Employment & Internships

Employment & Internships

To apply please send your cover letter and resume to: Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

Employment  

  • Full-time Building Superintendent / Maintenance

    Full-time Building Superintendent / Maintenance 

    Reporting to the Facilities Manager, this position is responsible for general maintenance, housekeeping, and event set-up activities which includes setting-up tables, chairs, staging and other items for events.

    • • Performs general custodial and maintenance activities, which can include cleaning, plumbing, electrical, painting, construction projects and other activities.
    • • Responsible for all weekly event set ups and strikes while working closely with the programming and rentals departments on event support.
    • • Monitor and maintain the HVAC systems: air filters, coils as well as the Metasys computer system; chemical treatment of chillers, boilers and heat exchanges.
    • • Responsible for ballast bulbs and electrical devices.
    • • Responsible for registering, monitoring and maintaining the Cheekwood motor vehicles.
    • • Provides quality customer service by exhibiting courteous behavior and positive communication skills at all times.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have knowledge of facility management; the ability to work with a team and independently; availability to work a regular schedule including weekends; regularly lift 50 lbs, and possess a valid drivers’ license. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, position with available benefits. We offer the ability to work in a beautiful environment.

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

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Holiday LIGHTS Seasonal Positions

    Holiday LIGHTS Seasonal Positions

    Parking Attendants – Responsible for directing visitors, and monitoring parking spaces while providing high quality customer service.

    Security Attendants – Responsible for ensuring a safe and secure environment. Must have a valid State of Tennessee Unarmed Guard License and valid driver’s license.

    Positions are part-time and require the availability to work evenings & weekends. Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Vice President of Museum Affairs

    Vice President of Museum Affairs

    The Vice President of Museum Affairs reports to the CEO and is part of a seven-person Senior Leadership Team which develops annual goals and objectives for realizing strategic initiatives as outlined in the institution’s five-year strategic plan and long-term master site plan.  The Vice President of Museum Affairs supervises a five-person curatorial team and oversees all curatorial programs, including the care and enhancement of the Permanent Collection and Historically Furnished Rooms & Galleries in the Cheekwood Mansion; organizing permanent collection installations and exhibitions for temporary display and touring; researching, identifying and securing traveling exhibitions; providing content for educational and promotional interpretation; and serving as the institution’s art and history representative and spokesperson, actively seeking to build relationships to generate awareness, appreciation and financial support for the institution.

    The Vice President of Museum Affairs will be responsible for the oversight of the Permanent Art Collection, including: research and interpretation, providing content for scholarly publications; student/adult tours; educational, informational and promotional collateral including brochures, wall text/labels, signage, the Cheekwood web site; and press materials, including releases, blogs and social media postings; developing and overseeing policy related to collections management including archives, record-keeping, storage, and conservation; organizing and curating on-site (gallery and outdoor) installations and exhibitions of the works to interpret, promote and generate awareness and appreciation; organizing and curating fee-based exhibitions to tour works regionally, nationally and internationally; overseeing the institution’s collecting plan including directing all acquisitions and deaccessions to strengthen the collection’s focus on 20th-century American Art and its vision to establish Cheekwood as the Southeast’s premier destination for the display, appreciation and enjoyment of outdoor modern/contemporary sculpture; overseeing the continual improvement and enhancement of the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, developing installations, exhibitions and programs that celebrate the works and trail experience; overseeing the continual improvement and enhancement of the Cheek Family Collection and historically furnished rooms, developing programs and initiatives to ensure the presentation is dynamic and continually engaging to repeat visitors.

    The Vice President of Museum Affairs will research, source and secure traveling exhibitions to mount at Cheekwood, including oversight of all contracts; development and adherence to budgets; and supervising staff on the design, transport, insurance, installation/de-installation and interpretation; provide content and instruction on the permanent collection, exhibitions/installations, and Cheek family history for the institution’s docent and volunteer program; work closely with the Education & Public Programs Department in developing content-rich student/adult tours and programs including lectures, presentations, salon discussions and other interactive opportunities to engage and educate the public, both children and adults; work with the Curatorial Team in developing annual goals/objectives to implement strategic art and history initiatives outlined in the institution’s five-year strategic plan, overseeing and managing work assignments, timelines, and budgets; serve as Cheekwood’s art and history representative and spokesperson, actively seeking to build positive institutional relationships with the press, peer institutions, artists, galleries, auction houses and dealers, participating in local, regional and national/international conferences, events and activities.

