Welcome to the Tennessee Association of Museums

  • 11/20/2020 9:57 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)



    The City of Springdale is currently accepting applications for the position of SHILOH  MUSEUM DEVELOPMENT MANAGER. Interested persons should submit an  application to the Human Resources Department no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday,  December 4th, 2020. 

    The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all Shiloh Museum  fundraising, including a major-gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special  events, and capital campaigns. The development manager works closely with the  Museum Director and the Museum Board of Trustees in all development and  fundraising endeavors. 

    Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) (Master’s degree preferred) from four-year college or  university in business administration, marketing, or related field; three or more years of  experience in professional fundraising, preferably in a non-profit; or any equivalent  combination of education and experience. 

    Bilingual is beneficial but not necessary.  

    Starting salary is $50,452 for full time. Part time employment will be considered, rate  negotiable.  

    To apply, you must submit a City of Springdale application, resume, and cover letter.  Resumes will not be accepted without an accompanying application.  The City of Springdale is an EOE and drug free workplace. 

  • 11/20/2020 9:53 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)



    Title: Urban Renewal Collection Archivist 

    Temporary, full-time (grant-funded through July 31, 2021) 

    Reports To: President/CEO 


    The purpose of this position is to access, process, arrange, catalog, and prepare finding aids for  manuscript material, architectural records, photographs and negatives, ephemera, artifacts and all  other "special materials" in the Beck Cultural Center Collection related to Knoxville's Urban  Renewal in the mid-Twentieth Century. Duties include, but are not limited to: supervising staff,  interns, and volunteers; maintaining logs; providing reference assistance; developing procedures;  and performing other duties as assigned by the President/CEO. 


    The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as  exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. 

    Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff, interns and volunteers.  

    Maintains the accession log of all special materials added to the Urban Renewal Collection;  inventories accessions as required. 

    Processes, arranges, catalogs and prepares finding aids for manuscript material, architectural  records, photographs and negatives, ephemeral and all other "special materials" added to the  Collection. 

    Creates and maintains databases used for special materials. 

    Provides reference assistance for community members needing to use manuscripts, photographs  and other special materials. 

    Develops and recommends procedures and/or regulations for the use of special and rare materials  to ensure safe use and preservation. 

    Processes reproduction requests for special materials including photographs and architectural  plans and drawings.

    Manages the digital catalog project which includes selection of material, creation of record  templates, develops guidelines for the projects, scan, catalog, upload, approve and index digital  Collection records. 

    Monitors preservation copies of scans, and also provides training and supervision of staff in  scanning technology and cataloging. 

    Maintains an inventory of archival supplies; recommends archival supplies and products to  process, preserve and store special materials. 

    Acts as a liaison with Urban Renewal Project partner organizations and works with partners to  ensure best practices. 

    Plans and assists with setting up exhibits from the Collection. 

    Performs other related duties as required. 


    Master’s Degree in Library Science, Information Science, History, Archival Administration, or  related field; with two (2) years of experience in archival processes, or related field; or any  equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the necessary  knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. 


    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically able to operate a variety of office  machines, such as a telephone, copier, microfilm/microfiche readers, heat seal press, etc. Must  also be physically able to operate equipment to include book and box trucks, 10' ladders,  elevators, etc. Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or  materials. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for active work.  

    DATA CONCEPTION: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable  functional, technical, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent  from obvious standards) of data, people, or things. 

    INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability of speaking to convey or  exchange information. Includes giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants. 

    LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires the ability to read a variety of informational documentation,  directions, instructions, and methods and procedures archival methods for  preservation. Requires the ability to write reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and  grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with  poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and a well-modulated voice.

    INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand complex principles and  techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of  topics related to this position. 

    VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information to supervisors  and elected officials; to explain procedures and policies; and to follow verbal and written  instructions, guidelines and objectives. 

    NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and  subtract totals; multiply and divide; determine percentages; determine time and weight; and  utilize statistical inference. 

    FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width,  and shape, visually with office equipment and recording devices. 

    MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using  automated office equipment. 

    MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment,  control knobs, switches, etc. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion  while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have minimal levels of  eye/hand/foot coordination. 

    COLOR DISCRIMINATION: May require the ability to differentiate colors and shades of  color. 

    INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with people (i.e. staff,  supervisors, general public, and elected officials) beyond giving and receiving instructions such  as in interpreting departmental policies and procedures. Must be adaptable to performing under  moderate stress when confronted with an emergency. 

    PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words). (Hearing - perceiving nature of  sounds by ear). 

