The Florida Legislature
Historic Capitol


Job Title

Program Specialist 

Working Title

Exhibits Manager

General Summary

This is independent, professional work developing and coordinating the permanent and temporary exhibits of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. A key focus area will be the production and integration of Audio-Visual (AV) Exhibit content to enhance permanent exhibits. Museum exhibits shall interpret Florida’s political history, promote civic education, and tell the story of the restored Historic Capitol. This position reports to the Historic Capitol Staff Director & Curator.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Work with all museum staff to realize the Historic Capitol Museum’s full potential as an interpretive and educational tool and a resource for understanding Florida’s political history.
  • Manage all operational aspects of exhibition production, including development of exhibit themes, planning, scheduling, and budgeting
  • Evaluate current practices and stay current with professional standards and exhibits theory, techniques, and technologies in order to develop multiple access systems, meet the needs of a diverse audience, and plan for changing needs of staff and the public.
  • Conduct research for new exhibits and for identification of AV content that can be integrated into permanent and temporary exhibits at the Historic Capitol Museum
  • Write exhibit text, define artifact needs, locate lenders, acquire artifacts, work with Collections Manager to secure appropriate loans, coordinate with graphic designer to develop interpretive panels and labels, and arrange appropriate display of artifacts and content
  • Oversee maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibits
  • Learn and utilize SpinetiX Hypermedia Director in order to develop AV exhibit content located on a central server and schedule content to play on individual SpinetiX HMP200 units throughout the museum.
  • Edit images and videos for exhibits using programs of the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Assist Director of Florida Legislative Research Center and Collections Manager in formulating, interpreting, applying, and assuring conformance with collection policies and procedures
  • Work with Collections Manager to ensure safe and proper handling, transportation, exhibition, and storage of permanent collections and loans
  • Respond to telephone, mail, and e-mail research requests within the scope of the Historic Capitol and Florida Legislative Research Center program mission
  • Recruit, train, and supervise exhibit volunteers and  interns
  • Provide museum education programs and tours as needed
  • Assist with special events at Historic Capitol Museum
  • Perform other duties assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of historical research techniques
  • Knowledge of best practices for exhibit development, including research, writing, design, and fabrication.
  • Knowledge of media file formats, both still images and video, and software and equipment that can facilitate media distribution.
  • Ability to learn new technology and explain its functionality to other staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and review work for accuracy and quality of content.
  • Ability to be flexible and creative.
  • Ability to be organized and self-directed.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare reports, correspondence, and maintain records.

Minimum Qualifications

The Program Specialist classification is a general classification used in several legislative offices. See below the Preferred Qualifications.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business or public administration, or a related field and three years of professional experience; or

A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and two years of professional experience as described above.

Professional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Preferred Qualifications

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in museum studies, public history or a related field and three years of professional experience developing museum exhibitions.

Demonstrated capacity to learn and utilize new technologies.

Experience producing documentaries or audiovisual exhibit content.

Knowledge of Florida History.

Tools and Equipment Used:

Computer including Microsoft Office Suite, PastPerfect Museum Software, internet, and databases; digital camera; general office equipment

Dress Code:

Business Professional or Business Casual attire required


$38,220 annually
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application, cover letter, and resume to:

Office of Legislative Services
Human Resources Office
Suite 701, Claude Pepper Building
111 West Madison Street
Tallahassee, FL  32399-1400

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature’s web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.