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  • 07/27/2022 8:53 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Position:                    Exhibition Officer/Preparator         

    Location:                   Customs House Museum & Cultural Center                                                   Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

    Job Type:                    Full-Time

    Classification:           Non Exempt                                                                 

    Salary/Hourly:          Salary

    Reports to:                 Curator of Exhibitions                                                                                                            

    Position Overview

    The Exhibition Officer/Preparator works under the Supervision of Curator of Exhibits to facilitate the Museum's changing/temporary and permanent exhibitions, including organizing in-house exhibitions, working with guest curators, transporting artworks and preparing for exhibitions. This may include, but is not limited to, arranging, painting, light construction, and installation. The Exhibition Officer/Preparator should have knowledge and experience in creative design and be willing to tackle "hands-on" functions to make those designs a reality.

    Essential Functions

    1. Production, in collaboration with the Curators, a program of exhibitions which meets the Museum’s exhibition objectives and mission;
    2. Implementation of audio-visual and interactive components of exhibits and public programming;
    3. Rendering of exhibit design, research cost of materials & construction, scheduling of exhibit maintenance and repairs. Supervising and participating in fabrication and installation of exhibits, meeting opening and maintenance deadlines and keeping within budget;
    4. Illustration, set design and artistic interpretation would be highly valued;
    5. Contact with technical & material suppliers and producers;
    6. Design and production of graphic elements of exhibits, including signage and labels;
    7. Translating curatorial and educational staff ideas into permanent, temporary or traveling exhibition through renderings, drawings, models, lighting and arrangement of exhibit materials;
    8. Working with the Curators to integrate and implement technical systems and media operations and to update all warranty requirements;
    9. Dealing with outside contractors and providers of services as required for exhibition production;
    10. Preparation, installation and removal of all objects and materials in displays;
    11. Preparation and packing of traveling exhibitions;
    12. Maintenance and operation of all permanent and temporary exhibitions, including audio-visual and computer-driven components of exhibits and shows;
    13. Maintenance of lighting systems in exhibits and shows;
    14. Developing and testing new display techniques for security and conservation;
    15. The public image of the Museum;
    16. Knowledge of the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and mission;
    17. Other duties as required by the Executive Director.

    This job description is not designed to cover or contain all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

    Competencies

    1. Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgement
    2. Knowledge of computer drafting/CAD programs;
    3. Experience and proven ability in exhibition design and development, preferably in a museum or cultural attraction;
    4. Experience in project management, exhibit fabrication, related construction work in carpentry, metalwork and plastic forming;
    5. Demonstrated ability in the use of audio-visual and interactive techniques;
    6. Knowledge of museum’s collections, nature of the materials to be displayed and standard conservation and security practices;
    7. Knowledge of lighting systems and applications.

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

    1.      Working at desk and utilizing a computer for prolonged periods of time;

    2.      Periodic standing, walking, bending, climbing, and stooping, and the ability to lift 20 pounds;

    3.      Good hearing and vision

    4.      Good eye/hand coordination.

    Education and Experience

    Graduation from secondary education. College degree preferred or two years in field

    Schedule

    This is a full-time at-will position, and primary days and hours of work at a minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday thru Friday. The position occasionally requires longer hours and/or weekend work. 

    Travel

    This position may require overnight travel. Valid Driver’s license required.

    Starting Salary  $32,000         Pay periods are semi-monthly on the 15th and last day of  each month.

    Benefits

    The Museum offers all full-time employees paid health insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Insurance benefits are also available for, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short-term disability/accidents and SIMPLE IRA participation.  Potential for professional development opportunities.

    Send pdf resume and references to   terri@customshousemuseum.org

    All new or vacant positions at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum, d.b.a. the Customs house Museum & Cultural Center will be filled by the selection of only fully qualified applicants, regardless of race color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability who meet the job related criterial of the job description. All potential employees will undergo a background check, and must provide proof of being able to legally work in the U.S. Employees who have cause to drive their own vehicle and/or Museum vehicle for approved Museum business must have a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.


