Employment

Are you interested in working at Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm?

The George Washington Foundation cultivates a work environment encouraging fairness, teamwork, and respect among employees at both sites.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for any position listed below, please do ONE of the following three options…

Complete an online employment application [Google Form] and, when prompted, attach your resume.

Or complete a paper employment application [PDF] and email it, along with your resume, to hr@gwffoundation.org.

Or send your completed paper employment application [PDF] and your resume by fax to 540-371-6066 or by mail to The George Washington Foundation, ATTN: Human Resources, 1201 Washington Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Questions may be directed to hr@gwffoundation.org or 540-373-3381 x1032

Additionally, volunteers are critical to the Foundation’s success.
Opportunities are available in a variety of departments.
Visit our Volunteer! page to learn more.


Position Title:             Associate Director of Development

Reports to:                  Director of Institutional Advancement

Date:                           Open until filled

Status:                         Exempt Full Time Salary

Function:                   The Associate Director of Development position will focus on renewing foundation grant support and securing new major gifts   of $5,000+ from individuals, foundations, and corporations supporting The George Washington Foundation’s highest priority projects.

The position will serve as a senior member of the development team, working –collaboratively and individually – to advance relationships and secure major philanthropic funding for initiatives across Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm.                

Requirements:            A minimum of five years of non-profit development or similar fundraising experience, preferably in major giving with individuals, as well as corporate and foundation giving. Knowledge and experience in advancing major gifts utilizing the “moves management” process (Identification/ research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship).  Travel, evening/weekend hours.

Education:                  Bachelor’s Degree

Skills:                          Exceptional written communication skills, particularly in drafting and editing donor-related communications and proposals. Experience or familiarity with the Raiser’s Edge database and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.

Responsibilities:

  • (40%) Working closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Associate Director of Development, will develop a portfolio of individuals, foundations and corporate prospects that will be moved through the “moves-management” process.
  • (25%) Prospecting: Conduct research utilizing GWF records, LinkedIn, online foundation directory, and other online resources to identify prospects for their portfolio and support the assembling of a prospect pool for review by professional and volunteer leadership.
  • (20%) Draft finished-quality content for letters, proposals, and advancement materials.
  • (5%) Participate in conceiving and advancing an annual plan to realize and    exceed operating, capital, and campaign budget goals for fundraising support.       
  • (5%) With attention to detail, working with colleagues across the Foundation, plan, manage, and staff multi-day and evening Advancement events for volunteer leadership, prospects and/or supporters.

(5%) Contribute to other duties related to development—such as drafting personalized gift acknowledgement letters, database management, and the production of annual appeals


Position Title:              Manager of Communications and Marketing

Reports to:                   Director of Institutional Advancement

Date:                           Open until filled

Status:                         Exempt Full Time Salary

Function:  The Manager of Communications and Marketing is the primary manager of The George Washington Foundation’s communications, marketing and public relations efforts while also serving as the point person for technology issues in conjunction with outside consultants. 

The ideal candidate has an understanding of and experience with integrated communications, marketing and public relations planning for non-profit organizations.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or other related field
  • Demonstrated experience in communications, preferably at a museum, educational, or non-profit organization.
  • Knowledge of marketing related business practices, including advertising, market research, media channels and budgeting.
  • Familiarity with best practices in development/fundraising and development content and communications.
  • Experience in writing press releases and coordinating promotion of events and programs across print, digital, and audio media channels
  • Experience in developing and coordinating a social media strategy with results that convert online engagement to on-site visitation
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Be organized and manage time well, while also being able to adapt to last minute updates
  • Possess strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, Facebook, Instagram, Google Ads/analytics, WordPress, and Canva.
  • An interest in photography is preferred

Responsibilities Include (but aren’t limited to)

Responsibilities for this position include a wide range of initiatives as part of marketing, advancement, and development efforts for Historic Kenmore and Washington’s Ferry Farm, such as graphic design projects, creating web and social media content, assisting with technology-related issues, and coordinating media relations.

Communications (45%):

  • Write, edit and collaborate with colleagues in the preparation of content which advances GWF’s mission. Ensure that content is disseminated through print, social media channels and public relations activities.
  • Create content with the Advancement team for direct mail and online appeals and reports.
  • Respond to press and external media inquiries.
  • Staff Foundation online and in-person events as required.

Marketing (40%):

  • Develop and execute an integrated strategic Marketing and Communications Plan, recommending strategies consistent with industry best practices.
  • Plan, write and manage content through media channels in coordination with various Departments.
  • Ensure the consistent application of GWF brand across all formats (print, web and social media.)
  • Create content for and publish annual report for Advancement.
  • Coordinate media relations and expand GWF’s communications network
  • Track, evaluate and report on key indices.

