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  • 07/16/2021 9:03 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Andrew Jackson Foundation

    HISTORICAL INTERPRETER

    The mission of the Andrew Jackson Foundation is to preserve The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, to create learning opportunities, and to inspire citizenship through experiencing the life and unique impact of Jackson.

    Purpose: Provide historical interpretation of the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s properties, welcoming guests and delivering guided historical tours

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

     Provide guided historical tours to visitors and answer questions

     Assist non-English speaking visitors

     Provide physical security for mansion and visitorsassisting in emergency situations as needed

     Comply with dress and grooming requirements listed in interpreter manual

     Meet acceptable levels of knowledge of training materials

     Attend required training sessions and incorporate new interpretive information as required in tours

     Provide reports as requested

    Education/Training:

    Some college preferred.

    Experience, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

     An interest in history

     Excellent verbal and written communication skills

     Courtesy and tact in dealing with the public

     Must be able to interact with all ages, nationalities and those who are physically

    challenged

     Present a professional demeanor and maintain confidentiality

    Physical Requirements:

    Must be able to stand for long periods of time; climb stairs; work outside and in un-air-conditioned buildings.

    To Apply:

    Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@thehermitage.com


  • 07/15/2021 10:02 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Education Specialist

    Tennessee Department of State

    Tennessee State Library and Archives

    Supervisor: Education Outreach Coordinator

    Summary: This professional position has responsibility to provide services to teachers and students in Kindergarten-Twelfth grade (K-12) and students in the college/university communities across the state of Tennessee.

    This is a full-time, grant-funded, term position. Staff who accept a term position are not guaranteed employment for the entire period and there are no guarantees of continued employment when the term ends. If funds are exhausted or the appointment to the position is not extended, the position is not eligible for severance pay.

    The grant is funded for the period of August 1, 2021-July 30, 2024. Funding is provided by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant funding arm of the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Mission: The mission of the Office of the Secretary of State is to exceed the expectations of our customers, the taxpayers, by operating at the highest levels of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and accountability in a customer-center environment.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Provides assistance and support for education outreach activities on-site, in the field, and online

    • Corresponds with teachers and administrators about services provided by education outreach

    • Assists the Education Outreach Archivist and Education Outreach Coordinator with the planning and coordination for in-person and online teacher workshops and in-service trainings statewide

    • Develops projects that benefit K-12 teachers and students

    • Conducts programming for K-12 students during on-site field trip visits

    • Represents and delivers presentations for organization at statewide education conferences and in online webinars

    • Develops educational curriculum and digital content for education audiences, coordinating with the TSLA Educator Working Group & other sections with the Library & Archives and the Department of State

    • Assists with coordination of the DocsBox program, including virtual content to accompany boxes in the classroom

    • Conducts historical research into primary source collections

    • Performs other duties as assigned

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s Preferred) in History, Public History, Education, or related field.

    • Experience equivalent to one year of work on education-related projects in a history-based organization. Experience developing classroom curriculum for social studies including history, and/or government K-12 classes preferred.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    • Knowledge of Tennessee and American history required.

    • Understanding of and respect for the K-12 education environment.

    • Understanding of the use of primary sources in the classroom environment.

    • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to establish priorities, follow project timelines, and meet project deadlines.

    • Highly motivated and self-directed with strong attention to detail.

    • Ability to work in a collaborative, team-focused environment.

    • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences including teachers, K-12 students, academics, university students, and Library & Archives staff and patrons.

    • Project management skills and experience.

    • Public speaking skills and ease appearing on camera.

    • Comfort with and understanding of the use of technology in the educational environment, including Google products.

    • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule and travel independently throughout the state. Periodic weekend and after-hours work required.

    • Good driving record and valid driver’s license.

    • Ability to represent the Department of State positively to the public.

    Physical requirements:

    • Ability to lift materials up to 25 pounds.

    • Ability to work in an environment that contains dust and other allergens.

    • Ability to stand for up to four hours at a time.

    Health, Safety and collections security:

    • Assists the organization in creating a safe and healthy working environment by working safely with the equipment provided.

    • Follows instructions given for health and safety purposes and immediately reports any unsafe working practices or hazardous working conditions.

    • Takes all measures necessary to protect the collections from loss, mutilation or theft.