  • 06/23/2022 9:44 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The James K. Polk Home and Museum is hiring a Curator of History to work 25-30 hours a week. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for the care of the collections. In addition, the position will assist with temporary exhibits, research and interpretation of the site.

    This position offers a flexible schedule and some ability to work from home. Candidates should have a Bachelors degree in museum studies, history, or a similar field. Candidates with a Masters, or some coursework in a graduate program will be given priority.

    Job Type: Part-time

    Pay: $20,000.00 - $25,000.00 per year

    Benefits:

    • Flexible schedule
    • Paid time off

    Schedule:

    • Self-determined schedule

    Ability to commute/relocate:

    • Columbia, TN 38401: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

    Education:

    • Bachelor's (Required)

    Experience:

    • museum: 1 year (Required)

    Work Location: One location

    Apply online: https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?t=curator&jk=f57e648d19f2546c&_ga=2.174991969.2128555491.1656017409-1166774035.1646752535

  • 06/23/2022 9:40 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    POSITION: Executive Director 

    Historic Ramsey House (HRH), located near Knoxville, Tennessee, is seeking an executive director. Built in 1797 for Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey, HRH was once called the “finest home in Tennessee” and boasts architectural features uncommon on the East Tennessee frontier. Today, over 100 acres of original farmland are preserved, providing a unique backdrop to interpret the Ramseys, a family who greatly impacted the civic, educational, and cultural landscape of Knoxville and her Volunteer State. 

    HRH is a chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities. Additional information about HRH is available at http://www.ramseyhouse.org

    The executive director reports to the president of the HRH Board of Directors and is responsible for all aspects of operations which include but are not limited to: communication with the board and its committees; management of the site, staff, and volunteers; historic interpretation and public programming; special event planning and management; budget development and monitoring; membership and donor development; collections care and management; and marketing, publicity, and community relations. 

    Experience with non-profit management is preferred, as is a strong background in public history and familiarity with Tennessee history and/or living history. The successful applicant will also be creative, energetic, self-directed, an adept planner, deadline-oriented, and comfortable representing HRH in various public settings. Required proficiencies include Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, CMS editors, and social media platforms. 

    A master’s degree in history, public history, or museum studies is preferred; however, the search committee will consider applicants with relevant experience. 

    Starting salary range is $30,000-$35,000 annually. 40 hours/week; exempt. 

    TO APPLY: 

    Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a recent writing sample to ramseyhousepresident@gmail.com. 

    Deadline for consideration is Friday, July 8, 2022. However, interviews will begin immediately upon receipt of a qualified applicant. No calls please.



  • 06/16/2022 7:43 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    You must go online to tn.gov/careers, click the Apply Here tab, External candidates  and search "museum" for this listing to come up.  Apply online through a link on the site posting.


    Job Information

    State of Tennessee Job Information
    Opening Date/Time Thur 06/09/2022 12:00AM Central Time
    Closing Date/Time Wed 06/22/2022 11:59PM Central Time
    Salary (Monthly) $3,206.00
    Salary (Annually) $38,472.00
    Job Type Full-Time
    City, State Location Nashville, TN
    Department Agriculture

     

    LOCATION OF (1) POSITION TO BE FILLED: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ADMINISTRATION DIVISION, DAVIDSON COUNTY

     

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree and experience equivalent to three years in one or a combination of the following: professional or paraprofessional museum work, including assignments related to historical sites; the maintenance of library collections; or professional experience involved in the instruction or research in art, history, or museum science.

     

    Substitution of Education for Experience: Graduate coursework credit received from an accredited college or university in education, museum science, library science, history, art, archaeology, and/or anthropology may substitute for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of two years (e.g., 36 graduate quarter hours in one or a combination of the above listed fields may substitute for one year of the required experience).

    Substitution of Experience for EducationFive years of experience as a Museum Curatorial Assistant with the State of Tennessee.

    Other Requirements

    Necessary Special Qualifications:

    1. Complete a background clearance application which includes releasing all records involving any criminal history.
    2. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required.

    Examination Method: Education and Experience,100%, for Preferred Service positions.

    Job Overview

    Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for professional museum curatorial work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.