Media (5%):

  • Respond to external requests seeking permission to use photos of GWF properties and objects.
  • Oversee photo/video shoots, develop best practice policy recommendations as part of stewarding the GWF’s brand related to its public use. Manage and respond to visitor requests from the website.

Budget (5%):

  • Works with Director of Advancement on annual budget related to marketing, communications, and coordinate related technology consultant’s recommendations.

Assistance with Technology (5%):

  • Coordinates consultants “help desk” solutions on technology related matters, including software functionality, hardware acquisitions, network improvements, and telephone connectivity and serves as point of contact for outside IT consultants.
  • Keeps log of service requests from within Foundation and with consultant.
  • Handle routine tasks in support of technology needs

Writing samples will be requested should the candidate be invited for an interview


Manager of Public Programs

Reports to:             Director of Education

Status:                       Full time, exempt

Date:                           Open until filled

Description:          Develops and manages public programming for Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and produce the annual public programs calendar of The George Washington Foundation, including budget, staffing and procurement of supplies.  These programs include, but are not limited to, Twelfth Night, Arts at Kenmore series, Camps, Night in Washington’s Day, A Wee Christmas, and Gingerbread Contest & Exhibit.
  • Develop new programs based on audience research and feedback from existing programs.
  • As part of the Education Department, will also work on components of the signature Birthday and July 4 events at Ferry Farm.
  • Conducts research on historical topics (in conjunction with other Foundation staff members) and trends in educational programming in the museum setting.
  • Works with the Manager of Marketing & Communications to ensure that programs be publicized on Social Media, the website, fliers/posters/banners, manages the attendee list, and ensures all ticket sales be enabled, tracks ticket sales, etc.
  • Communicates with the finance department for all programs that require day-of ticket sales (including use of handheld square terminals and cash box).
  • Using data from ticket sales and other metrics will create post-program surveys to send to attendees, and uses the information collected to create reports on audience feedback, as well as other data to make informed decisions regarding annual programs, and will develop and create new programs.
  •  Manages the digital interpretation (in conjunction with other Foundation staff) which includes organizing content for the Lives & Legacies blog, and extracting data from all online content (including Social Media channels and the main website) to help make informed decisions on future digital content and programs.
  • Works with other members of the Education department on giving tours for groups, as needed.
  • Preparation of contracts and memorandums of understanding for consultants, performers, and services.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of education, museum education, history, or other related field
  • Three years of experience as a museum educator or equivalent public facing role
  • Professional knowledge of learning standards and pedagogical best practices with regards to education, museum education, interpretation, and community engagement
  • Familiarity with colonial history and 18th century material culture
  • Demonstrated ability to develop public programming for museums
  • Ability to manage part-time staff and volunteers, monitor budgets, conduct evaluation, and utilize resources effectively to meet programmatic goals
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Ability to work in a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in the field of education, museum programs, museum education, history, or other related field
  • Experience working in a museum with a focus on history
  • Experience in using digital technology for filming, film editing, website management, online ticketing, and social media

Buildings and Grounds Tech I

Date: Open until filled

StatusNon-exempt hourly , full time or part time

Reports to: Director of Buildings and Grounds    

Supervisory Responsibilities: None   

Function:                               
Assist with the preservation, repair, maintenance, security and improvement of properties and structures located within Ferry Farm and Kenmore Historical Sites.

Requirements:

Education/Experience: High School Diploma/GED

Skills:                                     
Must have the ability to operate equipment or have the ability to learn how to operate equipment to include tractors, power tools, trucks, excavators and misc. hand tools.

Must have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

Physical Demands:               
Must be able to walk, stand, crawl, squat for extended periods.

Must be able to lift in excess of 50lbs. on a regular basis.

Must be able to perform work in excess of 20 ft.

Other requirements:              
Must pass criminal background check.

Must have valid driver’s license.

Work Environment:              
Must be available to work evenings, Holidays and/or weekend shifts as needed. Must be able to work in all weather conditions.


Gardens Assistant

Date: Open until filled

Status: Full-time or Part-time Hourly, Non-Exempt

Reports to: Garden Maintenance Supervisor

Supervisory Responsibilities: None  

Function:                               
Assumes responsibility for the appearance and maintenance of the grounds and gardens of Kenmore, and other sites as necessary.

