Deputy Director of Interpretation | Austin, TX

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State Preservation Board (SPB)

Posting # 2022-021

Deputy Director of Interpretation 

Job Type: Full Time - 40 hours weekly, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Posting Dates: October 11, 2021 - Until Closed

Hiring Rate: $6,400-$6,700/monthly

Organizational Overview: The Bullock Texas State History Museum immerses visitors in Texas history and culture through a variety of exhibitions, films, and events serving over 500,000 visitors a year on-site and on-line. A dynamic educational institution accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Bullock Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board (TSPB). For additional information about TSPB and the Bullock Museum please see: and

Benefits: medical, dental, vision and other insurances, a defined benefit pension and 401K retirement plans, un-paid parental leave, flexible spending and dependent care accounts options, telework up to two days per week (with approval). free parking and free Museum Membership.

Position Summary: The Deputy Director of Interpretation works under the direction of the Museum Director to meet the goals of the Museum’s mission and core values of Leadership, Excellence, Accessibility, Diversity, Engagement, and Relevance. They oversee dedicated staff in three primary departmental areas: education, exhibitions, and web and digital media, all working together to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of Texas history, people, events, culture, and science. Leading both onsite and online programming, the Deputy Director evaluates, guides and budgets for existing and new programs, including but not limited to exhibitions, school, public, and film programming, virtual learning, social media outreach, and special projects for effectiveness, balance, diversity, accessibility, historical accuracy, and relevance to the Museum’s target audiences. Integral to helping set and support the vision and direction of the Museum, the Deputy Director maintains a significant role in short and long-term strategic planning for the overall visitor experience and cohesively manages and works with the teams that contribute to realizing those goals in a collaborative atmosphere. The Deputy Director of Interpretation also works closely with the Deputy Director of Operations to foster better communication and smooth operations, as well works with the Communication departments, Facilities, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and may be called upon to represent the Museum for publicity purposes and high-profile events.

Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively under limited supervision with moderate latitude for initiative, sound judgment, and a highly-skilled level of problem-solving, and may be called upon to perform other duties as assigned. *Work hours are based on the Agency's 360 day-per-year schedule and may include weekends, evenings and/or holidays, including occasional activities on short notice.

Essential Job Duties: For purposes of this agency's job descriptions, "essential job duties" are defined as assigned tasks that are critical or fundamental to the position and not marginal. If an individual is qualified to perform the essential job duties, he or she must be able to perform the essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation.

• Serves as acting director in Museum Director’s absence as needed, and has authorization level to approve Museum purchase requisitions and contracts prior to sending on to SPB administrative offices.

• Oversees all educational initiatives including exhibitions, programming, web and digital media, and interpretive projects designed to serve the distinct and diverse audiences served by the Museum.

• Plans, assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of the Interpretative department including educators, curators, registrars, media producers and web coordinator, and exhibit production team, as well as research fellows.

• Oversees the strategic direction of training, programming, and support of volunteers to provide accurate and dynamic visitor encounters and interpretative experiences.

• Leads and advises cross-departmental teams responsible for the development of exhibition and digital media content.

• Reviews and edits content developed for online, media and gallery interpretation.

• Reviews program calendar developed for onsite and online audiences, ensuring balance of subjects, audiences, learning styles and offerings.

• With the Museum Director, develops and oversees department’s annual and long-range budget. Deputy Director of Interpretation An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

• Leads or advises teams responsible for creating the institution’s overall interpretive strategy, including initial plan creation and ongoing updates, benchmarking, and evaluation.

• Represents the Museum at external meetings with museum partners and stakeholders; facilitates and leverages partnerships to achieve Museum goals, including identifying strategic partnerships that cross disciplines to reach new audiences for the Museum.

• Researches, writes, contributes to and manages grants that support the continuation and expansion of department activities. Supports activities of TSHM Foundation in their financial support of the Museum’s educational programming.

• Oversees cross-departmental team responsible for all museum social media channels.

• May serve as media representative for Museum's programming and exhibitions for television, radio, and online news outlets. Prepares presentations about departmental activities for statewide and national professional development conferences.

• Provides consultation for planning and strategizing for marketing efforts involving the Museum.

• Plans and implements institutional evaluation efforts including front-end, formative, and summative exhibit evaluation, department program evaluations, and overall visitor satisfaction.

• May assist in training sessions or orienting other personnel.

• Demonstrates sustained knowledge of the agency's mission, programs, exhibitions and audiences. Knowledge of interpretive, educational programming and publicity principles and methodology.

• Displays excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including verbally and in writing.

• Leads and manages projects on time and within budgetary specifications. • Oversees design and successful implementation of creative and engaging educational programs.

• Plans and manages work, including competing priorities.

• Plans for and remains abreast and complies with all applicable safety rules, regulations, established industry standards, and emergency procedures. Plans work and events with safety and security front of mind. Continuously assesses safety conditions to ensure individual and workplace safety and safety of visitors and staff. Promotes visitor safety and building security. Assists with building evacuation if necessary.

• Adheres to all agency policies and procedures.

• Displays sounds judgment and effective interpersonal skills in communicating with internal and external customers, including building occupants, other agency staff and visitors to the Capitol Complex and Museum.

• Perform all duties as assigned in a manner that promotes public confidence in the State Preservation Board and its employees and in accordance with the agency's high ethical standards.

• Regular attendance is an essential job duty for all SPB positions.

• Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-level or seasoned museum career-oriented person. MA in Museum Studies or similar program is required, plus a minimum of 5 years in a significant leadership position successfully overseeing staff and vision for exhibitions and education in a museum setting. Application should include information of successfully completed projects. 10 years or more in a leadership position in the museum field may be considered in lieu of degree in Museum Studies. Talent for bridging communication between multiple departments and building consensus designed to forward the Museum's mission and goals. Commitment to equitable advocacy on behalf of the staff and visitors' experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in social media and web and digital media content development and interpretation; bi-lingual in Spanish and English. Experience with visitor surveys and strategic planning.

To Apply: Submit a fully completed State of Texas application to the SPB by:


Fax: (512) 463-3372

Mail or in person: 201 E. 14th Street, Suite 950, Austin, TX, 78701

For an application see:, the Agency Intranet or call: (512) 463-5495. **All resumes must be accompanied by a fully completed state application.** All applications must be received by the SPB by the closing date for consideration. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

State Job Title: Manager IV

Classification: 1603 Salary

Group: B-25

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EEO Statement: The State Preservation Board is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants without regard to national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, or Veteran status. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAA), if you require reasonable accommodation in the interview and selection process, please call the agency's ADA Coordinator at (512) 463- 3633.

Selection Information: At the time of hire, selected applicants must show proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. All males who are age 18 through 25 are required to register with the Selective Service and may be asked to present proof of registration or exemption from registration upon hire.

The State Preservation Board uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.