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:             Executive Assistant to the President

Reports to:                  President

Function:                    Insure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Administrative Offices. Assumes responsibility for organizing the President’s office.

Status:                         ExemptFull Time Salary

Requirements:

Experience: 1-3 years’ minimum administrative experience

Preferences:

Bachelor’s Degree

Nonprofit or Museum Experience 

Skills:

  • Customer Service
  • Etiquette
  • Grammar
  • Creative writing and editing
  • Microsoft Office

Responsibilities to Include But Not Limited to:

  • Assumes responsibility for insuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the Administrative Offices by:
  • Answers phone and manages incoming communication and directs to appropriate staff as needed.
    • Assists with tasks of the Administrative Office including filing, photocopying, record keeping etc.
    • Provides organizational administrative support to include making travel plans and handling expense reports.
    • Prepares information packets for membership support groups and potential donors.
    • Works closely with staff when scheduling, staffing and setting up special events.
    • Maintains administrative and general files.
    • Works with Volunteer Coordinator to schedule volunteers for administrative staff.
    • Conducts independent research and assists in special projects and events as needed
  • Personal Assistant to the President
  • Coordinates communication between President and other staff
    • Works one on one with Department Heads on projects as dictated by the President.
    • Coordinates the President’s schedule, both personal and business
    • Organizes President’s travel arrangements for meetings, conferences etc.
    • Types President’s outgoing correspondence.
    • Maintains President’s files.
    • Performs additional duties as requested that allow the President to work at peak performance level.
  • Assistance to the Board of Trustees
  • Coordinates communication between President and Board of Trustees: mailings, electronic correspondence, conference calls etc.
    • Maintains all files in relation to Board of Trustee meeting, minutes, bylaws, resolutions etc.
    • Attends all meetings, records minutes, gather reports and maintains electronic/paper archives
    • Prepares informational packets for board meetings.
    • Assists in preparation for Board and Committee meetings; gathers staff, board, and community partnership reports for the President, prepares room and refreshments and provides administrative support for Board and Committee members as needed
    • Prepares agendas, correspondence and reports in preparation for meetings.
  • All other special projects as assigned by the President.

Position Title:             Database and Development Coordinator

Reports to:                  Director of Institutional Advancement

Date:                           May 2022

Status:                         Exempt, Full Time Salary

Function:                    The Database and Development Office Coordinator is primarily responsible for the Foundation’s development database, and files and coordinates logistics for the annual appeal and related cultivation event logistics. She or he processes all gifts to the Foundation, conducts data entry and works with the accounting department in generating gift reports for the financial system. This individual will work closely with the Director of Advancement in conducting annual appeals and related development cultivation events and activities

Requirements:

Education:                   Bachelors Degree

Skills:                          Experience in development office of a non-profit organization; Exceptional organizational and analytical skills; Excellent attention to detail; Strong problem-solving skills; Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately; Experience with relational databases (preferably The Raiser’s Edge version 7) and internet research; Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; Ability to work well under pressure, both independently and as part of a team; Flexibility in handling special assignments.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinates receipt of all types of philanthropic gifts and their acknowledgement. Processes gifts and produces personalized acknowledgement letters working closely with the President and Director of Institutional Advancement. Generates daily, monthly, and annual gift reports as required for development and finance needs, including audit and annual reports. 
  • Serves as the Foundation’s manager of the Raiser’s Edge development database, entering data as well as visit reports and organizing mailing lists. Performs data back up and maintenance efforts. Maintains hard copy records of development correspondence.
  • Coordinates special events – communicating closely with Development and Foundation colleagues – such as Regent and Trustee Weekend, Apollo Council Meetings, and development visits. Monitors event registration payments and expenses.  
  • As part of development, marketing, and communications initiatives, with colleagues across the Foundation, help conceive, draft, proof, and produce complex mailings including the spring and year-end appeals, development newsletters, and web-based communications.
  • Conducts development research and helps draft and proof annual giving funding requests.  
  • Serves as a point of contact for the Regents, proactively updating the President and Director of Institutional Advancement on communications with Regents, Trustees, and key supporters.  
  • Performs additional projects – in collaboration with colleagues – as assigned by the Director of Institutional Advancement.

Position Title:       Advancement Manager

Reports to:              Director of Institutional Advancement

Date:                           2022

Status:                       Exempt Full Time Salary

Function:                 The Advancement Manager will advance relationships and secure new philanthropic funding for operating budget initiatives and projects across Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm.    

The successful candidate will focus their time and efforts on researching/identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting new philanthropic support in the $5,000 – $50,000 range from individuals, foundations and corporations in support of The George Washington Foundation’s priority projects.  

Requirements:            A minimum of 2 – 4 years of non-profit development or similar fundraising experience, preferably demonstrating knowledge and successful experience in advancing major giving. Some travel, evening/weekend hours.

Education:                  Bachelor’s Degree

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

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in conceiving and advancing an annual plan to expand the prospect and donor pool for the annual fund in order to realize and exceed operating, budget goals for fund raising support.   
  • Conduct research and advance a portfolio of prospective new annual fund prospects.  Focus of time and effort: individuals (65%), foundations (25 %), and corporations (10%) utilizing the “moves-management” process. This process will require individual initiative and also include collaborating with the Director of Institutional Advancement in supporting volunteer leadership who will host annual fund events in locations across the country.
  • Visit virtually and in-person with GWF prospects to achieve annual personal and team revenue goals. Visits to include annual leadership gift solicitations, as well as qualification, cultivation and solicitation visits.  
  • Draft finished-quality proposals to individuals, foundations and corporations and letters and advancement materials.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Advancement in organizing and staffing annual fund events hosted by GWF leadership and friends in key locations across the country.
  • Manage special annual fund mailings by volunteer solicitors.
  • With attention to detail, working with Advancement colleagues, participate in the planning, management, and staffing of multi-day and evening Advancement events for volunteer leadership, prospects and/or supporters.     
  • Document moves in Raisers Edge Database.  
  • Undertake other duties as may be assigned.     

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.