Job Opportunities Currently Available at Monticello

The Charlottesville area's best tourist attraction is a great place to work! Monticello offers educational, unique work experiences with competitive pay and benefits. Our full time positions offer a benefit package that includes health and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement savings program, paid vacation and holiday time,life insurance, and more. All of our employees enjoy a generous discount at our Museum Shop and many lectures and educational opportunities throughout the year.

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  • Volunteer Opportunities—The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is looking to grow our dedicated team of volunteers. We welcome volunteers in several areas including our Visitor Center, the Jefferson Library, the Center for Historic Plants, and at special events around the mountaintop. Positions are varied and shifts are flexible. Contact volunteer@monticello.org or 434-984-9869 if you have questions or would like more details, and please complete our volunteer application so we can learn more about you and your interests. 

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks to fill several positions. The Foundation is the private nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, as well as a museum and visitor center, library and academic center, and conference/education center, all to advance its mission of preservation and education. Monticello annually attracts nearly 450,000 visitors onsite and more than 2 million web visitors. Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume with name and contact information of three professional references, and salary requirements to resumes@monticello.org.

Chief Financial Officer for Monticello. [Position # 528] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. seeks an experienced and dynamic financial professional to direct its financial activities. These include managing its $25 million budget, assisting the Board with the oversight of the Foundation’s $185 million endowment, managing risk and legal affairs, and providing resource analysis for the various lines of business. Reporting directly to the President/CEO, the CFO is part of an energetic leadership team setting strategic direction and shaping the Foundation for its centennial in 2023.

Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Foundation is the private, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, as well as a museum and visitor center, library and academic center, and conference/education center, all to advance its mission of preservation and education. Monticello annually attracts nearly 440,000 on-site, and more than 2 million unique web visitors. With a vision of global engagement, it operates programs, exhibitions and conferences nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will serve as the Foundation’s top financial advisor and as a legal officer of the Foundation. The CFO will work closely with the President, Board of Trustees and the President’s Leadership Team as a senior-level leader, advising and assisting with domestic and international projects, overall financial and risk management of the Foundation and its endowment, and general leadership of the organization. Proven ability to work on cross-functional teams and manage multiple staff at all levels including director-level, and an entrepreneurial spirit is required. Experience working in the non-profit environment is an asset. CPA and Bachelor’s degree, with an emphasis in accounting or finance, is required. Non-CPA candidates must have a graduate degree, MBA preferred. Open Until Filled. (Added January 8, 2014)

Custodian (Part-Time). [Position #491] Monticello seeks experienced individual with flexible schedule to work on an as needed basis to clean and maintain Monticello’s buildings. Successful applicants will have a valid driver’s license, ability to operate vacuum cleaners, floor polishers and buffers, as well as other standard cleaning equipment. This position also requires the ability to climb ladders up to 6 feet and lift or maneuver up to 50 pounds. Satisfactory work record and references required. Shifts will vary depending on need. Open until filled. (Added October 24, 2013)

Director of Special Projects and Events. [Position #544] This hands-on project manager is responsible for leading the events team through the entire life-cycle of Monticello events, including concept development, marketing, sales, planning, and execution. The Director will formulate and execute strategic business and marketing plans for the Foundation’s site rental business, which includes ticketed events, festivals, and private events for site-rental clients. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Director of Special Projects and Events works on multiple cross-functional teams to oversee Monticello flagship events, such as the Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony and the Heritage Harvest Festival. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Foundation is the private, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, as well as a museum and visitor center, library and academic center, and conference/education center, all to advance its mission of preservation and education. Monticello annually attracts nearly 440,000 on-site, and more than 2 million unique web visitors. With a vision of global engagement, it operates programs, exhibitions and conferences nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will have familiarity with event management best practices, concepts, and procedures; be able to establish rapport with clients, vendors, and operationally diverse staff members; have high level interpersonal and communication skills; and be skilled in the art of negotiation. Proven proficiency with long-range planning, managing complex budgets, and meeting numerous and consecutive deadlines is essential. An entrepreneurial spirit is fundamental for this position. This position does work evenings, weekends, split-shifts, and some holidays, especially during high event season. A bachelor’s degree and minimum of five years’ related experience is required. A cover letter, resume, and salary requirements, along with three references, should be sent to Lisa D. Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources at resumes@monticello.org . Open Until Filled. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. (Added March 27, 2014)

Dispatcher, Safety & Security (part-time). [Position #550] TJF seeks qualified individual to work part-time (<30 hours/week) as a dispatcher within the Safety & Security Department. The successful candidate will manage and document incoming phone and two-way radio traffic as well as alarm systems, orchestrate outgoing calls to emergency services, monitor and utilize access control and closed circuit television (CCTV) system and serve as the primary hub for all information coming into or moving out of the Safety & Security Department. Qualifications: Serious potential candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, OneNote and Publisher and be able to type a minimum of 50 words per minute; have an excellent attention to detail; possess the ability to multitask and prioritize information and a fast pace and in high-stress situations; demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Does include day, evening, and overnight shifts. A general understanding of security processes and/or law enforcement is favorable. High school diploma or equivalent is required, and some college course work is preferred. Application deadline is April 28th. (Added April 9, 2014)

