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  • 06/01/2021 9:10 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Director of Music and Public Programs

    The Director of Music and Public Programs designs and implements a broad range of programs intended to reach visitors of all ages and abilities, including children, families, and adults. With a focus on elevating Cheekwood’s musical offerings, the Director will connect with local musicians, build internal infrastructure, and learn and implement best practices. Cheekwood’s public programs provide unique opportunities for visitors to experience our botanical garden, historic home, and museum of art through activities that enrich, educate, and entertain. Candidate should be creative and highly organized with experience in the music industry and public program planning and logistics.

    Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

    Manages, develops, and oversees all aspects of on-site public programs including, but not limited to:

    Seasonal Festivals: Cheekwood in Bloom, Summertime at Cheekwood, Cheekwood Harvest, Holiday Lights

    Thursday Night Out, including weekly concerts and performing arts events.

    Wellness 360

    Programs enhancing art exhibitions, botanical garden displays and historic initiatives.

    Oversees all musical performances on the grounds, works to cultivate relationships with local musicians and music organizations, and creates sufficient infrastructure within Cheekwood to sustain additional programming.

    Along with Vice President of Education and Director of School and Youth Programs, plans, oversees, and executes the Great Spring Art Hunt, and cultural celebrations with a focus on music and performing arts activities, including but not limited to the African American Cultural Family Celebration, Japanese Moon Viewing, and El Día de los Muertos.

    Works closely with museum, garden, and other education staff to develop and implement public programs, expanding on annual themes, exhibitions, and horticultural seasons.

    Oversees program logistics, planning, and execution, including production, set-up, and tear-down.

    Utilizes Altru software to schedule programs and create customer registration.

    Seeks out community partners, musicians, speakers, etc. to secure participation in public programs.

    Maintains public programs calendar, attendance statistics and evaluation data.

    Provides accurate and timely information for marketing and website information.

    Responsible for managing budget and meeting expense/revenue goals related to public programs.

    Works as event supervisor as needed on weekends and after hours.

    Actively researches opportunities for public programs with a focus on music and the performing arts at Cheekwood. Prepares cost benefit analysis for presentation at internal meetings; analyzes the effectiveness and cost benefit of all programs for annual review; outlines annual goals, schedules, & timelines for all on-site public programs.

    Work Requirements and Qualifications

    Bachelor's Degree in cultural programming, marketing, community education or similar.

    Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

    Minimum of four years’ public program experience at a museum, botanic garden, musical venue, or comparable non-profit organization.

    Self-directed and able to manage multiple projects at once.

    Able to work varied hours and weekends.

    Experience managing support staff.

    Strong analytical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.

    Enjoys working with the public.


    Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign & Photoshop

    Knowledge of the local music community

    Horticultural knowledge a plus.

    First aid training is a plus.

    Please send letter of interest and resume to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

  • 05/26/2021 11:20 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Working Title: Director, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

    Position Summary:

    The University seeks a Director who will secure progress and spur growth. The new director will work with the University Art Collections Committee and the Arts Council, Gallery staff and stakeholders to continue to build upon the Gallery’s mission and implement a strategic plan. This person should be able to fully engage community stakeholders, tap into existing and new resources, and execute their vision.

    The Director of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery will be a part of the Library Administration team and report to the Office of the Provost. The Director helps to create and share the vision for gallery exhibitions, programs, and the collections through frequent discussion with Gallery staff, faculty, students, administrators and donors.

    About the Work Unit:

    Vanderbilt University is a tier one academic research institution, ranked 15th in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report survey. The University’s location in Nashville provides access to a nationally-recognized, vibrant arts community, complete with music, theatre and a thriving museum and gallery scene. Founded in 1928, the University Fine Arts Gallery is housed in a Beaux-Arts historic building designed by McKim, Mead and White. The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection, established in the 1920s, contains over 8,000 objects which demonstrate the broad scope of Eastern and Western art, from antiquity through old master traditions, and continuing through modern and contemporary art practices of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Gallery’s collection is a critical component of the multiple rare and distinctive collections in the areas of medicine, music, literature, world history and culture, political science, and religion housed within the Vanderbilt Libraries.

