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  • 05/02/2019 1:47 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Assistant Chief of Exhibitions

    Exhibitions Department

    TSM is looking for a highly-motivated museum professional with strong leadership skills, excellent museum preparator skills, and at least five years of experience planning and developing exhibitions. This person should have a can-do attitude and be inspired to create storytelling experiences that are engaging and visitor-focused. TSM is seeking a talented museum professional who is eager to grow and contribute to our creative team while also managing exhibitions-related operations at our new facility on the Bicentennial Mall.

    Main responsibilities include: serving a leadership role in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of exhibition projects; managing all aspects of exhibition preparation and installation, including some travel; contributing to the exhibition design process as a member of the design team; and creating, implementing, and evaluating operational plans, policies, and procedures, including lighting systems, audio visual technology, and security.

    Qualifications: creativity; strong project management skills, ability to collaborate with diverse project teams; superb organizational and communication skills (verbal, written, and illustrative); capacity to analyze feedback and negotiate solutions to problems and challenges; strong understanding of museum fabrication processes and materials; understanding of design process from conceptual through final drawings; excellent art handling techniques and strong understanding of collection care; high level of fluency with MS Office and ability to utilize Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).

    Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree and experience equivalent to five years in one or a combination of the following: 1) professional museum or historic site work; 2) paraprofessional museum work in exhibit preparation; 3) professional experience in the instruction or research in art, history, or museum science; 4) professional library experience; or 5) professional experience in fundraising or promotional marketing activities; the above experience must include at least two years of professional museum work, supervision of paraprofessional museum staff, professional post-secondary instruction in art, history, museum science, professional fundraising, or promotional marketing.

    Substitution of Education for Experience: Graduate coursework credit received from an accredited college or university in art, history, museum science, library science, anthropology, education, industrial design, advertising, architecture, business administration, or marketing may substitute for the required experience, on a year-for year basis, to a maximum of two years, there being no substitution for the required specific experience (e.g., 36 graduate quarter hours in one or a combination of the above listed fields may be substituted for one year of the required experience). OR Experience equivalent to four years of paraprofessional museum experience in exhibit preparation with the State of Tennessee including two years supervising museum staff, or four years of professional museum work with the State of Tennessee.

    Opening Date/Time:            Wed. 05/01/19 12:00 AM Central Time

    Closing Date/Time:               Tue. 05/28/19 11:59 PM Central Time

    CLICK HERE for link to State of Tennessee job posting

  • 04/26/2019 6:43 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Job Title:  Historic Interpreter

    Job Type: Part Time Staff

    Supervisor: Director of Operations;

             Daily tasks may be assigned by the Curator of Collections

    Job Purpose: To give guided museum tours of Belmont Mansion and provide support to 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 up to an hour without break; climbing stairs; weekend scheduling availability; adherence to professional dress code including wearing name tag required

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    1.    Interest in and basic knowledge of American History 

    2.    Superior verbal communication skills

    3.    Superior interpersonal skills dealing with other mansion staff and tour guests

    4.    Positive attitude and ability to work with the general public

    Job Functions:

    1.    Giving guided tours to the mansion’s paid and other guests as needed 

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

    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 and providing logistical support as needed and appropriate

    6.    Participating in maintaining museum shop inventory, staff meetings, training sessions, helping with seasonal decorating, and other mansion activities as assigned

    7.    Other duties as assigned

    Please direct any questions, your resume, and cover letter to Danielle Ullrich, mansioneducation@belmont.edu

  • 04/25/2019 10:12 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)


    Travellers Rest Historic House Museum, Inc. (Travellers Rest) seeks candidates for the position of Executive Director. Nashville’s oldest historic house open to the public, Travellers Rest has been an integral part in the Nashville and middle Tennessee museum community for over fifty years.  The site's interpretive and educational mission has evolved and expanded to include as well almost 1,000 years of cultural development of the mid-Cumberland Basin, from the area's prehistoric origins as a Native American settlement, to Nashville as an outpost on America's first frontier, to the Civil War and the city's emergence as a leading capital of the New South.

    The ideal candidate will have the following skills, experience, attributes and education:

    ·       Graduation from an accredited university with at least a Bachelor’s degree and preferably a Master’s degree.

    ·       Working knowledge of nonprofit fiscal management, including fund accounting and budgeting and a track record for being fiscally responsible is desired.

    ·       Experience in developing and carrying out strategic plans.