    Salary: $35,000 annually plus State of Tennessee benefits package.

    To apply: Please email your letter of interest and resume to the Division of Human Resources & Organizational Development, sos.hr@tn.gov. This position will be listed until it is filled. Please note, the candidate selected for an offer of employment will be subject to a pre-employment background check.



  • 06/28/2021 3:33 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Director of Collections and Exhibits

    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.

    Responsibilities

    The Director of Collections & Exhibits aligns the activities of the registration, conservation, and exhibitions of the museum with respect to collection care and preservation, loan activity, procurement, set up and maintenance of temporary exhibitions, community engagement and interaction with the permanent collection. Working with the Program Administrator the Director guides, supervises, and mentors staff and manages the budgets of the department.

    The Director assumes responsibility for all areas of collections and exhibitions stewardship, including the documentation, storage, handling, packing/unpacking, transportation, and insurance of all works entering and leaving the museum, and for ensuring proper care of items within the museum.

    The Director has primary responsibility for overseeing the research, content development, and interpretation of the permanent collection, changing exhibits, projects related to exhibitions, printed exhibition materials, signage, and special projects at all MoSH properties. The Director works collaboratively with the Community Engagement Department (adult and student programming) on initiatives and facilitates inter-departmental communication regarding research and interpretation.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the department which include, but are not limited to, the following essential job functions:

     Implement Five Year Operating Plan relative to the department’s goals, initiatives, and

    special projects.

     Provide intellectual leadership for the collection and exhibitions for the museum.

     Manage the planning and updating of the museum’s permanent collection in

    anticipation of a major capital campaign and renovation.

     Create ways to engage and activate visitors throughout the entirety of all exhibitions

     Analyze permanent exhibits for creative ways to enhance visitor experience and

    encourage responses to exhibit content and displays.

     Collaborate in identifying grants and other funding sources for collections and

    exhibitions.

     Lead the intellectual efforts in developing content for exhibits and other interpretive

    materials.

     Maintain strong communications with internal museum departments and external

    museum leaders and professionals, subject matter experts, and people with knowledge

    in exhibit-related objects, etc.

     Coordinate the interpretive development of exhibits with the Community Engagement

    Department and other museum departments to design the strongest engagement and

    experience for schools, adults, tour groups, and other targeted audiences.

     Interview, hire, train, mentor, evaluate and oversee the performance of assigned full-

    time (currently 4 and adding two more) and part-time staff (currently 3), interns and

    volunteers.

     Prepare departmental budgets, forecasting and allocate funds for staff, supplies,

    equipment and facilities.

     Maintain and, update as needed, a collection management policy to process the receipt

    of artifacts, collections, photographs, images, graphics, and other materials donated,

    acquired, or loaned to the museum.

     Attend relevant public events, represent the museum in radio, television, and various

    public speaking forums, and maintain professional connections with colleagues in the

    museum field and other comparable institutions.

      Provide support for collaborative initiatives with other museums, cultural and

    educational institutions.

    Knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies:

     Proven ability to curate exhibitions and manage collections.

     Work cooperatively with other departments, community stakeholders and partnering organizations to effectively plan and improve working methods for the successful delivery of programs.

     Work collaboratively with local organizations, individuals, and community stakeholders to deepen authentic relationships between MoSH and its surrounding communities.

     Possess high level of attention to detail, accuracy and ability to meet deadlines.

     Highly motivated, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and to work

    independently as well as in a team environment.

     Represent the Museum in professional and academic forums with local, regional, and national colleagues and the broader cultural community, playing a key role in advancing the Museum’s reputation and profile.

     Enhance the Museum's profile through networking on a local, regional, state and

    national level.

    Education, Experience and Requirements:

     Masters degree in Museum Studies, History, Science or related discipline; advanced degree or certifications desirable.

     At least six (6) years of progressive experience in the museum or similar field.

     Strong working knowledge of curatorial standards.

     Ability to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

     Valid Driver's license required.

     Strong skills with MS Office products and third party software platforms.

    Compensation

    Compensation is commensurate with experience and abilities. The Museum offers a full range of benefits, including health care, vacation and sick leave, 401k, and death and disability insurance. The Museum also offers life, dental and vision insurance. Moving expenses are negotiable.

