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Vice President of Museum Programs
The Montpelier Foundation, which oversees the day-to-day operations of the vast Montpelier estate, home to James Madison, the fourth president of the United States and the father of the Constitution, seeks a Vice President of Museum Programs (VPMP) to develop dynamic programs that inspire continuing engagement in American self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison.

The VPMP leads three departments that provide a variety of engaging programs in several venues inside the Montpelier mansion; on the grounds surrounding the mansion; significant sites outside the historic core, off-site, and online. The incumbent directs museum operations, including collections, exhibits, acquisitions, training and security; educational services, including interpretation; educational outreach and public programs; and curatorial and archaeological research. The VPMP will also work closely with other departments such as the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier, retail and visitor services and communications to assist in the dissemination of accurate information and other portrayals of the activities occurring on the Montpelier estate. 

The VPMP has a unique opportunity to join the team at James Madison’s Montpelier in establishing Montpelier as a nationally recognized historic site. Following the recently completed and meticulous architectural restoration of the Montpelier mansion and equally meticulous ongoing archaeological and curatorial research and authentic refurnishing efforts, the VPMP will lead a dedicated team of specialists. All such endeavors will assist in developing engaging programs across several venues for over 125,000 annual visitors.

This job is ideal for someone who is inspired by James Madison and the ongoing impact of history on the American story; and someone who enjoys sharing that inspiration with others in engaging styles suited for a variety of audiences. Any candidate must possess the ability to:

  • Commit to the mission of the division driven by Foundation’s mission
  • Provide strong leadership with a team approach to setting and achieving goals
  • Manage several interdisciplinary efforts, coordinating the work of each into cohesive and consistent messages and programs within established budgets
  • Collaborate with colleagues within and outside the organization to promote Montpelier and James Madison
  • Serve as staff liaison for internal committees; board committees; and public programs
  • Cultivate relationships with donors and others to further the Foundation’s mission

Apply online. Include cover letter; three references; salary requirement and resume in one PDF.  EOE.

The Montpelier Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

To volunteer, contact Kathy Del Rosso at kdelrosso@montpelier.org or use the contact form linked below.



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