    - - - -

    The Beck Cultural Exchange Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the  Americans with Disabilities Act, the Beck may provide reasonable accommodations to qualified  individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss  potential accommodations with the employer. Signatures below indicate the receipt and review  of this job description by the employee assigned to the job and the immediate supervisor.

    Responses can be directed to: 

    Reverend Reneé Kesler


    Beck Cultural Exchange Center

    1927 Dandridge Avenue

    Knoxville, Tennessee 37915




  • 11/19/2020 3:14 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    KHS Registrar

    The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has welcomed more than 1 million visitors since its anchor building, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, opened in 1999 in historic downtown Frankfort. Our mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to meet the challenges of the future. KHS is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

    KHS offers an opportunity to join a team of people dedicated to preserving and exploring Kentucky’s rich and fascinating past. The agency’s Registrar oversees the collections management and stewardship of KHS’s museum object collection, which is represented in approximately 35,000 catalog records. This position also assists with the use of collections in research and programming in order to make our museum collection accessible to the public. The Registrar at KHS is also highly collaborative, often working in partnership with internal colleagues as well as providing occasional technical advice for museums and local history organizations across the Commonwealth.

    Key responsibilities include:

    • Managing collections management duties that ensure the ongoing care of KHS collections, including records management, inventory control, implementation of conservation strategies, disaster preparedness, and more.
    • Maintaining and creating collections documentation for Museum, Archives, and Library.
    • Managing incoming and outgoing loan program.
    • Maintaining collections policies and ensuring that objects are accessible online.
    • Overseeing the museum collections storage area, including monitoring pest management, environmental conditions in collections spaces, and more.
    • Assisting in the use of collections in research and programming, including helping with reference requests, managing access to objects, and providing leadership on collections use, ethics, and care.

    Full position description. (opens as PDF)


    • Education/Experience – Minimum 3 years professional experience in a museum or history-related institution with at least 2 years of supervisory experience in the same. Master’s Degree in history, museum studies or related field.
    • Communication – Demonstrated facility in public speaking, writing and communicating to multiple kinds of audiences.
    • Computer Skills – Advanced internet, word processing, database management, spreadsheets, and email use. PastPerfect experience preferred.

    Work Environment:

    • Must have strong organizational and administrative skills and the ability to work collegially with staff and volunteers across the organization. Must be able to manage a project from concept to completion. Must be willing to work some evening, weekends, and occasionally travel.

    Physical Demands

    • Must be able to lift materials of up to 25 lbs. Must be able to use computer keyboard, must be able to visually inspect documents and make decisions from such, must be able to remain stationary for long periods of time (sitting/standing). Must be able to use ladders, bend/stoop/reach.

    Special Requirements

    • Knowledge of material culture and museum cataloging practices. Adherence to professional codes of ethics and involvement in museum organizations. An understanding of NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act).

    This is a full-time position located in Frankfort, KY that reports to the Director of Research and Collections. This is an unclassified (non-merit) position pursuant to KRS 18A.115(1)(u). The annual salary for this position is $37,008.72. The regular work schedule is Monday through Friday with a 37.5 hour work week but the position will require occasional night, weekend, or holiday hours as needed. Benefits include health and life insurance, optional dental and vision insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, retirement, and optional deferred compensation plans.

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume via email to khs.hr@ky.gov. No telephone calls accepted. Deadline for submissions is Monday, November 30, 2020. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered. KHS is an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

    KHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, ancestry, age, disability, political affiliation, genetic information, or veteran status in accordance with state and federal laws.

  • 11/08/2020 2:52 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The Tipton County Museum is looking for a new Director.  If interested, please send resume and cover letter to Barrie Foster.  Info below. 

    One of the first facilities in the country to bring together military history, environmental education, and historical preservation, the Tipton County Museum is truly unique.

    Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial & Nature Center
    751 Bert Johnston Ave.
    Covington, Tennessee  38019

    Barrie Foster, Director, bfoster@covingtontn.com
    Phone: 901-476-0242

  • 11/08/2020 2:49 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)



    The Senior Manager, Professional Development is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive vision for AASLH’s Professional Development Department. The person in this role will oversee AASLH’s online webinars, courses, and workshops, the Standards and Excellence Program (STEPS), and the History Leadership Institute. They will supervise two other members of AASLH’s professional development team. This is a senior staff position that serves as part of the association’s leadership team and also works with volunteer committees, grant projects, and other programs as assigned by the Chief of Operations and Programs and/or CEO.

    The Senior Manager, Professional Development reports directly to the Chief of Operations and Programs. This position is full-time and requires 37.5 hours per week. Benefits include paid time off, health insurance, and retirement plan. The American Association for State and Local History is based in Nashville, Tennessee, where most of its employees reside. As we grow, and to reach more diverse candidates and to reduce environmental impact, it is our policy to consider on a case by case basis having staff positions involving teleworking.

    Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

    Leadership, Management, Accountability

    1. Supervise the Professional Development Manager and the Professional Development Coordinator
    2. Participate as a member of the AASLH Senior Leadership Team
    3. Manage the budget for the full AASLH professional development program including STEPS, History Leadership Institute, and workshops and webinars.

    Manage Professional Development:

    1. Create a vision for the future of AASLH’s professional development offerings that aligns with the association’s new Professional Development Framework. This includes strategic planning that considers: what content best serves the needs AASLH’s various audiences; how to best utilize various in-person and virtual methods and formats; how to increase participation and revenue; and how to most effectively leverage partnerships with other organizations/associations.
    2. Ensure that AASLH’s several professional development programs (online resources, webinars, courses; STEPS; History Leadership Institute) are integrated into a cohesive system and are aligned with AASLH’s strategic priorities, activities, and operations.
    3. In alignment with the new Professional Development Framework, oversee the planning and coordination of professional development offerings (webinars, workshops, online courses, and others).
    4. Communicate and partner (as appropriate) with state, regional, and national associations to ensure that AASLH professional development and standards and best practices are effectively serving AASLH’s many stakeholders and audiences.
    5. Develop and implement a vision for the future of the recently updated STEPS program to expand its use across the field.
    6. Collaborate with the History Leadership Institute Director to plan vision, curriculum, and implementation plan for HLI Seminar, online course, Forum, and new future programs.
    7. Seek new funding sources for professional development projects and work with staff on funding proposals and other projects.
    8. In collaboration with the PD team, coordinate the evaluation of AASLH professional development offerings, including setting outcomes, design of survey instruments, and analysis of data and feedback.
    9. Work with assigned affinity groups and committees by scheduling conference calls and other correspondence, setting meeting agendas with committee chairs, promoting committee work through blogs posts and other means, and keeping committee projects moving forward and on schedule.

    Additional Duties

    • Promote membership in the Association; answer telephone and email inquiries from AASLH members and others
    • Other projects as assigned

    To apply

    Submit resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references in a single PDF to hawkins@aaslh.org.  Review of applications will begin November 20 and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is early January.

    About AASLH

    The American Association for State and Local History, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a national membership association serving those who preserve and interpret history. AASLH provides leadership and resources to help the history community thrive and make the past more meaningful to all people. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH conducts research and advocacy efforts, publishes books, technical publications, and a magazine and maintains numerous affinity groups and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association also sponsors online professional development training, regional and national training workshops, and an annual meeting. For more information, visit https://aaslh.org/.

    At AASLH, we have five core values:

    1. We are big picture focused. We don’t let the urgency of daily tasks cloud our view of the mission.
    2. We are learners. We seek out opportunities to grow, acquire knowledge, attain new skills, and share it all with others.
    3. We are not afraid of risks. We find the best solutions, even if that means trying something new or changing the way we’ve always done it.
    4.  We are positive and supportive. We celebrate the good, lift each other up, and reject the temptation to be snarky.
    5. We are enthusiastic collaborators. We embrace opportunities to work with others—even when it seems easier to just do it ourselves.

    AASLH is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



    Minimum five years cumulative work experience for a public history institution, such as a museum, historical society, humanities council, or a related agency, business, or institution. As a part of professional development, the Senior Manager, Professional Development must be familiar with the wide variety of AASLH members who preserve and interpret state and local history, thus it is necessary to have knowledge of historical practices/methods, and professional skills or abilities related to one or more of the following: archives, libraries, historic preservation, historical interpretation, historical education, museum exhibits/curation, fundraising, cultural tourism, historical consulting, archaeology, cultural resource management, or oral history. Significant experience and knowledge supporting adult learning is preferred.


    Senior Manager, Professional Development must have strong written communications skills and excellent oral communications skills. They should have the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time with attention to detail. Knowledge of adult learning styles, Zoom, and learning management systems are suggested.

  • 10/05/2020 9:22 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Development Director

    The Museum of Science and History

    Located in Memphis, TN, the Museum of Science and History 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 family 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.


    As a core member of the Executive Director’s management team, the next Development Director will create a charitable environment of support for the Museum’s strategic initiatives to ensure a sustainable, long term relationship with donors.  The Director will need to provide innovative, visionary and strategic operational planning and leadership for all Museum development activities which align with our strategic plan. The Director will need strong leadership skills to communicate the challenges and goals of funding opportunities and will cooperate with the Board of Trustees to reach development goals. 

