Careers

Career Opportunities 

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is a 12-site system, offering career opportunities all around Indiana. Want to learn something new every day, and spread your love for the Hoosier state? Join our team!

Current Openings
Early Childhood Engagement Specialist
Engagement Specialist, Indianapolis
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site Manager, Madison, Indiana


Early Childhood Engagement Specialist

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Employee type: Part time
  • Salary: $13.00/hour


About the job:

  • The Early Childhood Engagement Specialist will assist with the development, implementation, promotion and evaluation of all programming and services for early childhood youth, parents, educators, and museum guests at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.  Incumbent is also assigned within the galleries to engage and interact with museum visitors, assist with visitor questions and concerns, conduct demonstrations and activities and monitor artifacts and exhibit components.       


Day in the life:

  • Assist with research, development and facilitation of early childhood programs including school workshops, outreach programs, camps, classes and daily engagement experiences
  • Prepare all materials for programs and set up of classroom including rosters, take home materials, and evaluations
  • Work with the Early Childhood Program Manager to develop and implement goals, objectives and learning outcomes for early childhood programs
  • Conduct informal and formal evaluation for programs, within the galleries, and throughout the museum as appropriate
  • Enhance the visitor experience in the museum by engaging and interacting with visitors within the galleries, assisting with visitor questions and concerns, and facilitating activities and demonstrations within galleries and throughout museum
  • Coordinate opening and closing museum galleries with museum security
  • Monitor artifacts and exhibit components within the galleries by communicating gallery and visitor issues and concerns to museum security and other museum staff as appropriate
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of demonstrations and programs
  • Train and oversee volunteers who present museum programming
  • Assist with program and education engagement department project teams
  • Support Visitor Services in providing a welcoming environment for all museum visitors
  • Provide excellent customer service to daily visitors, program participants, educators and parents
  • Manage customer complaints, incidents and accidents; taking the lead in emergency situations and safety issues
  • Other duties as assigned 


What we are looking for: 

  • Bachelors degree preferred.
  • Formal / informal teaching experience.
  • Knowledge of non-traditional teaching methods.
  • Appreciation of how a museum can be used as a teaching tool.
  • Excellent public speaking skills with verstaility and should display enthusiasm and creativity while interacting with visitors of all ages and abilities.
  • Ability to communicate information to multiple audience profiles, including adults in a wide variety of formats.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and some evenings.
  • Ability to generate creative ideas – high levels of creative thinking.
  • Research skills and the ability to produce accurate information.
  • Excellent writing skills a plus.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to write program reviews, reports and evaluations.
  • Ability to work with others on a development team, producing a unified product.
  • Manage multiple projects with the ability to prioritize activities and accomplish them.
  • Ability to accept critical suggestions and respond effectively to evaluations.
  • Competent business skills: telephone etiquette, writing business letters and contracts, spelling and grammar.
  • Strong organizational, critical and detailed thinking, analysis and networking skills.
  • Ability to work within a budget.
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and attitude.
  • Familiarity with ADA compliancy rules and procedures and awareness of cultural sensitivity issues.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply:

  • Apply online here.
  • OR send your resume and materials to Bethany Thomas, Vice President of Programs and Education Engagement at bthomas2@indianamuseum.org.



Engagement Specialist

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Employee type: Part time / Intermittent
  • Salary: $13.00/hour


Job Description:

  • The Engagement Specialist is assigned within the galleries to engage and interact with museum visitors, assist with visitor questions and concerns, conduct demonstrations and activities, and monitor artifacts and exhibit components.  Incumbent is also responsible for working with the Programs and Education Engagement department, as assigned, to assist with program development and facilitation of a variety of educational programs throughout the museum and as outreach.  Incumbent may assist in managing and training museum volunteers.
     

Responsibilities:

  • Enhance the visitor experience in the museum by engaging and interacting with visitors within the galleries, assisting with visitor questions and concerns, and facilitating activities and demonstrations within galleries and throughout museum
  • Conduct informal and formal evaluation within the galleries and throughout the museum as appropriate
  • Coordinate opening and closing museum galleries with museum security
  • Monitor artifacts and exhibit components within the galleries by communicating gallery and visitor issues and concerns to museum security and other museum staff as appropriate
  • Develop and implement activities and programs for diverse audiences including children, families, and adults
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of demonstrations and programs
  • Train and oversee volunteers who present museum programming
  • Assist with program and education engagement department project teams
  • Evaluate daily engagement programs through formal and informal tools and produce relevant reports
  • Support Visitor Services in providing a welcoming environment for all museum visitors
  • Provide excellent customer service to daily visitors
  • Manage customer complaints, incidents and accidents; taking the lead in emergency situations and safety issues.
  • Other duties as assigned
     

