Employment Opportunities

Vice President of Development

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 Summary

The Vice President of Development (VPD) is responsible for the strategic planning, organization and implementation of individual and corporate development efforts. Focus areas include annual giving, event sponsorships, major gifts, capital gifts and planned gifts. In a supervisory role, the VPD will oversee the membership program, grant and foundation work, database management and routine department functions.

Accountabilities

  1. Strategic Vision and Leadership
    • Collaborate with the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement (SVP) and President & CEO to develop and implement fundraising strategy at all philanthropic levels, including individual, corporate, foundation, major gifts, capital gifts, planned gifts, sponsorships and memberships.
    • Design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external relationships by identifying, cultivating and soliciting prospects and representing the Andrew Jackson Foundation in the community as an active participant in civic programs.
    • Develop and implement an annual strategy with monthly plans of work for annual giving, corporate sponsorships, major gifts, memberships and special events.
    • Collaborate with SVP and Vice President of Marketing and Communications to develop an annual communication plan for the department that strategically targets key audiences, enhances engagement across media platforms and results in a budget positive return on investment.
    • Research and forecast industry trends to ensure the Foundation anticipates changes in the market, adapts and remains competitive.
  2. Fundraising
    • Lead development efforts in the areas of annual giving, corporate sponsorships and major gifts. Partner with the SVP in cultivating and soliciting capital gifts and planned gifts.
    • Research key donors and develop moves management strategies.
    • Collect and analyze data for goal setting and evaluation of individual and corporate fundraising efforts.
    • Develop and implement a stewardship program that drives donor engagement and defines acknowledgement strategies.
    • Execute biannual direct mail appeals, which includes copywriting, data compilation and segmentation, design and vendor selection.
    • Develop content for formal proposals, appeal letters, collateral, event programs, grants, annual publications and other projects as needed.
    • Partner with Director of Events to plan and execute quarterly cultivation events.
    • Coordinate the Foundation’s Development Committee, including recruiting committee members annually, organizing meetings, identifying objectives and driving outcomes.
    • Track donor engagement and maintain data integrity within Tessitura (Foundation’s database).
  3. Financial Responsibility
    • Achieve individual and corporate fundraising goals annually.
    • Partner with the SVP to develop and monitor department budget.
    • Drive budget growth by cultivating new funding sources and diversifying revenue streams.
    • Audit and present financial data to executive staff and Board of Trustees as needed.
    • Oversee gift processing procedures and protect donor financial information.
    • Ensure gift processing and acknowledgement procedures are aligned with best practices.
  4. Team Development
    • Lead recruitment, hiring and training of development staff.
    • Champion morale and promote a fulfilling culture that celebrates victories, mediates concerns in a healthy and tactful manner and promotes continuous learning.
    • Lead professional development activities for development staff, including on and off-site training, industry trips, articles, webinars, books and conferences.
    • Assign accountabilities to development staff, evaluate performance and outcomes, conduct annual performance evaluations and negotiate salary adjustments.

Qualifications

    • Passion for the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s mission to preserve, educate and inspire
    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred
    • 5+ years of professional experience in nonprofit industry with demonstrated success in development role
    • Demonstrated ability to cultivate enduring stakeholder relationships and produce outcomes
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to influence varied audiences
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills with keen attention to detail
    • Multifaceted leadership approach with ability to impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
    • Ability to work effectively as independent contributor or as part of a team
    • Passion for collaboration and ability to work with other staff and departments to achieve a shared vision
    • Ability to develop, organize and implement high-level strategic plans
    • Commitment to providing elite customer service, building relationships and demonstrating reliability
    • Professionalism and ability to represent the Foundation in the community
    • High character with ability to promote positive morale and build strong culture
    • Excellent computer skills with ability to effectively utilize spreadsheets, presentations and word processors
    • Experience working with Tessitura or other CRM software preferred

Physical Requirements: Must be able to interact with the general public of all ages; ability to perform light physical work, exerting up to 20 pounds of force unassisted, bend, stoop, climb and stand for long periods of time; perform such activities as grasping, lifting 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.

 

Full-Time Gardeners

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 Summary

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is seeking passionate and motivated individuals to join our Gardens team. The full-time Gardener positions will be responsible for garden and landscape maintenance in our 1.35-acre Historic Garden and on our 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark site. The ability to use hand tools, perform physical labor, think critically and work in all weather conditions is required. Experience in gardening and landscaping is desired. Public garden experience is preferred, but we will train the right candidate.

Position Objective

As members 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 include but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining the Garden in a manner consistent with a National Historic Landmark Presidential site. This includes but is not limited to; weeding, watering, pruning, dead heading, seeding, dividing, transplanting, labeling plant material, greenhouse maintenance and chemical application. In addition, the Gardener will monitor and help maintain pathways and other key Garden infrastructure.
  • Help maintain all interior plants at the Andrew Jackson Center including watering, pruning and general upkeep.
  • Assist with annual plant sales including inventory management, signage and set-up.
  • Assist in implementing pest and disease monitoring and management plans.
  • Help with the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs in historic and other public areas.
  • Assist with installation and maintenance for all seasonal plantings and decorations in the public and administrative areas of The Hermitage.

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.

 

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

Full-time and part-time, midnight and evening shifts

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)
Evening Shift: Wednesday – Sunday, 4 p.m. to Midnight, 16-40 hours per week

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

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 AJF 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, up-sells for wagon tours or breezeway assignments to provide customers advance information and answer questions in line.
  • Responsible for accurate sales reconciliation
  • Participate in all training sessions in a positive, willing and thoughtful manner
  • Other duties as assigned.

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 Historical Interpreters

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
  • Meet acceptable levels of knowledge of training materials
  • Attend required training sessions and incorporate new interpretive information as required in tours
  • Comply with dress and grooming requirements listed in interpreter manual
  • Provide physical security for mansion and visitors assisting in emergency situations as needed
  • Assist non-English speaking visitors
  • 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 [email protected]. Please put the position you are applying for in the subject line.