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Country Music Foundation Inc

Manager of Advancement, Education & Community Engagement

Country Music Foundation Inc


Job Summary

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has an opening for the full-time, exempt position of Manager of Advancement, Education & Community Engagement, in the Development and Education division.

Company Overview:

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum documents and interprets the history of country music—a 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 that illustrate the evolving history and traditions of country music and provides diverse learning opportunities through educational programs, publications, and exhibitions. The core exhibit follows the story of country music from its folk beginnings through its evolution as a commercial art form. Rotating exhibits examine a broad range of topics, from country classics to 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.

Division Overview:

The Development department oversees all philanthropy on behalf of the museum, which includes museum membership; annual, major, and planned giving; special events, which range from exhibition opening receptions to fundraisers; as well as foundation, corporate, sponsorship and government giving programs. We also steward relationships with Country Music Hall of Fame members; the broader music community; elected officials; local, state, and national arts organizations; and museum donors. We are constant advocates for the arts on local and national levels, and we publish strategic communications on the Museum’s behalf, such as the annual report. Our goal is to provide excellent stewardship to all who make gifts of time, talent, and treasure to the mission in support of our mission-focused work.

Through the development of programs and resources, the Education department expands and illuminates the stories, themes, and music explored in the museum galleries. Serving nearly 100,000 people per year, we engage various audiences through a wide-range of activities, including school and community-based programs, hands-on workshops for youth and families, performance presentations for museum visitors, and more. The museum’s mission of collect, preserve, and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music… and teach diverse audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music defines the work of the Education department.

Job Overview: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum seeks a Manager of Advancement, Education & Community Engagement to grow the cultural institution’s development efforts with foundations and government entities, supporting education and public programming at the museum. This position will be responsible for attaining an aggressive fundraising goal that includes diverse grant gifts to support the museum’s educational mission. He/she will actively collaborate with the Senior Director of Development; Manager of Advancement, Government Relations; Director of Corporate Partnerships; and Senior Vice President of External Affairs. The position will report to the Senior Director of Development.

Job Responsibilities

Specific Job Duties:

· Manage a portfolio of 50+ institutional funders of education and community engagement programs.

· Partner with the Manager of Advancement, Government Relations to complete all funding opportunities listed on the annual grant calendar.

· Collaborate with relevant education and development colleagues to strategize and draft new applications.

· Project manage grant work flows and processes across divisions, ensuring submissions reflect significant collaboration and interdepartmental expertise.

· Ensure compliant grant and contract administration.

· Complete all required grant reporting and follow up.

· Oversee all relevant funder recognition.

· Strategize and implement appropriate donor relations and stewardship activities.

· Research and identify new funding opportunities in support of museum educational initiatives.

· Support the Development Division in special events, donor relations, and general duties as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree

· Minimum of five years’ experience in grant writing and/or institutional giving.

· Experience generating and qualifying institutional prospects.

· Experience managing a portfolio of 50-plus major donors.

· Passion for the arts, museums, and country music.

· Knowledge of current educational practices and program design.

· Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with and interact with a broad spectrum of personalities and diverse populations.

· Must have the ability to resolve conflicts and respond to inquiries in an appropriate and efficient manner.

· Must have significant database experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Museum experience.

· Experience with Tessitura database.

Conditions of Employment:

· Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings, and some holidays.

· Must pass a background check and driving record check.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the varied attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person unique, and we believe that fostering a culture of inclusion is essential to institutional excellence. The museum promotes an environment of respect, communication, and understanding, while actively seeking opportunities to learn about and establish practices that further facilitate equity. The museum does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

We are a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all qualified candidates to apply for open positions. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its staff and visitors. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and employment verification, including federally mandated E-verify processes, as required for position.

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  • Date Posted: June 17, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Other