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
Manager of Communication, Indianapolis
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site Manager, Madison, Indiana
Intermittent Interpreter, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, Rome City, Ind.

Manager of Communication

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Employee Type: Full Time
  • Salary: $34,000 annually

About the job:  

  • The Manager of Communication will implement ISMHS’s overall communications strategy, with a visitor-centered focus on creating original, innovative and engaging content on a daily basis for the organization’s social media channels and other written communications, including press releases, brand journalism stories, and other written content.

A day in the life:

  • Develop and implement communication strategies for ISMHS social media sites
  • Build and execute social media strategy through competitive research, platform determination, bench marking, messaging and audience identification.
  • Generate, edit, publish and share daily content (original text, images, video or other media components) that builds meaningful connections and encourages followers to take action.
  • Set up and optimize ISMHS pages within each platform to increase the visibility of ISMHS’s social content.
  • Oversee and assist with social media communications from the museum’s historic sites.
  • Monitor comments and reputation on social media channels on a daily basis in real time, responding in a timely manner, including on weekends or after hours.
  • Continuously improve social media efforts by capturing and analyzing the appropriate analytics, insights and best practices, and then acting on the information.
  • Collaborate frequently with the director of communication and other departments to seek out content and stories to share on social channels.
  • Identify and work with social influencers, from specialty bloggers and media contacts active on social media, to followers and potential followers.
  • Implement and manage promotions and/or paid social ad campaigns.
  • Create and execute an annual social media plan.
  • Create and execute social media campaigns ahead of exhibit openings or museum events.
  • Generate news, features and informational content for internal and external publications, news blog, website and social media channels.
  • Educate colleagues in Indianapolis and at the 11 historic sites on the role social media plays today, and its significance in the overall marketing efforts.
  • Serve as a writer and editor for a variety of marketing and communication pieces including monthly employee newsletters, web content, blogs, press releases, leadership remarks, speeches, fact sheets, and various other program/education-related materials, as needed.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in journalism, public relations, English or communications-related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant industry experience required
  • Demonstrated strong writing ability required. Excellent news, feature and blog writing skills
  • Excellent copy and content editing skills
  • Demonstrated experience representing a corporate or non-profit brand on social media sites
  • Superior knowledge of the Associated Press style guide
  • Advanced photography skills using professional DSLR equipment
  • Video editing skills preferred but not required
  • Journalism experience preferred but not required
  • Experience writing thought-leadership pieces (op-eds, speeches, remarks, etc.) preferred
  • Social media expertise to understand what type of content works best on each platform, and the different nuances of each platform.
  • Proven success in building positive relationships in online communities.
  • Excellent editing, oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to engage an audience through social media posts and interactions.
  • Strong writer with proven ability to create engaging content for social media sites (profiles, posts, responses to followers), blog posts, web content, editorials, and other media pieces.
  • Proven work experience in social media communications.
  • Ability to convey ideas in a CREATIVE, clear and precise way.
  • Willing to take smart risks in creating innovative content on social media channels.
  • Expert in content curation to know what’s appropriate to share and what not to share on social channels.
  • Understanding of audience needs and tailors content to them – sharing things that are interesting in a style, tone and format, that will engage users and elicit a positive response. Clear understanding of social video and graphic trends and how they fit into each major social media network.
  • Understanding of social media analytics tools and the ability to change plan accordingly based on analytic findings.
  • Demonstrated ability to take compelling photos to use on social media.
  • Understanding of brand journalism writing style.
  • Ability to multitask and project manage, often under tight deadlines.
  • Stay at the leading edge of industry trends to create a communication strategy that generates inbound leads, gains followers, and creates a positive image for ISMHS.
  • Responsible for regularly evaluating the success of online social media efforts and tweaking strategy as needed.

To Apply:

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
  • Apply before: April 2, 2018

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 or:

  • Go to
  • 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.



Intermittent Interpreter, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, Rome City, Ind.

  • Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, Rome City, Ind.
  • Internal Job ID: 614630
  • Employee Type: intermittent
  • Salary: $9.18/hour

About the job

  • Position with primary duties as a tour guide, leading visitors through historic home during our open season. In winter months, duties will be general office work, so the incumbent should have strong Microsoft Word and Excel knowledge. Assistance with special events, school groups, facility rentals and gift shop operations is also required.  Weekends and holidays are required. Weekly hours vary based on expected tour groups and special event needs.
  • Leading tours through historic home with individuals, groups, and school children. Will also need to assist with programming and special events as needed.  Ability to work well with audiences of all ages, children specifically required.  Helping in the gift shop with transactions and with cash registers, housekeeping and office work duties are required

What we're looking for

  • Must have excellent people skills and be comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people.  Ability to learn facts and retain information.  Must have, or be willing to acquire, knowledge of site and surrounding area. Must be organized and responsible, able to work unsupervised as necessary.  Must be able to, or willing to learn, how to operate cash registers and handle money. Must be willing to be flexible with day-to-day activities and to think critically. 
  • Requires wide range of activities and varies from day to day. There will be periods of the year where working in cold and hot weather is a must. 
  • Must be able to work unsupervised and provide quality interpretation unsupervised.  Responsible for safe keeping of building and artifacts within site when on duty.  Responsible for handling of money and operating cash registers and gift shop items.
  • Requires working closely with supervisor and numerous volunteers.  Must have a good teamwork ethic and ability to communicate effectively with others.

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