Minnesota Humanities Center

Indigenous Studies Scholar

Position Title: Indigenous Studies Scholar

Hours: This is an exempt position that will require working occasional evenings and weekends

Salary: $75,000

Benefits Eligible: Health, Dental, PTO, Holidays, and 401(k) plan

Closing Date: Open until filled


Minnesota Humanities Center

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports the development of humanities programming in Minnesota, creates humanities programming, issue grants to support humanities programming, and operates an event center in St. Paul, Minnesota. MHC’s vision is to create a just society that is curious, connected, and compassionate.  MHC’s vision is to create a just society that is curious, connected, and compassionate.

As the humanities teach competence, communication, cultural awareness, and empathy, we believe in the power of the humanities to bridge differences, interpret the complexities of our world, and positively shape our collective future. Using the humanities disciplines such as philosophy, literature, civics, history, and language through mediums such as discussions, books, radio, and television, we facilitate respectful dialog, reflection, analysis, and change. In fulfilling our vision and mission, we intentionally collaborate with individuals and organizations to inspire authentic conversation, forge deep connections, encourage action, and illuminate racially and ethnically diverse voices.


The position reports to the Chief Executive Officer. The Indigenous Studies Scholar is expected to be collaborative, adaptable, and a highly organized individual. The Humanities Officer is responsible for:

  • Developing and executing Humanities projects
  • Providing project management and coordinating day-to-day logistics
  • Facilitate and complete evaluation of Humanities projects.
  • Cultivate and strengthen community partnerships.
  • Participating in and supporting MHC hosted/sponsored/supported events.

Design – 25%

  • Design humanities projects identifying the goals, timelines, outcomes, activities, responsibilities of the individuals and organizations associated with the project.
  • Coordinate pre-design planning activities with staff [and/or scholars and community members/organizations]
  • Contribute to the creation of humanities project budget.
  • Collaborate with MHC staff to utilize MHC marketing, promotion, communication tools.

Implementation – 50%

  • Successfully manage relationships with individual scholars, community members, and organizations that are partnering with MHC.
  • Research and cultivate understanding of underlying subject matter that comprises humanities project.
  • Coordinate activities and provide project management oversight of activities performed by individuals and organizations within humanities projects.
  • Coordinate the execution and performance of contracts associated with humanities projects.
  • Provide regular project status and budget updates.
  • Coordinate the evaluation of humanities projects.
  • Ensure humanities projects are successfully implemented as designed by the project lead.

Management/Administrative – 20%

  • Support the submission of funding proposals for humanities projects (as applicable)
  • Provide written reports on humanities project work to support such activities as the annual report, current web content, legislative report, and submission of grant proposals.
  • Participate in internal staffing meetings.
  • Represent MHC in networking/educational activities and meetings.
  • Timely submission of project expense requests
  • Supervise project staff (as applicable)

Other – 5%

  • Other duties as assigned.

Behavioral Expectations

  • Demonstrate high integrity, passion and commitment to the mission and goals of MHC.
  • Provide a high level of customer service through listening and responding to the needs and requests of others, internally and externally, with a high degree of urgency.
  • Adjust to changing conditions or priorities willingly.
  • Identify problems and consistently make decisions that resolve problems.
  • Professional attitude and appearance

General Expectations

  • Self-motivated, flexible, and optimistic individual with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent projects.
  • Culturally competent and the ability to build strong relationships, find common ground, build consensus, and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
  • Success in managing internal and external relationships.
  • Working knowledge of project planning, organizational structure, budgeting, and administrative operations
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to create high quality programming.
  • Continuous Learning – Commitment to learning, applying, building on, and evaluating new knowledge and skills.
  • Enthusiasm – Exhibits passion, positive attitude, and excitement about MHC’s work.


The ideal candidate will be an individual that is organized, enjoys learning, values working with others, and is comfortable working on several projects simultaneously. The ideal candidate will be a strong storyteller, writer, and editor who is committed to amplifying the voices of scholars and individuals from historically politically disenfranchised communities.

  • B.A. degree in a humanities discipline and/or equivalent community-based experience
  • Knowledge of Native American history and cultural practices, especially specific to the Minnesota region.
  • Knowledge of Native American communities and Tribal Nations in Minnesota today.
  • Experience working in or partnering with Native American community organizations and/or Tribal governments.
  • Ability to organize time, set priorities, and work in an effective manner will help managing several projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working with racial and ethnically diverse communities.
  • Experience working on community-driven initiatives.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel)
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends with occasional travel outside of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.    

Desired qualifications

  • B.A. or advanced degree in Native American Studies, ethnic studies, American Studies or related field.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with the Ojibwe language or the Dakota language and efforts at revitalization in Minnesota today.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous scholars and artists in the region and the field’s development.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, multi-functional copiers/printers, and filing cabinets.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to effectively communicate, use a telephonic device and/or use a computer. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This is a sedentary role: however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand, as necessary. While performing the duties of the job, the noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate. Stress levels may become high during certain times of the year.

Expected to work a flexible and varied schedule that may include working on evenings, weekends, and some holidays. Must be available to respond in the event of a crisis as needed. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, veteran status, or any other protected class under law.


Interested candidates should email their cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume to jobs@mnhum.org. We are unable to accept telephone calls.