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Site Manager-Whitewater Canal SHS 1

Date Posted:  Jan 20, 2023
Requisition ID:  416492

Metamora, IN, US, 47030


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 interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) is a statewide museum system with 12 locations including the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis and 11 historic sites in the Indiana communities of Evansville, Corydon, New Albany, Rome City, Madison, Fountain City, Geneva, New Harmony, Nashville, Vincennes, and Metamora.


ISMHS MissionTo serve as a catalyst for informal lifelong learning that connects the stories of real people, places, and things.


ISMHS Vision: Be the leader in informal lifelong learning that is recognized, sought-after and celebrated regionally, nationally, and globally.


ISMHS Values:

  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Transparency


ISMHS Strategic Priorities:

  1. Engage and serve an expanded and diverse audience through transformative experiences: Collections. Exhibits. Programs.
  2. Translate/transform our historic sites from buildings/tours to experiences/legacies.
  3. Brand awareness and reputation management.
  4. Sustainability (product and financial).
  5. Organizational culture.


About Whitewater Canal State Historic Site:

Located in historic Metamora, Whitewater Canal State Historic Site (WCSHS) was acquired by the State of Indiana in 1946 and includes a 14-mile section of the Whitewater Canal. Visitors to the site can explore the history of canal transportation inside the Grist Mill where they can see grain griding demonstrations that produce fresh cornmeal each day. Guided tours are offered at the site, during which visitors can learn about the Duck Creek Aqueduct, a National Historic Landmark, and the only structure of its kind in the United States. Special programming and school field trips are also offered at the site that is open to the public March – October.


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This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $57,000. Compensation also includes State of Indiana benefits, many listed below. For a comprehensive look at benefits, visit


About the Job:

Site Managers at each of the 11 State Historic Sites are responsible for all facets of site management, broken into three broad categories of Operations, Product and Community. Each respective historic site in the ISMHS museum system will also have responsibilities that are specific to an individual site.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 


  • Develop a long-range operational plan for the site – including staffing, admissions, equipment needs, etc.
  • Develop and monitor an annual budget for the site.
  • Work within the ISMHS museum system (Marketing, Development, Education and Programming, Facilities, Security, Collections, Engagement departments) to identify and plan needs for WCSHS.
  • Learn and operate Altru – a comprehensive ticketing, fundraising and membership management software product utilized across the ISMHS museum system.
  • Complete all administrative tasks – including required reports (attendance, fiscal, payroll, site usage, etc.)
  • Oversee all day-to-day operations for the site including hiring, training, and scheduling of site staff and volunteers. Develop workplans for site staff and complete annual performance appraisals.
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of State and Federal laws and procedures pertaining to historic sites.
  • Supervising all daily operations and activities at the site.
  • Supervising the property including daily checks for issues requiring action, immediate and long-term.


  • Oversee and assist site programming staff in the development and implementation of programs, tours, and interpretation of the site.
  • Serve as the content expert and resource for historic aspects of the site.
  • Become familiar with American Association of Museum (AAM) standards related to the care and accountability of historic artifacts and specimens.
  • Evaluate visitor experience and adjust and/or make improvements to the product as warranted. Responsible for resolving any visitor issues or complaints.
  • Identify and collaborate with ISMHS historic preservation and facilities staff any necessary building/site restoration, repair, or construction needs.
  • Work with Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA), Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) as needed for issues related to site.


  • Identify community members, legislators, and organizations to form professional relationships, collaborations, and partnerships in and around the communities that WCSHS serves.
  • Work with the ISMHS Development staff to identify and implement grants, corporate sponsorship, and general operational supplemental support of WCSHS.
  • Attend and/or participate in targeted community events to enhance professional relationships.
  • Meet with media that serve Metamora and surrounding communities to provide accurate and current information about the site.
  • Make presentations to community partners as needed to keep community informed of site updates.
  • Form a working relationship with Franklin County Tourism staff to enhance promotion of the site.
  • Serve as the “face” of WCSHS.

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

What You'll Need for Success:

Upon entering role, individuals must have or obtain the following requirements:

  • At least five (5) years of related management experience in a visitor-centric environment that may include children's museums, science centers, art museums, historic sites, history museums, cultural centers, etc.
  • 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 potential for impact to 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 to negotiate.
  • Demonstrate strong writing skills.
  • Have computer skills in:  Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and capacity to learn other programs.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • 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.


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