    To Apply

    Submit one document with 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 July 30, 2021 or until the position is filled. MoSH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.

    Writing samples, a short presentation and references may be required from finalists.

    Academic, credit and criminal background checks will be conducted before a final offer is made.

    More information about MoSH can be found on our website at www.memphismusuems.org.


  • 06/25/2021 7:00 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Job Title:  Historical Interpreter

    Job Type: Part Time

    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; college degree preferred

     

    Belmont Mansion is the largest antebellum home open for tours in Nashville, and is a must-see for any visitor interested in Tennessee history, the Civil War, architecture, art, and decorative arts. We are looking for an energetic person who enjoys history and interacting with visitors. Good people skills and weekend availability are a must. Previous experience in customer service, as a cashier, or as a tour guide preferred. Also should be able to stand for long periods of time and climb stairs. Must adhere to and assist with the museum’s COVID-19 protocols.

     

    Please send your resume and cover letter to Danielle Ullrich at mansioneducation@belmont.edu.


  • 06/16/2021 8:03 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Director of Community Engagement

    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.

    Responsibilities

    As a senior team member working  under the general direction of the Administrator of Programs and the Executive Director to comprehensively engage the community and implement the museum's strategic initiatives for engagement and learning through onsite and outreach programming, the Community Engagement Manager sets programming for MoSH.  Programming includes meeting the Museum’s goals of audience type and content range and focus.  The Museum has identified three ways audiences desire to engage: (1) learners and facilitators, (2) community event makers, and (3) curious explorers.  Our content will be regionally grounded and focus on the intersection of cultural history and natural science.

    As a member of the Museum’s management team, the Director of Community Engagement supervises and coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Community Engagement team ensuring the highest standards for our visitor experience.

    The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of the department which include, but are not limited to, the following essential job functions:

    • ·      Implements Five Year Operating Plan relative to the department’s goals, initiatives, and special projects.
    • ·      Develops, implements, reviews and evaluates all Museum programming to meet the needs and interest of our diverse audience types (school-age students through adults).
    • ·      Interviews, hires, trains, evaluates and oversees the performance of assigned full-time (currently 3) and part-time staff (currently 4-8), interns and volunteers. 
    • ·      Collaborates on and/or provides input on cross-departmental programs and with various community partners in the development and implementation of programming.
    • ·      Actively seeks partnerships and educational opportunities within our local community as well as on a regional, state and national level.
    • ·      Prepares departmental budgets, forecasting and allocates funds for staff, supplies, equipment and facilities. 
    • ·      Responsible for developing, achieving and exceeding individual and departmental goals and metrics. 

    Knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies:

    • ·       Proven ability to develop programming to wide and varied audience; focus on programming diversity with respect to parameters such as race, age, and socio-economic levels.
    • ·       Work cooperatively with other departments, community stakeholders and partnering organizations to effectively plan and improve working methods for the successful delivery of programs.
    • ·       Work collaboratively with local organizations, individuals, and community stakeholders to deepen authentic relationships between MoSH and its surrounding communities.
    • ·       Strong working knowledge of state curriculum standards and a proven ability to create and/or align programming to selected standards.
    • ·       Represent the Museum in professional and academic forums with local, regional, and national colleagues and the broader cultural community, playing a key role in advancing the Museum’s reputation and profile.
    • ·       Enhance the Museum's profile through networking on a local, regional, state and national level.

    Position Priorities:

    • ·       Experience Focus – collect information to understand visitor expectations and motivations; build engaging relationships with visitors, and evaluate how actions or planning will impact visitors; establish effective methods to monitor and evaluate visitor's concerns, satisfactions and anticipate visitor needs.
    • ·       Education Focused – actively seek to understand and align museum programming to local, state (TN, MS, and AR) and national curriculum standards.  Communicate, inform and partner with education stakeholders regarding programming.
    • ·       Partnership Opportunities – develop knowledge of the larger museum and local community and seek opportunities for deeper involvement, foster relationships, and create partnership opportunities when appropriate.
    • ·       Financial Responsibilities – maintain comprehensive departmental budgets, understand and appropriately forecast expenses and revenues, and a proven ability to work within a budget given dynamic operating conditions.
    • ·       Planning and Organization – determine and prioritize multiple tasks and activities; build timelines and resource needs; leverage limited resources to complete work efficiently and in coordination with multiple projects.
    • ·       Team Building and Evaluation – develop direction, structure, and clarity around roles and team objectives; work with team to identify areas of success or for improvement; identify professional development activities and resources; monitor team progress while providing continuous feedback and guidance.

