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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 benefits 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 3 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 Assistant – Business & Administration (Full-time)[Position # 736] new The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello seeks an Administrative Assistant to support the Human Resources department by providing administrative, receptionist, and clerical duties.  This position also supports the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer by providing administrative assistance as needed to include scheduling appointments and coordination of contract management.

Successful candidates will possess a high level of keyboarding and Outlook skills, medium proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Power Point. Must be highly organized and able to work independently and as a team in a very busy environment, and communicate important details in a positive and professional manner.   The position demands a high level of customer service skills and the ability to deal effectively with all levels of staff, volunteers, applicants and visitors to the office.  Office administrative support experience is required.

Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to resumes@monticello.org.  Please reference position #736 in the subject of your email.  This position is open until filled.  

Assistant Director of Safety & Security (Full-Time). [Position #738] new  The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks an Assistant Director of Safety & Security (ADSS) to manage and oversee the Foundation’s safety programs, in accordance with Foundation’s policies and procedures.  The ADSS has primary responsibility for developing and executing safety plans in the workplace, and preparing and enforcing policies to promote a culture of health and safety.  In addition, the Assistant Director will be tasked with evaluating practices and procedures to assess risk and adherence to the law. The position will also work closely with the Director of Safety & Security to assist with managing the department in its day to day operations.

The ADSS must have excellent attention to detail to identify hazards and exhibit a deep understanding of legal, health, and safety guidelines, such as OSHA, NFPA and code of Virginia.  Knowledge of general techniques and practices for public safety; preventing loss or damage to facilities; emergency response plans; access control; surveillance systems; fire systems monitoring; use of fire extinguishers; initial hazardous materials response; electronic alarm systems; and communication equipment are essential.

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 450,000 visitors onsite and more than two million web visitors. 

Qualifications:  Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably with course work in safety, public service or a related field. A minimum of five years of security or prior law enforcement experience, to include at least one year of supervisory or training officer experience is required. 

Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to resumes@monticello.org. Only submissions which include salary history information will be considered. Application materials must be received by March 30, 2017.

Controller (Full Time). [Position #731] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Controller. This position reports to the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, supervises a staff of five, and serves as a key member of the senior management team. The position directs accounting department functions including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, endowment and investment accounting, and grants administration and is responsible for accurate and timely monthly and annual financial statements and supporting schedules. Other duties include the direction of the annual financial statement audit, preparation of IRS forms 990 and 990-T, coordination and distribution of the annual operating budget, and preparation of financial models and analyses. The Controller also ensures the maintenance of processes and procedures which ensure strong internal controls and has responsibility for general ledger structure and the optimization of financial software.

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 450,000 visitors onsite and more than two million web visitors. 

Qualifications:  Successful candidates will have bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance supplemented by a CPA license. A master’s in accounting or business preferred. A minimum of ten years work experience involving the oversight of accounting and finance, five of which must be in a management capacity, are required. Non-profit financial management experience required and audit experience strongly preferred. Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to resumes@monticello.org. Only submissions which include salary history information will be considered. Application materials must be received by February 28, 2017.

Curatorial Assistant. [Position #739]  The Curatorial Department seeks a substitute Curatorial Assistant to prepare and monitor collections for exhibit, storage or study, and to maintain historic interiors, galleries, and collections storage spaces using preventative conservation techniques, including daily cleaning, and integrated pest management.   The Curatorial Assistant may also help with installation and transportation of collections, as well as supervision of special events.   The position is on an as needed basis, typically 7am – 10 am, 6 hours per month and reports to the Collections & Exhibitions Manager.  Requirements include experience working with museum collections, the ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and early morning hours, follow written and oral instructions, work effectively with little supervision, the ability to climb ladders and scaffolds, and lift up to 50 lbs. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@monticello.org. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 7th.

ECommerce Marketing Specialist (Full-Time). [Position #734)] Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the non-profit that owns and operates Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, seeks a full-time eCommerce Marketing Specialist to support its rapidly growing online retail business. This position will participate in all aspects of marketing and merchandising the online store.  Primary responsibilities include implementing website content updates, producing emails, managing digital advertising and Marketplace product listings, social media marketing, and reporting and analysis to optimize performance. 

Successful candidates will possess demonstrated proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite and graphic design, proficiency with Microsoft Office products, understanding of standards-based HTML and CSS coding, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment with rapidly shifting priorities.  Experience within web marketing, design and/or website development is preferred.  Knowledge of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson and 18th-century design is preferred.  Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements by March 1st.  Please send all materials to resumes@monticello.org and reference position #734 in the subject of your email.  Candidates are encouraged to visit www.monticello.org to learn more about Monticello, the Foundation, our online shop, and our current projects.  This position is open until filled. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Events Operations Assistant (Part-Time). [Position #743]    The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., the non-profit that owns and operates Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, is recruiting for a part-time Events Operations Assistant.  This entry-level position will provide administrative, operational, client relations and other behind-the-scenes support for the Office of Special Events.  Specific duties include answering phones and email inquiries, scheduling meetings, procuring supplies, coordinating vendor deliveries, maintaining files and data entry. 

