Program Specialist, School Programs – MN History Center (St. Paul, MN)

#1499 Program Specialist, School Programs

Requisition ID: 1499

JOB TITLE:    Program Specialist, School Programs

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:    Experience Development

CLASSIFICATION:    11L Professional


HIRING MANAGER:    Program Manager, Interpretive Programs

POSTING DATE:    October 1, 2021

DEADLINE DATE:    October 15, 2021

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 lead program development projects and trainings, including planning and overseeing research, development, and implementation/delivery of interpretive programs and products for various audiences, including general museum and site visitors, families, and K-12 teachers and students.

SUMMARY OF WORK:  1) Develop and implement plans for improvement of interpretive programs, staff development, and communications across MNHS sites and museums; 2) Plan and lead the research and development of engaging interpretive programs for MNHS’s various audiences and in a variety of formats; 3) Work with sites and museums, create and implement plans for delivery of new programs; and 4) Create partnerships with community groups/organizations, businesses, educational organizations, and community leaders to support program and institutional goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree in history, education, or humanities discipline or related field plus.

  • Four years experience working in historical research, education, program delivery, or program development or curriculum development

  • Knowledge of history research methodology and data gathering techniques, including ability to conduct original research in primary source collections, synthesize research, and communicate findings.

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

  • Previous experience working with external partners, including community groups or organizations, to deliver programs and/or services to the public.

  • 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.

  • Strong interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong organization and documentation skills.

  • 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.

  • Strong detail orientation with the ability to synthesize and organize complex information and maintain/upgrade systems and processes.

  • Ability to lift 20 pounds.

  • Ability to and willingness to travel.

  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Master’s degree in history, American Culture studies, museum studies, or a relevant field.

  • Six years previous experience developing interpretive programs for school and museum audiences.

  • Eight years previous experience delivering interpretive programs to diverse audiences.

  • Familiarity with Minnesota Historical Society interpretive programs, including K-12 programs and/or exhibits.

  • Previous experience creating training materials and/or conducting training for interpreters or volunteers.

  • General knowledge of Minnesota and United States history.

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.