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Wade House Historic Site Director
The Director is a museum professional responsible for management and daily operations of the Wade House Historic Site, one of twelve historic sites in the Division of Museums and Historic Sites at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
The Wade House Historic Site Director is a professional position serving as the Director of the Wade House Historic Site, one of twelve museums and historic sites operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Wade House consists of ten buildings including the 19th century Wade House Stagecoach Inn, the water powered Robinson-Herrling Sawmill, the Dockstader Blacksmith Shop, and the new 38,000 square foot Visitor Center and Wesley Jung Carriage Museum. Two of the buildings, the Wade House Stagecoach Inn and the Robinson House are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Site is located on 240 acres between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The entire site is open from May through October and each season with the Visitor Center and Wesley Jung Carriage Museum open all year with limited winter hours. This outdoor living history museum conducts a series of special events each year in addition to the daily experience for guests. In 2013 the Wade House Historic Site celebrated its 60th year of operation.
Under the general supervision of the Division Administrator of Museums and Historic Sites (DMHS) and in accordance with the Society’s mission, the Director is responsible for articulating the vision of the Wade House Historic Site, developing and implementing interpretive plans, developing and implementing an annual work plan, directly or indirectly supervising employees (permanent staff, limited term year around and seasonal staff, interns and volunteers), overseeing museum operations, formulating and controlling a budget, generating revenue (eg. general admissions, special events, school and group tours, facility rentals), assisting in raising funds, and promoting the site to donors, local communities, businesses and civic groups. The Director must develop and maintain strong working relationships with Society leaders, the DMHS Leadership Team, the marketing team and Society support staff in the Division of Operations and Services. The Director provides strategic leadership for the site and staff to provide a high quality guest experience that is engaging and educational and that shares the Society’s rich museum and archival collections, including the historic buildings.
Minimally qualified candidates will have experience in the following areas:
-Developing and managing a budget
-Developing and managing interpretive exhibit plans (historic site or cultural venue)
-Supervision of staff and volunteers (create work plans for staff, hire and train staff, evaluate staff performance
Well qualified candidates will also have experience with:
-Experience with reinterpretation of a large scale historic program (such as restoration/re-use of historic structure, large multi-year exhibition, leading museum/educational enterprise-wide organizational change initiative)
-Experience with overseeing Living History museum/historic programs (craftsmen, trades, animals, or farming)
To apply for this position you must use state job portal and follow this link:
Your submission will be evaluated by one or more job experts. Candidates who are deemed eligible will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process where vacancies exist. Permanent classified state employees, who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) should complete the application process to apply.
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