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Posted: 12/06/2018

National Trust for HIstoric Preservation
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Museum Director, President Woodrow Wilson House Historic Site
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC
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 The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the operations, programming, and fundraising to ensure the long-term viability of this prestigious presidential site. The Executive Director will work with the Wilson House Advisory Council, other staff from the the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and community stakeholders to create a dynamic strategic plan for the site and will be fully responsible for implementing the plan and for creating and implementing operational, programming and funding plans for a financially-sustainable site. The Executive Director will be qualified and experienced in monitoring budgets and the strategic plan using performance measures.  

 Through events, programs, partnerships and communications at the site, the Executive Director will lead the continued exploration and presentation of its rich history, especially that of President Wilson, his administration and life in the early 20th Century. While the Executive Director will have the flexibility to set priorities, it will be important for them to fully embrace the sites strategic themes for the next few years of inclusive stories that represent the full history of the site (especially African American and womens histories), and a recognition of and programming around the centennial years of Wilsons administration. The Executive Director will report to the Louis B. Potter Director of Strategic Planning and Development and on will work in collaboration with National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) headquarters staff, especially the Historic Sites Departments technical support positions in collections, financial, interpretation, planning, governance, and architecture, along with the Senior Vice President for Historic Sites.

The Executive Director will be responsible for individual, corporate, foundation, and government fundraising to support the ongoing operations at the site, and expansion of the sites reserves to sustain its long-term operations. S/he will also continue the development of an advisory council to achieve the sites financial self-sufficiency and to strengthen governance practices in keeping with the National Trusts vision for its historic sites.  

 It is expected that the Executive Director will be positioned full time at the Wilson House and will manage a full-time staff of three and additional 10 part-time guide and housekeeping staff. At the Wilson House, the Executive Director will provide daily leadership and strategic direction to the other full-time positions of the Business Manager, Marketing and Events Manager, and the Senior Manager of Interpretation and Collections to ensure cohesive and effective operations and comprehensive, meaningful impact of mission-related activities.  

 About the Wilson House

In 1921, President Wilson and his wife Edith retired from the White House to an elegant townhome located in the Embassy Row neighborhood of Washington, DC. While the President would only live in the home for the final three years of his life, Mrs. Wilson remained in residence for another 37 years, bequeathing the house and contents to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961.

The President Woodrow Wilson House opened to the public in 1963, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Built in 1915 by noted American architect Waddy Wood, who also designed such significant Washington, DC buildings as the Department of the Interior and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the house is a fine example of the Georgian Revival style. Today the sitecontains more than 8200 objects including state gifts, fine and decorative arts, textiles, books, and photographs - all that present a glimpse into Wilson as an educator, president, world statesman, and peacemaker - through tours, exhibits, artist residencies, and educational programs.

In these Centennial years of the Wilson House there have been great strides made in revitalizing the house, attracting new audiences and representing the full history, especially that of African Americans and Wilsons segregationist policies. However there remains tremendous potential for further strategic and creative use of the site to engage, inform, and inspire the public through inclusive programming, and build relationships with neighbors, new and existing partners, and other stakeholders. As well, the impressive Wilson House collection provides many opportunities for interesting programmatic work, as do the very relevant ideas, tensions, and stories associated with the nations 28th President and the times in which he lived.


Site and Program Management

  • Work closely with the sites Business Manager to develop and implement annual budgets, safety plans, performance measurements and reports, standardized training, guide supervision plans, and maintenance plans and budgets.
  • Build on current successful programs and work closely with the Sr. Manager Interpretation and Collections to develop and implement interpretation and collections plans and sustainable budgets, build visitation, engage both new and repeat visitors, analyze and improve tours, and increase program revenue.
  • Work closely with the sites Manager of Marketing and Events to develop collateral materials and website redesign and to develop and implement the overall communications, sales, outreach, booking, budgets and marketing plans. Together develop plans to grow special property use, diverse audience visitation and gift shop revenue.
  • Develop, manage and maintain a balanced operating budget at all times, including tracking expenses and meeting revenue goals. Ensure that financial reports required by NTHPs finance and sites departments are completed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Supervise, retain, and recruit when needed, well-qualified and culturally diverse staff: hire and train new full-time staff when needed; guide the development of workplans, organize overall workflow; monitor direct reports productivity and performance, provide constructive feedback and coaching, and conduct annual performance reviews; work with the National Trust, direct reports and Office of Human Resources as needed to identify, respond to, and resolve problems or performance issues as they arise. Monitor and approve timekeeping and related budget for direct reports.
  • Work closely with the Graham Gund Architect to develop and monitor major repair or capital projects at the site.
  • During emergency events, implement the appropriate plans and manage employees and volunteers, take measures to protect the property and communicate updates to HQ staff.
  • Act as spokesperson for the site, monitor site brand and messaging and ensure alignment with National Trust brand and messaging.
  • Work with supervisor and NTHP on all partnerships to ensure agreements and contracts are aligned and appropriate.


  • Expand corporate, foundation, government, and individual giving to ensure growth and support for ongoing preservation and site operations to meet or exceed budget targets and programming goals.
  • Create and manage a portfolio of prospects through solicitation, and engaging others in the cultivation and solicitation process.
  • Develop targeted fundraising and donor cultivation events and tours.
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How to apply
Please email resume with cover letter to 916571-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com

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