    The value of cultural heritage materials to immersive and experiential learning is well established at Vanderbilt, and its faculty, among the top in the nation, are active partners in the growth of the collections. With an emphasis on an interdisciplinary, trans-institutional approach to all of its activities, the gallery promotes engagement with the visual arts among students and the greater community and supports the academic enterprise of Vanderbilt University as a whole.

    The Fine Arts Gallery’s mission is to promote engagement with the visual arts among students and the greater community through exhibitions, collections, research, and instruction. With an emphasis on an interdisciplinary, trans-institutional approach to all of its activities, the gallery is committed to supporting the academic enterprise of Vanderbilt University as a whole, while advancing artistic excellence. The gallery and its core collection were established as a tool to support teaching. It has remained such and increasingly has become a trans-institutional resource. Future collecting should be responsive to University teaching, with touch points to and among multiple disciplines that while including the study of art and history of art, should also broaden its scope to reflect its new position within the University. Examples of teaching applications gleaned from a recent faculty survey include such disparate subjects as gender issues, race, religion, nature and the environment, architecture, class issues and sexuality.

    Key Functions and Expected Performance:

     Partners with the University Arts Council and Libraries to shape and further the institutional mission and goals. Maintains and enhances the Gallery as an outstanding cultural destination. Provides curatorial oversight and direction.

     Manages operations of the Gallery, including the supervision of two full-time staff, and indirectly through the gallery registrar/collections manager and curator, student interns and student work-study employees.

     Contributes to the goals and initiatives of the University's art community and broader campus.

     Serves as liaison to all the schools, programs and departments of the University in the area of visual arts, art collections, and exhibitions.

     Ensures the smooth operation of the Gallery and its exhibitions and acquisitions, events and programs.

     Enhances the active growth of the institution through private, corporate and grant funding. Cultivates donors and maintains relationships.

     Prepares and operates within annual and capital budgets.

     Oversees promotion of the Gallery to increase audiences and participation. Oversees publications, website and social media. Provides a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

     Actively engages the community, locally and regionally. Is the face of the Gallery and visible at internal and external events. Creates new partnerships and beneficial collaborations.

     Works closely with the University Art Collections Committee and the Arts Council, providing an innovative approach to the development of the Gallery’s programs and services as a teaching collection for faculty, students, researchers, and the community.

     Provides inspiration, oversight, and project management for all Gallery exhibitions while working closely with Gallery staff.

     Maintains memberships in professional organizations and promotes the Gallery through presentations at academic conference.

     In conjunction with University development and grants departments, leads efforts to initiate, write and submit grants for Gallery initiatives.

    Supervisory Relationships:

    This position has supervisory responsibility over gallery staff, students and interns; the position reports administratively and functionally to the Associate University Librarian.

    Education and Certifications:

     A Master's degree in art history from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary. PhD is preferred.

    Experience and Skills:

     Respect for the impact that cultural heritage materials can have on education is necessary.

     Appreciation of the benefits of collaboration among Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) collections is necessary.

     At least ten years of relevant professional experience in a university museum or gallery, including at least five years in a supervisory capacity are necessary.

     Demonstrated success reporting to and building support of an advisory council is necessary.

     Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with Gallery staff, faculty, students, researchers and in community relations, student engagement and outreach capacities is necessary.

     Strong acumen in management of operations, including the administration, development and oversight of personnel is necessary.

     Broad and deep connections in the art museum world are necessary.

     Demonstrated success in donor relations and other skills and experience related to fund-raising in close tandem with the offices of Development and Alumni Relations are necessary.

     Cultural competence and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are necessary.

     Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are necessary.

     Experience providing instruction to classes and individuals is necessary.

