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Posted: 11/13/2015

The Mount Vernon Ladies Association - George Washington's Mount Vernon
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 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 generous 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. Guests visiting the estate can view Washington’s Mansion and many other original structures. The historic footprint also includes the tomb of George and Martha Washington and a memorial dedicated to the enslaved people who lived and worked on the estate. Interpretive spaces such as the Pioneer Farm and George Washington's Gristmill & Distillery provide a rich understanding of Washington's enterprising and profitable business ventures. Offering additional engaging experiences, the Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center include 25 theaters and galleries showcasing Mount Vernon's superb collections. The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon is a groundbreaking center for scholarship and educational outreach on the life of George Washington and the colonial and founding eras. Mount Vernon typically welcomes over 1,000,000 visitors each year.

Director of Architecture
Director of Architecture
Professional Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA
Director of Architecture
George Washingtons Mount Vernon seeks applications for the position of Director of Architecture. 
Working under the supervision of the Senior Vice President for Historic Preservation and Collections, the incumbent oversees and directs Mount Vernons architecture program, the programs conservation and restoration initiatives, and research on Mount Vernons  architectural resources. In addition, oversees and directs the work of full and part time staff as well as the preparation of the annual architecture work plan and budget.  
  • MA degree in architectural history, historic preservation or a closely related field required; PhD preferred
  • Sound knowledge of the philosophy and fundamental principles of historic preservation, and the identification, evaluation, and documentation of historic architecture required
  • Excellent communication, diplomatic, and supervisory skills required 
Please apply online (using the link below) with letter of interest, resume and three references (all in one document).
OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please apply online (using the link below) with letter of interest, resume and three references (all in one document). http://www.mountvernon.org/about/employment/open-positions-at-mount-vernon/?gnk=job&gni=8a7886f850eb31a90150fdc4436148b2&gns=http://www.preservenet.cornell.edu/
P.O. Box 110
Mount, VA 22121

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