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  • 07/26/2017 9:01 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)


    *Applications are accepted electronically HResources@countrymusichalloffame.org

    ** To apply please submit a Resume, Cover Letter and an educational writing sample, preferably a lesson plan, (Salary requirements and references will be requested during the interview process and need not be included as part of your application.)

    The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has an opening for a full-time exempt School Programs Coordinator position in the Education Department.

    Company Overview: The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum seeks to collect, preserve, and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music. Through exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum teaches its diverse audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.

    Departmental Overview: Through the development of programs and resources, the education department expands and illuminates the stories, themes, and music explored in the museum galleries. Serving nearly 100,000 people per year, the education team engages various audiences through a wide-range of activities, including school and community-based programs, hands-on workshops for youth and families, performance presentations for museum visitors, and more. The museum’s mission of “collect, preserve, and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music… and teach diverse audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music” defines the work of the education department. A creative and curious team, current education staff have a range of expertise—including museum education experts, former classroom teachers, visual artists, and professional musicians. The team shares a passion for country music and popular culture and works closely together to share ideas and learn from each other to interpret the museum’s unparalleled collection and dynamic subject matter.

    Job Overview:  The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum seeks a charismatic, creative, organized, and experienced educator to assist with coordination and facilitation of the museum’s dynamic learning programs for teachers and students. This position will assist with scheduling, developing, instructing, and evaluating programs, among other responsibilities, to ensure the continued success and growth of student and teacher programming in the Taylor Swift Education Center.

    Specific Job Duties:

    • Field program inquiries from teachers, including returning phone calls and emails, and share program options and admission details
    • Schedule, contract, and train school program educators and teaching artists and assist with training tour guides
    • Oversee school programs areas on the museum website and assist with school programs marketing initiatives
    • Facilitate student tours and programs, including Guided Highlights Tours, Words & Music, Dazzling Designs
    • Oversee distance learning programming through maintaining program listings on partner websites, teaching programs, and developing new programming that supports exhibition content
    • Liaison to teaching artists, including preparing them for working with students and communicating program details and arrival information
    • Oversee internal communications to ensure program information is shared with other departments
    • Oversee program evaluation through collecting feedback from various audiences, analyzing outcomes, and making recommendations that ensure programmatic goals are met
    • Assist with the development of lesson guides and maintain and develop web resources in the digital resource portal
    • Contribute to department record-keeping including tracking participation data for accurate quarterly reporting
    • Assist with educator professional development including advance planning and leading workshop modules
    • Assist with off-site programming including developing  and leading programs for partner schools

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in education, museum studies, or related field
    • A minimum of 3 years work history in a museum or school
    • Documented experience with object-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and K-12 curriculum standards
    • Documented knowledge of databases

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in a related field of study
    • Proficiency on a musical instrument
      • Knowledge of STEAM and arts integration
      • Experience with Tessitura database
    • Passion for and deep knowledge of country music

    Essential Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and abilities needed for success in the position):

    • Strong project planning, time-management, and organizational skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Ability to work with accuracy and close attention to detail

    Conditions of Employment:

    • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends
    • Lift 25 lbs or less

    Instructions to Applicants:

    Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified. To apply for this position, please send your resume, letter of interest, and lesson plan sample to hresources@countrymusichalloffame.org  No phone calls please.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the competitive nature of the recruitment process and the large number of applications received, you will only be contacted if the hiring manager chooses to interview you for this position. Out of state applicants are welcome to apply. All candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

    The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our staff and visitors. All offers of employment are subjected to and contingent upon the successful completion of background check and employment verification including federally mandated, E-verify processes, as required for positions.

    The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is drug free workplace and an equal opportunity employer that welcomes diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply for open positions. We are committed to supporting diversity and equality in our recruiting and employment practices and strive to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from all demographic areas and protected classes, including women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

  • 07/25/2017 10:35 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Vice President of Museum Affairs


    Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee, that operates as a Botanical Garden, Historic Home, and Museum of Art. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune, in part, through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 11 distinct gardens, a one-mile woodland sculpture trail, an 8,000-piece permanent art collection, and a Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries.