    ·       Demonstrated ability in public speaking, written and oral communication, and outstanding interpersonal relations.

    • ·       Successful development/fundraising experience is required.

    ·       Experience in stewardship of museum collections.

    ·       Experience in developing and marketing educational and public programs a plus.

    ·       Experience in historic preservation and building/landscape restoration a plus.

    ·       Project management and construction oversight a plus.

    • ·       Experience working with a board of directors
    • ·       Marketing/PR experience
    • ·       Demonstrates confidence, authority, and enthusiasm
    • ·       Positive attitude, strong work ethic, integrity and collaborative management style
    • ·       Enjoys working with people from all walks of life and embraces diversity

    For more information, please visit our website at: www.travellersrestplantation.org. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume to:

    Travellers Rest Search Committee

    c/o Center for Nonprofit Management

    Email: ExecutiveSearch@cnm.org

  • 04/22/2019 10:04 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Outreach Services Assistant

    Reports to: Director of Education 

    Exempt status: Non-Exempt

    Hrs/Work per Week: 40

    Date Effective: April 2019

    The Andrew Jackson Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for the Outreach Services Assistant to assist the daily operations of the Dept. of Education and the Dept. of Public Programs & Volunteers.

    Principal duties and responsibilities:

    The OSA will assist Education by:

    ·       executing education programs as assigned by the Schools Coordinator, including traveling classrooms, web conferences, and Hands-on-History programs;

    ·       preparing materials for classes (i.e. worksheets, craft materials, etc.);

    ·       helping with special events involving the department.

    The OSA will assist Public Programs & Volunteers by:

    ·       assisting with researching, planning, and coordinating public programs and large site events

    ·       assisting with administration tasks related to the volunteer program, including updating volunteer files, applications, recorded hours, et al.

    Occasional nights and weekends are required.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    ·       Undergraduate degree in a related field: museum education, museum studies, public history, or communications.

    ·       Experience with public programming and/or classroom teaching is preferred. Research and writing experience will also be favored.

    Knowledge, skills, and abilities requirements:

    ·       Experience in education, historic interpretation and office skills.

    ·       Clear verbal and written communication skills.

    ·       Excellent customer service skills are essential, interacting with diverse audiences.

    ·       Standard office equipment, applications, and email. Familiarity with Prezi is preferred.

    Physical Requirements: Ability to perform moderate physical work: stooping, bending, climbing, and lifting up to 50 pounds unassisted; must be able to work in all weather conditions.

    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Erin Adams at eadams@thehermitage.com.

  • 03/09/2019 2:32 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Position: Paid Museum Collections Intern                                 

    Location: Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, 200 S. 2nd Street, Clarksville, TN 37040

    Job Type:  Part-time Seasonal (May-June 2019)

    Classification:  Part-Time Internship, Non-Exempt

    Salaried/Hourly: $7.25 per hour (not to exceed 128 hours total)  

    Reports To:  Curator of Collections


    Internship Overview

    The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in Clarksville, Tennessee has an opening for a part-time seasonal Collections Intern working alongside the Museum’s Curator of Collections. The successful candidate will assist the Curator of Collections with scanning, processing, and cataloging objects, photographs, and archival materials. The intern will gain experience in museum preservation, cataloging, scanning, photographing, labeling, and re-housing of the Museum’s collection.


    The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center’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.


    The Museum 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, which made it the second largest general interest museum in Tennessee.


    Essential Functions

    1.      Organize and file records and images;

    2.      Create records and enter information into Past Perfect Collections Management Database;

    3.      Photograph or scan items and add images to PastPerfect;

    4.      Complete condition reports;

    5.      Label artifacts with identification numbers;

    6.      Re-house artifacts using appropriate materials;

    7.      Inventory Collections artifacts

    8.      Additional duties assigned by the Curator of Collections.


    This internship description is not designed to cover or contain all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the intern. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.



    1.      Knowledge and experience with correct artifact handling techniques;

    2.      Self-motivated with interpersonal skills;

    3.      Ability to work independently or with a team;

    4.      Knowledge of museum or archives procedures;

    5.      Close attention to detail;

    6.      Experience with collections database software and standard computer skills;

    7.      Excellent written communication skills.


    Physical Demands

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

    2.      Good hearing and vision;

    3.      Good eye/hand coordination;

    4.      Occasionally climbing a ladder.



    This position will require 0-5% travel.


    Education and Experience

    Completion of coursework towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in History, Museum Studies, Public History, Art, or related field preferred.



