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  • 10/01/2021 9:01 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Director of School of Art Galleries and Collections

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


    General Description and Responsibilities: 

    The Director of the Ewing Gallery and UT Downtown Gallery provides primary senior-level leadership for the development, curation, and long-term planning of gallery exhibitions, publications, and programs, and oversees collections management and development. The Director will foster collaboration within the School and College and among diverse UT academic constituencies; oversee the galleries’ academic outreach and public relations; champion diverse and inclusive exhibition programming; and represent the University nationally. The Director oversees, allocates, and manages gallery-related budgets, endowments, and gift funds; pursues grant writing and philanthropic support; oversees maintenance, preservation, and conservation of the UT Galleries’ collection of 5,000+ works of art; manages, mentors, trains, directly supervises, and assigns duties to three permanent staff; and teaches a course for the Museum and Curatorial Studies minor in the School of Art. The Director will ensure strategic and operational functions of galleries and directly support and further the University’s Vol Vision 2020 strategic priorities.


    Minimum Education: 

    Master’s degree in museum or curatorial studies, studio art, art history, or a closely related field.


    Required Experience

    • A minimum of five years of relevant experience developing, curating, and organizing ambitious exhibitions in galleries, museums, higher education, or other professional arts environments; or an equivalent combination of training, education, and experience.

    • In-depth knowledge of modern and contemporary art, a demonstrated track record of achievement in exhibitions, working with artists, collectors, museum professionals, dealers, university communities and the public, and working with and negotiating with artists and vendors.

    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to planning programs that attract and support diverse artists and audiences.

    • History of development of robust public engagement, community outreach, and educational programming.

    • Experience managing an organizational budget and financial resources.

    • Hands-on experience managing gallery spaces and knowledge of physical requirements of exhibitions.

    • Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to collaborate closely with faculty and motivate staff, students, and community.

    • Track record of successful collaboration and partnerships, including demonstrated ability to build consensus and develop strong relationships at all levels within an organization.

    • Progressively responsible administrative experience leading and managing professional and non-professional gallery staff.


    Preferred experience

    • Demonstrated understanding of the academic mission of a comprehensive research university and the role of the arts within it.

    • Demonstrated success in grant writing, donor cultivation, audience development, and institutional planning.

    • Demonstrated history of authoring both scholarly publications and interpretation for general audiences

    • Experience teaching museum or curatorial studies.


    Applicants can apply at this web portal: https://ut.taleo.net/careersection/ut_system/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en


    Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


    Overview of School of Art Galleries:

    Funded jointly by the School of Art and the College of Architecture and Design, the Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture’s mission is to develop and present exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and architecture, support the academic goals of these respective areas, and serve as a cultural resource for the general university and regional communities. The gallery sponsors events that augment the curricula and expand students’ awareness of art and architecture via artists’ workshops, student critiques, public lectures, and films. The gallery is visited by UT classes in many disciplines, including studio art, art history, design, creative writing, English, philosophy, and foreign languages. The Ewing also hosts the thesis exhibitions of graduating School of Art MFA students, BFA capstone and honors students, and the Artist in Residence Biennial. Since its inception, the Ewing Gallery has served as a fieldtrip location for elementary and high school students, and has partnered with the Knoxville Museum of Art on several curatorial projects.

     

    The Ewing Gallery Permanent Collection consists of approximately 5,000 objects and was established for the purpose of scholarly research and the enrichment of the University and regional communities.

     

    Established in 2004, the UT Downtown Gallery is the sole University of Tennessee cultural institution located off campus. The Gallery’s mission is to broadly promote and celebrate visual art through diverse programming and cultural outreach. The Gallery receives more local visitors — sometimes up to 600 individuals on First Friday evenings — than any of the other School of Art gallery venue. In coordination with School of Art educational programming, the Gallery provides exhibitions of contemporary art for the entire East Tennessee region and is a long-standing participant of the Knoxville First Fridays, Dogwood Arts, and Big Ears festivals. The gallery is adjacent to the Emporium Building, which houses the offices for the Arts and Cultural Alliance, Knoxville Opera, and local artist studios, and annually coordinates with the Knox County Schools to host an exhibition of artwork by primary and secondary art teachers.


