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National Museum of African American Music

Education and Exhibition Coordinator

National Museum of African American Music


Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Director of Education & Exhibitions, the Education and Exhibition Coordinator will be a steward of the museum’s artifacts and narratives as well as serve as a bridge between the education and exhibitions department. They will have a passion for a variety of musical forms and be able to translate that passion and skill into the work of cataloging, archiving, and exhibiting artifacts. Further, a candidate ensures the artifacts, and their narratives support the enriching learning programs for youth and adults relating to music education, and history.

Job Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintains, catalogues, preserves, and archives the museum’s collection.
  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge of a wide range of special collections formats and their related preservation issues, including appropriate packing, handling, shipping, documentation, and storage. They communicate the implications of these issues to a diverse peer group at the museum, including directors, curators, special collections processing and facilities managers, and others.
  • Authenticate and appraise historical documents and archival materials.
  • Create and manage a system to maintain and preserve electronic records
  • Organize and classify archival materials
  • Coordinates and manages the efficient and appropriate transport, custody transfer, and intake of materials while assessing and managing the risk associated with these activities, including weighing cost implications and project impacts.
  • Follow administer policy guidelines concerning public access to materials.
  • Handle all aspects regarding incoming and outgoing loans.
  • Collaborates with the Curators to assist in shaping exhibition content to ensure the museum’s educational goals are identified and met.
  • Assisting with scheduling, planning, and implementation of programs.
  • Coordinating special engagements/programs for museum patronage.
  • Connecting with the public and individuals of all ages/cultural backgrounds to discuss African American history and music.
  • Connecting the museum content and storyline to K-12 Grade learning objectives based on National Education Standards and Tennessee Academic Standards
  • Collaborates with the Museum Educators to provide, identify, and focus educational content for museum programming around key museum themes/focuses
  • Coordinates with school educators and other non-profit cultural organizations in implementing the museum’s education programs
  • Conducts museum classes and tours, as required
  • Assists with the evaluation of museum programs and exhibitions

​​​​​​​All Staff Duties

  • Serves as leader to assure strong communications between NMAAM and all external constituents.
  • Actively seeks to learn the history of NMAAM.
  • Supports and promotes the museum’s mission.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of special events.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • BA (MA preferred) in one or more of the following fields: African American history, African American music, museum studies, public history, museum education.
  • 2-3 years of experience in museums or in a related area in a history, archives, libraries, music, public history, education, or museum studies.
  • Experience working with museum collections; experience connecting them to educational experiences preferred


  • Supports the mission, vision, and strategic goals of NMAAM to serve both internal and external customers.
  • Conducts self in a professional manner; maintains appropriate professional appearance.
  • Follows and supports policies and procedures of NMAAM.
  • Participates as a team member utilizing a collaborative style to achieve mutual goals.
  • Provides proactive, creative cross-functional thinking and ideas to enhance service to customers.
  • Participates in meetings or events as needed.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Proven computer and software use skills, especially MS Office, with an ongoing commitment to training in both areas of soft and technical skills to maintain current skills and knowledge.

Additional Information


What We Offer for Full Time Staff: 

  • Employer-subsidized Medical, Dental, Vision coverage options
  • Healthcare Savings Account
  • Employer Paid Short-Term Disability Coverage
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life and Long-Term Disability
  • Employer-Paid Convenient Care Plus Telemedicine Program
  • NMAAM Retirement Readiness 401(k) Plan – employer matched, safe harbor – 100% match for the first 3% of contribution, 50% match for the next 2% of contribution. Maximum match is 4% on a 5% employee contribution
  • Employer-Paid Employee Assistance Program (Free Counseling and Work Life Services)
  • Eligibility for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • 24/7 On-Site Subsidized Parking
  • Amplify Museum Store Discount
  • Free or Discounted Entry to Local Venues including Cheekwood, Frist Art Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame and more!
  • Discounts to Fifth and Broadway merchants and restaurants and preferred rates at many local hotels

How to Apply

NMAAM offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits and compensation package that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, telemedicine program, generous paid time off, and a matched 401(k). NMAAM is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Date Posted: November 29, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Salary Range: $42,000 - $49,000