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AASLH / Senior Manager, Professional Development

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.


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.

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

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