    Additional Information:

    The School of Art reaffirms the immeasurable contribution of diversity to the arts and seeks in its programming and activities to incorporate diverse perspectives from the rich panoply that is the human race. Furthermore, we assume our responsibility to ensure a welcoming and conscientious environment for everyone. We recognize that exposure to all forms of diversity is essential to facilitating a creative artistic and academic environment. 

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, UT Knoxville fulfills its access mission through a commitment to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. The School of Art Galleries advance the university’s strategic mission “to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world.” 

    Knoxville has a lively downtown; over 1,000 acres of urban wilderness, close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains; and a vibrant and diverse array of restaurants, arts organizations and music venues, including theKnoxville Museum of Art and the acclaimedBig Ears avant-garde music and art festival. 

    The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.



  • 09/14/2021 11:26 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    CHARLES H. COOLIDGE NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

    HERITAGE CENTER



    POSITION: 

    Curator


    JOB SUMMARY: 

    The Curator will be responsible for the care and management of the Heritage Center’s artifact and archival collections. The position is full-time and will report to the Executive Director. Salary and benefits package.


    DUTIES:

    Duties include registration of incoming artifacts and archival materials; execution of incoming and outgoing loans; implementation of procedures for sound collection management; maintenance and care of the artifact and archival collections; improvement of the collections through selective additions; execution of periodic collection inventories; maintain the cleanliness of permanent exhibits; lead the development and installation of the temporary/traveling exhibits program.


    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Master’s degree in Museum Science, Public History, Military History, or related field

    Minimum of three years’ experience working with museum collections. Experience with PastPerfect collection software required.


    APPLICATION PROCESS:

    Please submit letter of interest, resume, and three references to keith@mohhc.org.

    Application materials will be received until October 6, 2021.



  • 09/14/2021 10:52 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Marketing and Digital Content Manager 

    Job Summary:  

    The East Tennessee Historical Society is seeking a full-time Marketing and Digital Content Manager to  create, implement, and oversee marketing and communications that effectively describe and promote  our mission and programs. The Marketing and Digital Content Manager’s primary role is to manage  digital and print content development and dissemination, including brochures, press releases,  promotional materials, newsletters, social media, website content and maintenance, and more. 

    This candidate will have a dynamic personality, the ability to build professional relationships with  internal and external partners, pay strong attention to detail, work under tight deadlines, and be self motivated.  

    Responsibilities:  

    Develop and implement communications calendar and digital content strategies across all online  platforms 

    Drive traffic and engagement that translates to event registrations, donations, museum  attendance, and increased visibility of ETHS 

    Measure and analyze the results of marketing activity to inform future marketing campaigns Manage website strategy and development, including layout of website, content inventories,  and software integrations 

    Produce creative and engaging printed and virtual promotional materials including brochures,  publications, newsletters, e-blasts, advertisements, and more 

    Create and disseminate compelling press releases as well as cultivate and maintain a network of  media contacts 

    Ensure all content is on-brand, consistent in terms of style, quality, and tone of voice; optimized  for search and constituent experience for all channels of content (online, social media, email,  mobile, video, print, and in-person) 

    Employ the best practices in grammar, messaging, writing, and style 

    Evolve standards, systems, workflow, and best practices for content creation, content  distribution, content maintenance, content retrieval, and content repurposing 

    Leverage market data to develop content themes and topics fitting for the ETHS audience Ability to work in an office environment with some occasional travel 

    Attributes and Skills 

    Excellent communication and writing skills with attention to detail 

    Knack for proofreading and editing printed and digital material

    Strong leadership skills: confidence, presence and poise, high cognitive and emotional  intelligence, empathy, resiliency, work ethic, leading by example 

    Team player who works well collaboratively and is quick to credit others 

    Effective time management skills and the ability to multi-task; calm under pressure Strong intellectual curiosity and high attention to detail 

    Positive attitude with humility and a sense of humor 

    Interest in and appreciation for history 

    Education and Professional Experience 

    Bachelor's degree or higher in Marketing, English, Communication, Public Relations, History, or  related field  

    Experience with design and web development programs such as Adobe Creative Suite,  WordPress, Drupal, etc. 

