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  • 08/13/2020 8:22 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)
    Job Details
    Agency: Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH)
    Office: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
    Date Posted: 08/11/2020
    Posting Expires: 08/28/2020
    The Curator is responsible for developing and managing museum collections and exhibit programs, as well as assisting the supervisor in administering museum activities. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
    Typical Functions
    Acquires museum items, by purchase or acceptance of donations, to develop and ensure collection growth in the museum, archives, and library. Researches and writes history and descriptions of collection items, to properly illustrate displays, and catalogs items. Develops and implements a conservation program, to preserve the collections, and monitors the maintenance and storage of exhibits. Selects and develops museum exhibitions and directs and coordinates exhibit activities. Analyzes and recommends museum needs to supervisor and participates in policy and procedure development. Reviews financial information to project needs, prepares budget for supervisor’s approval, and monitors expenditures. Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.
    Special Job Dimensions
    Occasional in-state and weekend travel is required.
    Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and human resources. Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures. Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods, including alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. Ability to develop specific goals and plans to preserve and organize museum collections. Ability to effectively communicate in verbal and written formats.
    Minimum Education and/or Experience
    The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in history, anthropology, art history or related field; plus two years of experience in research and authentication of historic items, creation of historic exhibits and displays or a related field.
    Preferred Qualifications
    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
    Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
    Agency Specific Information

    This is a full time position with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks Heritage and Tourism in Little Rock. This position has a salary of $40,340 per year, and offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health and life insurance and retirement. For more information about us please visit us at 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock or on the web at www.mosaictemplarscenter.com and www.arkansasheritage.com

    Job Duties:
    • Accessions and catalogs artifacts according to best museum practices as set forth in the agency policy manual.
    • Prepares and cares for historical items. Responsible for appropriate handling and care of artifacts used in exhibits. Stays updated on modern conservation techniques and methods and archival mounting techniques. Consults with agency director on the possible effects of specific environmental conditions on artifacts in exhibits.
    • Coordinates and leads exhibit installation including but not limited to writing exhibition text.
    • Stores, transports, and handles artifacts.
    • Maintains all files associated with the collection.
    • Photographs artifacts for documentary and insurance purposes.
    • Produces quarterly insurance reports, general facility reports, and other relevant reports, as needed.
    • Conducts annual inventory of all collections.
    • Leads the planning, development, and implementation of temporary and permanent exhibitions including working with external vendors and museum sites
    • Acts as a resource on African American history in Arkansas including answering reference inquiries, consulting with donors, assisting with grant writing, and serving on statewide committees
    • Performs Other Duties as Assigned.

    Required Qualifications:
    The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in history, anthropology, art history or related field; plus two years of experience in research and authentication of historic items, creation of historic exhibits and displays or a related field.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in history, African American history, art history or related field; plus two years’ experience in research and authentication of historic items, creation of historic exhibits and displays or related field OR the formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in history, public history, archives, library science, museology or related field; substantial experience in conducting research on topics of African American history; experience with designing and implementing exhibitions.

    Special Requirements:
    • Occasional work other than normal office hours including evenings and weekends.
    • Occasional in-state and/or out-of state travel for research and workshops may be required.
    • Valid Arkansas drivers license.
    • A pre-employment criminal background check is required.
    • Position is subject to drug screening.

    This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health and life insurance and retirement.

    The Work History section of the application must be completed in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

    Thank you for your interest.

    Follow this link to apply:


    Job Details
    Position No.: 22134010
    Class Code: P016C
    Grade: GS07
    Salary Range: $40,340.00 - $58,493.00 per year
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    Job Type: Full Time
    Location Information
    Job City: Little Rock
    Job County/Region: Pulaski

  • 08/11/2020 12:05 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Job Description:

    The Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University offers one paid 24-month Term Assistant Curator For Folk Art Luce Foundation Fellowship (TAC for Folk Art), which begins in September 2020 or as soon as position is filled. The TAC for Folk Art will direct a Folk Art Digitization Project that will document and digitize the Folk Art Collection. Featuring approximately 750 works from the 1780s to the present, this Collection represents a broad range of Kentucky artistic and craft traditions. The TAC will also supervise the work of the WKU Folk Studies graduate student hired to assist with documentation and digitization efforts. The TAC for Folk Art will also support the work of the Term Assistant Curator for the Quilt Collection hired as part of this grant-funded project. They will also evaluate the Folk Art Collection for its compliance with the Museum's Collection Plan and make recommendations for possible acquisitions/areas to emphasize.

    Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:

    * Experience in a university museum a plus.

    * Previous experience using collection management software a plus.

    * Knowledge of Photoshop or similar photo editing software a plus.

    * Previous supervisory experience a plus.

    * Excellent artifact research skills.

    * Excellent written and verbal skills.

    * Excellent interpersonal skills.

    * Excellent organizational and planning skills including the ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently.

    * Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

    Reports to the Kentucky Museum Registrar/Collections Curator.


    * Master's Degree or higher in Museum Studies, Folklore, Art History or related field.

    * Experience with museum artifact collections.

    * Demonstrated interest and/or experience in American Folk Art.

    * Basic photography skills.

    * Technical proficiency with personal computers and Microsoft Office suite.

