As the largest historical society in the nation with a reputation for being a leader in using the power of history to transform lives, the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is seeking a progressive, innovative Senior Director for Guest Experiences and Educational Services who will work collaboratively to create a bold, exciting new future for the organization and help us keep history fresh and relevant in a changing world.

Founded in 1849 and headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the MNHS is re-envisioning its executive leadership team, culture and organizational structure to more closely align with and execute on strategic priorities, shape operating standards and institutional policy, and develop management talent.


This position provides executive leadership for the management of visitor experiences and educational services at MNHS, including the development and delivery of engaging and relevant content for exhibits and for educational programming across all MNHS venues.  The Senior Director is charged with furthering MNHS’s reputation for educational excellence by managing annual work plans and long-term planning in alignment with MNHS priorities and resource allocation.  The Senior Director works closely with the Earned Income, Guest Services and Sales division to determine programs, exhibit schedules, attendance goals and revenue projections.  The Senior Director reports to the Director & CEO, is a member of the Director’s direct reports team and helps set the direction and policies for MNHS.


1) Provide vision, leadership and strategies for MNHS’s visitor experience and educational services across MNHS venues ensuring alignment to MNHS’s mission and priorities.

2) Provide leadership and management oversight of all MNHS guest venues and educational services, support the development and delivery of engaging and relevant substantive guest experiences and educational programming and leverage revenue opportunities.

3) Actively participate in the development of annual, two-year and long-term plans and budgets for MNHS’s programs.

4) Represent the MNHS and manage its relationships with public and private organizations, government agencies, and other key constituent groups, seeking opportunities to build partnerships and further the accomplishment of MNHS strategic objectives.

5) Provide overall direction for placing, training, supervising and motivating assigned staff, interns, volunteers and fellows.

6) Ensure compliance with MNHS policies and procedures.

7) Represent the MNHS and attend local, regional, national and international conferences of museum and historical professional organizations.

8) Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced degree in history, museum or business administration or related area preferred. A bachelor’s degree or a certificate in these disciplines along with extensive experience in acceptable. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in history, museum administration, business administration or related area.
  • Successful executive experience in historical organization, non-profit, education, government agency or related environment in progressively responsible positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple programs and activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve long-term goals and outcomes.
  • Broad knowledge of museum trends, marketing, education, adult learning, and program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a high functioning team culture among groups of diverse, talented individuals.
  • Ability to work with MNHS staff, MNHS Executive Council members and broad range of constituents.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead and work as a member of a team.
  • Well-developed of supervisory skills and the ability to manage activities through others.
  • Ability to identify, interpret and apply appropriate laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of the MNHS and its programs, including the MNHS charter, by-laws, mission statement and institutional goals.

Salary: The minimum starting salary is $7,839 per month plus benefits and final salary will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

The Minnesota Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to apply

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately with a deadline of June 24, 2016. Please email your application to  The application should include a resume with contact information for at least three professional references and a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Brent Glass, c/o Bryan and Jordan Consulting LLC, 1921 Sunderland Place NW, Washington, DC 20036.


Hard copies of application packages may be mailed:

Dr. Brent D. Glass

c/o Bryan and Jordan Consulting LLC

1921 Sunderland Place NW

Washington, DC  20036

Job Information
  • St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101, United States
  • 28729981
  • May 26, 2016
  • SENIOR DIRECTOR–Guest Experience and Education Services
  • Directors/Administrators
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate