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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 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


Director of Human Resources [Position #637] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s historic house and plantation, is seeking a Director of Human Resources. The Director is responsible for the day-to-day execution of the administration and coordination of the Human Resources function. In conjunction with the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Director supports the strategic direction and evaluation of the Human Resources function and serves as an advisor to the Foundation President, executive team, and managers in the areas of Human Resources strategy, recruitment, compensation management, performance management, employee relations, training, compliance, health/welfare benefits, and volunteer/intern management. Qualifications include: Knowledge of human resources functional areas, including compensation, benefits, employment, performance management, employee relations, diversity and training; knowledge of Federal and State laws affecting employees; knowledge of best practices and Human Resources policies and procedures; and an understanding of the tools and resources necessary for leveraging effectiveness of a Human Resources department.

A Bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred. PHR or SPHR certification is required.

Interested candidates should contact J.J. Cutler, Managing Consultant, Korn Ferry Futurestep at 215-656-5358 or by email at or Samantha Hogans, Recruiter, Korn Ferry Futurestep at 215-656-5320 or by email at

Please click here for a detailed position description. (Added July 16, 2015)

Director of Special Projects and Events [Position #638] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the non-profit that owns and operates Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s historic house and plantation, is seeking a Director of Special Projects and Events. The Director has ultimate accountability for over 400 events per year, ranging from small meetings and donor cultivation events, to custom private events and annual scheduled events/festivals (both ticketed and free) with thousands of attendees, and open to the public. The Director reports to the Executive Vice President, works closely with the Development and Facilities divisions, and has purview and scope that touches the entire organization. The Director is responsible for leading the events team through the entire event life-cycle, including concept development, marketing, sales, planning and execution. S/he is responsible for formulating and executing strategic business and marketing plans for the Foundation’s site rental business.

The Director oversees planning for and operations of the Foundation’s major annual public events including: Jefferson’s birthday, the Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony, and the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. The Director also oversees the event manager who has primary responsibility for managing food, beverage and meeting details related to internal events for other departments, including development donor events and board meetings. Qualifications include: Experience with event management best practices, concepts, and procedures, ideally from a related industry (hospitality, food & beverage, catering, leisure, travel/tourism, etc); general management skills including people management, budget management, project/program management, and marketing management; high-level interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written); ability to work both independently and in a team environment; and a passion for the Foundation and Jefferson’s ideals. A Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of related experience are required.

Interested candidates should contact J.J. Cutler, Managing Consultant, Korn Ferry Futurestep at 215-656-5358 or by email at or Samantha Hogans, Recruiter, Korn Ferry Futurestep at 215-656-5320 or by email at

Please click here for a detailed position description.(Added July 16, 2015)

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 Position is open until filled. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (Added January 6, 2015)

Special Projects Coordinator (Full-Time). [Position #639] Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., the non-profit that owns and operates Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, is seeking a resourceful, detail-oriented, high-performing self-starter to serve as Special Projects Coordinator to the President and Executive Vice President (EVP). Located in our active and high-volume executive office, this position is an excellent opportunity for an organized, collaborative individual who is interested in building a career at a World Heritage Site through work with the senior leaders at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

The Special Projects Coordinator serves as the gatekeeper for the President, Trustees, and other executive staff and assumes management of the President’s Office Administrative Assistant, mailroom manager, interns, and other support staff in the office. The executive support team performs a wide range of advanced project work for the President, EVP, and other executive staff. In addition to overseeing special projects, key responsibilities include effective and efficient management of the President’s office: providing meeting briefings and research, initiating correspondence, presentations, and memos for the President, and coordinating logistics for events/engagements. This position provides oversight of a broad range of strategic initiatives on behalf of the President, including monitoring staff, budget and timelines.

Preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate familiarity with the needs of a CEO and Board of Trustees, and who have work experience supporting multiple executive staff members, and interacting with key stakeholders. Successful candidates will possess excellent written communication and presentation skills and strong editorial ability. Solid Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint skills are required and final candidates will be skills-tested. Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in project management and executive support are required. Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Those interested in the position are highly encouraged to visit to learn more about Monticello. A complete job description can be found here Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. (Added August 12, 2015)

Transportation and Parking Team Lead [Position #628] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a customer-service oriented individual to oversee the operation of our shuttle bus fleet and parking lot management. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, guest services, safety, accessibility, maintenance, inspections, staff supervision and management of the CDL certification process. The Successful applicant will be required to drive a shuttle bus and train other drivers. Qualifications: Experience in event transportation services and parking lot management preferred. Team building and staff coaching skills are a must, along with the ability to work with a diverse population. Applicants should possess a valid CDL, with passenger endorsement, or be able to obtain one upon hire. Computer skills and smart phone use are also necessary. You must be able to work weekends, holidays, and evenings as required. This is a full-time, benefited position and is open until filled. (Added July 14, 2015)


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