The Country Music Hall of Fame Department of Museum Services
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has an opening for a full-time exempt Director in the Museum Services 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 musica 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 and archival materials that illustrate the evolving history and traditions of country music while providing diverse learning opportunities. The core exhibit follows the story of country music from its folk beginnings through its emergence as a commercial art form. Temporary exhibits examine a broad range of topics, from regional music scenes to ultra-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: The Museum Services Department is responsible for the museums collections, exhibitions, interpretation, and editorial content.
Job Overview: Reporting to the Vice President of Museum Services, the Director of Library and Archival Collections will manage the museums print, document, recorded sound, moving image, photograph, born-digital, library, and reference collections, leading preservation, organization, and acquisition efforts for these collections. The position oversees collections access by museum staff and outside entities. The position is charged with oversight of the museums growing online digital archive, which enables worldwide remote access to museum collections. The Director will work frequently with other departments, including Technology, Creative, Education, and Marketing, and will collaborate regularly with the Development department to pursue grant opportunities to support an aggressive digitization program and other collections initiatives.
Day-to-day responsibilities include supervision of twelve-plus permanent full-time and temporary grant-funded staff members; direction, documentation, and reporting for multiple grant-funded digitization projects; and maintenance of the CONTENTdm based online digital archive. Candidate should be familiar with copyright and other intellectual property statutes and regulations.
Oversight, hiring, training, management, and mentorship of library and archival collections staff
Development and administration of collection access policies
Maintenance of professional best practices for collections processing, storage, handling, and usage
Administration of the museums growing online digital archive and other collections databases, in collaboration with the Technology department
Hiring, tracking, and reporting for grant-funded collections projects. Accountability for successful outcomes.
Long-range strategic planning and prioritization of collection initiatives
Annual budget development and management, including vendor relationships
Quality control for digital archive metadata
Supervision of internal and external collections access requests
Stewardship of relationships with professional organizations, granting agencies, and partners such as Google Arts and Culture
Bachelors degree in a relevant field combined with extensive professional experience managing archival collections
Five years of increasingly responsible management and supervisory experience
Management experience with industry-standard DAM systems and metadata standards
Experience developing and managing annual operating budgets
Experience developing and managing grant-funded projects
Proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and archives/library-relevant information technology applications.
Advanced academic degree in a relevant field
7-10 years of increasingly responsible management and supervisory experience in a museum, library, or archive
Demonstrated understanding of the scholarly use of archival collections and services and of current developments in archive management and special collections librarianship
Extensive experience managing collections databases and DAM software, preferably CONTENTdm
Established professional relationships in the library/archives field
Experience speaking on behalf of an institution at professional conferences
Essential Competencies (Knowledge, skills and abilities needed for success in the position):
Respect and passion for country music as an art form and a commitment to continually expand knowledge of country music history
Knowledge of archival content, structure, and metadata standards
Strong time management skills
Excellent public speaking, verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively
Conditions of Employment:
Must be able to work a flexible schedule including some weekends, evenings and holidays
Must be able to lift 50lbs.
Must pass a background check
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