    3+ years of experience with digital marketing and content-related work  

    Portfolio  

    Salary Range:  

    $40,000 - $50,000 per year  

    For consideration, please send cover letter, résumé, and salary requirement to eths@eastTNhistory.org.  If submitted via post, please mail to ETHS, Attn: Stephanie Henry, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN 37901- 1629.  

    We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in recruiting, hiring, training,  promotions, compensation, and other aspects of employment for all qualified applicants and employees  without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  identity, genetic information, or veteran status. 

    About the East Tennessee Historical Society 

    Founded in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) is one of the oldest and most  distinguished organizations of its kind in the country. Headquartered in Knoxville, 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 First Families of Tennessee and Civil War Families  of Tennessee, and offers a variety of educational programs for schools virtually and in person.  

    The Society’s offices are located in thriving downtown Knoxville, and the organization works closely with  the Knox County Government, the City of Knoxville, 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 digital and traditional programming for varied constituents. 



  • 08/11/2021 6:03 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Andrew Jackson Foundation

    Director of Interpretation

    The mission of the Andrew Jackson Foundation is to preserve The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, to create learning opportunities, and to inspire citizenship through experiencing the life and unique impact of Jackson

    Job Summary

    Promotes the historical significance of the Jackson legacy by directing the operation of the Interpretation department, managing interpretive staff, and facilitating positive experiences for The Hermitage’s visitors grounded in exemplary scholarship and excellence in hospitality and visitor services. The Director will increase awareness of The Hermitage by developing and facilitating interpretive programs.

    Accountabilities: 

    Administrative

    • Supervises staff in the Interpretation Department, maintaining confidentiality and a professional demeanor.
    • Provides training of interpretive staff and directs specialty training by the Lead Interpreters.
    • Recruits and hires Interpreters as needed.
    • Conducts performance reviews and mentors Interpreters
      • Manages disciplinary actions in cooperation with the CMO and VP of Finance and Administration up to the point of termination if necessary
    • Creates the daily schedule for Interpreters, ensuring that all tours and programs have sufficient staff available.
      • Oversees time keeping by Interpreters and processes time records for payroll on the stated schedule.
    • Collaborates with Security and Maintenance Departments for the physical security of mansion and visitors.
    • Prepares and monitors department budgets.
    • Oversees all purchasing of supplies and materials needed for department operations.
    • Produces monthly reports and other requested information in a timely manner.
    • Is a member of and participates in Museum Operations Department Heads meetings and site wide Management meetings.

    Program Development and Planning

    • Creates and develops interpretive programs and materials in collaboration with museum and curatorial staff that incorporate all ages, learning and physical abilities and accommodates multiple languages represented by visitors to The Hermitage.
    • Performs historical research as it relates to interpretive programs.
    • Researches and implements best practices in interpretive services including new interpretive techniques and information.

    Program Delivery

    • Directs and maintains quality in daily operations of interpretive programs.
    • Responsible for training interpretive staff
    • Maintains and updates interpreter manual
    • Ensures staff complies with dress and grooming requirements listed in interpreter manual.
    • Assists visitors in emergency situations.
    • Interacts with visitors and staff in a friendly, informative manner.
    • Provides guided historical tours to visitors.
    • Serves as Lead Interpreter supervising activities at the mansion as required.

    Qualifications

    • BA in history, education, or related field required.  MA in history, education, or museum studies preferred.
    • 3-5 years experience in delivering educational and interpretive programs in a museum or historic home.
    • Knowledge of the principles of site interpretation, customer service, and museum education.
    • Experience in delivering interpretive/education programs through a variety of modalities including distance learning and able to interact with all ages, nationalities, and those who are physically challenged.
    • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.

