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Program Administrator-SES - 45000052

Date: Aug 6, 2019

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 70560 

Agency: Department of State

Working Title: Program Administrator-SES - 45000052

Position Number: 45000052 

Salary:  $60,000.00 - $70,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 09/06/2019 

Department of State

Program Administrator- SES

(Director of Museums)

Office of the Secretary


Open Competitive


The Florida Department of State seeks an experienced Director of Museums to oversee and develop four history museums located in the capital city of Tallahassee, including the Museum of Florida History, Mission San Luis, The Grove Museum and the Knott House Museum. Each museum has a distinct mission contributing to the education and enjoyment of Florida’s citizens and visitors to the state.  These museums form the primary public component of the Office of External Affairs, under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of State. The Department is committed to increasing collaboration among its museums, expanding visitor-centered program offerings, reaching new audiences, and maintaining exemplary practices in the preservation of and access to collections.  This position works regularly with other Department staff and external partners on various initiatives to promote Florida’s museum, historical, and cultural resources.  Further information about individual museums and the Office of External Affairs can be found at


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Doctoral level academic or professional degree, including coursework and other training in museum studies.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in a leadership position in an accredited museum, including responsibility for professional staff and budget, and multiple aspects of museum programming, exhibits, collections and operations.  Experience working in a museum within a non-museum parent organization such as government or university would be an asset
  • Broad-based interests and the enthusiasm, desire and ability to manage multiple museums and multi-faceted projects simultaneously.


Special Note:

Responses to qualifying questions must be clearly supported in your employment history.


The anticipated hiring salary is $60,000.00 to $70,000.00 annually.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This is a professional position that oversees and coordinates the museum programs of the Department, including budgetary planning and management, programming, historical interpretation, preservation, exhibition, collections management activities, and other projects to enhance, protect, and promote Florida’s museum resources.  The incumbent in this position must establish and maintain positive working relationships with groups and individuals that can assist with supporting and promoting Department programs.

  • Oversees and supervises the professional management of the Museum of Florida History, Mission San Luis, The Grove Museum and the Knott House Museum and carries out strategic planning and implementation in keeping with the Department’s mission and policies.
  • Coordinates and brings together the directors and staff of each museum on a regular basis to ensure professional operation, create overall awareness of programs and activities, and to enhance effectiveness.
  • Coordinates broad-based program and resource development that increases opportunities for the public to gain awareness of diverse and inclusive historical information and that enhances access to the Department’s historical and cultural resources.
  • Works with other Department staff and outside entities to expand outreach and marketing to reach new audiences for programs and exhibits.  Plans and participates in projects to increase the visibility of Florida’s museums.
  • Works with non-profit Citizen Support Organizations to develop and utilize non-state resources to enhance each museum’s operations and programs.
  • Represents the Department and conducts other duties as required. Acts on behalf of the Secretary of State in supervising and coordinating the activities of other staff engaged in promoting Department programs.  Work hours include attendance at events that may occur on evenings and weekends.  Occasional travel may also be required.



  • Demonstrated knowledge and professional experience implementing and maintaining museum best practices regarding collections, exhibition development, historical interpretation, artifact conservation, design, educational programming, marketing, and communication to the public.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, methods, and best practices for the presentation of historical and cultural information to general and specialized audiences.
  • Significant experience in the development, preservation, and interpretation of collections.
  • Significant experience in strategic planning and implementation within a broader organization.
  • Significant experience in creating effective project teams, in directing and evaluating project work and in working with other staff or external parties on collaborative projects.
  • Significant experience establishing budgetary priorities, financial reporting, and prudent management of institutional resources.
  • Significant experience working with museum support organizations or governing boards.
  • Ability to organize projects and adhere to frequent deadlines, within a larger organization and with multiple stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of best practices in non-profit organization management.
  • Leadership, interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.
  • Skill in public speaking and making oral presentations.
  • Ability to relate to diverse constituencies.


CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS:  A Level 2 criminal background check is a condition of employment.  If selected for this position, you must provide your fingerprints.  We will send your fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a criminal background check.


Relatives of current Florida Department of State employees will not be considered.

We are committed to enhancing our workforce through the employment of Veterans, individuals with disabilities and seek qualified candidates from diverse cultures and backgrounds, abilities, skills, and talents to join our inclusive workforce.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee

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