    1.      This is a part-time seasonal internship during late spring and early summer of 2019, starting as soon as possible and ending by June 30, 2019;

    2.      The internship work schedule will be between Monday and Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm for no more than 8 hours per day and 30 hours per week;

    3.      The duration of the internship will be no more than 128 total hours;

    4.      Daily schedule and start date are negotiable.


    Internships at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center are filled by the best qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability who meet the related criteria of the internship description. All potential interns will undergo a background check, must provide proof of being able to legally work in the U.S., and must provide proof of identification via a state or federal issued form of identification.


    To be considered for this internship, email a cover letter and resume to Melissa Miller, Curator of Collections at melissa@customshousemuseum.org, with "COLLECTIONS INTERNSHIP" in the subject line by April 12, 2019.


  • 02/22/2019 12:10 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Humanities Tennessee is a nonprofit organization that fosters community and civility across the state through engaging public humanities programs and grants. We focus on local history, literary arts, and civic life, and our work sparks conversations and builds stronger communities. Since 1973, Humanities Tennessee has encouraged mutual respect and understanding – essential elements for community life – among Tennesseans.

    The Development and Communications Director reports to the Executive Director and will have overall responsibility for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program and for producing and disseminating a variety of marketing, communications, and advocacy materials. With a focus on relationship-building, collaboration, and case-making, this position advances fundraising and communications to cultivate and engage constituents, to develop resources, and to make the case for the impact of Humanities Tennessee’s work. We encourage applications from all individuals with 5+ years fundraising experience paired with an aptitude and interest in all aspects of fundraising and marketing.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    Development (approximately 70%)

    • Refines and implements annual and long-range strategic plans for fund development, including individual, major donor, corporate, foundation, and government sources.
    • Develops policies and procedures for the development program that reflect ethical fundraising practices.
    • Engages the board and regional committee members as fundraising partners and donors.
    • Recruits volunteer leadership for development activities.
    • Initiates face-to-face meetings with prospects and donors around the state. Coordinates with Executive Director and board members to attend.
    • Develops and manages timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner.
    • Monitors, evaluates and reports on all fundraising activities to ensure that fundraising goals are being met.
    • Identifies prospects, cultivate donors (current and prospective), and oversees stewardship activities.
    • Researches and engages potential corporate and foundation funders.
    • Plans, designs and executes all donor solicitations, including letters, brochures, events, special campaigns, and face-to-face meetings.
    • Coordinates fundraising events and activities.
    • Enters incoming gifts and pledges into donor database.
    • Oversees the acknowledgment of funders in all appropriate venues.
    • Maintains overall calendar of deadlines for grants submissions and timelines for each grant proposal. Works with Executive Director and program staff to write and submit grants.
    • Keeps informed of current development strategies and provides knowledge on best practices.
    • Creates and manages development budget.

    Communications (approximately 30%)

    • Oversees Humanities Tennessee’s marketing and communications strategies to ensure a visible and vibrant presence statewide.
    • Develops plan for comprehensive communications outreach to media, state legislature and members of Congress, donors, and partners.
    • Collaborates with staff and Executive Director to create and implement annual communications plan and calendar.
    • Identifies opportunities to enhance awareness of Humanities Tennessee’s work using traditional media, online and electronic media.
    • Develops press releases and printed materials for programs and events, as needed.
    • Works with program staff to raise awareness and attendance at programs conducted and/or supported by Humanities Tennessee.
    • Oversees Humanities Tennessee’s existing communications vehicles, including:

            Website content

            E-newsletter (bimonthly); Chapter 16 e-newsletter (weekly)

            Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts

    • Creates and manages communications budget.


    • Works in partnership with Executive Director, board of directors, and staff in strategic and operational planning, budgeting, and best practices for advancing Humanities Tennessee’s mission.
    • Attends all board meeting and provides printed materials and verbal reports as requested; participate in and help steer development committee meetings.
    • Multitasks and completes objectives while contributing to the team environment.
    • Supervises fundraising and communications consultants/interns as necessary.

    The successful candidate will have:                                            

    • A passion for the humanities and the work of Humanities Tennessee.
    • Minimum 5 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, with demonstrated leadership and relationship-building abilities.
    • The ability to build rapport and communicate effectively in writing, on the phone and in person.
    • The ability to consistently meet and surpass fundraising goals.
    • Creativity and problem-solving skills.
    • A commitment to furthering a culture of philanthropy at all levels of the organization.
    • Exceptional organizational skills and a great deal of self-motivation.
    • Experience with CRM databases.
    • A bachelor’s degree.

