The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories.
The Wisconsin Historical Society is seeking to fill an exciting new senior leadership position. The innovative and dynamic new Chief Program Officer (CPO) will join the senior leadership team and help unite all programmatic areas within a comprehensive, holistic and synergistic vision of the Society.
The CPO will oversee the Society’s extensive programmatic channels throughout the State including 12 historic sites and museums, publications, outreach services, education and digital services, and experience design. The CPO will lead the development and delivery of dynamic and diverse experiences for existing and new audiences at one of the premier historical organizations in the United States. In addition, initial priorities will include advancing the Society’s plans for a new state history museum in downtown Madison.
Applicants should have at least five years of senior leadership experience in a complex organization with a proven track record of success. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of best practices and benchmarks in the public experience and attractions field, as well as demonstrated knowledge of museum operations or museum theory and practices. Candidates should be skilled in the principles of experience development for a variety of audiences; marketing and public relations project management; exhibition development; and public presentation. The ability to envision and implement new strategic goals is key. Other minimum qualifications include the following:
Knowledge of history-based programming.
Knowledge of general design and construction practices.
Ability to travel independently within Wisconsin, the Midwest and nationally.
Able to legally operate a motor vehicle from the Wisconsin Department of Administration State Fleet in the State of Wisconsin.
A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; a master’s degree is strongly recommended.