Employment Opportunities

Chief of Museum Operations

The Andrew Jackson Foundation seeks an experienced museum professional to serve as its Chief of Museum Operations (CMO).

This position manages the day-to-day museum operations of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee. The Hermitage is a 134-year-old presidential home museum and one of the nation’s first National Historic Landmark sites. It includes the 1,120-acre property, 22 buildings and a full and part-time staff of more than 80. The CMO will report directly to the President and CEO and be a member of the museum’s Executive Management Team.

Working with direct reports, the CMO will provide leadership and direction in the planning, managing and general operation of the museum (e.g., collections management, research, educational and interpretive programming, public programming and guest services). The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of museum management principles and administrative practices; strong skills in project management and execution; and experience in budget development and management. The CMO position requires an advanced degree and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in museum and non-profit management and a combination of knowledge and experience in American history, collections management, historic preservation, interpretation and public history.

Applications are due no later than close of business on Monday, August 28, 2023. A complete application must include: 1) cover letter expressing the applicant’s interest in the position and the institution and why they believe they are a good fit for this position, 2) a current, up-to-date resume and/or curriculum vita, 3) four writing samples relevant to the position requirements and 4) five professional references. A lack of any of these components will disqualify the applicant from further consideration. Applications are strictly confidential and must be provided electronically. Paper applications will not be accepted.

For a complete position description, interested parties should contact: [email protected].

Independent Contractor Education

Summary

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage seeks an experienced educator to lead dynamic experiences for learners of all ages. Primary duties include teaching K12 field trip programs, conducting Homeschool Day activities,  maintaining program materials and providing excellent guest service. The ideal candidate is highly skilled in their field, can work under minimal supervision and demonstrates exceptional commitment to guest services. If you are a self-motivated team-player with a passion for your work, we are looking for you to join our team.

Contract Period

The position is effective July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct existing programs to student and adult audiences.
  • Manage group behavior onsite.
  • Maintain educational materials and resources as needed.
  • Communicate updates and issues that arise to Education Department staff.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Degree preferred, with a concentration in education, early childhood education, child development, social studies education or museum education. A combination of experience and education will be considered.
  • Certification in Adult/Child/Infant CPR and First Aid is desirable.
  • Able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong time-management, communication and organizational skills.

Working Conditions

The contractor will work in an historic site setting, including a classroom, historic buildings, museum galleries and outdoor landscapes. Programs happen in all weather and seasons.

Physical Requirements

This position requires standing for extended periods of time and assisting learners with other physical activities, such as games. The contractor may be required to lift and move equipment or materials as needed.

Payment

The contractor will be reimbursed at an hourly rate of $20 for a maximum of $2000 during the contract period. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is not responsible for withholding federal taxes or providing benefits to this position.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume portfolio of work samples, and contact information for three professional references to [email protected].

 

Part-Time Historical Interpreter

Foundation Mission:

Preserve The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, create learning opportunities and 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 presenting guided historical tours.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide guided historical tours for a wide range of visitors
  • Assist physically challenged and non-English speaking visitors
  • Provide physical security for the mansion and assist visitors in emergency situations
  • Answer visitor questions relating to Andrew Jackson’s life and legacy, family and properties and the enslaved African-Americans that worked at the site
  • Participate in the training programs for historical interpreters
  • Comply with established dress and grooming requirements
  • Provide reports as requested

Education/Training:

High school diploma required. Some college preferred.

Experience, Skills, and Abilities Requirements: 

  • Interest in history
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Courtesy and tact in dealing with the public
  • Ability to interact with all ages, nationalities and those who are physically challenged
  • Professional demeanor
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Physical Requirements:

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

Schedule:

Combination of weekday, weekend and some holiday work required,

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line.

 

Full-Time Groundskeeper

Full-Time/ Exempt.