    Education, Experience and Requirements:

    • ·      Bachelor degree in Education, Museum Studies, History, Science Education or related discipline; advanced degree or certifications desirable.
    • ·      At least six (6) years of progressive experience in adult and child engagement or museum interpretation.
    • ·      Strong working knowledge of state and local curriculum standards.
    • ·      Ability to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
    • ·      Experience with classroom teaching and strategic planning is highly desirable.
    • ·      Valid Driver's license required.
    • ·      Strong skills with MS Office products and third party software platforms.

    Compensation

    Compensation is commensurate with experience and abilities.  The Museum offers a full range of benefits, including health care, vacation and sick leave, 401k, and death and disability insurance. The Museum also offers life, dental and vision insurance.  Moving expenses are negotiable.

    To Apply

    Submit one document with 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 July 23, 2021 or until the position is filled.  MoSH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity.

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

    More information about MoSH can be found on our website at www.memphismusuems.org.


  • 06/15/2021 12:16 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Lead Interpreter

    Job Summary

    The Lead Interpreter facilitates excellent visitor experiences at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage by providing efficient and welcoming services to visitors and highly organized coordination and oversight of the Mansion Interpreters. Lead Interpreters mentor and supervise interpretive staff during programs, tours and other functions as assigned. Lead Interpreters also provide special skills to enhance the ongoing work of the department. Lead Interpreters conduct VIP tours, In Their Footsteps tours, Ghost tours and various special programs when seasonally appropriate.

    Accountabilities
    Program Delivery

    • Coordinates the daily interpretive operations of the site at the direction of the Director of Interpretation.
    • Assists with developing and executing interpreter orientation, and training.
    • Assists Director of Interpretation with preparation of training materials and evaluation of interpretive staff.
    • Provides direction to part-time interpreters regarding the preparation and maintenance of interpretive costuming, props and other resources.
    • Assists in technological endeavors as they relate to the interpretive services.
    • Assists with special events and programs, site-wide, as requested.
    • Utilizes a unique and specialty skill set that enhances the work of the department (i.e., tailoring, research or living history skills)
    • Assists with research and development of interpretive programs and manage their implementation.
    • Coordinates mansion tours according to the timed ticket system and ensures tours are timely.

    Administrative

    • Provides reports in a timely manner.
    • Represents The Hermitage in public events, groups and organizations.
    • Assists with evaluation of interpretive programs.
    • Coordinate mansion response to medical and weather emergencies.
    • Open and close mansion, following established security procedure and serve as primary communication point at the mansion.
    • Notify the Director of Interpretation when disciplinary action is needed.

    Qualifications

    • BA in history, education or museum studies preferred.
    • Mastery of a related historic trade, staff training or other specialty skill preferred.
    • 1-3 years’ experience in delivering educational and interpretive programs in a museum or historic home.
    • Knowledge of the principles of site interpretation and customer service.
    • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
    • Must be a self-starter, work well with others and pay excellent attention to detail.
    • Experience in delivering interpretive/education programs through a variety of modalities and able to interact with all ages, nationalities and those who are physically or intellectually challenged.
    • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including regular weekends, some holidays and occasional evenings.
    • Proficiency at using Microsoft Suite.

    Additional Responsibilities

    • Participate in all training activities.
    • Cross-train with AJC Guest Services staff.
    • Ensure that all preservation and safety procedures are followed by guests and staff.

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

    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for long periods of time; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
    • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
    • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to poor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. Principal duties and responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job, and “other” duties and responsibilities include those that are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of this job.
     
    This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Staff members holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.
     
    Nothing in this job description restricts the supervisor’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

    To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:
    Bryan Gilley, Interim Director of Interpretation
    4580 Rachel’s Lane
    Nashville, TN 37076
    bgilley@thehermitage.com


  • 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.

    PREFERRED

    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:

    Responsibilities:

    • 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

    Benefits:

    • 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


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