    Application Process

    Humanities Tennessee is committed to workplace diversity. We encourage all qualified candidates, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status,  or gender identity to apply. This is a full-time position with salary is based on qualifications and experience. Benefits, a generous leave policy, and professional development opportunities are available. Please send resume and cover letter via email attachment by Friday, March 29 to personnel@humtn.org. No phone calls, please. We apologize in advance for not having sufficient staff resources to respond to each inquiry/submission.

  • 02/05/2019 12:42 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    *This position is posted at recruitment salary of $42,780-$48,245 and at
    salary grade equivalent GN11**

    This position will be located at:
    Museum of History
    5 East Edenton Street
    Raleigh, NC  27601

    The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.
    The North Carolina Museum of History Division promotes the understanding of the history and material culture of North Carolina for the educational benefit of North Carolinians. Through collections and historical interpretation, its museums encourage citizens and visitors to explore and understand the past; to reflect on their lives and their place in history; and to preserve state, regional, and local history for future generations. The Division is represented by the flagship, the NC Museum of History, and has six regional museums throughout the state.
    The primary purpose of the Registrar Position is to oversee or collaborate in all aspects of the permanent collection (150,000 objects) including accessioning and documenting, maintaining electronic and physical records, inventory, storage, monitoring condition of objects, and safeguarding objects from damage, either physical or environmental. The Registrar also oversees loans for temporary exhibitions and collection loans, including shipping and packing, condition reporting, and inventory control.

    When it comes to Information Management, the registrar creates, compiles, maintains and updates as necessary legal contracts, histories of use and physical histories of permanent collection objects, including legal forms, permanent collection database and files, loan, conservation, condition, publication, exhibition, insurance and location records; Conducts other research on permanent collection objects as necessary, including copyright research and securing permissions for image use; Manages rights and reproduction requests for NCMH objects; Edits collection database (using Rediscovery's Proficio system), data standards, data input, reports and forms; Develops and implements regular inventory projects; Disseminates information as needed to other sections, researchers, and students; Interacts with patrons and answers questions about the collection, provides behind-the-scenes tours as needed, and when needed, provides courier service.  

    When it comes to Collections Management, the position facilitates care and control of collections on and off-site; monitors condition of objects; implements collection policies; oversees and initiates object movement, internal and external; prepares grant reports as necessary; contracts for outside services as needed, including conservation, shipping, and insurance; collaborates with Conservation Staff to monitor physical environment in storage areas and galleries; communicates with facilities staff regarding issues; functions as one of the key registration liaisons for select regional museums.
    When it comes to Exhibitions, the registrar prepares loan contracts and incoming receipts, schedules and supervises packing, shipping, condition reporting and object movement for temporary exhibitions; produces reports of works for permanent collection exhibitions as needed, coordinates object movement and record keeping and must have the ability to collaborate with peers in developing appropriate exhibitions and programs. Must have strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail. Must have the ability to multitask and meet deadline-driven projects. Position supervises temporary assistants and volunteers as needed. Overnight and weekend work may be required as needed.

    Management Preference:
    Five years of progressively responsible museum registration or collections management experience at an accredited institution.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

    **To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**  

    1. Demonstrated experience in collections management principles, procedures, and methods used in the handling, storage, physical care, and preservation, including the attendant recordkeeping to ensure the safety and accessibility of original collection objects.
    2. Demonstrated experience managing and preserving museum collections within a historical museum or cultural setting; using and maintaining a collection information system and database.
    3. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft office software programs.
    4. Demonstrated experience with supervising work of others.
    5. Must have a valid NC Driver's License or the ability to obtain for employment.
    6. Overnight and weekend work may be required as needed.
    7. Must be able to lift 30 lbs., unassisted.
    8. Must have the ability and dexterity to do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements.
    9. Must have the ability to handle artifacts safely, and place numbers on artifacts.
    10. Must have ability to climb and descend ladders, sit and stand.

    Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

    Bachelor s degree in Art History, Biology, Botany, Conservation, Education, History or Zoology from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of museum or related work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Supplemental and Contact Information

    The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
    Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.  
    To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders. 
    Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.
    Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
    If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
    Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
    It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).
    N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
    Division of Human Resources
    4603 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
    Phone:  919-807-7373


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

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