State Historical Society of ND

Museum Division Director

The State Historical Society of ND (SHSND) seeks an accomplished and creative Museum Division Director as we venture into the operations of our 97,000 s.f. expansion.  The expansion has created four exhibition galleries, numerous additional exhibit opportunities in the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum.  The agency also manages ten state historic site museums or interpretive centers across the state providing outreach opportunities on the landscape where history happened.  Statewide interpretive programs are a key ingredient in heritage tourism initiatives.

As we moved through the expansion process a new interpretive plan evolved that focused our history on adaptive, innovative and inspirational stories, events, and people layered through the chronological approach that covered 600 million years of history.  We are committed to moving into the next decade with an eye on the past, the pulse of the present, and a view to the future.  The museum division director has an opportunity to enhance these efforts creating an enthusiasm for the state’s history by younger audiences to lifelong learners.

The Governors Gallery, a 5,000 s.f. temporary and traveling exhibition space, is a new program and holds enormous opportunities for this agency and our visitors.  Leading an innovative team to evolve this space in new directions is a core responsibility of this position.

State-of-the-art collections storage facilities are housed within this facility.  We feature our extensive collections in the long term and temporary galleries.  The artifact collections, in partnership with the archival, archaeological and paleontological collections, provide extensive interpretive opportunities and collecting initiatives.

The museum division director oversees the administrative operations, strategic planning and implementation of the exhibition and artifact collecting programs, and is a team member in agency strategic planning and legislative activity.  In a leadership role this position develops and supports opportunities with our Foundation.  The division director has opportunities to implement new initiatives, create additional partnerships with businesses, organizations and institutions within the state, region, and internationally. Mentoring colleagues in the field is a responsibility of our outreach efforts.  Working collaboratively with agency divisions has great potential.  As the state historical society the State Archives, State Historic Preservation Office, archaeology and paleo labs, and the education, exhibition, field services and communications operations are all under one roof, an enormous resource for developing exhibits, programs and collecting initiatives.

The successful candidate will possess an infectious enthusiasm for our mission to identify, preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage of North Dakota and its people.  Experience in managing museum related operations and leadership skills are critical.  This position reports to the agency director and holds institution-wide responsibilities.

To review the Summary of Work, Minimum Qualifications, Employment Benefits, and access an application form please go to: ;  Job ID 3004987.


Job Information
  • Bismarck, North Dakota, 58504, United States
  • 26159456
  • December 9, 2015
  • Museum Division Director
  • State Historical Society of North Dakota
  • Directors/Administrators
  • No
  • Full-Time