    The Vice President of Museum Affairs will develop, monitor and oversee annual curatorial budget to meet revenue goals and manage expenses; work with the CEO and Chief Advancement Officer in identifying, cultivating and engaging prospective and current donors, hosting lunches, tours, special access opportunities and travel opportunities; research and recommend historic preservation and art funding sources and collaborate/assist the Advancement Department and CEO in securing support; serve as the Senior Team Liaison for the Board of Trustees Art and Historic Initiatives Committees.

    Candidate Profile:

    The ideal candidate will have five to ten years of curatorial and museum leadership experience; possess an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in Art History or Museum Studies related field; and excellent knowledge of 20th century American Art and Post-Modern and Contemporary Sculpture.  Excellent writing, interpersonal and public speaking skills; a proven track record organizing and curating exhibitions; and experience cultivating and engaging donors, are required.

    We offer a competitive benefit package and the opportunity to work in an exceptionally beautiful setting in a dynamic and growing city.Send resume and letter of interest to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

  • Part-time Front of House

    Part-Time Front of House

    Café 29 at Cheekwood is seeking several part-time Front of the House staff members. This position is responsible for ensuring all food and beverage items are ordered & delivered correctly while providing exceptional customer service to guests.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have previous food service and barista experience; cashier knowledge; strong teamwork and customer service skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. An ABC certification is required. Willing to train anyone with a friendly positive attitude. Both daytime and weekend shifts are available. Please send your resume to Cafe29@cheekwood.org.

    Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

Internships

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of three references, at least one academic. Please submit all applications to Abby Carlson at acarlson@cheekwood.org by application deadline for the desired semester. Accepted interns will be required to undergo a background check.

 

  • Development Internship – Spring 2020

    Development Internship – Spring 2020

    Cheekwood Development Internships are designed for the university or college student seeking hands-on experience in a non-profit museum and botanical garden. Interns will experience all aspects of non-profit development and fundraising including: internal development event support, prospect research, copy development for internal and external materials, and more. The internship is ideal for students or recent graduates hoping to gain experience in: non-profit development, event planning, and museum administration.

    Responsibilities:

    • • Working with the Development and Events Coordinator on Development and donor cultivation events as needed, including but not limited to invitation preparation, response tracking, setup and breakdown, and attending as a member of the Development team.
    • • Assisting the Development Manager of Institutional Giving in prospecting, research, and editing grant proposals.
    • • Assisting the team on copy development and editing for internal and external materials, including webpages, invitations, membership promotions, and solicitations.
    • • Working with the Development and Events Coordinator and the Director of Development on internal and external prospect research. Areas of research focus will include are individual, foundation, and corporate giving.

    Qualifications:

    • • Strong writing, editing, & researching skills
    • • Interest in development and fundraising
    • • Excellent organization skills & attention to detail
    • • Maintain the highest discretion in regards to donor records and sensitive information
    • • Strong written & oral communication skills
    • • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
    • • Experience in database management a plus
    • • Ability to lift, pull, push, and carry up to 25 pounds for event setup/breakdown

    Hours/Time Commitment: February 4, 2020 to May 15, 2020; approximately 12-15 weeks. Hours vary and are flexible, but a minimum of 8 hours per week is generally expected to be completed during Cheekwood hours; 12-16 hours per week preferred:

    10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday

    Occasional evening and weekend hours are requested

    Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

    Education: University/college junior to Graduate Level

    Area of Study: English, Public/Arts Administration, Art History, History, Communications

    Compensation: This is an unpaid position. Interns are encouraged to seek academic credit for internships.

    Application Requirements: 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.

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