Summary

The Andrew Jackson Foundation is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented individual for the position of groundskeeper. Groundskeepers are responsible for maintaining the public areas of this 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark. This is a full-time non-exempt position with benefits. Groundskeepers maintain all lawn areas, pathways and fences. Additionally, groundskeepers trim trees and shrubs, weed eat and perform preventative maintenance on equipment.

Experience and Abilities

Previous experience as a groundskeeper is preferred. Experience operating tractors, zero-turn mowers and power equipment such as chainsaws, pole saws, pruning shears, leaf blowers and weed eaters is preferred. Candidates must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and perform heavy physical work including exerting up to 50 pounds of force unassisted. Candidates must be able to climb, stoop and stand for long periods of time. A valid driver’s license is required for this position.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line.

 

Part-Time Gardeners

Part-time 20-30 hours per week seasonally.

Summary

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is seeking passionate and motivated individuals to join our garden team. The part-time Gardener positions will be responsible for garden and landscape maintenance in our highly trafficked, 1.35-acre Historic Garden, and on our outstanding 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark site. The right candidate will have professional gardening experience and an eye for detail.

Job Objective

As a member of our team, you will be accountable for the preservation of The Hermitage garden and will help support all aspects of our garden operations.  Duties daily will include landscaping, gardening, soil maintenance, infrastructure upkeep, fertilizing, watering, and maintaining flowers, trees, and shrubs. The ability to use hand tools, do physical labor, think critically and work in all weather conditions is required. Experience in sustainable gardening and power tool proficiency is desired. Public garden experience preferred, but we will train the right candidate.

Physical Requirements

Ability to perform moderate physical work, exerting up to 30 pounds of force unassisted; stoop, bend, climb and lift; walk multiple miles during a shift; stand and sit for long periods of time; and work outdoors in all weather conditions and extremes.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line.

 

Full-Time Maintenance Technician

Full-Time/ Exempt.

Summary

The Andrew Jackson Foundation has an immediate opening for a full time Maintenance Technician to perform general repairs and preventative maintenance.

Education

High School diploma/GED required.

2-5 years experience in maintenance with a strong background in plumbing, HVAC, light electrical, carpentry, drywall repair, and painting.  HVAC certification a plus, as well as experience with masonry and welding.  Candidates must be computer literate.  A valid Tennessee driver’s license is required as a condition for employment.

Experience and Abilities

2-5 years experience in maintenance with a strong background in plumbing, HVAC, light electrical, carpentry, drywall repair, and painting.  HVAC certification a plus, as well as experience with masonry and welding.  Candidates must be computer literate. Candidate will possess a strong work ethic, good communication and customer service skills, always be personable and professional, and be able to work individually or with a team.  Background checks are completed as part of the employment process. A valid Tennessee driver’s license is required as a condition for employment.

Physical Requirements

Successful candidate must be able to perform heavy physical work, including exerting up to 50 pounds of force unassisted, be able to work in all weather conditions, and be able to lift, climb, crawl, and stoop.

This is a full-time hourly position with benefits including health, dental, vision, and 401k.  Work week is Monday through Friday, with occasional emergency response work on weekends.  Hourly wage based on experience.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line.

 

Historical Site Security Officers (Full- and Part-Time)

Full-time and part-time, midnight and day shifts, vacation/sick relief

Andrew Jackson Foundation

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.

Job Function:

Secure all Andrew Jackson Foundation (AJF) property and provide a friendly, safe and secure environment for site visitors and staff of The Hermitage.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct rounds and patrol grounds.
    • Monitor buildings, grounds and pathways for theft, fire, damage or safety issues.
  • Provide excellent customer service to our guests by responding to questions and welcoming guests as they arrive or when approached.
  • Respond, investigate and report on accidents and injuries incurred on AJF property.
  • Monitor fire, burglar and panic alarms, respond to alarms and arm and disarm buildings as required by daily schedule or upon request by authorized personnel.
  • Control access to keys, collections areas, cash and personnel and financial information.
  • Open and close buildings as required by daily schedule or upon request of authorized persons, turning lights and equipment on or off.
  • Transport deposits, night drops and change orders across property or to and from a bank.
  • Control vendor access to AJF property.
  • Thoroughly and concisely complete daily security logs documenting onsite activities and alarms.
  • See to the safety of staff and visitors on site after hours.
  • Provide escort to vehicles as requested.
  • Assist with the transportation of physically challenged visitors and staff to and from locations on the AJF’s property.
  • Provide special event traffic control, crowd control and parking assistance as required.

