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.

Administrative Events Assistant (Full-time) [Position #590]. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., the non-profit that owns and operates Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, is recruiting for an Administrative Events Assistant. This entry-level position will deliver high-quality, five-star service to clients and guests. Responsibilities include supporting the Event Manager and Events Department by completing errands for the department, scheduling meetings and events, sharing information and logistical plans with appropriate departments involved with events, assisting with set-up of events, and coordination of and service for business lunches for the Foundation President and senior-level staff, including set up, basic food handling, and clean up. The Event Assistant will ensure accurate information is entered into our events database, will assist in responding to event inquiries, and will assist in accurate tracking and reporting of financial and attendance statistics. Qualifications: Successful candidates will have the proven ability to manage multiple competing priorities and demands, the ability to collaborate with many departments, and the competence to work in a fast paced environment. Requirements include a high-level proficiency with computers and the ability to learn new software, a superior level of speed and accuracy with data entry, and high-level attention to detail. Applicants for this position must include salary requirements and salary history along with other application materials. All submissions should be sent to resumes@monticello.org. Please reference position #590 in subject line. Candidates are encouraged to visit www.monticello.org to learn more about Monticello, our events program, and for application forms. Position open until filled. Monticello is an equal opportunity employer.(Added November 5, 2014)

Guest Services Specialists (Part-time). [Position #592] Monticello seeks candidates for our Guest Services Department to welcome, assist, and inspire our visitors. Successful candidates will have enthusiasm for working with people, experience with customer service, excellent guest-focused service skills, and be prepared to work out-of-doors in all weather conditions. A friendly smile, interest in history, and strong verbal communication skills are essential. Candidates should be proficient in the use of computers and email and have a willingness to learn new technology. Constant standing and minimal walking required. Some lifting of items up to 40 lbs. is necessary and job requires extended periods of time speaking with guests, sometimes in groups over ambient noise. Must be available to work a minimum of two days per week, including at least two weekend days per month. Must be available to work after-hours events, weekends, and holidays. Deadline to apply is December 12th, 2014. (Added November 19, 2014)

Marketing and Communications Manager. [Position #591 ] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a dynamic marketing and communications professional. The successful candidate will be responsible for cultivating productive relationships with the media, coordinating multi-platform marketing and communication campaigns to promote Monticello tourism, special events, retail and academic programs. Produces branded marketing collateral, photography, video, and edits print and e-newsletters. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Monticello is owned and operated by the private, non-profit Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and is the only home in America on the United Nations’ list of World Heritage Sites. Monticello also includes a world-class museum and an academic think tank – in fulfillment of our dual mission of education and preservation. Monticello annually attracts nearly 440,000 visitors onsite, and more than 3 million online. With a vision of global engagement, it sponsors programs and conferences nationally and internationally. Qualifications: Minimum 5 years’ experience in managing media relations, strategic communications, and social media. High energy, strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage an array of strategic and tactical marketing projects with multiple partners, both internal and external. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or marketing preferred. Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume with three references, writing samples, and salary requirements to resumes@monticello.org no later than December 1, 2014. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (Added November 14, 2014)

Shuttle Bus Drivers (Part-time). [Position #593] Monticello seeks shuttle bus drivers. This is a great opportunity for a team-player who enjoys working outdoors, interacting with the public in a friendly manner, and who values the rich tradition of Thomas Jefferson’s historic home. A safe driving record is required and a proven record of delivering excellent customer service is necessary. Candidates must have a CDL upon starting date with passenger endorsement. The work schedule fluctuates, and availability for after-hours events on weekends and holidays is expected. Candidates should be available to work at least eight days per month. Deadline to apply is December 12th, 2014.(Added November 19, 2014)

Ticket Office Associates (Part-time). [Position #594] Monticello seeks associates to work in our Ticket Office. Duties include cash handling, selling of tickets, providing tour information to guests, and reconciling the day’s sales. Additional responsibilities include assigning tour times and promptly issuing tickets to visitors who have made advance purchases online. Candidates must have strong verbal communication skills, mathematical proficiency, and proven experience in providing excellent customer service. Successful applicants will have experience working with point-of-sale or ticketing computer software. This is a part-time position requiring flexibility to work both weekends and holidays. Deadline to apply is December 12th.(Added November 19, 2014)

Ticket Office Specialist (Full Time) [Position #595] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is seeking a full-time Ticket Office Specialist for our Ticket Office. Responsibilities include supporting the Ticket Office Team in a supervisory role, providing exemplary customer service in a high pace environment, implementation of cash handling and reconciliation procedures, selling tickets, providing tour and detailed travel information of the surrounding area to guests, managing tour times throughout the day and providing clear communication between departments. The successful applicant will have an interest in history and tourism, proven experience in providing exemplary customer service and the ability to multitask and problem solve. Previous experience with a ticketing system or other point of sale or reservation system is required. Candidates must have strong verbal communication skills, mathematical proficiency, and organizational skills. This is a full-time position requiring a flexible work schedule including weekends and holidays. Training will begin in mid-February. Deadline to apply is December 12th.(Added November 19, 2014)

Reservations Associate (Part-Time). [Position #596] Monticello is seeking a part-time associate to work in our Reservations Office. The Reservations Associate will serve as the point of contact for group tour operators. Responsibilities include: scheduling group trips, answering phones, processing reservations, taking tour deposits, making change and issuing refunds, and positively communicating pricing and touring policies. Computer literacy is a must and experience with point-of-sale software and/or a ticket system is a plus. Successful candidates will possess the aptitude for providing excellent customer service. Must be able to work independently and communicate important details in a positive and professional manner. This is an entry-level position with seasonal work hours approximately 20 per week, to include weekdays, weekends and holidays. Interested applicants should apply no later than December 12th.(Added November 19, 2014)

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