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Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/27
Posting End Date: 2024/03/17
Category: Administration
Sub Category: Administration
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 36.08
Maximum Salary: 42.45
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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Pay 36.08- 42.45

**$5000.00 Recruitment Bonus after successful completion of 6 months**


Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

The Idaho State Historical Society, an executive branch agency, has gathered the state’s history since 1881 and is the steward for State historical resources including over 50,000 objects, 131,000 prehistoric and historic specimens, 100,000 feet of government records, 40,000 rolls of microfilm, 500,000 photographs, 3,100 oral histories, 26,000 maps, 20,000 books and periodicals and 60 historic structures. The Idaho State Historical Society is an integral education institution which teaches historical literacy, manages essential public records, and fulfills legal requirements of federal historic preservation laws giving Idaho voice to federal decision making. The Idaho State Historical Society illuminates our state’s future and helps people of all ages explore and appreciate Idaho’s rich past and learn more about themselves. 

The Idaho State Historical Society is currently searching for a dynamic and experienced professional to provide visionary and progressive leadership as the Idaho State Museum Director/ Administrator. The successful candidate will oversee the operations of the Museum, build on its success, implement a new collections development plan, collaborate on an agency collections and archives stewardship facility, and continue inspiring exhibitions and programming with the intent of building the agency’s family of members, visitors, and new audiences. For more information about the Agency and the position please visit


The Idaho State Museum Director/Administrator is part of the overall ISHS management team and is responsible for leading and managing the operation, programming, collections and staff of the Idaho State Historical Museum and the Capitol Curation program including oversight in the areas of strategic planning, staffing, business and operations management, museology, and promotion of the sites.

Reporting Relationships 

The Museum Administrator reports to the ISHS Executive Director. This position oversees 4 supervisory level staff FTEs, 7 FTEs, and 11 PTE.

Duties & Essential job Functions 

  • Serves on the leadership team of the Agency, for the purpose of contributing to the strategic growth and development of the Agency and its goals;
  • Develops goals and priorities for the museum consistent with Idaho statutes and Idaho State Historical Society guidelines;
  • Directs the museum's operations, to include development, exhibits, education and public programming, finance, external communications, and staffing;
  • Manages, secures, and maintains the property and facilities of the Museum, as well as the collections held in public trust;
  • Provides fiscal oversight for the museum department for the purpose of the development, allocation, and management of resources to support the Museum operations in compliance with fiscal policies and procedures;
  • Participates in all fundraising and development activities, including grant writing and developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors working closely with the Development and Grants Administrators
  • Manages, hires, trains, and evaluates departmental professional staff promoting a positive team spirit to ensure the smooth, professional, and safe operation of the Museum; resolves personnel problems;
  • Ensures ISHS vision and strategic plan and both ISHS and State of Idaho policies and procedures are followed by department staff;
  • Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum by establishing strong partnerships in the local and state communities and enhancing the Museum’s public image to expand interest and support;
  • Provides oversight, supervises, and participates in the acquisition, deaccession, security, preservation and maintenance of historical artifacts and memorabilia;
  • Provides resource information to researchers and the public on the ISM collection, conservation, and preservation of historical artifacts, and on related Idaho history;
  • Follows AAM accreditation standards to ensure high values of professionalism and accountability are maintained;
  • Oversees exhibition and public program selection, planning and implementation;
  • Oversees staff in planning and delivery of educational programs to schools and other groups both in house and off-site;
  • Ensures that effective programs exist to promote the Museum activities and increase the financial support available for its operations.
  • Writes and administers projects and grants. 

Other Functions and Responsibilities 

  • Significant amount of weekend and evening time spent on department programs, in community engagement and for fundraising activities.
  • Serves on the Agency Leadership Team and participates in organizational development, including timely strategic planning, enhancing board and staff development, creating a highly productive and positive work environment, and monitoring agency performance.
  • Provides strategic direction to the agency through participation on select agency and partner organization committees as appropriate.
  • Provides support to agency public programs and outreach effort.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

Master's Degree or higher in Museum Studies or a related field including but not limited to History Administration, Public Administration, History, Education or Cultural Resource Management. 

Experience managing museum operations and/or major programs in a museum, education, or cultural resource-based organization; developing and/or monitoring budgets; building and maintaining long-term relationships with external constituents such as donors, foundations, granting agencies, or corporate sponsors; supervising staff. 

Demonstrated leadership in applying and advancing national standards and innovative thinking within a museum, education, or cultural based organization.

Good knowledge of management practices.


The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit* 


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.