    ·      Conveys a professional and positive image and attitude regarding The Hermitage.

    ·      Demonstrates commitment to continued professional growth and development.

    ·      Handles detailed, complex concepts and problems, balances multiple tasks simultaneously, and makes rapid decisions regarding administrative issues.

    • Must be a self-starter, work well with others, and pay excellent attention to detail.
    • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.

    Physical Demands/Working Conditions

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

    • Ability to perform moderate physical work, exerting up to twenty pounds of force unassisted, walking, bending, stooping, climbing, lifting, and such activities as fingering, grasping, and repetitive tasks.
    • Must be able to work in all weather conditions. This position may require working around dirt and dust. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    To apply send resume and cover letter to jobs@thehermitage.com. Applications will be accepted until August 25, 2021.


  • 07/16/2021 9:03 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Andrew Jackson Foundation

    HISTORICAL INTERPRETER

    The mission of the Andrew Jackson Foundation is to preserve The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, to create learning opportunities, and to inspire citizenship through experiencing the life and unique impact of Jackson.

    Purpose: Provide historical interpretation of the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s properties, welcoming guests and delivering guided historical tours

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

     Provide guided historical tours to visitors and answer questions

     Assist non-English speaking visitors

     Provide physical security for mansion and visitorsassisting in emergency situations as needed

     Comply with dress and grooming requirements listed in interpreter manual

     Meet acceptable levels of knowledge of training materials

     Attend required training sessions and incorporate new interpretive information as required in tours

     Provide reports as requested

    Education/Training:

    Some college preferred.

    Experience, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

     An interest in history

     Excellent verbal and written communication skills

     Courtesy and tact in dealing with the public

     Must be able to interact with all ages, nationalities and those who are physically

    challenged

     Present a professional demeanor and maintain confidentiality

    Physical Requirements:

    Must be able to stand for long periods of time; climb stairs; work outside and in un-air-conditioned buildings.

    To Apply:

    Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@thehermitage.com


  • 07/15/2021 10:02 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Education Specialist

    Tennessee Department of State

    Tennessee State Library and Archives

    Supervisor: Education Outreach Coordinator

    Summary: This professional position has responsibility to provide services to teachers and students in Kindergarten-Twelfth grade (K-12) and students in the college/university communities across the state of Tennessee.

    This is a full-time, grant-funded, term position. Staff who accept a term position are not guaranteed employment for the entire period and there are no guarantees of continued employment when the term ends. If funds are exhausted or the appointment to the position is not extended, the position is not eligible for severance pay.

    The grant is funded for the period of August 1, 2021-July 30, 2024. Funding is provided by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant funding arm of the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Mission: The mission of the Office of the Secretary of State is to exceed the expectations of our customers, the taxpayers, by operating at the highest levels of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and accountability in a customer-center environment.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Provides assistance and support for education outreach activities on-site, in the field, and online

    • Corresponds with teachers and administrators about services provided by education outreach

    • Assists the Education Outreach Archivist and Education Outreach Coordinator with the planning and coordination for in-person and online teacher workshops and in-service trainings statewide

    • Develops projects that benefit K-12 teachers and students

    • Conducts programming for K-12 students during on-site field trip visits

    • Represents and delivers presentations for organization at statewide education conferences and in online webinars

    • Develops educational curriculum and digital content for education audiences, coordinating with the TSLA Educator Working Group & other sections with the Library & Archives and the Department of State

    • Assists with coordination of the DocsBox program, including virtual content to accompany boxes in the classroom

    • Conducts historical research into primary source collections

    • Performs other duties as assigned

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s Preferred) in History, Public History, Education, or related field.

    • Experience equivalent to one year of work on education-related projects in a history-based organization. Experience developing classroom curriculum for social studies including history, and/or government K-12 classes preferred.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    • Knowledge of Tennessee and American history required.

    • Understanding of and respect for the K-12 education environment.

    • Understanding of the use of primary sources in the classroom environment.

    • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to establish priorities, follow project timelines, and meet project deadlines.

    • Highly motivated and self-directed with strong attention to detail.