Qualifications:  Requirements include a high-level proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Excel and the ability to learn new software.  Successful candidates will possess a superior level of speed and accuracy with data entry, high-level attention to detail, knowledge of basic financial procedures, including cash handling, deposit procedures, and recordkeeping; excellent organizational skills, and ability to create and manipulate spreadsheets. Please send cover letter and resume to resumes@monticello.org.  Deadline to apply is April 15, 2017.  

Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer (Full Time). [Position #740]   The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer to join its development team in a role focused on identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding regional and national foundations and corporations. Reporting to the Director of Strategic Communications, this position will establish and strengthen partnerships with a portfolio of state, regional, and national foundations, including federal grant-making agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities; research and identify new sources of corporate and foundation support; and ensure that reporting requirements are met as part of a broader stewardship strategy.

Successful candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of proven experience in corporate and/or foundation fundraising (or equivalent experience). Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship techniques and demonstrated ability in grant and proposal writing are essential. Must be highly organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and able to work effectively and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office is required; understanding of Raiser’s Edge or another fundraising database is preferred.

Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Thomas Jefferson 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. Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to resumes@monticello.org.  This position is open until filled.  

Human Resources Generalist – (Full-time)[Position #737] new The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello has an exciting opportunity for an experienced generalist to perform HR-related duties at the professional level in the functional areas of recruitment and other daily responsibilities such as onboarding, consulting with managers on day-to-day management of employees, HR policy guidance and interpretation, identifying training needs for departments, and employee relations.

Successful candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in business or a related field, a minimum of 5 years’ experience as an HR generalist, have a keen attention to detail, be process oriented, and have proven experience working with a heavy recruiting workload. A strong aptitude for technology, databases, and human resources information systems management is essential.  Must be highly organized and able to work independently and as a team in a busy environment, and communicate important details in a positive and professional manner.   The position demands a high level of customer service and the ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, volunteers, applicants, and visitors. 

Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to resumes@monticello.org.   This position is open until filled.  

Security Officer (Full-Time). [Position #726] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a full-time Security Officer within the Safety & Security Department to 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, and have a demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel and Outlook. The candidate must have a proven history of dependability and punctuality as it relates to employment, must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license, must be able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds, climb stairs, bend and squat and work in restricted/small spaces. 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. A Criminal background check is required. The work schedule will be second shift (4:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight) with an expectation of minor schedule adjustments surrounding large events, holidays or other occurrences as authorized by department management. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to resumes@monticello.org.  Position is open until filled.

Security Officer (Part-time). [Position #718] The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a part-time Security Officer within the Safety & Security Department to 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, and have a demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel and Outlook. Qualifications: The candidate must have a proven history of dependability and punctuality as it relates to employment, must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license, must be able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds, climb stairs, bend and squat and work in restricted/small spaces. 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. Criminal background check required. The work schedule will be mainly first shift (8:00 am to 4:30 pm) and second shift (4:00 pm to 12:30 am) with an expectation of minor schedule adjustments surrounding large events, holidays or other occurrences as authorized by department management. PT officers are required to provide at least 16 hours per week. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to resumes@monticello.org.  Position is open until filled.  October 31, 2016)

Shuttle Bus Drivers (Part-time). [Position # 730] 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 guest service is necessary. Prefer candidates with current CDL, however those willing to obtain CDL immediately after hire will be considered. 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, and job duties include driving as well as cleaning shuttles after each shift. Interested candidates should send resumes and cover letter to resumes@monticello.org.  Positions are open until filled.

Utility Systems Technician (Full-time).  [Position #741]   The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is seeking a full-time Utility Systems Technician to operate and maintain its water systemsLocated 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 state-of-the-art visitor center, library and academic center, conference/education/event facility, and museum, all to advance its mission of education and preservation. The technician ensures compliance with relevant Federal, State, County and other regulations applicable to a large-scale drinking water and sewage distribution system. This position provides maintenance and repairs of plumbing and utility systems within all Foundation facilities and infrastructure and supports oversight of service contracts associated with the water, sewer, and fire protection systems.  

Qualifications:  Successful candidates will have a High school diploma or GED equivalency. An AA degree or vocational certification or coursework in instrumentation, electrical, or industrial trades is preferred. 8-10 years of utility craftsman experience in either water distribution or plumbing systems is required. Exemplary guest service skills, ability to interact with diverse populations, and basic knowledge of the tourism industry and local attractions is a plus. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record, knowledge of Control and Data Acquisition telemetry systems, Human-Machine Interfaces and Programmable Logic Controllers and instrumentation, and Safety Data Sheets (OSHA SDS).  Must be able to work a flexible schedule including some weekends and holidays. Evening and after hours required for emergency response and service contract execution. Must be able to lift up to 50 lb. unassisted. 

Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to resumes@monticello.org. Only submissions which include salary history information will be considered. Application materials must be received by April 15th, 2017.

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