Program & Outreach Specialist, Native American Initiatives – MN History Center (St. Paul, MN)

#1660 Program & Outreach Specialist, Native American Initiatives

Full Time/Regular

Requisition ID: 1660

JOB TITLE:    Program & Outreach Specialist, Native American Initiatives

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:    Community Engagement

CLASSIFICATION:    11L Professional


HIRING MANAGER:    Director, Native American Initiatives

POSTING DATE:    August 3, 2022

DEADLINE DATE:    August 17, 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:  This position exists to provide programmatic support and guidance of the programs in Native American Initiatives and the Community Engagement Department.  The programs may include and are not limited to the Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship (NAUMF), Native American Artist-in-Residence (NAAIR) and the History Museum Fellowship Program (HMFP). Such support includes general project management duties, leading communications with prospective applicants, artists, and fellows, budget management, planning and implementing public programs, documenting all aspects of NAAIR/NAUMF/HMFP, and providing evaluation and reporting support.

SUMMARY OF WORK:  1) Provide key project support and leadership for NAI programs; 2) Participate in projects and outreach to promote access to MNHS resources; and 3) Lead the creation and strategy for sustainability of a Native American program geared towards Native high school students.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Three years community engagement experience.
  • Knowledge of Native American History.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to negotiate, mediate, and collaborate with a wide variety of people with a diverse range of knowledge and skills and diverse backgrounds, education, and interests.
  • Strong organizational skills are needed to facilitate connections between multiple communities and internal partners.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and Google software and email.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn collections management system software.
  • Technical skills and experience using internet and media technologies.
  • Ability and willingness to maintain electronic and written records and to complete assigned reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing, by phone, and in person with varied audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, to work independently and as a member of a team, and be self-motivated.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate work and manage time.
  • Ability, flexibility and willingness to occasionally work a varied schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds with assistance if necessary.
  • Valid driver’s license with ability and willingness to travel.


  • Advanced degree in museum studies, library science, American or public history, or a related field.

  • Knowledge of Minnesota’s Native American material culture and history.

  • Knowledge of Minnesota History.

  • Public speaking experience.

  • Significant practical experience in a museum.

  • Experience working with teens or young adults.

  • Experience with community-based mentoring/teaching.

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.