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  • 08/29/2022 7:57 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Belmont Mansion: Historical Interpreter

    Job Description

    Job Title: Historic Interpreter

    Job Type: Part Time Staff

    Salary: $15 an hour

    Supervisor: Director of Operations; Director of Education

    Job Purpose: To share with guests the mansion’s history, early Nashville and Civil War history, and information about the museum collection and furnishings. To give guided museum tours of Belmont Mansion and assist with the mansion’s daily operations

    Experience: Previous museum or similar experience preferred

    Education: High school degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred

    Working Conditions: Standing and walking while speaking for an hour or more without break; climbing stairs; adherence to professional dress code; wearing name tag required; adherence to the museum’s and Belmont University’s COVID-19 protocols

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    1. Interest in and basic knowledge of American History

    2. Excellent verbal communication skills

    3. Excellent interpersonal skills for working with other mansion staff and guests

    4. Ability to be part of a positive team environment and strong commitment to

    customer service

    Job Functions:

    1. Ability to comprehend docent training materials and effectively communicate to guests the mansion’s history, early Nashville and Civil War history, and information about the museum collection and furnishings. Training will be provided.

    2. Giving guided tours to the mansion’s guests as needed

    3. Answering the telephone and greeting guests at the front door

    4. Ringing up cash register transactions for admissions and museum shop purchases

    5. Participating in special events hosted at the mansion by providing logistical support as needed and appropriate

    6. Helping to maintain museum shop inventory, participating in staff meetings and training sessions, helping with seasonal decorating, and other mansion activities as assigned

    7. Other duties as assigned

    Please direct any questions, a resume, and cover letter to mansioneducation@belmont.edu

  • 08/29/2022 7:54 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Belmont Mansion : Weekend Lead Historical Interpreter

    Job Description

    Job Title: Weekend Lead Historical Interpreter

    Job Type: Part Time Staff

    Salary: $16 an hour

    Supervisor: Director of Operations and Director of Education

    Job Purpose: To ensure a consistent and quality guest experience at Belmont Mansion for all guests by managing day to day operations on Saturdays and Sundays and ensuring tour accuracy is maintained by all interpreters. Weekday shifts also available.

    Experience: Previous management and museum experience preferred

    Education: Bachelor’s degree

    Working Conditions: Standing and walking while speaking for an hour or more without break; climbing stairs; adherence to professional dress code; wearing name tag required; adherence to the museum’s and Belmont University’s COVID-19 protocols

    Job Functions:

    1. Providing accurate and engaging interpretation of our history to visitors.

    2. Manage the other interpreters working on a given day to ensure all areas of the

    house are being monitored. Direct interpreters to rooms/regions of the house (or

    front door or museum shop duties) that need staff.

    3. Monitor admission and gift shop registers for accuracy. Open and close cash


    4. Assist with training of new interpreters.

    5. Other duties as assigned

    Please direct any questions, a resume, and cover letter to mansioneducation@belmont.edu

  • 08/12/2022 7:46 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The Mountain Heritage Center (MHC) seeks an innovative and experienced cultural heritage professional to serve as its new Director. Established in 1979, the MHC is a regional museum located on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The MHC studies, documents, and interprets the culture and history of Southern Appalachia and provides museum services and experiences to visitors both on and off-campus. The museum strives to document and elevate the voices and contributions of all individuals, groups, and communities that are important to the region’s history and heritage.


    The new Director will lead the MHC in its mission to collect, interpret, research, and disseminate knowledge about the Southern Appalachian region. The Center interprets the region’s natural and cultural heritage through physical and virtual exhibitions, events, and demonstrations. It works with K-12 schools to present programs for educational enrichment and provides an educational experience for undergraduate students through in-class projects, co-curricular programming, and internships. It provides a wide range of technical assistance to western North Carolina cultural organizations.


    The MHC is a vital regional resource for education and research. It CONNECTS people with regional history and culture through a variety of engaged learning experiences. It BUILDS bridges between Western Carolina University and the wider community. It SERVES as a resource for other cultural heritage organizations in the region.


