Director of Education, The Parthenon

Website NashParthenon The Parthenon (Metro Nashville Parks & Rec)

Nashville's iconic art and history museum.

Specialized Skills Instructor – Parks/Education Director

Position Description

This position announcement is for Specialized Skills Instructor – Parks/Education Director, a full-time Civil Service position in Metro Parks & Recreation. This position is located at the Parthenon in Centennial Park and is responsible for performing the professional duties involved in developing and executing a variety of educational programs for all ages that support the Parthenon’s mission. This classification receives general supervision and reports to the Museum Director; may supervise one or more full or part-time employees.  Performs related duties as required.

Metro’s Parks and Recreation Department has something for everyone through its variety of strategically placed facilities and programs. Parks offers cultural arts and fitness classes, dog parks and nature programs and 16,000 acres of open space, including 121 parks and 19 greenways. Ice hockey, sports leagues, art galleries and much more are among the offerings. An active and fun place where there is always something going on, Parks might be just the place for you.

Museum hours require the person in this position to be able to work a flexible schedule.

Typical Duties

  • Plans and implements educational opportunities that relate to state standards for school-age visitors and enhances the visitor experience for all audiences.
  • Works closely with Curatorial team in development/coordination of exhibitions.
  • Collects data to evaluate the visitor experience, keeps accurate records, and prepares reports as needed.
  • Takes lead in working with docents and in coordinating their training curriculum and schedule.
  • Coordinates with area faculty for curriculum-related opportunities to ensure best use of museum’s exhibitions.
  • Initiates and maintains partnerships with other arts and history organizations.
  • May collect and process fees.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and one (1) year experience in the area of instruction.

*Additional experience may be considered in lieu of some education*


Valid Driver’s License

Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.

Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of best practices in museum education
  • Experience in public speaking and as an educator, capable of speaking in front of large groups
  • Skill in communicating both orally and in writing with artists, other educators and museum staff
  • Experience compiling and maintaining accurate records and reports
  • Proficiency in MS Office products
  • Experience training and evaluating others

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