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Posted: 11/28/2012

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
Historic Preservation and Collections

Mount Vernon is owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1853 by Ann Pamela Cunningham. The Association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country, and it has always been in the forefront of the restoration field. It is directed by a Board of Regents, comprised solely of women, who represent over 30 states. A Board of Advisors of prominent citizens from across the country meets twice a year to provide additional input on Mount Vernon's governance. The estate, gift shops and dining facilities are operated by about 600 paid employees and over 400 volunteers. Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America and is open 365 days a year. Mount Vernon does not accept grants from federal, state or local governments, and no tax dollars are expended to support its purposes. Primary sources of income are revenue from the retail and dining facilities, ticket sales, and donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. The estate, gardens and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Today, roughly 500 acres of this historic estate have been preserved 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the banks of the Potomac River. Visitors can see 20 structures and 50 acres of gardens as they existed in 1799. The estate also includes a museum, the tombs of George and Martha Washington, Washington's greenhouse, an outdoor exhibit devoted to American agriculture as practiced by Washington, the nation's most important memorial to the accomplishments of 18th-century slaves, and a collection which features numerous decorative and domestic artifacts. Mount Vernon welcomes an average of 1,000,000 visitors each year.

Deputy Director for Architecture
Professional Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA
Department:  Historic Preservation and Collections
As the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association moves into the 21st century, the Association seeks to further raise the importance of historic preservation activities at George Washington's estate by judiciously adding new talent to form a unified team charged with developing and executing new plans focused on Mount Vernon's core preservation mission.  Mount Vernon invites applications for the following positions, some of which are new to the Association's preservation efforts.  All are full-time positions with accompanying benefits. Deputy Director for Architecture
Historic Mount Vernon seeks a highly motivated architectural historian to fill the newly created position of Deputy Director for Architecture.  This individual will oversee the documentation and preservation of the historic structures at George Washington's Mount Vernon. 
Leading Mount Vernon's architectural research, conservation, and restoration efforts for more than 20 historic structures and overseeing the documentation of this endeavor both digitally and through publications and reports.  The Deputy Director oversees the work of the Architectural Conservator, Preservation Specialist, and additional full and part-time staff.  The Deputy Director works under the supervision of the Director for Historic Preservation and Research within Mount Vernon's Historic Preservation and Collections Department. 


  • Must hold an MA degree in architectural history, historic preservation or architecture
  • At least three years experience working as an architectural historian
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the philosophy and fundamental principles of historic preservation required, including the identification, evaluation and documentation of historic architecture through both archival research and field work
  • Familiarity with 18th-century building methods and materials and a demonstrated record of documentation and publication of architectural research


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How to apply
By December 31, 2012 - please send resume and cover letter specific to a position to: Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121. Applications may also be sent via e-mail to hrmail@mountvernon.org, or by fax to 703.780.8320. EOE
Vice President Human Resources
Phone: 703.780.2000
Fax: 703.780.8320
P.O. Box 110
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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