    The new MHC Director will build upon this highly regarded museum’s past successes and lead the organization to the next stage of its evolution. The Director will possess the managerial and interpersonal skills to lead internal operations, and also will be a strategic visionary and bridge-builder who can sustainably expand the organization’s impact, partnerships, and reputation. The ideal candidate will be invested in furthering the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in support of Western Carolina University’s emphasis on inclusive excellence.


    This position will remain open and will continue accepting applications until it is filled. The anticipated salary range is $60,000-$65,000.  To apply, visit https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/21286


    An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

  • 07/27/2022 8:53 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Position:                    Exhibition Officer/Preparator         

    Location:                   Customs House Museum & Cultural Center                                                   Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

    Job Type:                    Full-Time

    Classification:           Non Exempt                                                                 

    Salary/Hourly:          Salary

    Reports to:                 Curator of Exhibitions                                                                                                            

    Position Overview

    The Exhibition Officer/Preparator works under the Supervision of Curator of Exhibits to facilitate the Museum's changing/temporary and permanent exhibitions, including organizing in-house exhibitions, working with guest curators, transporting artworks and preparing for exhibitions. This may include, but is not limited to, arranging, painting, light construction, and installation. The Exhibition Officer/Preparator should have knowledge and experience in creative design and be willing to tackle "hands-on" functions to make those designs a reality.

    Essential Functions

    1. Production, in collaboration with the Curators, a program of exhibitions which meets the Museum’s exhibition objectives and mission;
    2. Implementation of audio-visual and interactive components of exhibits and public programming;
    3. Rendering of exhibit design, research cost of materials & construction, scheduling of exhibit maintenance and repairs. Supervising and participating in fabrication and installation of exhibits, meeting opening and maintenance deadlines and keeping within budget;
    4. Illustration, set design and artistic interpretation would be highly valued;
    5. Contact with technical & material suppliers and producers;
    6. Design and production of graphic elements of exhibits, including signage and labels;
    7. Translating curatorial and educational staff ideas into permanent, temporary or traveling exhibition through renderings, drawings, models, lighting and arrangement of exhibit materials;
    8. Working with the Curators to integrate and implement technical systems and media operations and to update all warranty requirements;
    9. Dealing with outside contractors and providers of services as required for exhibition production;
    10. Preparation, installation and removal of all objects and materials in displays;
    11. Preparation and packing of traveling exhibitions;
    12. Maintenance and operation of all permanent and temporary exhibitions, including audio-visual and computer-driven components of exhibits and shows;
    13. Maintenance of lighting systems in exhibits and shows;
    14. Developing and testing new display techniques for security and conservation;
    15. The public image of the Museum;
    16. Knowledge of the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and mission;
    17. Other duties as required by the Executive Director.

    This job description is not designed to cover or contain all 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.


    1. Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgement
    2. Knowledge of computer drafting/CAD programs;
    3. Experience and proven ability in exhibition design and development, preferably in a museum or cultural attraction;
    4. Experience in project management, exhibit fabrication, related construction work in carpentry, metalwork and plastic forming;
    5. Demonstrated ability in the use of audio-visual and interactive techniques;
    6. Knowledge of museum’s collections, nature of the materials to be displayed and standard conservation and security practices;
    7. Knowledge of lighting systems and applications.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    1.      Working at desk and utilizing a computer for prolonged periods of time;

    2.      Periodic standing, walking, bending, climbing, and stooping, and the ability to lift 20 pounds;

    3.      Good hearing and vision

    4.      Good eye/hand coordination.

    Education and Experience

    Graduation from secondary education. College degree preferred or two years in field


    This is a full-time at-will position, and primary days and hours of work at a minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday thru Friday. The position occasionally requires longer hours and/or weekend work. 


    This position may require overnight travel. Valid Driver’s license required.

    Starting Salary  $32,000         Pay periods are semi-monthly on the 15th and last day of  each month.


    The Museum offers all full-time employees paid health insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Insurance benefits are also available for, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short-term disability/accidents and SIMPLE IRA participation.  Potential for professional development opportunities.

    Send pdf resume and references to   terri@customshousemuseum.org

    All new or vacant positions at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum, d.b.a. the Customs house Museum & Cultural Center will be filled by the selection of only fully qualified applicants, regardless of race color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability who meet the job related criterial of the job description. All potential employees will undergo a background check, and must provide proof of being able to legally work in the U.S. Employees who have cause to drive their own vehicle and/or Museum vehicle for approved Museum business must have a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.

