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9 Jan 2023

Full-Time 1712 Program Specialist, Native American Artist-in-Residence

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

Job Description

JOB TITLE: #1712 Program Specialist, Native American Artist-In-Residence Program

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants. 

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

SALARY: $4,330.00 monthly minimum 

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

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in the 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: 11L Professional 


HIRING MANAGER: Program & Outreach Manager, NAI 

POSTING DATE: December 6, 2022 

DEADLINE DATE: Open until filled 

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

DESCRIPTION: This position exists to provide oversight and management for the Native American Artist-in-Residence (NAAIR) program. This position will oversee the Native American Artist-in-Residence program including project management, budgeting, facilitating collections storage access, planning public programs, managing evaluation and reporting. 

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Serve as project specialist for NAAIR; 2) Provide key support to Artist in Residence access to the collection through technology and related services for the collections, including related services for the Native American Artist-in-Residence (NAAIR) program; 3) Participate in projects and outreach to promote NAI and other MNHS resources; and 4) Conduct research, writing, presentations, and other activities that enhance the knowledge base for the collection, including related services for NAAIR. 


  • Bachelor’s degree plus two years acquisitions or collections experience or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of Native American Art and History. 
  • Knowledge of standards in care of historic collections. 
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and Google software and email. 
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn collections management system software.
  • Technical skills and experience using internet and media technologies.
  • Ability and willingness to maintain electronic and written records and to complete assigned reports. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing, by phone, and in person with varied audiences. 
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, to work independently and as a member of a team, and be self-motivated. 
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate work and manage time. 
  • Ability, flexibility and willingness to occasionally work a varied schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds with assistance if necessary. 
  • Ability to and willingness to travel. 
  • Valid driver’s license. 


  • Advanced degree in museum studies, library science, American or public history, or a related field. 
  • Knowledge of Minnesota’s Native American material culture and history. 
  • Experience working with researchers and other constituents. 
  • Experience operating the KE EMu collections management system. 
  • Knowledge of MNHS collections. 
  • Knowledge of Minnesota History. 
  • Public speaking experience. 
  • Significant practical collection experience in a museum. 
  • Experience operating a collections database. 
  • Demonstrated ability to properly catalog and document 3D collections. 

Should you have questions with the application process, email

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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date. 

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.


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