    • Ability to work in a collaborative, team-focused environment.

    • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences including teachers, K-12 students, academics, university students, and Library & Archives staff and patrons.

    • Project management skills and experience.

    • Public speaking skills and ease appearing on camera.

    • Comfort with and understanding of the use of technology in the educational environment, including Google products.

    • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule and travel independently throughout the state. Periodic weekend and after-hours work required.

    • Good driving record and valid driver’s license.

    • Ability to represent the Department of State positively to the public.

    Physical requirements:

    • Ability to lift materials up to 25 pounds.

    • Ability to work in an environment that contains dust and other allergens.

    • Ability to stand for up to four hours at a time.

    Health, Safety and collections security:

    • Assists the organization in creating a safe and healthy working environment by working safely with the equipment provided.

    • Follows instructions given for health and safety purposes and immediately reports any unsafe working practices or hazardous working conditions.

    • Takes all measures necessary to protect the collections from loss, mutilation or theft.

    Salary: $35,000 annually plus State of Tennessee benefits package.

    To apply: Please email your letter of interest and resume to the Division of Human Resources & Organizational Development, sos.hr@tn.gov. This position will be listed until it is filled. Please note, the candidate selected for an offer of employment will be subject to a pre-employment background check.



  • 06/28/2021 3:33 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Director of Collections and Exhibits

    MoSH

    Located in Memphis, TN, MoSH (the Museum of Science and History; the Museum) is a well-established 501c3 that seeks to create a community of people who share a richer understanding of one another and the world around us. The Museum consists of the Pink Palace Museum, the Lichterman Nature Center, the Coon Creek Science Center, and other historical properties. We inspire discovery through collecting, preserving, and interpreting the cultural histories and natural sciences that shape our region.

    Join our team as we embark on an exciting phase of executing our new vision. Our

    museum is committed to telling our story by:

     Advocating for Authenticity – Illuminate varying perspectives and uphold

    accurate interpretation, without glossing over tough ideas.

     Magnifying Belonging – Building active audiences through outreach, co-creation,

    and participatory inclusion.

     Embodying Holistic Stories – Incorporating context and presenting lesser known

    stories to portray a complete, systemic picture of the region and its history.

     Constructing Intersections – Creating welcoming common spaces that encourage serendipitous and unstructured engagement and foster meaningful interactions between diverse groups of people.

    Responsibilities

    The Director of Collections & Exhibits aligns the activities of the registration, conservation, and exhibitions of the museum with respect to collection care and preservation, loan activity, procurement, set up and maintenance of temporary exhibitions, community engagement and interaction with the permanent collection. Working with the Program Administrator the Director guides, supervises, and mentors staff and manages the budgets of the department.

    The Director assumes responsibility for all areas of collections and exhibitions stewardship, including the documentation, storage, handling, packing/unpacking, transportation, and insurance of all works entering and leaving the museum, and for ensuring proper care of items within the museum.

    The Director has primary responsibility for overseeing the research, content development, and interpretation of the permanent collection, changing exhibits, projects related to exhibitions, printed exhibition materials, signage, and special projects at all MoSH properties. The Director works collaboratively with the Community Engagement Department (adult and student programming) on initiatives and facilitates inter-departmental communication regarding research and interpretation.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the department which include, but are not limited to, the following essential job functions:

     Implement Five Year Operating Plan relative to the department’s goals, initiatives, and

    special projects.

     Provide intellectual leadership for the collection and exhibitions for the museum.

     Manage the planning and updating of the museum’s permanent collection in

    anticipation of a major capital campaign and renovation.

     Create ways to engage and activate visitors throughout the entirety of all exhibitions

     Analyze permanent exhibits for creative ways to enhance visitor experience and

    encourage responses to exhibit content and displays.

     Collaborate in identifying grants and other funding sources for collections and

    exhibitions.

     Lead the intellectual efforts in developing content for exhibits and other interpretive

    materials.

     Maintain strong communications with internal museum departments and external

    museum leaders and professionals, subject matter experts, and people with knowledge

    in exhibit-related objects, etc.

