Employment & Internships

Employment at Cheekwood

Interested applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.


Current Employment Opportunities  

  • Summer Camp Instructor

    Cheekwood is seeking creative, energetic, and positive individuals to instruct in a summer day camp program for children ages 5 and up. Summer Camp instructors will be responsible for facilitating age-appropriate lessons, activities, and games that reflect course offerings in visual arts and horticulture.

    Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

    • • Instruct summer camps utilizing age-appropriate lessons, activities, and games in assigned studio arts, nature and/or gardening or other camps
    • • Provide a written curriculum for approval upon class assignment. Curriculum must clearly outline projects and material lists. Adapt when materials available differ from those requested
    • • Responsible for set up and clean up after session including changing/replacing paper, returning supplies to the designated areas, cleaning supplies (brushes, paint containers, etc.)
    • • Arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins
    • • Acts as the primary supervisor of students during class hours
    • • Provides instruction to counselors or volunteers assisting in the classroom
    • • Administers basic first aid when necessary
    • • Create a positive environment that encourages active learning for campers

    Required Education:

    • • High school diploma or equivalent
    • • Training in studio arts, art education, garden education or horticulture

    Preferred Education:

    • • Teaching Certification
    • • Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts, Horticulture, or related educational field

    Required Skills:

    • • Knowledge of basic teaching methods, as well as non-traditional techniques for early childhood development.
    • • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
    • • Must work well without direct supervision.
    • • Must have excellent time management skills.
    • • Must have a desire to work with children.
    • • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others.
    • • Ability to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols.
    • • Responsible attitude and professionalism toward career essential.

    Preferred Skills:

    • • Previous teaching experience or summer camp experience is desired.
    • • Experience conducting educational programming is also desired.

    Required Work Schedule and Hours:

    • • Must commit to a Monday through Friday schedule of either morning or afternoon camp sessions.
    • • Cheekwood Summer Camp runs from June 7 – July 30, 2021

    Please send resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Communications Manager

    Reporting directly to the Director of Marketing, the Communications Manager will assist in the creation, implementation, and management of media relations-focused plans and activities intended to publicize Cheekwood’s exhibitions, programs, and offerings, and generally advance the institution’s reputation and awareness within the Nashville metropolitan area, regionally and nationally.

    Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

    • • Develops a strategic communication strategy that aligns with Marketing Department goals.
    • • Acts as the primary media contact and Cheekwood spokesperson and coordinate media interviews with relevant staff members.
    • • Coordinates press tours, writer tours and events for promotional purposes.
    • • Works with Director of Marketing to establish Media Partnerships with media outlets including print, digital, broadcast and radio.
    • • Cultivates relationships with editors and writers, producers, and reporters, with an emphasis on media representatives from the Nashville metropolitan area, national, and online outlets.
    • • Develops pitch plan for stories to and activities intended to publicize Cheekwood history, exhibitions, programs, offerings, outreach initiatives, and generally advance the institution’s public relations efforts.
    • • Develops and maintains Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion (DEAI) communications procedures.
    • • Creates opportunities to share the mission of Cheekwood and day-to-day impact through stories, video, visuals, social media, etc.
    • • Works with the Marketing Team to develop content for Cheekwood’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tik Tok).
    • • Works with the Marketing Team to maintain consistency and integrity in Cheekwood’s communications across multiple channels, including website, social media, collateral, donor and member appeals, and programming promotions.
    • • Develops email campaigns to promote upcoming events and initiatives.
    • • Helps to update and maintain website and blog using WordPress content management system.
    • • Works with internal departments to develop content for Cheekwood blog ensuring fresh content regularly by writing and/or coordinating submissions from others.
    • • Works with outside agencies on occasion to build and execute PR initiatives.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing, or a related field and at least four years job‐related experience is preferred in public relations or media relations. Substantial contacts within Nashville’s media, marketing, and advertising industries; contacts with national and online media contacts a plus; proven pitch and placement record; excellent organizational skills, yet very flexible; able to work varied hours; experienced writer; skilled at clear, compelling, and accurate presentation of written materials; experience in acting as a company spokesperson; comfortable and skilled in both broadcast and print media interviews; excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and interpersonal skills; strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office; experience using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop a plus, but not required. Experience using WordPress for website management a plus, but not required.

    Please send resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

Internships at Cheekwood

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of 3 references, at least one academic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Start dates may vary based upon department needs and schedule. Please submit all applications to Abby Carlson at acarlson@cheekwood.org by the application deadline for the desired semester. All interns will be required to undergo a background check.

We do not have any internship opportunities available at this time.

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