    The Development Director will need to be a highly skilled and effective fundraiser and manager who has a proven track-record of securing large donations.  This will require a professional who can envision and engage new relationships/audiences, set and exceed goals and expectations, cultivate and grow existing relationships, and motivate and inspire cohorts while raising funds for operations, capital needs and the endowment.

    The Development Director will manage a three member team consisting of a part time Grants Administrator, a full time Membership Manager and a full time Events Manager.   Currently, these departments are not aligned with Development.  The Director will create a new departmental structure, which aligns all goals and objectives. The Director will be expected to set and manage the budgets for each of these areas.

    The Museum’s existing development model is heavily dependent on local foundation support.  The new Director will be expected to increase individual and corporate donors, including bequests, federal and state grant opportunities, and fundraising events as components of revenue.  It is anticipated a major capital campaign will be initiated within 5 years.


    ·                A bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree or certifications desirable.

    ·                At least 5 - 7 years’ experience successfully leading a significant development program. 

    ·                Experience in a non-profit organization, cultural or educational institution or equivalent preferred.

    ·                Working knowledge of all areas of development including but not limited to major gifts, annual giving, membership, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, campaigns, research and federal and state grants.

    ·                A proven record of personal achievement exceeding ambitious revenue targets.

    ·                Ability to work successfully in an environment with staff and other department managers.

    ·                Proficiency in setting goals and evaluating and communicating success.

    ·                Ability to understand and analyze data for effective prospect strategy and programmatic reporting.

    ·                Strong skills with MS Office products and ticketing, membership and other CRM type systems.  The Museum utilizes tickets.com for ticketing and membership functions and Prophix for budgeting.

    ·                Exceptional organizational and management skills.

    ·                Successful manager who encourages open communication, creativity and a fail fast mentality.

    ·                Flexible and adaptable work schedule with the ability to attend functions, work nights and weekends as needed, manage competing demands, and work independently.


    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.

    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:

    Kevin Thompson

    Executive Director

    Museum of Science and History Memphis


    Applications will be accepted until October 31 or until the position is filled. The Museum of Science and History is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.

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

    More information about the Museum of Science and History can be found on our website at www.memphismuseums.org.

  • 08/28/2020 12:32 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The National Civil Rights Museum


    JOB TITLE: Collections Manager/Registrar

    REPORTS TO: Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education

    FLSA: Exempt

    SALARY: $50,000 - $60,000

    The National Civil Rights Museum seeks an organized and dynamic individual to fulfill its full-time collections manager/registrar position. A critical member of the Interpretation, Collections & Education team, the collections manager/registrar will oversee the care of the museum’s collections as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions. The collections manager/registrar will play a pivotal role in the museum’s digitization of its collections (as specified in its strategic plan), and its rapid response collection initiatives. The ideal candidate will be fluent in collections database management software, and current social media platforms.


    The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, honors and preserves the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We chronicle the American Civil Rights Movement and tell the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. We educate and serve as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 90,000 student visits annually.

    A Smithsonian Affiliate and an internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum is recognized as a 2019 National Medal Award recipient by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the top national honor for museums and libraries. It is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 5% U.S. Museum, USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.


    The Collections Manager and Registrar is responsible for the overall care of the collection of the National Civil Rights Museum by developing and implementing policies and procedures that ensure the proper documentation, indemnification, protection, movement, and installation of works of art, objects, artifacts, and material culture. The Collections Manager/ Registrar also makes the collection accessible to the museum’s internal and external audiences while ensuring the museum maintains a high level of accuracy and operates at the highest professional and ethical standards as established by the American Alliance of Museums. Serving as the primary contact for public and media inquiries regarding the collection, the Collections Manager also continually researches the collection and possible acquisitions. The position reports to the Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education.

    As the museum ventures into its next phase, the Collections Manager/ Registrar will serve as the lead for the organization’s ventures into digitizing its collections and digital collecting.


    • Masters degree preferred, with a focus in Museum Studies, Public History or related field

    • 3 - 5 years of museum related experience required, or any equivalent education and

    experience that would demonstrate ability to meet essential functions of the position

    • Must have demonstrated education or knowledge of African American history/studies

    and/or the American Civil Rights Movement

    • Skills in collections management, exhibit handling, art handling and shipping, and administration required

    • Experience with collections management software (PastPerfect), and Microsoft Office

    • Strong administrative and organizational skills

    • Familiarity with operating a digital camera and scanner

    • Familiarity with collections digitization

    • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and across departments in a fast- paced dynamic environment.