What we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Formal / informal teaching experience.
  • Knowledge of non-traditional teaching methods.
  • Appreciation of how a museum can be used as a teaching tool.
  • Excellent public speaking skills with versatility and should display enthusiasm and creativity while interacting with visitors of all ages and abilities.
  • Ability to communicate information to multiple audience profiles, including adults in a wide variety of formats.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and some evenings.
  • Ability to generate creative ideas – high levels of creative thinking.
  • Research skills and the ability to produce accurate information.
  • Excellent writing skills a plus.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to write program reviews, reports and evaluations.
  • Ability to work with others on a development team, producing a unified product.
  • Manage multiple projects with the ability to prioritize activities and accomplish them.
  • Ability to accept critical suggestions and respond effectively to evaluations.
  • Competent business skills: telephone etiquette, writing business letters and contracts, spelling and grammar.
  • Strong organizational, critical and detailed thinking, analysis and networking skills.
  • Ability to work within a budget.
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and attitude.
  • Familiarity with ADA compliancy rules and procedures and awareness of cultural sensitivity issues.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply:

  • Apply online here.
  • OR send your resume and materials to Bethany Thomas, Vice President of Programs and Education Engagement at  bthomas2@indianamuseum.org.


Lanier Mansion State Historic Site Manager, Madison, Ind.

  • Location: Madison, Jefferson County, IN
  • Internal Job ID: 614630
  • Employee Type: Full Time
  • Salary: $34,000 annually


About the job

  • This position serves as Site Manager for the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. Incumbent's duties involve all aspects of Lanier SHS administration, including responsibility for community partnerships, presentation of quality visitor experiences and programming, and hiring and training of staff.
  • All visitor experiences, programs and events will align with Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) mission and values, industry standards, and the stewardship of structures and artifacts. Incumbent will also work closely with ISMHS Development Department and the Lanier Mansion Foundation in continuing efforts to attract financial and volunteer support for the site. Incumbent will work to maximize the potential of the site. 


A day in the life 

  • Develop site operations and interpretive plans in conjunction with relevant ISMHS staff.  Incumbent will submit plan priorities, historic site goals, and objectives in conjunction with ISMHS Strategic Plan goals in a timely manner as requested. 
  • Work with ISMHS development staff, Lanier Mansion Foundation and local stakeholders to manage a defined fund-raising program for ongoing support of the Site and its operational expenses. Incumbent is responsible for community and stakeholder relations. This position also works with ISMHS marketing department and local officials to promote the site to the general public, regional schools, and specific interest groups.
  • Interpretation and programming at Lanier. This includes timely training and scheduling of interpreters for tours. This position develops interpretation and assures that programs and events at Lanier are engaging, accurate and comply with the Programs, Education and Engagement team goals, ISMHS visitor experience goals and site’s Interpretive Plan.
  • Position is responsible for personnel administration at Lanier, including timely reporting, scheduling, and  meeting deadlines for recruitment, termination, evaluation and budgeting of staff time and expense, for both paid and volunteer staff.
  • Developing revenue gernerating opportunities including programs, outreach, facility use and rentals. Responsible for budgeting and budget controls, purchasing and administrative duties as needed at Lanier. This position ensures proper procurement, expense procedure and timely completion of all needed paperwork. Provide monthly reports as required.
  • Position is responsible for the general cleanliness and presentation of the site to the public. Reports any concerns to the Southeast Regional Director and the Chief Officer of Engagement. They collaborate with   Preservation and Construction department and outside contractors to help them complete projects by their due dates.
  • Responsible for the care, cleaning, storage and display of ISMHS owned and loaned artifacts at Lanier. Works with the Collection Manager in implementing a rotation matrix and routine maintenance. Reports any deviation from standards or timelines to the Southeast Regional Director and the Collection Manager.


What we’re looking for

  • Bachelor's degree or above in non-profit/arts administration, museum studies/administration, or related field required.
  • At least four years related experience required; experience in museums, nonprofits or historic site administration preferred.
  • Working knowledge/experience in fundraising is strongly preferred.
  • Must be able to learn best museum practices for development and administration of ISMHS property and follow state regulations.
  • Must be able to solve problems in timely and cost effective manner.
  • Must be able to work with volunteers, the community, and other stakeholders to meet ISMHS goals.
  • Must be able and willing to work "hands-on" in any aspect of site operation as needed.


To apply:
Email Jessica Stavros at JStavros@indianamuseum.org or:

  • Go to http://in.gov/spd/2333.htm
  • In the left side navigation, click “Apply for State Jobs”
  • Click on ‘advanced search’, and scroll down to ‘Job ID’ to enter number assigned to job posting (614630)
  • Complete all pages. To be considered, you must thoroughly complete all sections (work experience, education, licenses, etc) even if a resume is copy/pasted or attached.
  • Once the application is completed, click the Submit button on the last page.