     Experience with methods of scholarly research in art is necessary.

     Knowledge of collection development practices in art and architectural history, art, design, and curatorial studies is necessary.

     Ability to work collaboratively and independently, and to handle multiple priorities is necessary.

     Ability to attend evening and weekend openings, programs and donor events is necessary.

     Potential for satisfying the University Libraries Rank & Promotion requirements is necessary.

     Familiarity with digital humanities is necessary.

     Knowledge of digital technologies, web design and social media; demonstrated ability to learn and use emerging technologies in innovative ways is preferred.

     Positions of leadership in national organizations are preferred.

     Experience planning and leading a strategic plan is preferred.

     A record of assisting with or accomplishing successful fundraising, including soliciting major gifts, overseeing events, and writing grants is preferred.

    Key Characteristics of a Successful Team Member in this Work Unit:

    ACCOUNTABILITY: Owns decisions, outcomes, work products, etc. that are within the scope of one’s role.

    COLLABORATION: Works inclusively to build trust and accomplish tasks, goals, and initiatives. Understands, anticipates, and appropriately responds to internal and/or external customers’ needs.

    COMMUNICATION: Provides information clearly and accurately in various settings, ensuring understanding and participation. Understands how best to present information to different audiences and understands how information may be perceived.

    DRIVE & GRIT: Is focused on professional excellence and strives to facilitate and support the same for colleagues in and outside their team, effectively manages through challenges and opportunities while seeking to understand and learn from professional experiences.

    ENGAGED: Appreciates the values and mission of the organization, works to contribute to the university, and understands how their work affects the university and university community.

    JUDGMENT & PROFESSIONAL ACUMEN: Makes appropriate decisions and evaluates risk and uncertainty to create ideal outcomes, exhibits an eye for the macro and the micro, and works to ensure others are able to do the same.

    COMMITMENT TO CULTURE OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: Supports the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and demonstrates personal dedication through words and actions.

  • 05/18/2021 8:25 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    ETHS Seeks Development Director

    Founded in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS), one of the oldest and most distinguished organizations of its kind in the country, seeks qualified candidates to apply for the position of Development Director. Headquartered in Knoxville, ETHS serves a 35-county region with its mission to preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the East Tennessee region, its people, history, culture, and heritage. It operates the award-winning Museum of East Tennessee History, publishes a scholarly journal and the bi-annual Tennessee Ancestors magazine, sponsors lectures and other public programs, such as the First Families of Tennessee and Civil War Families of Tennessee, and offers a variety of educational programs for schools virtually and in person.

    Job Summary:

    Provide leadership in ETHS’s fundraising and development efforts by managing a portfolio of Annual Giving donors and Leadership Giving Program, as well as membership in the organization. The post holder should be highly creative and an ongoing generator of ideas. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships while encouraging and maintaining existing relationships to help grow ETHS’s visibility, impact, and funding.

    Primary Objectives:


    • Responsible for all fundraising and associated community relations, which currently include annual and corporate appeals, sponsorships, grants, in-kind contributions, and special events
    • Donor cultivation and benefits fulfillment
    • Membership cultivation and benefits fulfillment
    • Stewardship of current donors
    • Management of fundraising events
    • Marketing to create donor awareness of ETHS programs and impact
    • Create materials and appeal letters for development projects
    • Research donor, sponsor, and underwriting prospects for specific programs
    • Design and implement an annual fundraising plan
    • Willingness to undertake associated clerical tasks when appropriate
    • Other duties as assigned

    Core Competencies:

    Essential Skills:

    • Demonstrated ability and experience in fundraising and related marketing
    • Ability to work efficiently in a collaborative setting
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to effectively represent the organization in public
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent fundraising experience
    • Creativity to generate printed and online fundraising support materials
    • Strong analytical skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office software, including Word & Excel
    • Ability to work well with board, committees, staff, and volunteers

    Preferred Skills:

