Nashville, TN: Collections Specialist, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Job Opening Title: Collections Specialist

Employer Name: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Job Location: Nashville, TN

Application Deadline: 4/30/22

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Years of experience required: 2

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: FLSA Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Museum Services Department

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has an opening for a full-time exempt Collections Specialist in the Museum Services Department.

Museum 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.

What We Offer for Full Time Staff:

FREE 24/7 Downtown Parking
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance Options
401(K) with Employer Match
Employee Assistance Program (Free Counseling and Legal Services)
Eligibility for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
FSA and Dependent Care Options
Generous Vacation and Sick Paid Time Off
Complimentary Admission to the museum for yourself, family, and friends
Free or Discounted Entry to Local Venues including The Nashville Zoo, Dollywood Theme & Water Parks, National Museum of African American Music, The Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, and more!

Position Overview: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is recruiting a Collections Specialist to assist the Museum Services Registrar team with the processing and cataloging of loans and donations, the return of loaned artifacts and artifact collections, and other collections support activities as defined below. The position will report to the Senior Registrar and is full-time, on-site, and requires a minimum of two years of experience in the processing of collections.

Specific Duties Include:

Work closely with the Curatorial Director and Registrar team to maintain physical control and handling of the museum’s object collections in accordance with best practices and standards.
Organize, catalog, and locate collections according to professional standards and current archival procedures.
Assist in the receipt of artifacts/collections from Donors, and the receipt/return of loaned materials, using established shipment standards and procedures required to achieve that end.
Perform collections care activities to include, among other things, the inspection and upkeep of exhibit cases and spaces, and the monitoring of temperature, humidity, and light levels.
Assist in preparing objects for display in gallery exhibitions and related photography.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies or related subject from an accredited institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Two years of professional experience processing collections in an archive, museum, or library— preferably with specific experience in the handling of objects
Familiarity with museum cataloging standards
Familiarity with collections management software, preferably PastPerfect
Familiarity with the history of country music and key figures within the genre
Must be able to lift 50 lbs

Preferred Requirements:

Experience working in museum or library collections setting, involving the handling of physical objects
Demonstrated experience with transport and shipment of artifacts and artifact collections
Working knowledge of country music and its ever-evolving history
Working knowledge of digital photography

Key Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities):

Ability to work collaboratively
Knowledge of archival content, structure, and processing standards
Ability to properly handle objects and archival materials, especially those that are fragile and rare
Experience with managing the shipment of artifacts
Strong time-management skills
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
Working knowledge of a museum collections management software
Respect for country music as an art form

Note to Applicants:

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-verify processes, as required for position.

All applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references with their online application to be considered for the role.

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