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Wisconsin Historical Society

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Chief Program Officer

WHS is searching for an innovative and dynamic Chief Program Officer (CPO) to join the Senior Leadership team and help connect all programmatic areas within a comprehensive, holistic and synergistic vision of the Society.

Chief Program Officer | Wisconsin Historical Society

This senior leadership position reports to the Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society and works under general direction. The innovative and dynamic new Chief Program Officer (CPO) will oversee and unite the Society’s extensive programmatic channels throughout the state, including its 12 historic sites and museums, as well as publications, outreach services, education and digital services, and experience design. The CPO is responsible for delivering relevant, engaging, authentic, dynamic, diverse and inclusive mission-based experiences, publications, exhibits, digital resources, and educational services. The successful candidate will inspire staff excellence and be responsible for the financial performance of the Museums and Programs & Outreach teams, and will work institutionally to lead and guide the experience design process. The CPO oversees the creation, implementation, and coordination of a strategic direction for the Museums and Programs & Outreach teams while ensuring sustainability and ongoing performance improvement. This key individual will work with the Director’s Office, the Senior Leadership Team and the Deputy Director/COO and technical experts in business units such as Finance, Human Resources, Communications, IT, Retail, Facilities, Historic Preservation, and Collections to ensure that all venues, projects, exhibitions, and programs align and meet the Society’s standards, brand, and business goals.

The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation.

Qualified candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of best practices in the public experience and attractions field, as well as museum operations or museum theory and practices.
Other minimum qualifications include:
• At least five years of senior leadership experience in a complex organization with a proven track record of success.
• Knowledge of history-based programming.
• Knowledge of general design and construction practices.
• Ability to travel independently within Wisconsin, the Midwest and nationally.
• Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle from the Wisconsin Department of Administration State Fleet.
• A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; a master’s degree is strongly recommended.

Salary Range: $110,000 - $125,000

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