The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has an opening for a full-time exempt Family and Visual Arts Program Manager in the Education Department.
Company Overview: Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum documents and interprets the history of country music—a musical genre and culture central to the identity of the city, the state, and the nation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum proudly combines subject expertise, ambitious research, and preservation of an unparalleled collection with expressions of creativity in music, art, and history. The museum collects artifacts that illustrate the evolving history and traditions of country music and provides diverse learning opportunities through educational programs, publications, and exhibitions. The core exhibit follows the story of country music from its folk beginnings through its evolution as a commercial art form. Rotating exhibits examine a broad range of topics, from country classics to contemporary and emerging artists in American Currents. The museum owns Hatch Show Print, a letterpress print shop opened in 1879, and it operates Historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley and many others recorded.
Departmental Overview: Through the development of programs and resources, the education department expands and illuminates the stories, themes, and music explored in the museum galleries and in country music’s past and present. Serving over 100,000 people per year, the education team engages various audiences through a wide-range of activities, including school and community-based programs, hands-on workshops for youth and families, performance presentations for museum visitors, and more. A creative and curious team, current education staff have a range of expertise—including museum education experts, former classroom teachers, published writers, visual artists, and professional musicians. The team shares a passion for museums, history, country music and popular culture, and works closely together to interpret the museum’s unparalleled collection and dynamic subject matter. Core to the values of the education team is a commitment to serve and engage all audiences, meeting them where they are, listening to their needs, and providing meaningful experiences that connect them to the country story.
Job Overview: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum seeks an experienced, organized, and active visual arts educator to oversee engaging and dynamic learning programs for youth and family visitors. Working alongside the museum’s outreach and music programs manager, this individual will manage all aspects of visual arts programming for family and community audiences, including creating and leading age-appropriate activities that adapt the museum’s content and themes for out-of-school learning. A background as a visual artist and previous experience teaching visual arts to children is essential.
Specific Job Duties:
- Oversee year-round curriculum of engaging programs for young audiences and family groups, including designing and teaching interdisciplinary workshops and drop-in activities with a focus on art and design
- Develop gallery interpretation and exhibit resources that foster engagement between young visitors and museum exhibitions and gallery content, and oversee existing self-guided activities, including the Young Explorer Bag program for family visitors with young children, with attention to accuracy and effectiveness for the target audience
- Identify and oversee guest teaching artists to provide unique, age-appropriate experiences
- Hire, train, and supervise seasonal support staff
- Co-direct summer songwriting camp by instructing art-related lessons and creating activities that connect campers to the museum galleries
- Oversee evaluation of programs and resources for youth and family audiences, including implementing assessments, analyzing outcomes, and making recommendations to ensure achievement of intended goals
- Collaborate with marketing and public relations departments to promote and publicize programs and maintain family program areas of the website
- Support Community Counts: Museum Admission for Locals program by assisting with service to current community partners and seeking new collaborations that connect the museum with area youth
- Support the museum’s partnership with the Nashville Public Library related to String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry by coordinating bi-annual performances and managing accompanying resources
- Create and oversee gallery and program supports and resources for families of children with autism spectrum disorder and continue collaboration with TRIAD (Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders) at Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center
- Oversee programming for Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups including arranging programs and museum visits as requested
- Manage and order art supplies and oversee program budget
- Manage weekly and quarterly reporting and maintain department records pertaining to program delivery and service
- Verify processes, as required for position.
Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, education, museum studies, or related field
- A minimum of three years work history in a museum or similar education organization with experience working with and teaching children, designing programs and/or developing curriculum
Knowledge of object-based learning and inquiry-based learning
- A minimum of 2 years supervisory experience
- Experience making videos for children including concepting, script writing, creating animations and editing
- Experience with community-based programming
- Passion for and deep knowledge of country music
- Knowledge of K-12 visual arts curriculum standards and STEAM
- Proficiency in Spanish
- Proficiency in Microsoft 365
Essential Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and abilities needed for success in the position):
- Passion for working with children and sharing knowledge with others
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and comfort with public speaking
- Strong project planning, time-management, and organizational skills
- Ability to multi-task while working with accuracy with close attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
- Professional independence, initiative, and self-discipline
- Creative thinker who is driven to achieve personal, professional, and departmental goals
- Dedication to serving a mission-driven organization
Conditions of Employment:
- Weekend work is required. Work week is typically Wednesday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
- Willingness to work occasional evenings
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
Please submit a cover letter, resume, lesson or museum activity plan with clear learning objectives (preferably related to object-based learning or country music education), and images from your visual art portfolio.
Note to Applicant:
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the varied attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person unique, and we believe that fostering a culture of inclusion is essential to institutional excellence. The museum promotes an environment of respect, communication, and understanding, while actively seeking opportunities to learn about and establish practices that further facilitate equity. The museum does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
We are a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all qualified candidates to apply for open positions. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its staff and visitors. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and employment verification, including federally mandated E-