Requirements:

Education/Experience:         
HS diploma Minimum 5 year’s public landscape maintenance experience preferred

Skills:                                     
Must have extensive plant and tree identification knowledge, pruning planting, composting soil management

Must have ability to operate equipment or have ability to learn how to operate equipment to include tractors, power tools, trucks, excavators and misc. hand tools.

Must be self-starter and able to work independently

Must have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

Physical Demands:                
Must be able to lift 50 lbs operate all types of garden equipment necessary to perform job duties. Must be able to walk, stand, crawl, squat for extended periods.

Work Environment:              
Must be willing to work outside year round. Work may include evenings, holidays and/or weekend shifts as needed.

Other requirements:              
Must pass criminal background check.

Must have valid driver’s license.

Responsibilities to Include But Not Limited to:

  1. Assist with grounds maintenance including lawn mowing, trimming, leaf and brush removal and general management of appearance of the gardens and grounds.
  1. Works in the gardens with volunteers.
  1. Coordinates with the Gardens Supervisor to prioritize projects and daily work assignments, schedules according to needs, upcoming events, etc.
  1. All other special projects as assigned

Custodian I 

Date: Open until filled

StatusFull-time or Part-time Hourly, Non-Exempt

Reports to: Director of Buildings & Grounds

Supervisory Responsibilities: None  

Function:                               
Assumes responsibility for the cleaning of common areas of Foundation owned buildings

Education/Experience: HS diploma Minimum

Qualifications

  • Preferred education minimum of high school diploma or GED. May be substituted with sufficient work experience.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, crawl, squat for extended periods
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 15 pounds on a regular basis
  • Must have ability to operate equipment or have ability to learn how to operate equipment necessary to perform functions and scope of work detailed
  • Must have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing with department heads, visitors and staff members.
  • Must be available to work evenings, holidays and/or weekend shifts as needed.
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.                    

Responsibilities to Include But Not Limited to:

  1. Perform routine cleaning of all common areas and restrooms within foundation owned buildings.
  2. Perform nightly lock up of buildings upon completion of cleanings.
  3. Complete all work in a timely and efficient manner using established safety practices.
  4. Utilize knowledge of trade skills to complete daily tasks as directed by the Buildings and Grounds Department with or without supervision
  5. Dusting, vacuuming, polishing, scrubbing, disinfecting of any and all surfaces within scope of work.
  6. Maintain a clean and safe working environment.
  7. Keep up to date MSDS sheets for all cleaning supplies used on properties.
  8. Work in conjunction with other departments and staff to provide support for event setups, emergency response efforts and all other service requests within Building and Grounds department scope of work.
  9. Utilize and maintain all tools, supplies and equipment on the property to complete tasks assigned by department.
  10. Communicate completion of assigned tasks in a detailed manner to the department.
  11. Report any safety issues, concerns or incidents involving staff or visitors immediately to the Building and Grounds Foreman or Department Head.
  12. Follow all procedures, rules and guidelines adopted by the Department and the George Washington Foundation. Report any infractions to the Foreman or Department head.

Landscaper

Date: Open until filled

Status: Full-time or Part-time Hourly, Non-Exempt

Reports to: Director of Buildings and Grounds    

Supervisory Responsibilities: None   

Function:                              
Primarily care for the landscapes at Ferry Farm and Kenmore Historical Sites.

Education/Experience: High School Diploma/GED preferred

Skills:                                    
Must have the ability to operate equipment or have the ability to learn how to operate equipment to include tractors, power tools, trucks, excavators and misc. hand tools.

Must have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

Physical Demands:               
Must be able to walk, stand, crawl, squat for extended periods.

Must be able to lift in excess of 50lbs. on a regular basis.

Must be able to perform work in excess of 20 ft.

Other requirements:             
Must pass criminal background check.

Must have valid driver’s license.

Work Environment:             
Must be available to work evenings, Holidays and/or weekend shifts as needed.

Must be able to work in all weather conditions.

Responsibilities to Include But Not Limited to:

1. Maintain turf, trees, shrubs, pathways, fences and hardscapes within the historic landscapes.

2. Complete all work assigned in a timely and efficient manner using established safety practices

3. Utilize knowledge of trade skills to complete daily tasks as directed by the Buildings and Grounds Department with or without supervision.

4. Operate, utilize and maintain all tools, supplies and equipment on the property to complete tasks assigned by the department.

5. Communicate completion of assigned tasks in a detailed manner to the department.

6. Report any safety issues, concerns or incidents involving staff or visitors immediately to the Buildings and Grounds Foreman or Department Head.

7. Follow all procedures, rules and guidelines adopted by the Department and the George Washington Foundation. 

8. Other duties as assigned.