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Manager of Historic Trades at George Washington's Mount Vernon

  • 10 Aug 2022 1:53 PM
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    Manager of Historic Trades


    Please apply at https://jobapply.page.link/qo6yz. 

    The Education and Guest Services Division provides meaningful learning opportunities for Mount Vernon’s one million annual onsite visitors and students in classrooms around the country. Through a diverse portfolio of interpretive experiences, engaging programs, and online resources, we expand each learner’s understanding of, and appreciation for, George Washington and the revolutionary world in which he lived.
    The Education and Guest Services team is composed of the Interpretation, Historic Trades, Guest Services and Learning Departments.  This group is comprised of more than 150 full and part-time staff members who connect Mount Vernon’s mission to a variety of audiences using onsite and offsite programming and physical and digital projects.

    Division-Wide Principles:

    1. Exceed audience learning expectations and ensure a level of access in which everyone is welcome. Be friendly, respectful, engaging, and flexible. Always remember that this visit may be their first and only.
    2. Encourage a meaningful appreciation of George Washington and the world in which he lived.  Ensure that his legacies connect to the world our audiences live in today. 
    3. Engage yourself in the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association – take responsibility for your continued development and commit to collaboration. Care for your colleagues and be proud of what we accomplish together.

    Position-Specific Responsibilities:

    • Manage the interpretive Trades staff at the Farm, Distillery & Gristmill, and Blacksmith Shop in order to ensure high-quality learning opportunities and18th-century production in a safe and engaging  environment. Responsibilities include recruitment, hiring, training, coaching, scheduling, timekeeping, and effective evaluation of staff performance.
    • Manage the coordination of all interpretive programs at the Farm, Distillery & Gristmill and Blacksmith Shop including Harvest Days, Chocolate Demonstrations and Treadings at the Farm, in order to ensure high quality learning opportunities. Work with the team on 18th century production including training FT and PT staff in interpretation content, methodology and demonstrations.  Responsibilities include development, training, implementation, and evaluation of interpretive outlines, demonstrations, and scripts to create immersive guest experiences.
    • Communicate and coordinate with other Mount Vernon operations departments including O&M, Guest Services, Special Events, Retail)and Preservation (Archaeology, Horticulture, etc..). 
    • Perform Historic Trades Lead Interpreter duties on a regular basis, including weekends and evenings.  This role is also responsible for opening and closing site(s), interpreting for visitors, covering shifts during breaks, and modeling interpretive and demonstration skills. 
    • Identify and coordinate maintenance of all sites as needed.  Implement and train staff on emergency procedures when necessary to ensure safety for guests and staff. .  Proficient in a variety of Trades production areas, such as foodways, textiles, smithing, milling, emergency procedures when necessary to ensure safety for guests and staff.
    • Work with the Director of Historic Trades to develop and monitor budgets and effectively review and approve expenditures up to an agreed-upon threshold, conduct billing and invoice processing and demonstrate excellence at one or more discipline(s). Assist the Director of Trades with all aspects of production in the Distillery & Gristmill.
    • Enhance, Implement, and Evaluate the annual Historic Trades Intern Program
    • Ensure  a positive work environment, encourage morale, and provide staff with the tools necessary to succeed. Foster collaboration, unity, and meaningful communication within and between the Historic Trades department and other Mount Vernon departments. 
    • Actively participate in Education & Guest Services projects and operations meetings
    • Track and report required information for monthly and annual reports, Development grants, and other Mount Vernon publications.

    Qualifications and Education Requirements:

    • 3 to 5 years experience in Museum/Living History/Historic Interpretation
    • Knowledge and experience in 18th century trades preferred
    • Management experience preferred; Must work creatively and effectively as a member of a team
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills required
    • Must work well with a diverse audience and have a sincere interest in history
    • Must be responsible, flexible, punctual, able to lift 50lbs., and perform all manner of physical labor
    • Computer skills required, including Microsoft suite, Payroll and scheduling management platforms, Research and search engine familiarity and web-based video conferencing proficiency a plus.

    Special Requirements:

    • Able to interact outdoors and stand or walk for long periods of time
    • Work and move across large portions of the institution on varying surfaces, including outdoors and in a variety of weather conditions
    • Conduct tours, presentations, and demonstrations of trades and activities
    • Comply with departmental dress code (period dress) and standard operating procedures
    • Ability to work frequent weekends, evenings, and holidays

    Starting Salary at $70,000.

    All staff, volunteers, and contractors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Mount Vernon is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to building and retaining a team that represents a variety of skills, experiences and perspectives.  All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, performance, and qualifications without regard to race, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, gender/sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran and military status, family or parental status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. Mount Vernon will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

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