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Heritage Foundation, Williamson County, TN

Chief of Staff

Heritage Foundation, Williamson County, TN


Job Summary

POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the President & Chief Executive Officer, the Chief of Staff (CoS) provides leadership and strategic support to the chief executive and her direct reports. The CoS is responsible for overall executive support, special projects coordination, information technology (IT), strategic planning, and internal communications.

At hiring in 2023, the Chief of Staff does not have any direct reports but will work closely with the organization’s senior leadership team and other department/division heads.

Job Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job, an individual must perform each essential function satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Serve as a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, guiding and responding to high level needs of the organization and interfacing with the board of directors regularly.
  • Serve as the chief executive’s administrative liaison to the Board of Directors including working with staff to prepare the CEO’s board reports, etc.
  • Support the CEO and senior leadership team with organizational development initiatives such as policy creation and modification, staffing plans, updating organizational structures, writing job descriptions, etc.
  • Brainstorm, develop, execute, and report on existing and new/unplanned/special projects that span the organization.
  • At the CEO’s direction and in collaboration with other leaders, supports various programmatic areas such as event sales, tourism sales, exhibition development, education outreach, etc.
  • Strategically direct the efforts of the contract information technology (IT) firm, including future planning infrastructure, software systems, information security, etc. Research, seek, and implement key business software platforms.
  • Oversee and facilitate the organization’s annual strategic planning process, including coordinating with all department/division heads, preparing detailed timeline, combining all plans into master plan, etc.
  • Identify problems and recommend or implement solutions on an organizational basis. Operates with a high degree of independent judgment to relieve the CEO of administrative and business detail.
  • Serve as the lead on all internal communications, announcements, policy rollouts, etc.
  • Prepare materials, presentations, and other key communications to support the CEO.
  • Represent the CEO where necessary in external and internal meetings.
  • Alongside all full-time staff, act as day-of event staff for various weekend and evening events such as street festivals, key fundraising events, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience, preferably in a role supporting senior leader. Demonstrated leadership experience within a complex and multidisciplinary institution.

Other Qualifications:

  • High reasoning ability and emotional intelligence; critical thinker.
  • Strong ability to interpret complex information and clearly communicate messages simply to others.
  • Very strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Design skills such as Canva, highly desired.
  • Ability to understand business financials and analyze various budgets, estimates, etc.
  • Experience with creating and managing Gantt charts and other project management tools.
  • Ability to strategize and problem solve complex challenges.
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational, and written skills.
  • Ability to act as a brand ambassador of the Heritage Foundation and its divisions.
  • Model a leadership style that is open, supportive, collaborative, and respectful of all staff members.
  • Interface and communicate effectively with colleagues at all levels and ability to thrive in highly collaborative and mission-driven culture.

Additional Information


The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Tennessee provides employees with a wide range of benefits for full time employees and their eligible dependents. The following summary represents a snapshot of our offerings.

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Paid Time Off
  • Retirement plan
  • And more!

ABOUT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has been dedicated to preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic, and cultural heritage as well as promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. The Foundation brings county history to about 3,000 school children each year through the Heritage Classroom program as well as walking tours of downtown Franklin. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Franklin each year. The Heritage Foundation is the parent organization of four divisions, The Franklin Theatre, the Downtown Franklin Association, the organization’s current adaptive reuse project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens, and its newest division, the History & Culture Center of Williamson County. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit www.williamsonheritage.org.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter to bbeasley@williamsonheritage.org.


  • Date Posted: May 26, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Salary Range: Market
  • Working Hours: 40 hours per week