     

    Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class is responsible for researching subjects for exhibits and for the care of a collection. This class differs from that of Museum Assistant Chief Per Specialty in that an incumbent of the latter supervises incumbents in this class. This class differs from that of Museum Curatorial Assistant in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for assisting curators and is supervised by incumbents in this class.

    Work Activities

    Analyzing Data or Information:

    1. Plans exhibits, publications, and other types of programs on general topics by identifying relevant intellectual themes to be communicated to the general public or specific audiences and selecting artifacts and images that will facilitate understanding of these ideas.

    Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:

    1. Writes justifications for artifacts acquisitions that clearly convey why items are appropriate for the museum collections.
    2. Writes exhibit labels that communicate effectively with museum visitors.
    3. Writes other types of texts for a variety of museum publications.
    4. Writes narratives and other documents for grant proposals and reports.

    Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:

    1. Acquires artifacts for the museum's collections in accordance with standards set forth in the Collections Department Manual.
    2. Adheres to ethical standards set forth in the Collections Department Manual and other state publications in performance of job duties such as interactions with donors, vendors, museum employees and volunteers, other state officials, and representatives of other institutions.

    Getting Information:

    1. Performs research about artifacts for purposes of evaluating potential acquisitions, cataloging, exhibit, development, program development, or writing.
    2. Performs research about topics concerning Tennessee history, art, and culture as appropriate for museum projects.
    3. Performs research on matters concerning the preservation and conservation of museum artifacts.

    Handling and Moving Objects:

    1. Handles and moves different types of artifacts within the museum according to appropriate museum practices and exercising good judgment to ensure the safety of artifacts and personnel performs research about topics concerning Tennessee history, art, and culture as appropriate for museum projects.
    2. Stores artifacts according to appropriate museum practices using archival packing materials.
    3. Handles and moves a variety of exhibit furniture and casework, related to both in-house and traveling exhibits.
    4. Transports artifacts to locations outside of the facility according to museum standards for safety and security.

    Interacting With Computers:

    1. Performs routine office work, such as email and word processing using computers.
    2. Uses museum collections database program, including activities such as creating artifacts records, entering data for catalog records, using the database to perform research for exhibits, and generating basic reports such as shelf lists.
    3. Uses a variety of state systems such as Edison to submit travel and expense claims and other information.

    Thinking Creatively:

    1. Proposes ideas for new exhibits, publications, and other types of programs and performs routine office work, such as email and word processing using computers.
    2. Consults with other museum staff members on designs for exhibits and publications.
    3. Develops and gives presentations for the general public and community groups on a variety of topics.

    Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:

    1. Identifies and describes physical characteristics of artifacts, such as condition, materials, etc.
    2. Identifies and describes physical characteristics of artifacts such as relations to historical events and time periods, artistic movements, material culture styles, etc.

    Documenting/Recording Information:

    1. Documents museum artifacts through cataloging, photographing, condition reporting, and other methods.
    2. Reports on work activities as instructed through the creation of reports to be submitted to supervisor.

    Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:

    1. Accomplishes tasks according to departmental and institutional priorities.
    2. Performs both ongoing recurring activities such as artifact cataloging and episodic tasks such as installing artifacts in an exhibit or collecting artifacts for a donation.
    3. Recommends artifacts for conservation treatment, prioritizing requests according to urgency of problem, plans for display of artifacts, etc., and prepares appropriate related paperwork.

    Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:

    1. Answers inquiries from other persons within state government concerning the museum's collections, technical museum issues, and Tennessee history and art.
    2. Answers inquiries from individuals at other institutions concerning technical museum questions and items in museum collections.
    3. Assists with the evaluation of and completion of potential artifact loans to other institutions, with prior approval of the Director of Collections Department or Museum Director.
    4. Requests loans of museum artifacts from other institutions for use in Tennessee State Museum exhibits, with prior approval of the Director of Collections Department or Museum Director.

    Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:

    1. Responds to inquiries from the public concerning museum artifacts and other questions.
    2. Presents a variety of programs for museum visitors and community groups.

