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Posted: 02/26/2017

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

The Lee-Fendall House was built when, in 1784, General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, Revolutionary War hero and father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, sold the lot at the corner of Oronoco Street to his cousin Philip Richard Fendall for £300. The following spring, Fendall began construction of the wood frame house that would, over the course of the next 118 years, serve as home to over thirty-seven members of the Lee family. The history of the house did not come to an end with the departure of the last member of the Lee family in 1903. Robert Downham, a prominent Alexandria haberdasher and liquor purveyor, resided with his family in this house for the next thirty-one years. In 1937, Downham conveyed the house to John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers, and one of the most powerful and controversial labor leaders in American history. Lewis lived in this house until his death in 1969. Today, Lee-Fendall opens its doors to visitors from around the world as a historic house museum.

Assistant Manager of Operations
Professional Opportunity
Alexandria, VA
$17.00 per hour


Title: Assistant Manager of Operations – Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

Supervisor: Executive Director

Status: Full-Time Non-Exempt; 40 hours per week

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Museum Assistant, under the supervision of the Executive Director, is responsible for successfully executing activities related to collections care and coordination of visitor services and special events and educational programs, including: site supervision and care; collections care and curatorial support; developing and conducting educational programs and special events; coordinating volunteers; maintaining and managing media outlets including social media, press releases, and advertising; and other administrative and facilities related projects. Regular duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Visitor Services (8-16 hrs/wk)

  • Provide supervision of museum in director’s absence, including opening and closing procedures and providing tours as needed
  • Answer general information requests
  • Coordinate museum volunteers
  • Maintain volunteer schedules
  • Maintain volunteer database
  • Assist in volunteer recruitment and training
  • Assist in volunteer management
  • Maintain visitor attendance database
  • Assist with gift shop operations and sales
  • Update weekly/monthly sales spreadsheets
  • Maintain gift shop inventory
  • Assist in researching gift shop stock items

Programs and Special Events (12-20 hrs/wk)

  • Coordinate with the Executive Director to invoice site rentals and schedule rental site walkthroughs
  • Assist with preparation and distribution of museum promotion and communications, including social media, newsletters, press releases, webpage, and advertising
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of special events, including educational programs and site rentals
  • Program research, development, and budget
  • Familiarity with all museum program content
  • Lead tours and public and/or educational programs
  • Staff coordination
  • Supply acquisition
  • Event set up and execution

Collections Care (4-10 hrs/week)

  • Assist with accessioning and deaccessioning collections objects
  • Assist with collections care research
  • Assist with maintaining and updating collections records, including inventories and condition reports
  • Assist with incoming and outgoing object loans
  • Maintain loan renewal database

Housekeeping & Facilities Maintenance (2-4 hrs/wk)

  • Clean all office spaces, display areas, and collections
  • Stock housekeeping items as necessary
  • Assist with routine site maintenance, including yard and lawn care

Other duties as assigned.


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs multiple times daily
  • Must be able to stand for up to 60 minutes at a time
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications:

The Assistant Manager must be flexible and willing to assist with all aspects of operations within a small historic house museum. The Assistant Manager must possess an interest in history and a willingness to develop knowledge of the museum’s history and significance. The Museum Assistant must also possess computer proficiency, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, maturity, as well as the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people, including staff, volunteers and the general public. Preference will be given to candidates with museum training or experience.

Goals for this position will include recruiting, training, and maintaining the museum’s volunteers; managing the museum’s grounds and gardens volunteers and assisting with grounds and garden projects; assisting with and presenting current programs; developing new programming for families and students; and assisting with the planning and coordination of site rentals. The greatest emphasis will be on programming.

Successful candidates MUST be able to work both Saturday and Sunday; work schedule will be Wednesday through Sunday; occasional evening hours will be required.

Bachelor's degree required; master's degree in relevant field preferred.

Minimum 1-2 years applicable experience.


The Museum Assistant will be paid $17.00 per hour (approximately $35,000 annually), plus a monthly health insurance stipend of $350.00. Additional benefits include free parking, privileges at area museums, and excellent networking opportunities.

OPen until
Until filled

How to apply
To apply, direct cover letter and resume with references to John Christiansen by mail or by email at contact@leefendallhouse.org
John Christiansen
Phone: (703) 548-1789
614 Oronoco Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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