    • General knowledge of Knoxville and East Tennessee region
    • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in non-profit fundraising
    • Appreciation of history to the degree needed to communicate its importance to donors
    • Fundraising experience in either professional or volunteer arena
    • Working knowledge of fundraising software

    Special Job Dimensions:

    • Ability to work in office environment
    • Travel to conferences as required
    • Flexible schedule

    Supervisory Responsibility:

    • Supervise administrative assistants, interns, and volunteers

    Status: Full-time

    Salary Range: $45,000-$55,000, depending on experience


    • Medical, Dental, Life, and Long-Term disability

    o Voluntary benefits available for family members

    • Retirement package (401k)
    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays

    For consideration, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to eths@eastTNhistory.org. If submitted via post, please mail to ETHS, Attn: Stephanie Henry, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN 37901-1629.

    We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, compensation, and other aspects of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or veteran status.

  • 04/06/2021 1:48 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Position/Title: Interpreter (Temporary)

    Department: Education

    Supervisor: Area Supervisor – Interpretive Programs


    Description: Nashville Zoo is seeking an upbeat, positive individual to educate and inform intergenerational audiences about our history, our animals, conservation efforts, and how they can become stewards to the environment.

    Applicants must be available (work week) from May through October.


    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Serve as an on-grounds interpreter at various locations throughout the zoo, including but not limited to: Veterinary Center, Historic Croft Home and Farm, and Animal Contact Exhibits. This includes providing narration during surgical procedures and guided tours of the historic home.

    • Responsible for walking tours, as requested in advance by guests. Some tours may require period-appropriate dress.

    • Participate in interpretation and activities as a part of special events; including but not limited to Boo at the Zoo, Zoolumination, Great Backyard Bird Count, Party for the Planet, World Tiger Day, and World Rhino Day

    • Perform regular cleaning and maintenance of interpretive elements including historic items, furnishings, outbuildings, farm equipment, artifacts, and signs

    • Other duties as assigned


    Job Requirements

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Must be at least 18 years of age

    • High school diploma or GED equivalent


    Required Skills:

    The successful candidate must have:

    • Desire to work with and speak to the general public

    • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills and be able to collaborate effectively with other zoo departments

    • Excellent written and oral communication skills to represent the zoo

    • Ability to work well independently without direct supervision

    • Excellent multitasking and time management ability

    • Ability to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols


    Desired Skills:

    The following skills and experience are desired and are considered a plus: 

    • Degree earned, or working towards, in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Education/Interpretation, Education, or related field

    • Familiarity with technology relevant to use in a zoo education setting

    • Knowledge and experience with live animal education programming

    • Prior experience in an interpreter role


    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to move items up to 25 pounds

    • Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit

    • Ability to move around zoo grounds for extended periods of time


    Employee Requirements:

    Prior to hire, the successful candidate must:

    • Submit to a criminal background check and drug screen

    • Provide proof of a negative TB test as a pre-requisite to handling animals 

    • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license


    Nashville Zoo offers a competitive benefit package. 

     Apply online:  https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=65707&clientkey=AC4F4714184226FB5288AB0BE0259814


  • 03/11/2021 1:54 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The Education Department at Belle Meade is seeking upbeat and outgoing individuals to join our team. Educators conduct age-appropriate tours and hands-on programming for audiences of all ages, from toddlers through grandparents. Sitting at the corner of education, public history, and hospitality, our education team is responsible for leading high quality programming for children and adults, which utilize a variety of teaching methods. A team mentality is a must. Experience working with children or families is preferred, but museum or teaching experience is not required.