    Competencies (KSA'S)

    Competencies:

    1. Creativity
    2. Functional/Technical Competency
    3. Decision Quality
    4. Intellectual Horsepower
    5. Learning on the fly
    6. Perspective
    7. Problem Solving
    8. Written Communications
    9. Integrity and Trust
    10. Patience
    Knowledge:
    1. Clerical
    2. Fine Arts
    3. History and Archeology
    4. Geography
    5. Geology
    Skills:
    1. Active Learning
    2. Critical Thinking
    3. Speaking
    4. Writing
    5. Complex Problem Solving
    6. Judgment and Decision Making
    7. Time Management
    Abilities:
    1. Deductive Reasoning
    2. Inductive Reasoning
    3. Oral Expression
    4. Originality
    5. Problem Sensitivity
    6. Written Expression
    7. Static Strength

    Tools and Equipment Used

    1. Personal Computer
    2. Telephone
    3. Fax Machine
    4. Printer

    TN Driver Standards

    State of Tennessee positions that may involve driving responsibilities require candidates to meet the following minimum driver qualifications:

    • A valid driver's license
    • For the past five years, the candidate's driver record must not have record of the following violations: driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, license suspension for moving violations, more than 4 moving violations.

    Please include your Driver's License Information under the Licenses and Certifications section of your application.

    **Agencies may allow an exception based on other factors.


  • 06/13/2022 10:14 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    Director of Collections & Exhibitions

    Reports to: Executive Director Status: Full time, Non-Exempt Supervises: Collections & Exhibitions Manager, Preparator

    Mission and Description of the Metal Museum

    The Metal Museum is the only museum of its kind in the country dedicated to preserving, promoting, and advancing the art and craft of fine metalwork. The Museum engages the metals community and the surrounding region through exhibitions, collections, studio practice, and community education and engagement. The permanent collection and exhibition program reflect a wide range and mixture of metalsmithing, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, hollowware, jewelry and architectural elements. With its unique focus on artwork and fine crafts made in metal, the Metal Museum helps initiate and promote dialogue and understanding of the field and its relevance in our modern culture.

    Purpose

    To supervise the documentation and preservation of the Museum’s intellectual and physical collections, library holdings, and archives through routine registration duties and development and management of collections and special projects. To supervise the presentation of artwork on loan to the Museum from other institutions and private collectors and in the Museum’s collections through in-house temporary exhibitions, outside travelling exhibitions, and permanent collection exhibitions.

    Essential Functions and Responsibilities

    Administration/Project Management:

     Create and implement Museum policies, procedures, and best practices encompassing acquisitions, loans, deaccessions, exhibitions, storage, packing and shipping, security of artwork in transit, fine art insurance administration, and risk management.

     Develop and submit annual collections and exhibitions budget for approval and manage allocated budget throughout fiscal year.

     Develop 5-year strategic plan for the department and oversee long-term projects to improve Museum’s collections and exhibitions.

     Update facility report, collections policy and plan, and other related documents as needed.  Schedule tasks for collections and exhibitions projects in Microsoft Teams and Planner and organize department documents and images in Microsoft SharePoint.

     Hire, train, and manage Collections & Exhibitions Manager, Preparator, interns, and volunteers, as well as cross train other Museum staff, interns, and volunteers when necessary.

     Oversee and coordinate in-person and virtual collections and exhibition programming, including receptions, lectures, and gallery talks.

     Coordinate and facilitate Museum meetings regarding the Curatorial Department and committees of the Museum Board of Trustees, including the Collections Committee and Master Metalsmith Selection Committee. Prepare meeting agendas and department board reports.

     Cultivate relationships with artists, collectors, donors, and other key stakeholders.

     Apply for regional and national awards as they apply to collections and exhibitions.  In collaboration with the Marketing Department, approve and provide content as needed for collections and exhibitions-related social media and blog posts.

     Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of the position.

    Collections/Registration:

     Refine and expand the Permanent Collection in accordance with the collections development plan and collections policy, including seeking out new acquisitions and proposing and conducting deaccessions.  Work directly with collections donors on the acquisition of new works for the collections, including researching proposed acquisitions and artists, presenting these artworks to the Collections Committee, and coordinating acquisition paperwork and shipments.

