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The Public Programs Manager is responsible for developing and implementing live programs for the museum, both in-person and online. These include lectures, workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, book events, etc. This position works closely with the Curator and Archivist to take full advantage of exhibits and collections initiatives, and coordinates with the Development and Membership Manager on public and member events. 

This position also plays a critical role on the communications team for the museum, working with and supporting the Communications Manager. In addition to creating promotional copy for a variety of platforms, this person provides the vision and leadership of the museum’s social media efforts. This includes setting the tone, creating themes, coordinating posts from staff and volunteers, and writing and editing content. 

Essential Functions 

Public Programs 

  • Develop long range plans for public programs, including virtual and in-person lectures, exhibit-related event series, regularly offered classes and walking tours, community engagement outside the museum, and private programs. 
  • Set the public programs within the context of a broad programmatic vision that reflects the goals and values of the museum. 
  • Create a dynamic menu of programs that advances an inclusive and equitable understanding of the county’s history. 
  • Propose and manage public program budgets, both revenue and expense. 
  • Create monthly and annual reports for museum management with event attendance and social media outcomes. 
  • Collaborate with speakers and partners to develop the creative and logistical vision for events. Provide comprehensive planning and logistical support, including advising about format, obtaining technology and permits, and locating additional resources and speakers. 
  • Implement events, including day-of logistics (such as set-up and timekeeping) and visitor services support (greeting visitors, introducing speaker, etc.). 
  • Implement post-event activities (speaker honorariums, post-event surveys, etc.). 
  • Build and maintain relationships with speakers and event partners. 


Communications/Social Media 

  • Write copy for event-related promotions, design or determine event graphics and photographs. 
  • Post events to digital media (, Facebook, etc.) and ticketing vendor (Eventbrite); design, schedule, and monitor paid and organic social media promotion; collaborate with Communications Manager to support traditional media and other promotional opportunities. 
  • Develop plans for three social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter; create and manage social media calendars. 
  • Create content for social media, solicit and edit content from staff and volunteers. 
  • Work with Archivist, Curator, Magazine Editor, Development and Membership Manager and Communications Manager to develop plans for their departments. 
  • Advise and support other departments in content creation. 
  • Manage #OTD and #FridayReads volunteers (6 volunteers). 
  • Edit copy and images. 
  • Schedule posts to social media platforms using Hootsuite or in-platform scheduling. 
  • Work with Communications Manager and Graphic Designer to create paid promotion for exhibits. 
  • Manage museum YouTube Channel (edit event videos and upload to YouTube). 
  • Monitor all platforms and produce a monthly and annual report of social media outcomes.  


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Museum Studies, History, Public History, or a related field.  
  • 1-3 years of experience in public program development and implementation.  
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement long-range plans and short-term events and projects. Attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, and project management skills are a necessity. 
  • Understanding of the key elements for a successful program, and creativity to find the right program match for various topics. 
  • Understanding and awareness of the diversity and different perspectives of people who have called Hennepin County home over the years, and an ability to ensure that this diversity is included in a broad array of public programs. 
  • Ability to solve problems, operate independently, make decisions quickly. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and convey complex ideas in an accessible way to a variety of skill levels and backgrounds. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and sincere relationships with collaborators volunteers, interns, assistants, co-workers, visitors, and the public, and to create a unified sense of purpose and mission for a diverse team. 
  • Knowledge of office computer programs and social media or other online applications. Ability to learn new programs and apply that knowledge to the position needs. 
  • Basic historical research and writing skills. 
  • Ability to physically move materials, set up rooms, and work in unpredictable weather conditions.  



Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Museum Studies, History, Public History, or a related field.  
  • 4+ years of experience in public program development and implementation.  
  • Knowledge of and the ability to connect with the many ethnic, geographic, and special interest communities across Hennepin County. 
  • Knowledge of Minnesota and United States History, especially related to the history of Minneapolis and surrounding areas. 
  • Knowledge of general philosophy, principles, and practices of history museums, particularly regional and locally focused museums. 


Time and Compensation 

$36,000-$39,000 per year; full-time position with health, PTO, and retirement benefits for a total compensation package of up to $50,000. Flexible workweek; standard hours are Monday-Friday modified with frequent evenings and weekends. 


Application Process 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to John Crippen, Executive Director, 2303 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 or via email to Position will remain open until filled; initial review of applications will begin on June 16, 2021.