    Duties/ Responsibilities:

            Lead and facilitate a variety of family and scout programs

    o   Conduct brief tours across the site for families and children in a personable and knowledgeable manner, providing accurate information relevant to the major themes of the specified program

    o   Facilitate the hands-on activities and crafts associated with the program

            Must exhibit basic knowledge of learning styles and developmental stages for a wide variety of ages and abilities

            Must have a customer service attitude and be prepared to interact with groups of people daily

            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 current education theories

            Complete other duties as assigned


            Must be able to execute programs for children, with an ability to relate to adults as well

            Creativity, flexibility, and organizational skills are essential

            Must be articulate, reliable, and have a neat appearance; must be willing to adhere to a business casual dress code

            Must be able to assimilate information and impart it in a factual, coherent, and engaging manner; excellent oral communication skills are ideal; continued practice in this area is required

            Public speaking or teaching experience with an interest in history is ideal; knowledge of 19th century American history is ideal

            Must be available as scheduled, including weekends and holidays

    To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to education@visitbellemeade.com.

  • 03/09/2021 9:36 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Director, Frank H. McClung Museum

    Regular Full-time, Pay Range MR18

    The Office of the Provost at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for the Jefferson Chapman Executive Director of Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture.

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (UTK) is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling more than 28,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, UTK fulfills its access mission through a commitment to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. McClung Museum has hosted 1.4 million visitors who have enjoyed programs and exhibits. The museum is a nationally significant archaeological, paleoethnobotanical and malacological collections have been sources of myriad theses, dissertations, journal articles and monographs.

    Duties And Responsibilities

    Provide leadership and oversee the operations of the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Specific duties include: primary responsibility for donor and public relations and is responsible for professional practices such as acquisitions, deaccessions, preservation, and research interpretation; provide the vision and personal leadership for institutional growth and development; develop strategies and initiatives to fulfill the museum’s mission “to advance understanding and appreciation of the earth and its peoples through the collection, preservation, study, interpretation and exhibition of objects and data;” insure that the strategic and operational functions of the museum directly support and further the university’s strategic priorities; develop strategies and lead initiatives of the museum and will ensure that collections accord with the highest professional and ethical standards; supervise activities of museum staff (~21) and foster an environment of collaboration, mutual respect, and teamwork while demonstrating a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity as a core value of the museum; responsible for the development, coordination, approval, and execution of policies, methods, and procedures; serve as spokesperson for and advocate of the museum; cultivate donor relationships; strive to enhance the museum’s public image in order to expand engagement and support; and occasional travel to attend professional meetings / conferences, and to meet with prospective donors.



    Primary Location



    Mcclung Museum





    Job Posting

    Mar 1, 2021, 12:00:00 AM

    Required Qualifications

    Master’s degree required in Anthropology, Museum Studies or Public Administration or related field.

    A minimum of ten years’ experience in a progressively responsible role in a museum or related educational/research organization, including 5 years of senior management and leadership experience, and involving managing organizational budget and financial resources, and leading and managing curatorial as well as other museum staff.

    Demonstrated success developing strategies and initiatives for organizational growth and stability; Established record of professional accomplishments; Demonstrated success in fundraising, audience development, and institutional planning; Ability to contribute to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university; Excellent managerial, planning, organizational, and administrative skills; Strong interpersonal and written/oral communication skills; High level of presentation and negotiation skills; Demonstrated problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills; Commitment to maintaining appropriate professional activities in relevant state, national, and other professional organizations; Ability to provide strong leadership, vision, and strategic direction; Ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, and donors; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a broad audience; and occasional travel (to conferences and donor visits).

    Applicants can apply at: https://ut.taleo.net/careersection/ut_system/jobdetail.ftl?job=210000008U&tz=GMT-05:00&tzname=America/New_York

    Direct questions to Kirsten Schroeder, Faculty Affairs Coordinator ( kschroe3@utk.edu ).

    The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

    The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

  • 03/03/2021 11:57 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Belle Meade Historic Site: Historic Interpreter

    Job Description:

    Belle Meade Historic Site is seeking upbeat and outgoing individuals to join our hospitality-oriented team. Interpreters conduct tours of Belle Meade 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 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 Erica Dahlgren at info@visitbellemeade.com to apply.

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