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Assistant Society Director and Museum Director(Job Id 17914)

Job ID: 17914
Agency: Department of Education 
Salary: $63,000 to $71,000 annually
Pay Grade: GK
Closing Date: Open Until Filled 
This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Department of Education. For more information on the Department of Education, please visit
The South Dakota State Historical Society is seeking an person to be the Assistant Director for the Society and the Director of its state museum located at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, SD. The South Dakota State Historical Society was charted by the state legislature in 1901. The Society is led by the State Historian and Director who reports to the Secretary of Education. It currently has over 40 full-time state employees, 1500 dues paying memberships and is supported by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation which raises funds and supports key projects and programs of the Society. The State Archivist; State Archeologist (in Rapid City); State Historic Preservation Officer; and the research and publishing office and South Dakota Historical Society Press comprise the rest of the Historical Society. The state museum collects, preserves, and interprets the rich heritage and complex history of South Dakota. The museum maintains a collection of over 35,000 artifacts and provides a regular program of exhibits, education programs and special events including outreach programs, traveling exhibits and mobile education kits. The Historical Society is an affiliate member of the Smithsonian Institution. The position is based in Pierre, SD and moving expenses are included. The successful applicant will:
  • support the Director in collaboratively leading the Historical Society;
  • possess a minimum of 5 years of professional museum administration and leadership experience with an understanding of exhibits development, collections management, and leading major projects;
  • demonstrate innovation in the field of museum exhibits, museum programming, and public outreach;
  • demonstrate the ability to successfully function within state government and work with the Bureau of Human Resources, the state’s financial system, and the capitol campus’ management of building & grounds
  • demonstrate the ability and willingness to do hands-on museum tasks where appropriate;
  • understand the up-to-date collections management software/ databases as the museum collection continues to adapt its management practices • Understand the range of museum interactive exhibits and how to tie the collection into educational formats, particularly with the state’s K-12 schools, and families;
  • be a resource for effectively sharing museum standards and information with small, often volunteer-run, museums across the state and successfully serve as an informal consultant in all these categories for the small museums in the state;
  • manage Program funds within the budget;
  • represent the museum’s interests and needs accurately to the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Board of Trustees and the South Dakota Historical Foundation.
There is an expectation that 10-15% of the time will be travel, the majority of that travel is within South Dakota. Education: We are seeking candidates with a degree in museum studies, public or applied history, history, or a similar subject and / or non-profit management. Bachelor’s degree is required and a Masters degree is preferred. Compensation will be competitive based upon qualifications and experience but will be within a range of $63,000 to $71,000. 
This position is exempt from the Civil Service Act. 
The Ideal Candidate Will Have:  
  • a Bachelors degree in Museum Studies, History or related field; masters is preferred in museum studies, non-profit management or related field and have strong public speaking skills.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • expertise in museum administration, public history, grant writing, and history of the Great Plains or Midwest.
Additional Requirements: To be considered, please provide a CV or Resume, Cover Letter, writing sample and a list of references with their contact information
Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Successful applicant(s) will undergo an abuse and neglect screening. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening. 
The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.
The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:  
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"