Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 

By joining the Brooks you would be working with a well-established organization that is the largest fine arts museum in the state of Tennessee. The Brooks is a multifaceted institution consisting of art from antiquity to the present in a wide range of media. This is an exciting time to consider joining the museum, which is continually growing and changing. We welcome your application for currently posted positions, and also encourage you to re-visit this site for information about future opportunities.  

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Job Openings

Job Title: Associate Director of Development

Department: Development

Reports to: Director of Development

Employment Status: Regular/Full-time


The Associate Director of Development is tasked with identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding corporations. Incumbent is actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with the corporate sector, as well as other key communities that will result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the museum.

The position provides the expertise to advance the museum’s interests by researching and identification sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on corporate guidelines and interests, and by maintaining strong communication ties with corporate donors and prospects.

In addition, the incumbent will plan, organize and implement activities (identification, cultivation, solicitations, stewardship, and documentation) related to the Annual Fund and expand donor support of the Annual Fund as an ongoing priority as well as manage relationships with prospective and current major gifts donors and will be expected to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward these very important museum supporters.

Essential Responsibilities Corporate Giving (60%)

  • Design, implement, and manage a comprehensive proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate relationships by directing and coordinating activities related to obtaining corporate monetary support.

  • Identify emerging business leadership and industry trends with a special emphasis on developing high value-exchange corporate alliances and identify, evaluate, cultivate and solicit large philanthropic commitments to support the mission and goals of the museum.

  • Work directly with the Director of Development to develop new approaches to corporations and coordinate these contacts to initiate the cultivation/fundraising process.

  • Develop highly competitive proposals for corporate prospects and leverage diverse corporate goals and preferences in conjunction with museum goals.

  • Maintain a rigorous schedule of contacts with corporate representatives, creating moves management plans related to them, compelling presentations and comprehensive fundraising proposals.

  • Create opportunities to engage, cultivate and steward current donors to help meet fundraising goals.

  • Build relationships with corporate representatives to improve communication and increase funding, including organizing and leading site visits, managing and designing corporate volunteer opportunities, and keeping funders informed about the museum’s work.

Essential Responsibilities Annual Fund (20%)

  • Develop, implement and track a multi-channel annual giving plan to include direct mail, online giving and other creative fundraising strategies.

  • Analyze effectiveness of various fundraising methods and messages; adapt future appeals accordingly.

  • Create and implement strategic fundraising messages based on donor segmentation and research.

  • Develop and manage annual expense budget for annual giving appeals.

  • Monitor the monthly progress of annual giving results compared to financial goals.

  • Support major and annual giving with donor segmentation, prospect research, tracking mechanisms and streamlined donor management processes.

Essential Responsibilities Major Gifts (20%)

  • Qualify and cultivate prospective donors locally, regionally and in the state of Tennessee.

  • Expand donor base in the region and the state.

  • Develop and propose strategies for solicitation of major gifts, including: determining ongoing relationships with prospect/donor; recommending specific purpose and level of gift; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and subsequent solicitation; assuring that solicitations are carried out.

  • Ensures that all major and planned giving donors receive appropriate, consistent recognition and an accounting of the impact that their gift has on community needs annually.

  • Prospects by making personal calls on donors and their financial advisors year around to ensure a growing base of support.

Education and training:

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.

Work Experience:

At least 5 years of development experience with a nonprofit.

Skills and Abilities: 

Demonstrated success in achieving revenue targets; experience working with senior corporate executives; strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively; strong partnership-building and event planning skills; outstanding people skills.


The Associate Director of Development is full-time and includes benefits. Send cover letter and resume (as a Word attachment) to: resumes@brooksmuseum.org with “Associate Director of Development” in the subject line.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Job Title: Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellowship

Department: Curatorial/Exhibitions

Reports to: Curator of European and Decorative Art

Employment Status: Twelve month appointment


The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is offering a unique fellowship opportunity for an individual who has completed a degree (B.A., M.A., or Ph. D.) in art history, studio art, art education, art conservation, or museum studies and who is pursuing or contemplating graduate study or professional placement in these or related fields. The Interpretive Fellowship will be for twelve months and is funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The Fellow will be closely mentored by Dr. Stanton Thomas, Curator of European and Decorative Art, in collaboration with Kathy Dumlao, Director of Education and Interpretation.

The fellowship program will focus on creating a comprehensive reinstallation plan for the Brooks’ collection of paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, with particular focus upon Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque pictures. This reinstallation plan also would include paintings from other donors, as well as decorative arts and sculpture. Woven into this reinstallation plan, and indeed forming the rationale for it, would be an underlying interpretive narrative. These materials in turn will help to shape the renovation and rehanging of the related areas of the museum, a project which is slated for 2017-2018. The project would be developed with the Curator of European Art and Decorative Art, who would guide the research of the fellow, help to develop the over-arching themes, and work closely on the proposed reinstallation. The fellow would work with both the Curator of European and Decorative Art and the Curator of Education and Interpretation on writing labels and interpretive panels to make these new narratives clear and accessible to our diverse audiences. In addition to developing a plan for reinstalling the collection and on interpretive materials for the galleries, the fellow would also collaborate with the education department to develop overarching themes into lesson plans for the museum’s school and public tour program, and to provide training on the objects and the new installation for volunteer docents. These materials would also form the basis for new interpretive information about the Kress collection and selected paintings for including in the audioguide.

The fellowship offers the opportunity to work with the staff of The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the largest and oldest fine arts museum in Tennessee (www.brooksmuseum.org). Its encyclopedic permanent collection of more than 9,000 works is the most comprehensive within a 500 mile radius. The Brooks’ rich holdings, ambitious exhibitions schedule, innovative educational initiatives, and energetic public programming reflect its century plus commitment to enriching and transforming lives. In this environment, the fellow will be able to hone their connoisseurship and interpretive skills, expand their network of colleagues, and gain practical experience in working within an active, inventive art museum.

Twelve month appointment, beginning Fall 2016.
$25,000 stipend, with additional funds available for related travel and/or research.

Application Deadline: August 15, 2016

Application Procedure: Send cover letter, CV, names and contact information for 3 references, and 1-2 writing samples (not to exceed 1,500 words total) to: stanton.thomas@brooksmuseum.org.

Please direct related questions to this address as well.


The Memphis Brooks of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Job Description: Gallery Officer

Number of Positions Available: 3

Position Description:  The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has three job openings for the position of Gallery Officer.

This position will be responsible for monitoring activity in the galleries to ensure the safety of the art; in addition to working as a public relations ambassador ensuring that guests have a positive experience while visiting the museum.

Skills & Requirements:

The candidates must have strong customer service skills which includes good verbal and written communication.

Candidates must have a working knowledge of Windows 2007 Operating Systems. The job will require ninety percent standing, and working occasional late evening hours.

Qualified candidates will be required to pass the Tennessee State Security Officers Exam within six months of satisfactory employment.

Education Requirements:

GED or High School Diploma required.

The Memphis Brooks of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. 

All interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to resumes@brooksmuseum.org.