Welcome to the Tennessee Association of Museums

  • 05/20/2020 12:51 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)



    Founded in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS), one of the oldest and most distinguished organizations of its kind in the country, seeks qualified candidates to apply for the position of President & CEO. With headquarters in Knoxville, the ETHS serves a 35 county region with its mission “to preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the East Tennessee region, its people, history, culture, and heritage.” It operates the award-winning Museum of East Tennessee History, publishes a scholarly journal and the bi-annual Tennessee Ancestors magazine, sponsors lectures and other public programs such as the First Families of Tennessee and Civil War Families of Tennessee, and offers a variety of educational programs for schools in this unique region. The organization’s annual operating budget is $1.1 million. The President & CEO will report to a forty member Board of Directors and oversee a staff of eight.

    The ETHS is located in a thriving downtown Knoxville in the midst of a renaissance and worthy of its steady, multi-year increase in tourism. The organization works closely with the Knox County Government, Visit Knoxville, the University of Tennessee and other institutions of higher learning in the area, East Tennessee school districts, and other affinity groups to provide a variety of programming for varied constituents. The ETHS is well respected within its community and is poised to raise its profile through a combination of creative programming, scholarship, and research.

    Principal Duties

    The President & CEO is the primary and manager of the ETHS. He/she is charged with the following responsibilities:

    • Work closely with the board to envision the future of the ETHS, then prepare and execute a dynamic strategic plan
    • Strengthen and grow relationships with the ETHS membership, the general public, public officials, and fellow professionals
    • Raise the profile of the ETHS, first in a wide geographic swath, then nationally
    • Develop, implement, and oversee meaningful and innovative programs and services for a broad constituency
    • Work actively to raise funds for the ETHS, consistently meeting or exceeding goals
    • Ensure sound financial management and maintain solid controls and accounting of all funds

    Desired Qualifications

    The strongest candidates for the position will possess as many of the following qualification as possible:

    • An engaging personality, with the ability to relate comfortably with a wide variety of personalities
    • Ability to inspire and grow a senior leadership team, and the desire to support their professional development
    • History of successful collaboration working with boards and other volunteers
    • A solid grasp of fundraising best practices, and significant expertise in major donor cultivation
    • Experience with the development and implementation of digital engagement strategies including broad programming; relevant, interesting, and consistent social media content; museum store sales, and more
    • A passion for history, and the ability to engage audiences while presenting a broad perspective on the human experience
    • Degree in history or related field desired
    • Minimum of five years of relevant experience required


    • $115,000 to $130,000 plus benefits based on experience and qualifications

    The East Tennessee Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How to Apply

    Send your resume, cover letter, references to Meredith Handakas, meredith@bryanandjordan.com, by June 16. If you would like to discuss the position in more detail, please contact Charlie Bryan via email at cbryan1969@aol.com or Meredith Handakas using the email addresses above to schedule a time to speak.

  • 05/18/2020 7:49 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    In anticipation of resuming tours during phase 3 of Nashville's reopening plan, we are hiring for the following position: 

    Job Title:  Historical 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 an hour or more without break; climbing stairs; adherence to professional dress code; wearing name tag required


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

    2.      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.

    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, your resume, and cover letter to mansioneducation@belmont.edu.

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

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