Open Positions

Director of Exhibit Programs

Bachelor's degree (B.A.) or equivalent; Master's degree (M. A.) preferred; and four to ten years of related museum experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

The Director of Exhibits oversees the general operation of the exhibit program; including supervising a highly skilled exhibitions staff as well as managing all exhibit areas (permanent exhibits, temporary and special exhibits and exhibit maintenance). The position is responsible for effectively planning and coordinating all aspects of exhibit development, planning, scripting, design, production and maintenance to ensure MPM’s exhibits achieve the highest standards of excellence in their content, technology, and aesthetics. He/she is responsible for the oversight and successful execution of all aspects of exhibit design and production, ensuring projects are on-time and on-budget. The Director of Exhibits works in conjunction and cooperatively with Curatorial, Conservation, Registration, Education and other staff to ensure appropriate feedback and front-end evaluation is integrated into MPM projects to propose and build consensus on issues such as content and pedagogy, visitor experience, object security, environmental controls and other such topics. In addition, he/she also coordinates the Traveling Exhibit program, including research into current exhibit availability and initial discussions and negotiations related to exhibit installation. The Director of Exhibits reports to the Senior Vice President/Academic Dean.


MPM is one of the oldest natural history museums in the United States. Established in 1882, the museum is renowned for its style of display. Created in 1890 in what is now known internationally as “The Milwaukee Style,” the Muskrat Exhibit, designed by Carl Akeley, is the first natural history diorama ever developed. This style is now used in natural history museums the world over. With three floors of exhibits covering 150,000 sq ft, MPM presents exhibits that explore the relationship between human history and natural sciences in settings as varied as a Costa Rican rainforest, a Wisconsin glacier, a Woodlands Indian powwow, and an African watering hole.

Security Officer I

A High school diploma or general equivalent degree (GED) is required. One year previous security experience and basic computer skills are required.     

Under the direction of, and reporting to, the Security Manager, the Officer I performs general and shift specific security duties in and around the physical facility of the Milwaukee Public Museum. An Officer I ensure the safety and well being of Museum visitors and staff, and protects and maintains the safety of the Museum’s collections and information.

The Milwaukee Public Museum is currently looking for a dependable, energetic, and customer service oriented individual to fill our part-time II (32 hrs) opening with schedules assigned to work all three shifts (1st, 2nd, & 3rd), weekends and holidays. The security officer is responsible for museum patrols, conducting tours, monitoring access, providing escorts, and working in dispatch. The base pay rate is $12.04 per hour and pro-rated benefits are offered. 

Director of Institutional Giving

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, 5+ years of significant fundraising experience and progressive development experience with demonstrated success with institutional giving.

Major responsibilities include managing and growing relationships with the Milwaukee Public Museum’s current portfolio of institutional, high-level corporate and foundation funders ($10,000+) while aggressively developing new streams of funding to include major sponsorships. Another major role is to plan and implement an annual institutional giving strategy. Supervises staff and/or contractors who coordinate MPM major fundraising events.

With new leadership on the horizon at the Milwaukee Public Museum, and with many significant accomplishments over the past 3 years, the organization is in a very strong position moving forward. As the Development Team has been restructured, there are extremely promising opportunities to expand our fundraising efforts and results. The new full-time position of Director of Institutional Giving will assist in increasing sponsorships and high-level corporate and foundation giving. This is an exciting time at MPM, promising a challenging but rewarding experience as a member of a highly functional development department and an important, flagship cultural institution in Milwaukee.

Essential Roles

  • Strategize, develop and implement an ongoing program for institutional support that meets a fiscal year targets in secured gifts
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit foundation and corporate supporters to provide MPM with annual operation, program and event support, while coordinating the organization’s institutional prospect portfolio to support specific MPM events, programs and projects
  • Manage a portfolio of over 150 institutional prospects/donors
  • Research grant-making organizations to identify likely funding sources
  • Work with Board Members and Development Committee to identify, cultivate and tap foundation and corporate contacts
  • Forge excellent working relationships with MPM program, exhibit and education staff, to gain a thorough knowledge of programs; communicate that information to funders through proposals, site visits, report, and meetings
  • Develop strategies and visual materials for major presentations
  • Package and present sponsorship opportunities for museum programs, exhibits, projects and events to prospective and renewing institutional funders
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of at least one recognition/cultivation event for institutional funders each year