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Curatorial Supervisor | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Curatorial Supervisor

Old World Wisconsin Assistant Director, Guest Experience

Curatorial Supervisor | Wisconsin Historical Society


Old World Wisconsin is one of twelve museums and historic sites owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Old World Wisconsin is located near Eagle, Wisconsin approximately 35 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Old World Wisconsin is an outdoor museum devoted to the history of rural life in the upper Midwest.  It is located on 576 acres and contains 69 historic structures and 38 non-historic structures.  Old World Wisconsin has about 75,000 visitors per year.  For additional information please see the Old World Wisconsin website at 

Job Duties

Under the general direction of the Director, this position performs important work developing and managing interpretive and educational programming that comprise the core Old World Wisconsin (OWW) guest experience. This is a senior level management position at OWW. The person in this position serves as a member of the OWW leadership team and meets regularly with the OWW Director, Assistant Director, Operations, and Assistant Director, and Guest Services to make key strategic decisions.  To view a copy of the position description click on Curatorial Supervisor.

A Well Qualified Candidate Will Have:

  • Professional work experience in an outdoor history museum or similar cultural attraction.
  • A degree in museum studies, public history or similar degree.
  • A passionate interest in history.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • High energy and a positive, “can-do” attitude.
  • Experience leading a team of professionals in the design and implementation of interpretative or educational programs for a historic site, museum or similar cultural attraction.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Embraces a guest-centric philosophy and an ability to design and adjust programming based on feedback and evaluation.
  2. Works well as part of a team and possesses significant experience in the supervision of others to meet established goals and objectives while working within a team environment.
  3. Expert knowledge in designing and implementing living history programming, interactive and role-play experiences and theatrical performance.
  4. Knowledgeable of best practices in experience design and operations among all types of      attractions where informal learning takes place.
  5. Expert knowledge of historic site operations.
  6. Excellent esearch skills.
  7. Knowledge of Midwest rural history and the craft, domestic and farm skills associated with regional and ethnic life in the past. 
  8. Ability to lead, supervise and coordinate the work of a large team of FTE, LTE and volunteers required to staff a complex special event.
  9. Effective skills in oral, written, and interpersonal communications.
  10. Thorough knowledge of accepted curriculum development and learning theory and the ability to apply these concepts to programming for school-aged children.
  11. Thorough knowledge of material culture and its connections to cultural history, and the ability to build these elements into an interpretive program.
  12. Understanding of collections management practices in a living history museum setting and      ability to supervise staff to care for artifacts according to professional standards and WHS policies.
  13. Effective computer skills, including word processing and spread-sheet programs, to facilitate personal productivity and the preparation of professional-looking documents.
  14. Ability to teach and train FTE and LTE staff in the duties and responsibilities associated      with experience facilitation and historical resource management.
  15. Knowledge of personnel principles as they relate to overseeing the work of seasonal      interpretive staff.
  16. Ability to effectively manage a departmental budget.
  17. Ability to travel independently throughout OWW, the State and the Midwest.
  18. Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle on the grounds of Old World Wisconsin.
  19. Able to legally operate a motor vehicle from the Wisconsin Department of Administration State Fleet.

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.
  3. Able to legally operate a motor vehicle from the Wisconsin Department of Administration State Fleet.

How to Apply

In addition to submitting a resume, you'll be preparing detailed written responses to two online exam questions. You may preview the two questions on the WiscJobs website.  The total length of your responses should be limited to a total of three pages for the entire Exam.  These questions and your responses are considered to be an Examination for this position and will be used to determine your eligibility for this vacancy.  Write clearly and concisely and use examples to support your statements when necessary.  If you omit information requested on this announcement, your application may be rated ineligible.  Since the answers to each question will be scored separately, be sure to provide a separate and complete answer for each question.  Do not reference your response to one question as the answer for part of any other questions - each answer should stand alone.

To apply online, visit the WiscJobs website. During the application process, you will be asked to create a login and submit your application materials online by copying and pasting your responses into appropriate fields. Follow the online application instructions below.

If you have a WiscJobs account:

1. Click "Log In to Apply" at the top of the job announcement and log into your account. When you have logged in, find and view job announcement 15-04126   

2. Click "Apply Now" at the top of the job announcement.

3. Review your Job Application and make any necessary updates and click "Continue."

4. Complete the Job Preferences screen and click "Continue."

5. You will be taken to the first page of the exam. Follow the exam instructions and click "save and continue" at the bottom of every page.

6. A résumé is required to apply for this position, follow the prompts to upload an existing résumé and click "Continue."

When you have answered all of the questions, click "Finalize Exam" to submit your application for this job. Your responses to the questions are considered an examination and will be used to determine your eligibility for this vacancy.

If you do not have a WiscJobs account:

1. Click "Log In" at the top of the webpage.

2. Click the "Create New Account" button and follow the steps to create a new account.

3. Click "Apply Now" at the top of screen and complete steps 3 - 5 from above.

Completed materials must be received by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2016.

Application materials and the examination will be evaluated and the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

Questions may be directed to:

Brian Schroeder, Human Resources Specialist
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State St
Madison, WI 53706-1482
Phone: 608-264-6409

The Wisconsin Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer