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9 Sep 2022

Full-Time 1679 Program & Outreach Manager, Native American Initiatives

jorgesma – Posted by jorgesma Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

JOB TITLE: #1679 Program & Outreach Manager, Native American Initiatives OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants. 

LOCATION: History Center – 345 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

SALARY: $4,796.00 monthly minimum, commensurate with experience

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 2,088 annual hours) position. 

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in State Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals with additional paid holidays. 

DEPARTMENT: Native American Initiatives 

CLASSIFICATION: 14L Professional 


HIRING MANAGER: Director, Native American Initiatives 

POSTING DATE: September 6, 2022 

DEADLINE DATE: September 20, 2022 

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date. 

DESCRIPTION: This position exists as both a content expert in Native American history and serves to engage with and learn from and advocate for Native American communities within Minnesota and surrounding regions. This position helps to strengthen existing relationships between Tribal Nations, Tribal community members, and MNHS, and is responsive to community needs first and foremost, while also serving to help broaden and enrich MNHS resources and programs to be inclusive and respectful of American Indian people. The Program & Outreach Manager supports both NAI and MNHS at large in building relationships with Native American communities in and around Minnesota. These relationships are approached with respect, curiosity, and open-mindedness. Program & Outreach Manager must be responsive to the Native American communities’ desire for preservation and representation while being a resource for MNHS departments as they create goals and programs. 

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Initiate outreach and community engagement with Native American communities of Minnesota; 2) Develop and manage programs to support MNHS engagement and understanding of Native American history and culture; 3) Work on scholarly projects with a focus on Native American communities, history, and culture; 4) Strategize and support departmental needs; and 5) Provide supervision, support, guidance, coaching, hiring, training and development of staff. 


  • Master’s degree in history, museum studies, urban studies, ethnic studies, American studies, or a related field plus three years program experience or equivalent. 
  • Three years of experience in American Indian community engagement and/or industry-specific inclusion work. 
  • Knowledge and ability to apply current practices and trends regarding Native nation engagement in the workplace. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills to negotiate, mediate, and collaborate with a wide variety of people with a diverse range of knowledge and skills and diverse backgrounds, education, and interests.
  • Strong organizational skills are needed to facilitate connections between multiple community and internal partners. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to create networks and connections among and within external groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to think imaginatively and problem solve. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take individual initiative while also being able to collaborate effectively and contribute positively in a team environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritize and adapt to changing priorities. 
  • Effective communication skills, including ability to write clearly and concisely and effective oral communication with individuals and groups. 
  • Computer skills necessary to develop quality project and program documentation.
  • Experience using a shared database to track work. 
  • Interest in history and how its study can positively impact future social decisions.
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds. 
  • Willingness and ability to travel. 
  • Valid driver’s license. 


  • Broad knowledge of Minnesota and American history and familiarity with current work and trends in historiography. 
  • Experience working with Native American collections within a museum or historical society and experience within archives and libraries. 
  • Experience with a multi-disciplinary Equity and Inclusion Council 
  • Knowledge of the Department of Community Engagement philosophy at the MNHS.
  • Knowledge of the MNHS’ Inclusion & Diversity strategic priority. 
  • Experience with multiple Department of American Indian or American Indian related programs as a participant or in a support position. 
  • Knowledge of Diversity Assessment tools such as the Intercultural Development Inventory or Implicit Association Tests 

Should you have questions with the application process, email hu************@mn**.org

At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

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How to Apply

Apply online at www.mnhs.org/jobs with a cover letter and resume.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: #native american, history, and museum. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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