     Oversee PastPerfect 5.0 database, including establishing data entry protocols, reviewing records, and managing the online catalog with assistance from Collections & Exhibitions Manager.  Coordinate photography of Museum collections, research requests, and image rights & reproduction requests.

     Manage environmental data and pest management with assistance from Preparator.

    Exhibitions/Curatorial:

     Manage the Museum’s temporary exhibition schedule of fine metalwork (~6 rotating exhibitions per year), including selecting exhibition themes, writing proposals for in-house exhibitions, and identifying guest curators and artist collaborators. Typical exhibitions include:

    o The Master Metalsmith (1 annual) and Tributaries (2-3 per year) exhibition series, o outside traveling group exhibitions (~1 each year), and

    o in-house temporary group exhibitions (~1 each year).

     Oversee exhibition layouts and designs and advise on display requirements for artworks with assistance from Preparator.

     Oversee, schedule, and proof all exhibition print materials (catalogs, gallery guides, postcards, didactics, etc.). Coordinate tasks and deadlines with content and design contractors and collaborators and provide Museum-required content as needed.

     Assist with exhibition installation and deinstallation, including gallery and furniture cleaning, painting, lighting, and didactic installation.

     In coordination with the Education Department, develop interactive displays and activities for exhibitions.  Oversee updates and maintenance of all permanent exhibitions, including the New Acquisitions and Visible Storage Galleries, Beauty in the Boundary exhibit, and the Sculpture Garden with assistance from Collections & Exhibitions Manager and Preparator.

    Qualifications & Qualities of the Ideal Candidate

     An MA in Art History, Museum Studies, Library and Information Science, or a related field is required. Minimum 3 years of experience with collections and exhibitions work in a museum preferred. Will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

     Genuine interest in museums, metalworking, and visual arts strongly desired.

     Enjoys networking with other individuals in the field to identify new and established talent.  Ability to work with a diverse array of people, including Museum guests, supporters, clients, vendors, volunteers, and staff, in both large and small groups

    Skills and Technical Competencies

     Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, and Adobe Acrobat Pro. Previous collections database experience is required.

     Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently as well as part of a team.  Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both written and verbal.

     Detail oriented and strong organization skills.

     Able to take initiative and anticipate actions that are needed.

     Ability to multi-task and conceptualize steps involved in implementing projects.

    Hours, Compensation, and Benefits

    The work week for this position is Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 5:00PM, with rotating Sundays every four weeks. Additional hours (nights and weekends) may be required. All full-time staff are expected to be available to assist with Museum events. All Museum staff must be available the week of Repair Days, which is held annually in the fall.

    The salary range is $45,000 - $60,000. Salary is contingent on experience and ability. Benefits include health insurance and a 3% Simple IRA employer match after 2 years of employment.

    To Apply

    Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Carissa Hussong, Executive Director, at carissa@metalmuseum.org. Please, no phone calls.

    The Metal Museum is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We strongly encourage LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply.


  • 04/25/2022 7:25 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Conservator/Objects Conservator

    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.

    Reports to: Director of Exhibits & Collections

    Responsibilities:

    The conservator will manage, preserve, treat, and document the artifacts, specimens, and art in the museum’s extensive natural science and cultural history collection. In partnership with the collections and exhibits staff, the conservator will coordinate exhibit installations, assist with design, construct displays, dioramas, display cases, and models, and ensure the availability of necessary materials. The conservator is a vital member of the museum’s Exhibits & Collections staff and will direct and supervise curatorial and technical staff in the handling, mounting, care, and storage of artifacts. The successful candidate will possess a high level of professionalism and work collaboratively with colleagues and staff. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.

    Qualities:

    Manage, preserve, treat, and document the artifacts, specimens, and art in the museum’s collection.

    Document findings and treats items to minimize deterioration or restore them to their original state.

    Coordinate exhibit installations, assisting with the design and construction of displays.

    Work with storage mounts and work with exhibit mount makers.

    Ensure the useful life of the artifacts and specimens through monitoring and regulating environmental conditions in the galleries and storage areas.

    Determine whether objects need repair and choose the safest and most effective repair method.