     Coordinate the interpretive development of exhibits with the Community Engagement

    Department and other museum departments to design the strongest engagement and

    experience for schools, adults, tour groups, and other targeted audiences.

     Interview, hire, train, mentor, evaluate and oversee the performance of assigned full-

    time (currently 4 and adding two more) and part-time staff (currently 3), interns and

    volunteers.

     Prepare departmental budgets, forecasting and allocate funds for staff, supplies,

    equipment and facilities.

     Maintain and, update as needed, a collection management policy to process the receipt

    of artifacts, collections, photographs, images, graphics, and other materials donated,

    acquired, or loaned to the museum.

     Attend relevant public events, represent the museum in radio, television, and various

    public speaking forums, and maintain professional connections with colleagues in the

    museum field and other comparable institutions.

      Provide support for collaborative initiatives with other museums, cultural and

    educational institutions.

    Knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies:

     Proven ability to curate exhibitions and manage collections.

     Work cooperatively with other departments, community stakeholders and partnering organizations to effectively plan and improve working methods for the successful delivery of programs.

     Work collaboratively with local organizations, individuals, and community stakeholders to deepen authentic relationships between MoSH and its surrounding communities.

     Possess high level of attention to detail, accuracy and ability to meet deadlines.

     Highly motivated, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and to work

    independently as well as in a team environment.

     Represent the Museum in professional and academic forums with local, regional, and national colleagues and the broader cultural community, playing a key role in advancing the Museum’s reputation and profile.

     Enhance the Museum's profile through networking on a local, regional, state and

    national level.

    Education, Experience and Requirements:

     Masters degree in Museum Studies, History, Science or related discipline; advanced degree or certifications desirable.

     At least six (6) years of progressive experience in the museum or similar field.

     Strong working knowledge of curatorial standards.

     Ability to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

     Valid Driver's license required.

     Strong skills with MS Office products and third party software platforms.

    Compensation

    Compensation is commensurate with experience and abilities. The Museum offers a full range of benefits, including health care, vacation and sick leave, 401k, and death and disability insurance. The Museum also offers life, dental and vision insurance. Moving expenses are negotiable.

    To Apply

    Submit one document with cover letter (providing your salary requirements and how you learned about the position) and your resume via email to:

    Alex Eilers

    Administrator of Programs

    MoSH

    alex.eilers@memphistn.gov

    Applications will be accepted until July 30, 2021 or until the position is filled. MoSH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.

    Writing samples, a short presentation and references may be required from finalists.

    Academic, credit and criminal background checks will be conducted before a final offer is made.

    More information about MoSH can be found on our website at www.memphismusuems.org.


  • 06/25/2021 7:00 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Job Title:  Historical Interpreter

    Job Type: Part Time

    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; college degree preferred

     

    Belmont Mansion is the largest antebellum home open for tours in Nashville, and is a must-see for any visitor interested in Tennessee history, the Civil War, architecture, art, and decorative arts. We are looking for an energetic person who enjoys history and interacting with visitors. Good people skills and weekend availability are a must. Previous experience in customer service, as a cashier, or as a tour guide preferred. Also should be able to stand for long periods of time and climb stairs. Must adhere to and assist with the museum’s COVID-19 protocols.

     

    Please send your resume and cover letter to Danielle Ullrich at mansioneducation@belmont.edu.


  • 06/16/2021 8:03 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Director of Community Engagement

    MoSH

    Located in Memphis, TN, MoSH (the Museum of Science and History; the Museum) is a well-established 501c3 that seeks to create a community of people who share a richer understanding of one another and the world around us.  The Museum consists of the Pink Palace Museum, the Lichterman Nature Center, the Coon Creek Science Center, and other historical properties. We inspire discovery through collecting, preserving, and interpreting the cultural histories and natural sciences that shape our region.

    Join our team as we embark on an exciting phase of executing our new vision.  Our museum is committed to telling our story by:

    ·               Advocating for Authenticity – Illuminate varying perspectives and uphold accurate interpretation, without glossing over tough ideas.