    * Must be able to climb ladders and lift up to 20 pounds.

    For the complete job description and instructions on how to apply, go to http://wku.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=123809.

  • 08/05/2020 8:25 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Archives Technician

    William J. Clinton Presidential Library -Little Rock, AR


    Incumbent serves as an Archives Technician in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at the William J Clinton Presidential Library. Incumbent performs non-professional, quasi-professional and technical work that supports access to archival holdings and physical and intellectual control over records. The work encompasses reference, researcher assistance and other customer services, processing, accessioning, arranging, describing, preserving, and reformatting of records.


    As a ARCHIVES TECHNICIAN, you will:

    • Provide written or oral "first-line" reference assistance and consultation, respond to all forms of inquiry concerning NARA's archival holdings, in original or surrogate format, by using complex finding aid systems and related archival sources, in both electronic and analog formats.
    • Perform detailed and complex arrangement work following a plan (or guidance) approved by supervisor or team leader.
    • Independently evaluate the physical condition of records in the course of other duties and alert supervisor or other designated staff to condition problems that limit access or threaten the safety of records.
    • Prepare online catalog descriptions of holdings at all levels according to NARA lifecycle standards, policies, and procedures.
    • Assist in accessioning and disposal of all record types under the guidance of an archivist or archives specialist.

    To learn more about this position and to apply, follow this link:


  • 07/21/2020 8:24 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The National Civil Rights Museum


    JOB TITLE: Exhibition Designer/Preparator

    REPORTS TO: Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education

    FLSA: Exempt

    SALARY: $45,000 - $55,000

    The National Civil Rights Museum seeks an innovative and creative individual as an exhibition designer/ preparator who as a critical part of its Interpretation, Collections & Education team, and will collaborate with museum partners on upcoming exhibitions. The exhibition designer/preparator will have the opportunity to serve as part of the museum’s rapid response exhibition team as highlighted in Museum Magazine’s March/April 2019 issue.


    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 Exhibition Designer/Preparator is responsible for the maintenance of the museum’s permanent and changing exhibitions as well as the design, planning, creation, and production of exhibitions in the museum’s traditional and nontraditional spaces in both onsite and offsite. The Exhibition Designer/Preparator collaborates with the Operations Department in the execution of maintenance and cleaning in the museum’s exhibition and historic spaces. This position manages all vendors and contractors conducting repairs within the exhibition space, and facilitates the request for quote process. They also work closely with the Collections Manager/Registrar on the overall conditions of the permanent exhibitions, incoming loans, and traveling exhibitions. Designer/Preparator is a key member of the Interpretation, Collections, and Education team. They are expected to contribute to the development of projects, programs, and exhibitions.


    Preferred Bachelors Degree in Art, design, architecture, museum studies, or related fields and with two to four (2-4) years of experience in Museum Exhibition and/or maintenance

    Knowledge of the design and construction of Museum exhibitions including standard tools, practices and methods used for painting, carpentry, use and fabrics, plastics, mechanical fasteners, and adhesives, et. al.

    Proficient in CAD, Adobe, and/or other digital design software.

    Familiarity with appropriate suppliers and sources for qualified labor assistance,

    Experience designing crates to transport artwork, 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

    Demonstrate commitment and flexibility in order to achieve high quality service Must possess a valid State Driver’s License


    Please see attached document for detailed job description.

    Interested candidates must submit:


    Cover letter

    Exhibition design portfolio – pdf format or via link

    All submission must be sent via email to:

    Dr. Noelle Trent

    Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education


    office: 901.527.4069

    Incomplete applications will not be reviewed

  • 05/18/2020 7:49 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    In anticipation of resuming tours during phase 3 of Nashville's reopening plan, we are hiring for the following position: 

    Job Title:  Historical Interpreter

    Job Type: Part Time Staff

    Supervisor: Director of Operations; daily tasks may be assigned by the Curator of Collections

    Job Purpose: To give guided museum tours of Belmont Mansion and provide support to the mansion’s daily operations  


    Experience: Previous museum or similar experience preferred

    Education: High school degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred

    Working Conditions: Standing and walking while speaking for an hour or more without break; climbing stairs; adherence to professional dress code; wearing name tag required


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    1.      Interest in and basic knowledge of American History

    2.      Excellent verbal communication skills

    3.      Excellent interpersonal skills for working with other mansion staff and guests

    4.      Ability to be part of a positive team environment and strong commitment to customer service


    Job Functions:

    1.      Giving guided tours to the mansion’s paid and other guests as needed

    2.      Ability to comprehend docent training materials and effectively communicate to guests the mansion’s history, early Nashville and Civil War history, and information about the museum collection and furnishings. Training will be provided.

    3.      Answering the telephone and greeting guests at the front door

    4.      Ringing up cash register transactions for admissions and museum shop purchases

    5.      Participating in special events hosted at the mansion by providing logistical support as needed and appropriate

    6.      Helping to maintain museum shop inventory, participating in staff meetings and training sessions, helping with seasonal decorating, and other mansion activities as assigned

    7.      Other duties as assigned


    Please direct any questions, your resume, and cover letter to mansioneducation@belmont.edu.

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

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