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  • 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.

  • 02/21/2019 10:58 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Belle Meade Plantation: Historic Interpreter

    Job Description:

    Belle Meade Plantation is seeking upbeat and outgoing individuals to join our hospitality-oriented team. Interpreters conduct tours of Belle Meade Plantation for diverse audiences. As communications professionals, interpreters are responsible for presenting a variety of tours, programs, and demonstrations to guests by using informal interpretation techniques. Aside from tours, interpreters preform front end ticketing duties, guest orientation, and general office work as needed to support the company goals. A team mentality is a must. No previous museum experience is required.

    Duties/ Responsibilities:

    • ·       Interpreters conduct tours through the house in period attire for guests of all ages in a personable and knowledgeable manner and provide accurate information relevant to the major themes in the site’s history.
    • ·       Interpreters welcome the public, collect tickets, and give general orientational directions to guests pertaining to exhibits and points of interest on site.
    • ·       Must have a customer service attitude and be prepared to interact with large groups of people daily.
    • ·       Interpreters assist in providing security for the site, buildings and collections. They help ensure the safety of guests and respond calmly and professionally to emergencies following institutional guidelines.
    • ·       Must actively participate in training programs and staff meetings to expand knowledge of the site and to strengthen interpretive skills. Interpreters are required to update and modify their tours as new or relevant information becomes available and for changing exhibits.  
    • ·       Interpreters assist with special events and programs, often held on the weekends and evenings.
    • ·       Interpreters lead guided educational tours and programs for school-age groups
    • ·       Will be assigned office work or projects to complete when not giving tours
    • ·       Complete other duties as assigned


    The interpreter must have excellent oral communication skills and demonstrated experience working with the public. Must be articulate, reliable, and have a neat appearance. The interpreter must be able to assimilate information and impart it in an engaging, coherent, and factual manner. Must demonstrate initiative, leadership qualities and flexibility. Public speaking and/ or teaching experience with an interest in history is ideal. Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required. Must be available as scheduled; including weekends and holidays. Belle Meade is open daily from 9am-5pm.

    Please send your resume to info@bellemeadeplantation.com to apply

  • 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


  • 01/18/2019 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

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

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