    Create and maintain condition reports and conservation reports. Reports to Director of Exhibits and Collections when restoration problems require outside experts.

    Prepare artifacts for storage and shipping.

    Supervise and work with volunteers and interns.

    Recommend preservation procedures, such as temperature and humidity control, to curatorial and building staff.

    Oversee housekeeping and pest and environmental monitoring at MoSH properties.

    Develop and recommend a Disaster Response plan for collections and direct staff if the plan is activated.

    Study object documentation or conduct standard chemical and physical tests to ascertain the object's age, composition, original appearance, need for treatment or restoration, and appropriate preservation method.

    Physically capable of lifting and carrying heavy objects.

    Project management skills, including working independently and in collaboration with other MoSH staff and outside vendors.

    Proven ability to work as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.

    Interest in developing diversity initiatives focused on working with historically underrepresented populations.

    Range of Experience:

    Master’s degree in conservation or closely related field

    Preferred three or more years of experience in a conservation role, along with expertise in artifact handling, preferably in a museum context

    Expertise in a wide range of organic and inorganic materials

    Knowledge of regional archaeology, biology, and history

    Compensation

    Compensation is commensurate with experience and abilities. The Museum offers a full range of benefits, including health care, vacation, sick leave, 401k, and death and disability insurance. The Museum also offers life, dental and vision insurance. Salary Range $50,000-60,000.

    To Apply

    Submit one document with a 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 the position is filled. MoSH values diversity throughout our museum. In order to tell authentic, holistic stories of our region’s history, culture, and science, MoSH strives to create a diverse workforce to support our collections, exhibits, and programming. MoSH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

    More information about MoSH can be found on our website at www.moshmemphis.com.


  • 04/25/2022 7:23 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Curator of Natural Science  

    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. 


    Reports to: Director of Exhibits & Collections

    Responsibilities:

    The Natural Science Curator will expand the museum’s extensive natural science holdings and provide all aspects of research, exhibitions, and program development.  The Curator of Natural Science will have the intellectual vision and practical skills necessary to present, interpret and build a vibrant collection of natural history specimens to be utilized in thought-provoking exhibitions.  In collaboration with the collections and exhibits staff, the curator will assist in digitizing MoSH’s geological, paleontological, and biological specimens, including classifying, describing, and photographing the specimens and uploading these records to the Museum’s open collection web module. The Curator of Natural Science is a key member of the curatorial team and will be instrumental in working with the Exhibits and Collections Department in the long-term strategic redesign of the natural history exhibits at MoSH, focusing on our geographic region, researching and writing the texts for graphic panels. The curator will be responsible for the acquisitions of specimens to re-design the exhibits.  The successful candidate will possess a high level of professionalism and collaboration, a positive demeanor, and the ability to learn new skills quickly. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position. 

     

    Qualities 

    • Experience in preserving natural science objects and specimens, curation of exhibits, and participation in exhibit design.  

    • Experience in collaborating interdepartmentally in conservation, education, and exhibit design.   

    • Proven ability to work as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public. 

    • Knowledge of effective methods to present specimens in a manner that can be interpreted by casual visitors as well as subject matter experts.  

    • Interest in developing diversity initiatives focused on working with historically underrepresented populations. 

    • Experience working with collections and familiarity with collections management databases such as PastPerfect or Proficio. 

    • Ability to provide clear, concise descriptions of specimens and exhibits to maintain and enhance website content.  

    • Ability to supervise interns.  

    • Ability to initiate plans for potential new research topics as the strategic redesign of exhibits progresses.  

    • Thorough knowledge of natural history with specific expertise in the surrounding region.  


    Range of Experience 

    • M.A. in paleontology, geology, botany, zoology, biology, or related field, or a Master’s degree in museum studies with a combination of Bachelor of Arts in a natural science field; or a combination of education and work experience (B.A. in natural science field and minimum of 2 years of curatorial experience). 

    • 2-5 years of progressive responsibility in a museum setting preferred. 

    • Excellent communication skills are needed to provide written information on the natural science collections/exhibits to develop the Museum’s online collection platform.  

