with all aspects of GOOGLE suite.
  • Strong organization and documentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people.
  • Demonstrated ability to think imaginatively and problem solve.
  • Demonstrated positive customer service 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.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds; up to 75 pounds partner lift.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness to travel out- and in-state.


  • Experience with development work, fundraising, and writing grants.

  • Ability to manage change to produce positive outcomes that are aligned with organizational mission and resources.

  • Broad knowledge of United States and Minnesota history.

  • Experience with public program implementation.

  • Understanding on how to determine the needs of underserved communities.

  • Experience serving as an organization’s spokesperson.

  • Experience working in a non-profit environment.

  • Familiarity with MUNIS.