    ·               Magnifying Belonging – Building active audiences through outreach, co-creation, and participatory inclusion.

    ·               Embodying Holistic Stories – Incorporating context and presenting lesser known stories to portray a complete, systemic picture of the region and its history.

    ·               Constructing Intersections – Creating welcoming common spaces that encourage serendipitous and unstructured engagement and foster meaningful interactions between diverse groups of people.

    Responsibilities

    As a senior team member working  under the general direction of the Administrator of Programs and the Executive Director to comprehensively engage the community and implement the museum's strategic initiatives for engagement and learning through onsite and outreach programming, the Community Engagement Manager sets programming for MoSH.  Programming includes meeting the Museum’s goals of audience type and content range and focus.  The Museum has identified three ways audiences desire to engage: (1) learners and facilitators, (2) community event makers, and (3) curious explorers.  Our content will be regionally grounded and focus on the intersection of cultural history and natural science.

    As a member of the Museum’s management team, the Director of Community Engagement supervises and coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Community Engagement team ensuring the highest standards for our visitor experience.

    The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of the department which include, but are not limited to, the following essential job functions:

    • ·      Implements Five Year Operating Plan relative to the department’s goals, initiatives, and special projects.
    • ·      Develops, implements, reviews and evaluates all Museum programming to meet the needs and interest of our diverse audience types (school-age students through adults).
    • ·      Interviews, hires, trains, evaluates and oversees the performance of assigned full-time (currently 3) and part-time staff (currently 4-8), interns and volunteers. 
    • ·      Collaborates on and/or provides input on cross-departmental programs and with various community partners in the development and implementation of programming.
    • ·      Actively seeks partnerships and educational opportunities within our local community as well as on a regional, state and national level.
    • ·      Prepares departmental budgets, forecasting and allocates funds for staff, supplies, equipment and facilities. 
    • ·      Responsible for developing, achieving and exceeding individual and departmental goals and metrics. 

    Knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies:

    • ·       Proven ability to develop programming to wide and varied audience; focus on programming diversity with respect to parameters such as race, age, and socio-economic levels.
    • ·       Work cooperatively with other departments, community stakeholders and partnering organizations to effectively plan and improve working methods for the successful delivery of programs.
    • ·       Work collaboratively with local organizations, individuals, and community stakeholders to deepen authentic relationships between MoSH and its surrounding communities.
    • ·       Strong working knowledge of state curriculum standards and a proven ability to create and/or align programming to selected standards.
    • ·       Represent the Museum in professional and academic forums with local, regional, and national colleagues and the broader cultural community, playing a key role in advancing the Museum’s reputation and profile.
    • ·       Enhance the Museum's profile through networking on a local, regional, state and national level.

    Position Priorities:

    • ·       Experience Focus – collect information to understand visitor expectations and motivations; build engaging relationships with visitors, and evaluate how actions or planning will impact visitors; establish effective methods to monitor and evaluate visitor's concerns, satisfactions and anticipate visitor needs.
    • ·       Education Focused – actively seek to understand and align museum programming to local, state (TN, MS, and AR) and national curriculum standards.  Communicate, inform and partner with education stakeholders regarding programming.
    • ·       Partnership Opportunities – develop knowledge of the larger museum and local community and seek opportunities for deeper involvement, foster relationships, and create partnership opportunities when appropriate.
    • ·       Financial Responsibilities – maintain comprehensive departmental budgets, understand and appropriately forecast expenses and revenues, and a proven ability to work within a budget given dynamic operating conditions.
    • ·       Planning and Organization – determine and prioritize multiple tasks and activities; build timelines and resource needs; leverage limited resources to complete work efficiently and in coordination with multiple projects.
    • ·       Team Building and Evaluation – develop direction, structure, and clarity around roles and team objectives; work with team to identify areas of success or for improvement; identify professional development activities and resources; monitor team progress while providing continuous feedback and guidance.