    With a $10M annual operating budget and over 175 employees, Cheekwood welcomes over 225,000 visitors, including 12,500 members, annually for year-round seasonal festivals, world-class art exhibitions, breathtaking gardens, and educational and public programs for all ages. A member of the American Public Gardens Association, Cheekwood is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.




    The Vice President of Museum Affairs reports to the CEO and is part of a six-person Senior Leadership Team which develops annual goals and objectives for realizing strategic initiatives as outlined in the institution’s five-year strategic plan and long-term master site plan.  The Vice President of Museum Affairs oversees all curatorial programs, including the care and enhancement of the Permanent Collection and Historically Furnished Rooms & Galleries in the Cheekwood Mansion; organizing permanent collection installations and exhibitions for temporary display and touring; researching, identifying and securing traveling exhibitions; providing content for educational and promotional interpretation; and serving as the institution’s art and history representative and spokesperson, actively seeking to build relationships to generate awareness, appreciation and financial support for the institution.


    The Vice President of Museum Affairs will be responsible for the oversight of the Permanent Art Collection, including: research and interpretation, providing content for scholarly publications; student/adult tours; educational, informational and promotional collateral including brochures, wall text/labels, signage, the Cheekwood web site; and press materials, including releases, blogs and social media postings; developing, implementing and overseeing policy related to collections management including archives, record-keeping, storage, and conservation; organizing and curating on-site (gallery and outdoor) installations and exhibitions of the works to interpret, promote and generate awareness and appreciation; organizing and curating fee-based exhibitions to tour works regionally, nationally and internationally; overseeing the institution’s collecting plan including directing all acquisitions and deaccessions to strengthen the collection’s focus on 20th-century American Art and its vision to establish Cheekwood as the Southeast’s premier destination for the display, appreciation and enjoyment of outdoor modern/contemporary sculpture; overseeing the continual improvement and enhancement of the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, developing installations, exhibitions and programs that celebrate the works and trail experience; overseeing the continual improvement and enhancement of the Cheek Family Collection and historically furnished rooms, developing programs and initiatives to ensure the presentation is dynamic and continually engaging to repeat visitors


    The Vice President of Museum Affairs will research, source and secure traveling exhibitions to mount at Cheekwood, including oversight of all contracts; development and adherence to budgets; and supervising staff on the design, transport, insurance, installation/de-installation and interpretation; provide content and instruction on the permanent collection, exhibitions/installations, and Cheek family history for the institution’s docent and volunteer program; work closely with the Education & Public Programs Department in developing content-rich student/adult tours and programs including lectures, presentations, salon discussions and other interactive opportunities to engage and educate the public, both children and adults; work with the Curatorial Team in developing annual goals/objectives to implement strategic art and history initiatives outlined in the institution’s five-year strategic plan, overseeing and managing work assignments, timelines, and budgets; serve as Cheekwood’s art and history representative and spokesperson, actively seeking to build positive institutional relationships with the press, peer institutions, artists, galleries, auction houses and dealers, participating in local, regional and national/international conferences, events and activities.


    The Vice President of Museum Affairs will develop, monitor and oversee annual curatorial budget to meet revenue goals and manage expenses; work with the CEO and Chief Advancement Officer in identifying, cultivating and engaging prospective and current donors, hosting lunches, tours, special access opportunities and travel opportunities; research and recommend historic preservation and art funding sources and collaborate/assist the Advancement Department and CEO in securing support; serve as the Senior Team Liaison for the Board of Trustees Art and Historic Initiatives Committees.




    The ideal candidate will have five to ten years of curatorial and museum leadership experience; possess an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in Art History; and excellent knowledge of 20th century American Art and Post-Modern and Contemporary Sculpture.  Excellent writing, interpersonal and public speaking skills; a proven track record organizing and curating exhibitions; and experience cultivating and engaging donors, are required.  