Education: 

High School diploma or equivalent.

Position Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Armed Guard’s License or ability to obtain a license upon hire.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills.
  • Must have basic computer skills in order to operate alarm systems.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to perform moderate physical work, exerting up to 50 pounds of force unassisted; stoop, bend, climb and lift; walk multiple miles during a shift; stand and sit for long periods of time; work outdoors in all weather conditions and extremes; and stay awake and alert for 12 hours at a time.

Shifts available:

Full- and part-time positions are available to cover:
Midnight Shift: Midnight to 8 a.m., 16-40 hours per week (includes base pay plus shift differential)
Day Shift: Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., 16 hours per week

Vacation/Sick Relief: 24 hours per week, day, evening and midnight shift; when not covering vacation/sick relief, will work 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Wednesday

Uniforms and training provided.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line.

 

Guest Services Staff

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.

Position Overview:

This is a part-time, up to 16-26 hours a week, position that supports the various aspects of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage customer service.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform job function and conduct daily operations.
  • Greet visitors entering the Visitors Center, check tickets, and suggest best site experience with time limitations.
  • Introduce film and general tour information to all visitors.
  • Inform visitors about special exhibits, tours and events.
  • Convey historical information to guests and answer questions.
  • Monitor security of museum and carriage exhibits.
  • Have knowledge and be able to operate all audio and multimedia equipment.
  • Distribute, collect, and clean audio and multimedia equipment.
  • Consistently apply policies regarding food, drinks, backpacks.
  • Interact with Hermitage visitors and staff in a friendly, informative manner.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend and participate in training activities.
  • Assist security with alarm notifications.
  • Direct visitors to appropriate office areas.
  • Assist visitors in emergency situations.
  • Cross train with other staff as requested.
  • Look for and report all safety concerns to Security.

Qualifications:

  • High School degree; some college preferred.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to interact with all ages, nationalities, and disabilities.
  • Demonstrates ability to receive and give feedback.
  • Presents a professional demeanor and maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrates commitment to policy and procedure while balancing necessary flexibility.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends, when necessary.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Foreign language and/or accessibility services experience highly preferred.
  • Ability to preform light physical work; perform repetitive tasks; be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line.

 

Part-Time Ticket Services Associate

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.

Position Overview:

This is a part-time, up to 15-29 hours a week, position that supports the various aspects of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage ticketing sales and customer service.

Qualifications:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to prioritize and the desire to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to complete all tasks on schedule, thoroughly and accurately
  • Excellent customer service skills required
  • Computer experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Tessitura desired
  • Willing to work flexible hours – evenings and weekends required
  • Previous ticket office experience a plus

Essential Job Functions:

  • Process single-ticket purchases in person or scan pre-paid tickets in a helpful, friendly, accurate and timely manner
  • Be aware of and provide current information to all patrons in a proactive manner for all events at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
  • Support Andrew Jackson Hermitage customer service policies by solving patron problems and special needs in a courteous and diplomatic manner
  • Staff Ticket Office, which includes ticket sales, will-call, ticket scanning and up-sells for wagon tours.
  • Provide customers with information and pricing on our various tours and able to schedule the tours so there are no overlaps resulting in missed tours.
  • Responsible for accurate sales reconciliation
  • Participate in all training sessions in a positive, willing and thoughtful manner
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

Must be capable of standing for long periods of time, ability to lift, carry and pack boxes unassisted weighing up to 40 pounds, perform such activities as grasping, fingering and repetitive tasks.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line.