The Villa Louis Historic Site complex consists of 17 buildings located on 26 acres along the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The centerpiece of the site is the Villa Louis, an imposing Italianate mansion complex built in 1870. In 1885 the entire mansion was extensively redecorated in the latest English Arts and Crafts style. From 1994 through 2007, the Villa Louis and its grounds underwent a careful and detailed $2,000,000 restoration to the mansionís original appearance in 1885. For additional information, please see the Villa Louis Historic Site website at: http://villalouis.wisconsinhistory.org/
The Site Manager has responsibility for daily operations of an historic site. The Site Manager, under the direction of the Director, Southwest Historic Sites, is the public face of the Wisconsin Historical Society in the community and embodies the Societyís service and outreach mission. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the site operates considering the safety of visitors, staff, collections and property. The incumbent handles opening/closing procedures, addresses immediate security concerns, serves as a lead worker for interpreters/docents, oversees the execution of programs and special events; and reports problems related to personnel, IT, retail and facilities. The Site Manager will participate in the development of exhibits and programs during the off season, and efforts to handles all third party facility rentals. This position reports to the Southwest Historic Sites Coordinator, Division of Museums and Historic Sites.
Examples of worker activities include:
- Administer goals and objectives outlined in the annual work plan for the historic site.
- Assist in the development of the fiscal year budget for the historic site.
- Assist in the development of a staffing program for the site. As requested, hire, train, and serve as a lead worker for staff.
- Adhere to human resources policies and regulations.
- Increase statewide impact by evaluating and realigning all programs and services
- Continually assess and monitor feedback regarding customer service and the visitor experience. Provide recommendations on needed improvements.
- Work as requested on the development of quality programs and special events which amplifies the message and meaning of the historic site.
- Work with the Outreach Curator to streamline collection documentation, handling and use for exhibition and display, and to support object-based education and programming.
- Ensure staff compliance with retail and cash management systems and procedures, and with other information, financial, database, and reporting systems.
- Manage daily admissions, events, rental, and other fee-based programs.
- Serve as spokesperson for the site on a day-to-day basis, and provide an ongoing active presence among civic leaders, nearby communities, and constituents.
A well-qualified applicant may have a degree in Museum Studies, Public History, American history or a related field and/or experience with many, but not necessarily all, of the following Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience managing a historic site (e.g. develop and administer site budget, develop public programs and manage events, develop and manage interpretive plans, etc.)
- Experience supervising staff and volunteers (create work plan for staff, hire and train staff, evaluate staff performance, etc.)
- Experience working with museum/historic site collections (develop exhibits, maintain historic property, etc.)
- Development and implementation of program calendars, staffing plans, and marketing plans
- Experience developing and implementing museum-based education programs
- Ability to use computer applications, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, Excel)
- Effective written and oral communication skills
- Organizational skills and ability to plan ahead in order to handle multiple tasks and meet rigid deadlines without direct supervision
- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, other employees, and staff at other state agencies