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Posted: 11/06/2014

The Montpelier Foundation
James Madison's Montpelier

Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and fourth president of the United States. Montpelier is administered by The Montpelier Foundation, which seeks to inspire continuing public engagement with American constitutional self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison. The historic home and grounds are open to visitors and student groups throughout the year, and through the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, Montpelier provides world-class residential and online educational programs. Montpelier is a National Trust Historic Site.

Professional Opportunity
Orange, VA


  • Lead the visitor engagement and education department to ensure that all property tours and visitor programs run smoothly and are appropriately engaging for well-defined visitor demographics.
  • Lead and ensure collaboration in the work of archaeological and curatorial research and restoration efforts, coordinating and incorporating research findings in all areas of program content.
  • Collaborate with all departments to incorporate relevant information into Museum Program content and visitor experiences.
  • Use collections and research to provide support to scholarship, exhibits, and publications in all areas of Montpelier programming.
  • Develop and implement an interpretation and exhibits plan for the historic core and satellite sites at Montpelier.
  • Collaborate with visitor services on retail offerings and overall customer experience and satisfaction at Montpelier.
  • Direct and oversee personnel, programs and budgets of the education and interpretation, archaeology, and curatorial departments.
  • Serve on the leadership team that advises executive management in collaborative decisions on programming, planning, budgeting, fundraising, and other areas.
  • Cultivate relationships with donors and others.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Familiarity with James and Dolley Madison, Montpelier, and eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century American history including the institution of slavery.
  • Ten years experience in the field of historic sites and/or museum operations.
  • Proven track record of innovations in historical interpretation, material culture, and visitor experience.
  • Eight years experience in staff management, strategic goal setting, and the application of general management principles.
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to work with variety of staff, colleagues and visitors.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced degree in a related field preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills.





OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
See Application URL below.

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