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General Manager, Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River, MN

  • 10 Jan 2019 2:25 PM
    Message # 6993891

    OPEN TO:                    This job is open to all applicants.

    LOCATION:                  Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Road, Elk River, MN 55330

    SALARY:                      $4,618.00 monthly minimum - commensurate with experience.

    STATUS & HOURS:      Full-time, regular (2,088 annual hours) position.   

    BENEFITS:                   Eligible to participate in State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) & retirement program with employer contribution.

    CLASSIFICATION:      18K Supervisory         

    HIRING MANAGER:    Director, Greater Minnesota Sites & Partnerships

    POSTING DATE:          January 10, 2019

    DEADLINE DATE:        January 31, 2019 

    TO APPLY:                   Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date. 

    DESCRIPTION:  The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is seeking an experienced General Manager who is skilled in implementing organizational objectives with an entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative when cultivating a site’s influence and business model, and innovative in their stewardship for managing site resources.

    The Oliver Kelley Farm (OKF) is one of the Minnesota Historical Society’s 26 historic sites and museums statewide.  Founded in 1849 and headquartered in St. Paul, MNHS is America’s largest state historical society with a national reputation for being a leader in using the power of history to transform lives. MNHS plays an import role in our state's historic preservation, education and tourism; and provides the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions and events.

    Recognized as “the birthplace of organized agriculture in America,” the Oliver Kelley Farm has been with the Minnesota Historical Society since 1962 when the National Grange transferred ownership.  Throughout the next five decades the Farm underwent a number of building restoration and expansion projects along with introducing multidimensional interpretive and educational programing.  Today, visitors to the Farm have the opportunity to experience modern agribusiness to Minnesota’s deep farming traditions.

    The Manager at Oliver Kelley Farm will lead the overall business, facilities, programming, and staffing operations using short and long range planning.  While part of the larger MNHS organization, the OKF Manager must take ownership of the day-to-day operations and administration of the site.  The Farm’s steward works to grow the site into a thriving historic attraction that gathers the support of the community, provides accessible programming for diverse audiences, appeals to people seeking employment, prioritizes the treatment of animals, and is a go-to for educators and community members looking to take engaging tours, thought provoking classes, or a space to host events.

    At MNHS, we offer a generous benefits package including medical, dental, life and disability insurance coverage through the State of Minnesota, medical/dental, dependent care and transit expense pre-tax benefit accounts, two employer-contribution retirement plan options, supplemental retirement savings plans and paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.

    SUMMARY OF WORK:  1) lead Oliver Kelley Farm and represent MNHS through strategic planning, creative problem solving, and relationship building. Leaders build culture, set goals, and ensure long-term sustainability;

    2) take ownership of the daily management and operation of Oliver Kelley Farm. Owners meet goals and expectations, while delivering quality service and program through effective administration; and 3) steward MNHS initiatives and processes with assistance and guidance from the institution. This system is built on formal and informal collaboration and communication, often with deadlines imposed by others.


    • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, history, liberal arts or a related field plus six years management experience in customer service and/or at a historic site OR an advanced degree plus five years management experience or equivalent.
    • Knowledge of or experience in management, including budget and personnel management, short-and long-range planning, office procedures, bookkeeping principles, and retail sales operation.
    • Ability to plan, organize and manage complex budgets and multi-faceted projects/programs within a large institution.
    • Demonstrated ability to think imaginatively and problem solve.
    • Demonstrated positive customer service skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate in written, oral, and visual media to specialized audiences and the general public.
    • Ability to develop a working knowledge of Minnesota history and specific knowledge of nineteenth-century U.S. social and cultural history.
    • An understanding of the methodology of museum education, audience assessment, and exhibit evaluation.
    • Knowledge of preservation, maintenance and security methods for contemporary and historical structures, grounds and landscapes.
    • Basic knowledge of curatorial practices as they apply to both two- and three-dimensional objects.
    • Skills in human resources and personnel management related to hiring, training, coaching, and appraising performance.
    • Knowledge of and ability in historical interpretation methodology and techniques sufficient to develop and implement interpretive programs.
    • Ability to develop a working knowledge of animal husbandry practices and ethical standards.
    • Demonstrated willingness to work with farm animals (sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, chickens, turkeys, etc.).


    • Master’s degree in historical administration, business administration, history museum studies, history, or a related field.
    • Knowledge of Project Management principles.
    • Ability to meet changing expectations and priorities at a seasonal site that requires year round management, care, and planning.
    • Knowledge of animal husbandry practices and standards.
    • Experience working with farm animals.

    Interviews will preferably be conducted on February 5th and 6th

    Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org or call MNHS Job Line at 651-259-3181.   Applicants offered employment are subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment.   EEO

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