    • Experience with collections management databases such as Proficio or Past Perfect is preferred.  

     

    Compensation 

    Compensation is commensurate with experience and abilities.  The Museum offers a full range of benefits, including health care, vacation, sick leave, 401k, and death and disability insurance. The Museum also offers life, dental and vision insurance. Salary Range $40,000 - 50,000

    To Apply 

    Submit one document with a 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 the position is filled. MoSH values diversity throughout our museum.  In order to tell authentic, holistic stories of our region’s history, culture, and science, MoSH strives to create a diverse workforce to support our collections, exhibits, and programming.  MoSH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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

    More information about MoSH can be found on our website at www.moshmemphis.com


  • 04/25/2022 7:20 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Preparator

    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.

    Reports to: Director of Exhibits and Collections

    Responsibilities:

    The Preparator at MoSH will plan, design, and construct permanent and temporary museum exhibits and displays. In collaboration with the Exhibits and Collections staff, the preparator will develop exhibit floor plans for installing and de-installing permanent and temporary exhibits. The preparator will work closely with curators, registrars, conservator, and other museum staff to produce high-quality exhibitions. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to work as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees and vendors. The successful candidate will possess a high level of professionalism, be able to work collaboratively, and have a positive demeanor. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.

    Qualities:

    Draft CAD layouts of proposed exhibits and drawings/models of components, including cases, platforms, scale models, and artifact/specimen mounts. Prepare final drawings and diagram

    Construct and install exhibits

    Devise and produce mechanical and electrical components for exhibits

    Maintain and manage the workshop, offsite warehouse, tools, supply inventory and ensure regulatory standards are met.

    Fabricate exhibit components from wood, metal, glass, and plastics using a variety of power tools and machines

    Coordinate and manage outside vendors

    Licensed to drive a forklift (or willing to acquire licensure) and ability to operate a manual pallet jack and scissor lift

    Capable of operating heavy machinery and managing the installation of large and/or heavy objects

    Partner with the Collections Manager/Registrar to coordinate shipping and receiving of artifacts and exhibits, utilizing safe artifact handling, storage, packing, and transport techniques.

    Contribute to design planning and creation of exhibits, including mat-cutting and framing, text/graphics, signage, labels, wall/structure construction and painting, lighting, cases, and/or display fixtures and mounts

    Supervise temporary art handling contractors, as required

    Maintain inventory control of exhibit elements and traveling exhibition furniture and shipping cases

    Recommend approved products, devices, strategies for optimum exhibit and building aesthetics

    Serve as a contributing member of the Exhibits & Collections department staff for conceptualization, planning and evaluation of exhibits

    Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

    Occasionally may work with facilities staff to provide support for other maintenance as needed

    Assist building maintenance staff on exhibit related repairs and maintenance, as needed

    Range of Experience:

    Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of progressively responsible experience directly related to the essential job functions.

    Knowledge and relationship with appropriate suppliers, sources for qualified labor assistance, standard tools, practices and methods used for painting, finish carpentry, use and application of fabrics, plastics, mechanical fasteners, and adhesives

    Knowledge of the design and construction of museum exhibitions

    Experience designing crates to transport artifacts, handling sensitive work, and knowledge of museum standards

    Ability to perform work utilizing safe work practices, consistent with Museum policies and procedures and OSHA standards

    Ability to climb ladders, handle power tools, exercise good judgment, be decisive

    Excellent construction skills & project management skills

    Knowledge of art handling procedures for two-and three-dimensional art objects in a variety of materials, sizes, and weights, including the rigging and movement of art; mount-making principles, and lighting concepts.

    Ability to work in a team environment, provide tangible solutions, explain, and carry out methods and procedures

    Demonstrate commitment and flexibility in order to achieve high-quality service

    Excellent organization skills, detail-oriented, trustworthy, reliable

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

    May require work on weekends, nights, and holidays for museum wide events or time-sensitive projects.

    TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:

    Requires ability to lift and carry furniture, fixtures, exhibits, boxes, etc. weighing up to 60 Lbs

    Operates at heights, using ladders or hydraulic lift

    Bending, stooping, kneeling, standing, and walking

    Operates in a standard shop environment which includes exposure to nuisance dust levels, paints and adhesives and mechanical/low voltage electrical hazards associated with essential duties

    Compensation

    Compensation is commensurate with experience and abilities. The Museum offers a full range of benefits, including health care, vacation, sick leave, 401k, and death and disability insurance. The Museum also offers life, dental and vision insurance. Salary Range $40,000-50,000

    To Apply

    Submit one document with a 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 the position is filled. MoSH values diversity throughout our museum. In order to tell authentic, holistic stories of our region’s history, culture, and science, MoSH strives to create a diverse workforce to support our collections, exhibits, and programming. MoSH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

    More information about MoSH can be found on our website at www.moshmemphis.com.


  • 03/30/2022 1:06 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The National Museum of African American Music is seeking an experienced Curator to join our team.The Curator will oversee the museum’s curatorial, collections, exhibitions and interpretive programs for the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM). Specifically, this position will serve as primary curator for the permanent exhibit, and to work on building and managing the museum’s collection of artifacts. This job requires working collaboratively with a museum team, good attention to detail, and an ability to appropriately interpret NMAAM’s mission. Supervises the training of interns and volunteers as needed. 

    Salary Range: $60,000 to $70,000


    The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and celebrating the accomplishments of the many genres created, influenced, or inspired by African Americans. The Museum will share the story of the American Soundtrack, integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present.  


    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Coordinates audience research for the permanent and temporary exhibitions. 

    • Coordinates the interpretive program with the Director of Education and Programs. 

    • Develops a sustained research program on African American music that leads to a greater understanding of various genres, scholarly publications, and future permanent and traveling exhibitions. 

    • May serve as the liaison with the Board’s Curatorial Committee and supports the work of the Committee.

    • Serves as member of the museum’s senior staff; works on strategic planning and contributes to museum development as required. 

    • The Curator will work with scholars to complete key messages of the exhibition, identify/secure objects to be used in the exhibition, and manage/care for all aspects of the collections including identifying and cataloging objects, performing research and registry duties, and supervising future staff in the curatorial department. 

    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    Required Qualifications:

    • Minimum of three years, preferably five years, as a curator

    • Terminal degree in an academic music discipline (ethnomusicology preferred) 

    • Experience in planning and in developing permanent and temporary exhibitions 

    • Progressive record of scholarship and publications

    • Research and registry management 

    • Development of collection policies and procedures


    Preferred:

    • Preference given to candidate working on developing museums, exhibitions and collections

    • Extensive use and working knowledge of digital or technological applications in museum work preferred

    • Working knowledge of all aspects of museum curatorial work

    • Travel 10 – 20%

    • Strong understanding of nonprofit organizations and familiarity with community issues

    • Experience in supporting and communicating with CEO and/or Board of Directors


    Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

    • Supports the mission, vision and strategic goals of NMAAM to serve both internal and external customers.

    • Conducts self in a professional manner; maintains appropriate professional appearance.

    • Follows and supports policies and procedures of NMAAM.

    • Evaluates own performance and assumes responsibility for professional development.

    • Participates as a team member utilizing a collaborative style to achieve mutual goals.

    • Provides proactive, creative cross-functional thinking and ideas to enhance service to customers.

    • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with others; maintains confidentiality.

    • Participates in meetings or events as needed.

    • Accuracy and attention to detail.

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

    • Interpersonal, organizational, time management and leadership skills.

    • Creativity and self-initiative.

    • An ongoing commitment to training in both areas of soft and technical skills to maintain current skills and knowledge.

    • Proven computer and software use skills, especially MS Office.

    • Ability to gain the confidence and respect of donors, board members, and staff.

    • Experience in handling confidential information and maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.


    All Staff Duties:

    • Serves as leader to assure strong communications between NMAAM and all external constituents.

    • Actively seeks to learn the history of NMAAM.

    • Supports and promotes the museum’s mission.

    • Assist in the planning and implementation of special events.

    • Attend staff meetings.

    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    To apply, please follow this link:  NMAAM Curator

    NMAAM is an equal opportunity employer.



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