Editorial/Research Assistant (.75FTE). [Position # 542] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the non-profit that owns and operates Monticello, the historic home and estate of Thomas Jefferson, seeks an editorial/research assistant to join the staff of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series. This benefitted position will support letterpress and electronic publication of Jefferson’s correspondence, with a work schedule of 30 hours/week. Responsibilities are varied and include: tracking down and copying research materials; answering a wide range of research questions; checking stages of editorial output, including galleys and page proofs; checking annotation; participating in textual verification of handwritten manuscripts; and other projects as assigned. Qualifications: Requirements include knowledge of early nineteenth-century American history, ability to accurately read difficult handwritten historical texts, demonstrated resourcefulness in tracking down and synthesizing information in a wide range of institutions and historical sources, and familiarity with word processing and Internet search tools. A Master’s degree in history or a related field, or equivalent research experience is preferred. Position begins May 2014. Applicants must submit a cover letter, résumé with three references, and salary expectations or pay history, by or before April 25, 2014, to Lisa Parks, resumes@monticello.org. (Added April 9, 2014)

Office Coordinator (Full-Time). [Position # 551] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., the non-profit that owns and operates Monticello, has an opening for a full-time office coordinator in our Education and Visitor Programs department. The Coordinator provides administrative support to the department with a focus on scheduling a staff of 80-100 guides and volunteers for all visitor programs including school programs, special tours, regular house tours, staffing galleries and family spaces, among others. The Coordinator will cross train with a second FT Coordinator to complete other duties that include providing various communications to department staff, calendar and meeting support, coordinating travel arrangements, maintaining files, and providing basic office support such as sending faxes, processing mail, ordering supplies, and various other activities. Qualifications: This position requires a self-motivated individual with the ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. The ability to handle multiple priorities and remain focused is essential. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work with various levels of staff, and high computer proficiency is mandatory. A resume, cover letter, and references should be sent to resumes@monticello.org no later than April 30, 2014. (Added April 14, 2014)

Security Officer (Part-Time).[Position #549] TJF seeks qualified individual to work 20-29 hours per week. Most work will be performed on a swing shift from 12:00pm to 8:00pm with a potentially varied schedule to accommodate and cover time off of other staff, special events and/or holidays. Position will perform museum protective service work by maintaining security over buildings, historic collections, equipment, grounds and personnel. The successful candidate will be able to work independently while exercising sound judgment; communicate effectively orally and in writing, using proper sentence structure, grammar and punctuation; have a demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel and Outlook. Dependability, punctuality, and reliability expected. Valid VA driver’s license, ability to lift, bend, climb stairs, and carry up to 50 lbs. required. Experience in electronic security systems a plus, but will train. Criminal background check required. Interested applicants should apply by April 25th. (Added April 9, 2014)

Senior Accountant [Position #546]. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. seeks an experienced accountant to join our not-for-profit organization. Candidates must possess in-depth knowledge of GAAP and financial reporting principles, and have experience with fixed asset management, account reconciliation, audit procedures, and cash management. Experience with not-for-profit accounting is a plus as this position also monitors grants and restricted gifts, and reconciles and allocates investment activity to multiple endowment funds. Successful candidates will have a high level of attention to detail and superior organizational skills; must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) and CPA preferred. Experience with Fixed Assets CS and Management Reporter for Microsoft Dynamics ERP are a plus. This is a full time position with our complete benefit package. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. is the private nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, as well as a museum and visitor center, library and academic center, and conference/education center, all to advance its mission of preservation and education. Monticello annually attracts nearly 450,000 visitors onsite and more than 2 million web visitors. Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to resumes@monticello.org (preferred) or by mail to Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., ATTN: Beth Lazen, P.O. Box 316, Charlottesville, VA 22902, or fax to 434-984-4846. Only submissions with a salary history will be considered. Application materials must be received by May 2, 2014. (Added April 9, 2014)

Web and Mobile Content Specialist (Temporary) [Position #547]. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. has a temporary position to assist with our Mountaintop Project. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Foundation is the private nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, as well as a museum and visitor center, library and academic center, and conference/education center, all to advance its mission of preservation and education. Monticello annually attracts nearly 450,000 visitors onsite and more than 2 million web visitors. The Foundation is seeking a Web and Mobile Content Specialist to work with its webmaster and other internal departments to create and update web pages and to support the development of a mobile app focusing on Mulberry Row, the principal plantation street at Monticello that was the center of work and domestic life for dozens of people. The position’s work will be multi-disciplinary. Responsibilities will range from day-to-day updating of the main monticello.org website to helping to plan, develop and implement a Mulberry Row-focused mobile app. Project timeline is early spring through late fall 2014. Qualified candidates will have: Excellent communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. Familiarity with web and mobile development, content management systems (such as Drupal, Joomla or WordPress), and scripting languages. An interest in user experience design and enthusiasm for American history. Ability to assist colleagues in the use of a content management system and to maintain a flexible work schedule in order to meet adjusting deadlines. Willingness and ability to collaborate with colleagues possessing a wide range of interests and expertise. High energy level. Bachelor's degree. Desire to work with a non-profit, cultural organization. Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to resumes@monticello.org, ATTN: Beth Lazen. Candidates are highly encouraged to learn more about Monticello and the Mountaintop Project at www.monticello.org. Open until filled. (Added April 9, 2014)

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