  • 06/23/2022 9:44 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The James K. Polk Home and Museum is hiring a Curator of History to work 25-30 hours a week. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for the care of the collections. In addition, the position will assist with temporary exhibits, research and interpretation of the site.

    This position offers a flexible schedule and some ability to work from home. Candidates should have a Bachelors degree in museum studies, history, or a similar field. Candidates with a Masters, or some coursework in a graduate program will be given priority.

    Job Type: Part-time

    Pay: $20,000.00 - $25,000.00 per year


    • Flexible schedule
    • Paid time off


    • Self-determined schedule

    Ability to commute/relocate:

    • Columbia, TN 38401: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


    • Bachelor's (Required)


    • museum: 1 year (Required)

    Work Location: One location

    Apply online: https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?t=curator&jk=f57e648d19f2546c&_ga=2.174991969.2128555491.1656017409-1166774035.1646752535

  • 06/23/2022 9:40 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    POSITION: Executive Director 

    Historic Ramsey House (HRH), located near Knoxville, Tennessee, is seeking an executive director. Built in 1797 for Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey, HRH was once called the “finest home in Tennessee” and boasts architectural features uncommon on the East Tennessee frontier. Today, over 100 acres of original farmland are preserved, providing a unique backdrop to interpret the Ramseys, a family who greatly impacted the civic, educational, and cultural landscape of Knoxville and her Volunteer State. 

    HRH is a chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities. Additional information about HRH is available at http://www.ramseyhouse.org

    The executive director reports to the president of the HRH Board of Directors and is responsible for all aspects of operations which include but are not limited to: communication with the board and its committees; management of the site, staff, and volunteers; historic interpretation and public programming; special event planning and management; budget development and monitoring; membership and donor development; collections care and management; and marketing, publicity, and community relations. 

    Experience with non-profit management is preferred, as is a strong background in public history and familiarity with Tennessee history and/or living history. The successful applicant will also be creative, energetic, self-directed, an adept planner, deadline-oriented, and comfortable representing HRH in various public settings. Required proficiencies include Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, CMS editors, and social media platforms. 

    A master’s degree in history, public history, or museum studies is preferred; however, the search committee will consider applicants with relevant experience. 

    Starting salary range is $30,000-$35,000 annually. 40 hours/week; exempt. 

    TO APPLY: 

    Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a recent writing sample to ramseyhousepresident@gmail.com. 

    Deadline for consideration is Friday, July 8, 2022. However, interviews will begin immediately upon receipt of a qualified applicant. No calls please.

  • 06/13/2022 10:14 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)


    Director of Collections & Exhibitions

    Reports to: Executive Director Status: Full time, Non-Exempt Supervises: Collections & Exhibitions Manager, Preparator

    Mission and Description of the Metal Museum

    The Metal Museum is the only museum of its kind in the country dedicated to preserving, promoting, and advancing the art and craft of fine metalwork. The Museum engages the metals community and the surrounding region through exhibitions, collections, studio practice, and community education and engagement. The permanent collection and exhibition program reflect a wide range and mixture of metalsmithing, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, hollowware, jewelry and architectural elements. With its unique focus on artwork and fine crafts made in metal, the Metal Museum helps initiate and promote dialogue and understanding of the field and its relevance in our modern culture.


    To supervise the documentation and preservation of the Museum’s intellectual and physical collections, library holdings, and archives through routine registration duties and development and management of collections and special projects. To supervise the presentation of artwork on loan to the Museum from other institutions and private collectors and in the Museum’s collections through in-house temporary exhibitions, outside travelling exhibitions, and permanent collection exhibitions.

    Essential Functions and Responsibilities

    Administration/Project Management:

     Create and implement Museum policies, procedures, and best practices encompassing acquisitions, loans, deaccessions, exhibitions, storage, packing and shipping, security of artwork in transit, fine art insurance administration, and risk management.

     Develop and submit annual collections and exhibitions budget for approval and manage allocated budget throughout fiscal year.

     Develop 5-year strategic plan for the department and oversee long-term projects to improve Museum’s collections and exhibitions.

