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South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Searching for Exhibits Coordinator

The State Agricultural Heritage Museum at South Dakota State University is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Exhibits Coordinator. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join our team as an integral part of the museum. Under the supervision of the Director, the Exhibits Coordinator performs duties related to the design, construction, installation, and presentation of the museum’s in-house, traveling, and online exhibitions.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.  Sponsorship is not available for this position. 



The Exhibits Coordinator provides leadership, vision, and a hands-on approach for the development and implementation of interpretation that enhances the Museum’s mission and builds diverse audiences. This position leads the Exhibits Committee in seeking new and innovative designs and materials to best present the desired visual effect and educational message. The Exhibits Coordinator recommends solutions to design problems and is responsible for completing projects on time and on budget. This position ensures that exhibitions produced by the Museum on site, off site, or digitally are well researched and represented in accordance with the Museum’s mission, policies, and procedures.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Theater, Museum Studies, Industrial Design, Studio Arts, or a related field completed by date of hire;
  • Minimum of three years of related experience in creating interpretation in physical and digital spaces;
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills (i.e., setting an exhibition schedule, managing a budget, and delegating tasks);
  • Demonstrated creative and technical ability showcased in a portfolio;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time;
  • Excellent fabrication and drafting skills using wood, metal, and plastic, basic electrical and mechanical skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Proficient with graphic design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days for hire, and willingness to travel.



  • Master’s degree in art, design, museum studies or a related field;
  • Demonstrated experience with video editing, desktop publishing, animation and drafting software;
  • Demonstrated successful supervisory experience with volunteer and students;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in agriculture.



Commensurate with qualifications with a base salary of $44,200.



South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave.  Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.



The State Agricultural Heritage Museum’s mission is to inspire a passion for the diverse history, culture, and science of agriculture in South Dakota. We are the leader in the preservation of South Dakota agricultural history and in connecting diverse audiences to the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. The Museum has 10,000 square feet of exhibit space and has an average annual attendance of 10,000 visitors. The Museum is a department of South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. 



South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.



Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by February 4, 2022.



SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, a reference page with the contact information for three professional references, and a pdf sample portfolio or include a link to a sample portfolio attached as “Other Document”.   Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.  

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.  

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students.  This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Carrie Van Buren at 605-688-4436 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone: 605-688-4128.