State of Indiana

State of Indiana

Vincennes Historic Site Manager

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process, as well as perform the essential functions of a role.

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About the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) is a museum system with 12 locations across the state, including the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis and 11 historic sites across the state. The ISMHS is a forward-thinking, unparalleled resource for learning about and appreciating Indiana and its role in the world. We discover, collect, preserve, interpret, and present artifacts and exhibits that showcase the stories of Indiana’s natural and cultural history, art, and science.

About the Vincennes State Historic Sites:

Founded in 1732 by France, Vincennes is Indiana’s oldest city. Vincennes changed hands from France to Great Britain, and ultimately America following the Revolutionary War. In 1800, Congress created the Indiana Territory and named Vincennes its capital. The new territory was much larger than the State of Indiana today, including what is now Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota. Vincennes served as a focal point where important decisions would influence the future of the entire Midwest.


This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $58,710. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

Role Overview:

The Site Manager oversees all facets of site management. You will provide, or guide others, in operations, programming, and community outreach. Each historic site in the ISMHS system has responsibilities that are specific to an individual site.

The ideal candidate will have management experience in a visitor-centric environment such as museums, science centers, historic sites, or cultural centers.

A Day in the Life:


  • Oversee daily operations including hiring, training, and scheduling of staff and volunteers. Develop work plans for staff and complete annual performance appraisals.
  • Develop operational plans, including budget, staffing, admissions, equipment needs, etc.
  • Learn and operate Altru, a ticketing, fundraising, and membership management software.
  • Complete required reports (attendance, fiscal, payroll, site usage, etc.)
  • Develop knowledge of State and Federal laws and procedures about historic sites.


  • Assist programming staff in developing and implementing programs, tours, and interpretations.
  • Serve as the expert and resource person for historic aspects of the site.
  • Follow the American Association of Museums (AAM) standards for the care and accountability of historic artifacts and specimens.
  • Evaluate and improve the visitor experience. Resolve visitor issues or complaints.
  • Identify and collaborate with ISMHS historic preservation and facilities staff about necessary restoration, repair, or construction needs.
  • Work with the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana Department of Environmental Management as needed regarding site issues.

Community Outreach:

  • Identify and form relationships with community members, legislators, and organizations to form collaborations and partnerships. Attend and participate in targeted community events.
  • Work with the ISMHS Development staff to identify and implement grants, corporate sponsorship, and supplemental support.
  • Meet with media and make presentations to keep the community informed about the site.
  • Work with the Knox County Tourism staff to enhance site promotion.

What You’ll Need for Success:

  • Community partnering and communication skills are essential to the success of this position and this site.
  • Detailed attention to daily operations including visitor experience, site cleanliness, and regular property checks.
  • Ability to think big picture – both operationally and strategically – at a time when the site is poised to undergo some large historic preservation projects with the potential for impact on the daily visitor experience.
  • Have a strong working knowledge of institutional system-wide procedures pertaining to fiscal control, purchasing, and personnel management.
  • Have strong interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and the ability to solve problems and negotiate.
  • Demonstrate strong writing skills.
  • Have computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and demonstrate the capacity to learn other programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruit, select, develop, and promote employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].

The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.

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