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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.

Assistant Manager Visitor Services & Retail Operations
The Assistant Manager assists in the day-to-day operation and management of the Visitor Center (VC) and Museum Gift Shop at James Madison’s Montpelier.  Duties range from opening the VC, to solving customer complaints, to training staff in customer service, to working special events on weekends or evenings. Inventory management and retail sales are key responsibilities, as is developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the interpretive staff and with other VC staff. Top priority is assisting visitors in a courteous, efficient, and timely manner at all times.

Apply online.

Ticketing/Sales Manager
The Ticketing Manager oversees and manages all aspects of ticketed admission and tours, including onsite, online, adult groups, student groups, specialty tours, and events, acting as key administrator for the ticketing database. This position works closely with the Education Department, with the Visitor Center staff and other departments to ensure a welcoming and carefree admission process.

Apply online.

Archaeology Field Technicians

The Montpelier Foundation is seeking applications for two full-time archaeological technician positions to join their historical and public archaeology department. The position comes with benefits (health insurance, retirement, vacation, and sick leave). The position is provisionally for one year, with extension beyond this dependent upon the acquisition of further grants.

Applications need to be received by December 26th, 2014, via email.  While this announcement may have a deadline, positions will be filled as suitable applicants are found.  Send applicable materials to Dr. Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology, Montpelier Foundation by email to dig@montpelier.org.

The Archaeology Department at The Montpelier Foundation is a research and public archaeology department focused on discovering and interpreting the plantation landscape of James Madison, our nation’s 4th President.  Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (BA, BS) in Anthropology or a related field, and be able to effectively communicate archaeological techniques to untrained volunteers, students, and visitors.  The successful candidate should also have participated in a recognized archaeological field school and have at least one to two years of experience in full-time archaeological field work, preferably in historical contexts. 

For more information about the position and program, and required materials, please visit this link.

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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