    • Ability to work in a self-directed capacity

    • Supervisory experience preferred

    • Strong problem-solving & project management skills

    • Able to make sound judgments, multi-task effectively, meet deadlines and achieve organizational goals and objectives.

    • Must possess a valid state driver’s license


    Please see attached document for detailed job description.

    Interested candidates must submit:

    • Resume or CV

    • Cover letter

    All submissions must be sent via email to:

    Dr. Noelle Trent

    Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education


    office: 901.527.4069

    Submission deadline: September 14, 2020 11:59 PM CENTRAL

    Incomplete applications will not be reviewed

    JOB TITLE: Collections Manager/Registrar

    REPORTS TO: Director of Interpretation, Collections, & Education

    FLSA: Exempt

    SALARY: $50,000 - $60,000

    DATE REVISED: August 15, 2020


  • 08/20/2020 6:09 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    TN Arts Director of Arts Education Position Open

    Posted Aug 19, 2020 | Posted in: Arts EducationArts Education News

    From Ann Brown, Associate Director of Grants –

    The Tennessee Arts Commission seeks a full-time Program Director of Arts Education. Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Grants, this position cultivates the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities to prepare students of all ages for success in school, career, and life. Specifically, the position develops and leads grants, programs, and special initiatives associated with Arts Education from vision to implementation.

    This Director position is responsible for leading the development and administration of state and federal grants to arts organizations, nonarts organizations, schools, and individuals offering arts education projects; designing and executing arts education events, programs, and initiatives such as the Tennessee Arts & Arts Education Conference, Poetry Out Loud State Contest, Tennessee Arts Education Data Project, and Teaching Artist Roster; and providing technical assistance to organizations, educators, and communities developing arts education programs and projects.

    A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university and significant professional experience in arts education (in a traditional school setting or a nonprofit organization) is desired. A Bachelor’s Degree and three years’ experience in arts education, arts administration, and/or nonprofit management is required. A background in the arts is desired.

    For a complete job description and more information about how to apply, visit the posted position on the State of Tennessee website, click on the External Candidates box on the left, and search Job ID #10737.

    The Tennessee Arts Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

  • 08/14/2020 2:28 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Collections Data Manager, Hampton University Museum


    The Hampton University Museum invites nominations and applications for a Collections Data Manager beginning no later than September 1, 2020.

    Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton.  It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution.  The Hampton University Museum was founded in 1868 and is the oldest African American Museum in the nation and one of the oldest museums in Virginia.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The Hampton University Museum seeks a Collections Data Manager to join a team dedicated to providing full digital access to the African American Art Collection of over 3000 works.

    The Collections Data Manager will be responsible for retrospective cataloguing of the Hampton University Museums Fine Arts Collection in the cataloging system, PAST PERFECT utilizing best practices in the cataloguing of works of art.  Reporting to the Director, and working closely with the Curator of Collections, the Collections Manager, will focus on transcribing a critical mass of information about the Museum’s Fine Art Collection from source documents such as curatorial files, accession records, and Data bases.

    • ·      Perform data “clean-up” as needed.
    • ·      Assist in the implementation of data standards and data entry guidelines.
    • ·      Coordinate with PastPerfect to facilitate the Data Conversion from two Excel Spread Sheets to PastPerfect
    • ·      Organize, compile, and digitize (as needed) source documents relating to individual works of art in the collection.
    • ·      Enter compiled data in collections information management system (PAST PERFECT) adhering to established standards and guidelines.
    • ·      Confer regularly with Museum team to ensure accuracy of information and the use of appropriate authority tools
    • ·      Coordinate with Curatorial Team to work with Student Interns
    • ·      Train Staff on new developments with PastPefect
    • ·      Attend weekly team meetings.


    • Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, museum studies, information sciences, or related discipline. One must have the ability to work independently and efficiently to produce consistent, high quality results over long-term project.  The candidate must also possess a high degree of organization, self-motivation, and great attention to detail is critical; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • The candidate should have an interest in museums, art history, visual culture and show proficiency using multiple operating systems (Windows,) and basic software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photo Shop. Past experience with Excel and PAST PERFECT is essential.
    • The position reports to the Director and the Curator of Collections
    • Schedule: 40 hours per week
    • This position is a 3 year, full-time, grant funded position. No benefits are provided

    How to Apply

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit a Hampton University Application for Employment for faculty, a letter outlining the candidate's experience in the museum field, experience with data entry and museum registration, a resume, and three letters of recommendation on company letterhead. Applications may be submitted electronically to vanessa.thaxton-ward@hamptonu.edu or mailed to:

    Vanessa D. Thaxton-Ward, Ph. D.


    Hampton University Museum

    Hampton, VA  23668

    (757) 727-5508

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

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software