    We offer a competitive compensation package and the opportunity to work in an exceptionally beautiful setting in a dynamic and growing city. Send resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org. EOE

  • 07/24/2017 11:13 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Vice President of Facilities & Construction Management


    Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens, a woodland sculpture trail, an 8,000-piece permanent art collection, and Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Cheekwood is a USA Today Top Ten Garden, the Urban Forestry Council’s Center of Excellence for Middle Tennessee, and site of the American Association of Public Gardens’ nationally accredited collection of Dogwoods. Cheekwood has a $9.5M budget and over 200 full and part-time staff, presenting four seasons of family-oriented festivals, world-class exhibitions, and educational programs for over 225,000 visitors and 13,000 member families annually. 




    The Vice President of Facilities & Construction Management will be responsible for directing and managing the design, planning, construction, repair, maintenance and custodial care of all historic and modern facilities and infrastructure on the 55-acre Cheekwood campus, as part of a six-member Senior Leadership Team reporting to the President/CEO.  This position will also direct and oversee all capital building projects, both garden and facilities, as part of the institution’s implementation of its long-term Master Site Plan.


    The Vice President of Facilities & Construction Management will be responsible for the management and oversight of all structures and infrastructure including mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, utilities, and lighting; equipment; and vehicles. Will initiate preventative and planned maintenance programs and track facilities to identify short-term and long-term needs and improvements, and develop appropriate budgets and timelines for implementation. Directs an efficient work order system and interdepartmental communications to ensure repairs of facilities, infrastructure, and equipment / vehicles meets acceptable timelines with senior staff informed of progress and completion; Oversees contract services associated with facilities/maintenance, custodial cleaning; waste management/ recycling; and capital and garden construction projects to ensure timelines, budgets, and quality controls are met; ensure repairs and construction complies with legal requirements, building and safety codes and other regulations.


    The Vice President of Facilities & Construction Management will collaborate with architects, engineers and other construction specialists; and inspect construction and installation progress, providing reports on progress and budgets, and interpret and explain contracts and technical information as needed to CEO ; collaborate with COO and other Senior Leadership to coordinate and ensure construction projects and facility maintenance actions accommodate the institution’s public and special event operations and collaborate with CFO on budgeting, and monitoring of expenses and payment schedules; management and oversight of systems to ensure the movement of chairs/tables/linens for special in-house events, supporting the rental department and other departments as needed ; develop, monitor and assess annual budget for maintenance, custodial, repairs, and capital building and garden projects, overseeing expenses and payment. 


    The Vice President of Facilities & Construction Management provides leadership, direction and management to the facility staff including development and monitoring of the organizational structure needed to accomplish annual goals; hires, develops, motivates and monitors staff performance.  Delegates appropriate responsibility and accountability while fostering a strong working relationship and team spirit among staff members; ensures that the facility staff follow all employment policies and procedures and understand the safety precautions and directions in use of equipment and chemicals.




    The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in facility management, architecture, engineering, or construction management; and a minimum of five years of related practical experience in facilities and construction management. Must be skilled in leading and challenging employees to achieve goals and foster team spirit; strong problem-solving and analytical skills; multi-tasking and interpersonal communication skills; flexible scheduling and the ability to frequently lift and carry up to 50lbs.


    We offer a competitive compensation package and the opportunity to work in an exceptionally beautiful setting in a dynamic and growing city. Send resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org. EOE

  • 06/29/2017 2:37 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Curator of Collections Search

    Location: Clarksville, Tennessee

    Position Title: Curator of Collections

    Company Name: Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

    Job Function: Curator

    Job Type: Full-Time

    Job Duration: Indefinite

    Minimum Education: B.A, M.A. preferred

    Minimum Experience: 3-5 years

    The Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum, doing business as the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center (CHM&CC), opened to the public in 1984 in the historic 1898 Federal Building which originally served as Clarksville, Tennessee’s Post Office and Customs House. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and the building’s unusual architecture has since earned the reputation of being one of the most photographed structures in the state. In 1996, an addition was added to the historic structure, increasing the facility to approximately 50,000 square feet, making it the second largest general interest museum in Tennessee. The Museum operates as a recognized nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. organization governed by a Board of Trustees. The Museum is currently operated by a professional staff of twelve full-time and five part-time employees and is open to the public six days a week.