    Education, Experience and Requirements:

    • ·      Bachelor degree in Education, Museum Studies, History, Science Education or related discipline; advanced degree or certifications desirable.
    • ·      At least six (6) years of progressive experience in adult and child engagement or museum interpretation.
    • ·      Strong working knowledge of state and local curriculum standards.
    • ·      Ability to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
    • ·      Experience with classroom teaching and strategic planning is highly desirable.
    • ·      Valid Driver's license required.
    • ·      Strong skills with MS Office products and third party software platforms.

    Compensation

    Compensation is commensurate with experience and abilities.  The Museum offers a full range of benefits, including health care, vacation and sick leave, 401k, and death and disability insurance. The Museum also offers life, dental and vision insurance.  Moving expenses are negotiable.

    To Apply

    Submit one document with cover letter (providing your salary requirements and how you learned about the position) and your resume via email to:

    Alex Eilers

    Administrator of Programs

    MoSH

    alex.eilers@memphistn.gov

    Applications will be accepted until July 23, 2021 or until the position is filled.  MoSH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.

    Writing samples, a short presentation and references may be required from finalists.  Academic, credit and criminal background checks will be conducted before a final offer is made.

    More information about MoSH can be found on our website at www.memphismusuems.org.


  • 06/15/2021 12:16 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Lead Interpreter

    Job Summary

    The Lead Interpreter facilitates excellent visitor experiences at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage by providing efficient and welcoming services to visitors and highly organized coordination and oversight of the Mansion Interpreters. Lead Interpreters mentor and supervise interpretive staff during programs, tours and other functions as assigned. Lead Interpreters also provide special skills to enhance the ongoing work of the department. Lead Interpreters conduct VIP tours, In Their Footsteps tours, Ghost tours and various special programs when seasonally appropriate.

    Accountabilities
    Program Delivery

    • Coordinates the daily interpretive operations of the site at the direction of the Director of Interpretation.
    • Assists with developing and executing interpreter orientation, and training.
    • Assists Director of Interpretation with preparation of training materials and evaluation of interpretive staff.
    • Provides direction to part-time interpreters regarding the preparation and maintenance of interpretive costuming, props and other resources.
    • Assists in technological endeavors as they relate to the interpretive services.
    • Assists with special events and programs, site-wide, as requested.
    • Utilizes a unique and specialty skill set that enhances the work of the department (i.e., tailoring, research or living history skills)
    • Assists with research and development of interpretive programs and manage their implementation.
    • Coordinates mansion tours according to the timed ticket system and ensures tours are timely.

    Administrative

    • Provides reports in a timely manner.
    • Represents The Hermitage in public events, groups and organizations.
    • Assists with evaluation of interpretive programs.
    • Coordinate mansion response to medical and weather emergencies.
    • Open and close mansion, following established security procedure and serve as primary communication point at the mansion.
    • Notify the Director of Interpretation when disciplinary action is needed.

    Qualifications

    • BA in history, education or museum studies preferred.
    • Mastery of a related historic trade, staff training or other specialty skill preferred.
    • 1-3 years’ experience in delivering educational and interpretive programs in a museum or historic home.
    • Knowledge of the principles of site interpretation and customer service.
    • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
    • Must be a self-starter, work well with others and pay excellent attention to detail.
    • Experience in delivering interpretive/education programs through a variety of modalities and able to interact with all ages, nationalities and those who are physically or intellectually challenged.
    • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including regular weekends, some holidays and occasional evenings.
    • Proficiency at using Microsoft Suite.

    Additional Responsibilities

    • Participate in all training activities.
    • Cross-train with AJC Guest Services staff.
    • Ensure that all preservation and safety procedures are followed by guests and staff.

    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 job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for long periods of time; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
    • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
    • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to poor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. Principal duties and responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job, and “other” duties and responsibilities include those that are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of this job.
     
    This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Staff members holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.
     
    Nothing in this job description restricts the supervisor’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

    To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:
    Bryan Gilley, Interim Director of Interpretation
    4580 Rachel’s Lane
    Nashville, TN 37076
    bgilley@thehermitage.com


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