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Director of Statewide Outreach, Education and Program Initiatives | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Director of Statewide Outreach, Education and Program Initiatives

Director of Statewide Outreach, Education and Program Initiatives | Wisconsin Historical Society
Job Information



Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) HeadquartersBuilding, 816 State Street; Madison, Wisconsin 53706


Unclassified Indefinite Agency Appt. – 20.923(4) ESG 3

Job Working Title

Administrator, Office of Programs and Outreach

Type of EmploymentFull-Time (40 hours/week)

Pay range is $70,428 to $116,209 annual salary; rate of pay shall be determined based upon qualifications and experience.  This position has excellent state benefits.  Thisis a non-represented position in pay schedule and range 90-03. This is an indefinite appointment; the incumbent serves at the discretion of the Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Deadline to Apply

Complete applications received electronically until the position has been filled.


The Wisconsin Historical Society seeks an innovative leader and dynamic manager to be the Administrator of the newly created Office of Programs and Outreach.  (Administrator is the agency's top unit or divisional leadership designation.) 

Founded in 1846, the Wisconsin Historical Society is a self-governing Agency of the State of Wisconsin.  The Society is headquartered on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The Society administers twelve historic sites and museums throughout the state including the Wisconsin Historical Museum on the Capitol Square in Madison. 

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Job Duties

For a complete copy of the position description, please see click here.  The Administrator of the Office of Programs and Outreach holds primary responsibility for the day-to-day management and operation of the newly created Programs and Outreach Office which consolidates the Society’s Field Services unit serving nearly 400 statewide affiliates, the Education Department, and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.  This position supervises the Wisconsin Historical Society Press Director, Field Services staff, and the Director of Education.  The incumbent will develop and execute a comprehensive, audience-focused guiding vision and strategy for the delivery of public and educational programs and services Society-wide, and from locations throughout the State.  The incumbent also is chiefly responsible for the implementation of related components of the FY2016-2019 strategic plan.  Through example, empowerment and management style, the incumbent shall inculcate in this new Office a pervasive action-centered, team-based approach to Office functions.  The Administrator of the Office of Programs and Outreach serves on the Society’s Management Team.  The incumbent works under the direction and supervision of the Society’s Chief Operating Officer.


A Well Qualified Applicant Will Have:

  • Master of Arts degree or equivalent in Education, History, Museum Studies or related field plus a minimum of eight years of relevant paid professional experience; or a Bachelor’s degree in Education, History, Museum Studies or related field plus a minimum of ten years of relevant paid professional experience.
  • Five years of program and personnel management experience, preferably in an education, museum, government, or non-profit environment.
  • Superior leadership skills including a demonstrated ability to articulate a compelling vision, empower and lead, build team cohesion, and elicit team and organizational loyalty.
  • Superior organizational and personnel management skills including a demonstrated ability to work proactively and engagingly with peers and subordinates to induce strong individual and team performance, execute planning objectives, and to foster professional growth and opportunity among team members.
  • Sound financial management skills including a demonstrated ability to develop budgets and to track, adjust, and report performance.
  • Superior communication skills including effective public speaking.
  • Superior current knowledge of education theory and K-12 educational curriculum; current knowledge of education technologies and best practices in museum education preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, develop, execute and evaluate education and outreach programs and materials.
  • Demonstrated commitment to broadening program and service audiences to specifically include underserved and under-represented populations.
  • Broad knowledge of US history; knowledge of Wisconsin history preferred.
  • Experience building and growing mutually-beneficial partnerships; experience working with schools and education community partners preferred.
  • Ability to independently travel throughout Wisconsin and nationally as necessary.

Special Notes

  1. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.
  2. Verification of academic degrees will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

How to Apply

Please submit electronically a cover letter addressing qualifications for this position, a resume, and five professional references (references will not be contacted without prior permission) to:

Questions may be directed to:

Brian Schroeder, Human Resources Specialist
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706-1482
Telephone 608/264-6409

This announcement has been reposted and applications will be accepted until this position has been filled.  Materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

The Wisconsin Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.