    The CHM&CC’s mission is to collect, preserve and interpret historical, artistic, and scientific material; its vision is to expose the widest audience possible to the creativity and ingenuity of the human spirit through art, science, and history within the context of cultural diversity. Its collection of approximately 21,000 objects primarily focuses on materials related to Clarksville, Montgomery County, its people, and their stories. In addition to its long-term and interactive exhibits, the Museum annually mounts approximately thirty changing exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions or internally curated ones drawn from loans and/or objects from the permanent collection. In addition, CHM&CC offers extensive educational programming for all ages.

    Clarksville, Tennessee, the county seat of Montgomery County, has a population of approximately 150,000, and is the fifth largest city in the state. It is located 50 miles northwest of Nashville. The community offers a low cost of living and no state income tax.

    The Opportunity

    The Curator of Collections oversees the management, care, safeguard, development, research, and public presentation of the Museum’s collections and related archival materials. S/he is an integral member of the team who mobilizes the Museum’s mission. The Curator of Collections primarily works independently but may occasionally achieve her/his goals and objectives with the assistance of other staff members, interns, and/or volunteers. S/he reports to the Executive Director.

    Essential Functions

    1. Oversee the care, preservation, documentation, interpretation, security, and reproduction of collections and related archival materials;

    2. Create and maintain safe, secure, and orderly systems for housing, storing, tracking, and locating collections according to best museum practices and available resources;

    3. Administrate collections management software and provide training to other staff members, interns, and/or volunteers when warranted;

    4. Maintain a working knowledge of and familiarity with the scope of the collection;

    5. Conduct periodic inventories of collections;

    6. Monitor environmental conditions for exhibited and/or stored materials;

    7. Assist with developing a disaster preparedness plan in relation to collections;

    8. Conduct object-specific and general research related to the collections and interpret and communicate information in various formats to a broad range of constituents;

    9. Serve as point person with donors and members of the Collections Committee, and coordinate and process all aspects of donated acquisitions in a timely manner;

    10. Field public inquiries regarding collections and requests to view objects not on exhibit;

    11. Manage collection development and growth, including identifying specific needs and making recommendations for acquisitions in accordance with the organizational mission and Collections Management Policy;

    12. Coordinate incoming and outgoing loans, including associated forms and reports, and assist with unpacking, packing, and handling objects in accordance with best museum practices;

    13. Prepare collection objects for exhibition;

    14. Develop strategies for using the collections as a resource for external research and scholarship;

    15. Develop an annual collections budget in consultation with the Executive Director and Finance Manager;

    16. Work as a team member with other staff to develop, create, maintain, and evaluate long-term, temporary, and traveling exhibitions that utilize collection objects and research;

    17. Work as a team member to plan, execute and evaluate educational programming and outreach efforts related to the collections;

    18. Serve as a Museum ambassador before professional museum organizations, funding agencies, businesses, service clubs, government agencies, and the general public;

    19. Network with representatives from other museums and/or organizations related to the Museum’s mission;

    20. Assist other staff on projects as needed and when time allows;

    21. Complete other duties, responsibilities, and activities assigned by the Executive Director.


    1. Minimum of a B.A. degree, M.A. preferred, in Museum Studies, Public or Applied History, Material Culture, Art, or related field.;

    2. Three to five years of demonstrable experience with collections management, curatorial responsibilities, and museum exhibition experience preferred;

    3. Experience with collections management software, preferably PastPerfect;

    4. Solid working knowledge of the preservation, restoration, exhibition, packing, transportation and insuring of objects;

    5. Ability to manage interns and/or volunteers;

    6. Excellent verbal and writing skills;

    7. Able to work at a desk and utilize a computer for extended periods of time;

    8. Able to stand for prolonged periods, walk, bend, climb, reach, and lift/move objects up to 40 pounds;

    9. Able to handle small tools;

    10. Good eye/hand coordination.


    Benefits include vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, and health/vision/dental insurance.

    Procedure for Application

    Applicants should electronically submit a current CV, letter of application stating interest in the position and related experience, salary requirements, and the names of three professional references. Submit applications to jim@customshousemuseum.org with the subject line: Curator of Collections Search.

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