The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) is the state's memory and foremost storyteller. Largely considered to be one of the nation's finest historical institutions, WHS connects people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories while enriching and transforming lives though unparalleled access to history. We believe that increasing the public's knowledge of history has a profound societal, cultural and economic benefit. WHS currently is seeking an innovative leader and dynamic executive to oversee Programming for the institution.
Founded in 1846, the Wisconsin Historical Society is a self-governing Agency of the State of Wisconsin. The Society is headquartered on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Society administers twelve historic sites and museums throughout the state including the Wisconsin Historical Museum on the Capitol Square in Madison. For additional information about the Wisconsin Historical Society, please see: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org.
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As a member of senior leadership, the Chief Program Officer (CPO) is responsible for leading all of WHS’s museums and programmatic channels in delivering relevant, engaging, authentic, dynamic, diverse as well as inclusive mission-based experiences, publications, exhibits, digital resources, and educational services.
Additionally, the CPO is also responsible for staff excellence, and financial performance of the Museums, Programs & Outreach Team and works institutionally to lead and guide the experience design process. Leads the creation, implementation, and coordination of a strategic direction for Museums, Programs and Outreach, all while insuring sustainability and ongoing performance improvement. Works with the Director’s Office, Senior Leadership Team, and the Deputy Director/COO and other business units to ensure that all venues, projects, exhibitions, and programs align and meet Society standards, brand, as well as business goals.
A minimally qualified candidate will possess the following- o Five+ years of senior leadership experience in a complex organization with a proven track record of success o Experience designing mission-driven programs, products or events that drove and achieved core strategic business functions, including demonstrated success in supervising senior staff to achieve organizational programmatic and fundraising goals. (Example: public program development, implementation, integration, and sustainability of programs) o General experience in programming operations (Examples includes familiarity and experience with designing best practices/efficiencies, performance management, multiple platform program integration, executing organizational/ culture change).
Please submit electronically a cover letter addressing qualifications for this position, a resume, and five professional references (references will not be contacted without prior permission). Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions may be directed to: John Obligato, Senior Human Resources Business Partner Wisconsin Historical Society 816 State Street Madison, WI 53706-1482 Telephone 608/264-6409 email@example.com
Materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. The Wisconsin Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.