     Update facility report, collections policy and plan, and other related documents as needed.  Schedule tasks for collections and exhibitions projects in Microsoft Teams and Planner and organize department documents and images in Microsoft SharePoint.

     Hire, train, and manage Collections & Exhibitions Manager, Preparator, interns, and volunteers, as well as cross train other Museum staff, interns, and volunteers when necessary.

     Oversee and coordinate in-person and virtual collections and exhibition programming, including receptions, lectures, and gallery talks.

     Coordinate and facilitate Museum meetings regarding the Curatorial Department and committees of the Museum Board of Trustees, including the Collections Committee and Master Metalsmith Selection Committee. Prepare meeting agendas and department board reports.

     Cultivate relationships with artists, collectors, donors, and other key stakeholders.

     Apply for regional and national awards as they apply to collections and exhibitions.  In collaboration with the Marketing Department, approve and provide content as needed for collections and exhibitions-related social media and blog posts.

     Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of the position.


     Refine and expand the Permanent Collection in accordance with the collections development plan and collections policy, including seeking out new acquisitions and proposing and conducting deaccessions.  Work directly with collections donors on the acquisition of new works for the collections, including researching proposed acquisitions and artists, presenting these artworks to the Collections Committee, and coordinating acquisition paperwork and shipments.

     Oversee PastPerfect 5.0 database, including establishing data entry protocols, reviewing records, and managing the online catalog with assistance from Collections & Exhibitions Manager.  Coordinate photography of Museum collections, research requests, and image rights & reproduction requests.

     Manage environmental data and pest management with assistance from Preparator.


     Manage the Museum’s temporary exhibition schedule of fine metalwork (~6 rotating exhibitions per year), including selecting exhibition themes, writing proposals for in-house exhibitions, and identifying guest curators and artist collaborators. Typical exhibitions include:

    o The Master Metalsmith (1 annual) and Tributaries (2-3 per year) exhibition series, o outside traveling group exhibitions (~1 each year), and

    o in-house temporary group exhibitions (~1 each year).

     Oversee exhibition layouts and designs and advise on display requirements for artworks with assistance from Preparator.

     Oversee, schedule, and proof all exhibition print materials (catalogs, gallery guides, postcards, didactics, etc.). Coordinate tasks and deadlines with content and design contractors and collaborators and provide Museum-required content as needed.

     Assist with exhibition installation and deinstallation, including gallery and furniture cleaning, painting, lighting, and didactic installation.

     In coordination with the Education Department, develop interactive displays and activities for exhibitions.  Oversee updates and maintenance of all permanent exhibitions, including the New Acquisitions and Visible Storage Galleries, Beauty in the Boundary exhibit, and the Sculpture Garden with assistance from Collections & Exhibitions Manager and Preparator.

    Qualifications & Qualities of the Ideal Candidate

     An MA in Art History, Museum Studies, Library and Information Science, or a related field is required. Minimum 3 years of experience with collections and exhibitions work in a museum preferred. Will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

     Genuine interest in museums, metalworking, and visual arts strongly desired.

     Enjoys networking with other individuals in the field to identify new and established talent.  Ability to work with a diverse array of people, including Museum guests, supporters, clients, vendors, volunteers, and staff, in both large and small groups

    Skills and Technical Competencies

     Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, and Adobe Acrobat Pro. Previous collections database experience is required.

     Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently as well as part of a team.  Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both written and verbal.

     Detail oriented and strong organization skills.

     Able to take initiative and anticipate actions that are needed.

     Ability to multi-task and conceptualize steps involved in implementing projects.

    Hours, Compensation, and Benefits

    The work week for this position is Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 5:00PM, with rotating Sundays every four weeks. Additional hours (nights and weekends) may be required. All full-time staff are expected to be available to assist with Museum events. All Museum staff must be available the week of Repair Days, which is held annually in the fall.

    The salary range is $45,000 - $60,000. Salary is contingent on experience and ability. Benefits include health insurance and a 3% Simple IRA employer match after 2 years of employment.

    To Apply

    Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Carissa Hussong, Executive Director, at carissa@metalmuseum.org. Please, no phone calls.

    The Metal Museum is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We strongly encourage LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply.

PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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