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  • 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.

  • 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

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