Jobs & Internships

Preservation Virginia has staff across the Commonwealth advocating on behalf of historic places, interpreting the sites we own and operate and working with local communities. If you’re interested in joining our team, review our current job openings and follow the instructions to apply.

Development Coordinator

The development coordinator is responsible for implementing external communications for Preservation Virginia. This role incorporates both marketing and development responsibilities, including management of the donor database and acknowledgement letters, social media campaigns and website. The development coordinator also assists in development-related event planning. This position reports to the director of development.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. In coordination with the annual fund manager, maintain and update the donor database. Process donations and acknowledgements of gifts and pledges. This includes recording gifts in donor records, preparing and mailing acknowledgements and other necessary documentation for review by the annual fund manager.
  2. Curate Preservation Virginia’s social media channels. Brainstorm and produce creative content, and monitor, moderate and respond to audience comments when necessary; manage social media partnerships with other brands; and create and/or post shareable images and videos.
  3. Work with programs managers to ensure all messaging aligns with key strategies as outlined in the strategic plan and marketing plans
  4. Main point of contact for website updates on preservationvirginia.org. Work with management team to determine content needs and secure copy and images as necessary
  5. Work with subject matter experts provide content needed for various campaigns
  6. Update the communications calendar in preparation for management team meetings
  7. Brainstorm and collaborate with teams and various departments to generate new ideas and coordinate strategies for carrying them out
  8. Main point of contact for social media needs at five of Preservation Virginia’s historic sites, including Bacon’s Castle, Cape Henry Lighthouse, the John Marshall House, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and Smith’s Fort. Monitor activity on historic sites’ social media pages and offer support and coaching to site coordinators
  9. Work with historic sites and programs managers to update relevant community calendars for upcoming events
  10. Assist in cultivation and stewardship events, including invitations design, maintaining RSVPs, securing catering and other responsibilities
  11. Assists donors as needed and participates in the overall success of the development department
  12. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required with 2-3 years’ experience in non-profit development or marketing. Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects. Experience with technologies and best practices for campaigns across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.  Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work with and motivate other professionals and volunteers. Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Ability to work independently with little supervision. Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Experience with Raiser’s Edge database and graphic design preferred.

Salary: $35,000-$38,000

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume electronically to wglasco@preservationvirginia.org.

Annual Fund Manager

The annual fund manager’s primary responsibility is the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program, including the coordination and oversight of supporting initiatives in the areas of development services and donor relations. The annual fund manager is responsible for cultivation and stewardship of a portfolio of donors and works closely with the director of development and chief executive officer to support the major gifts program.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinates the direct mail program, including membership and annual fund mailings, and builds relationships with supporters, focusing on shaping a sustainable annual giving program.
  2. Manages a portfolio of mid-range supporters, scheduling at least one meeting a week (50 per year) to engage with Preservation Virginia donors
  3. In coordination with the communications manager, maintain and update the donor database. Process donations and acknowledgments of gifts and pledges. This includes recording gifts in donor records, preparing and mailing acknowledgements and other necessary documentation for review by the annual fund manager.
  4. Manages an annual fund committee including board of trustees and community volunteers to achieve established goals.
  5. Helps plan donor and/or prospect engagement and recognition events to promote interest in Preservation Virginia.
  6. Utilizes Raiser’s Edge and Donor Search programs to track donors and perform prospect research. Supports the research needs of the Director of Development and Chief Executive Officer in preparation for visits.
  7. Prepares monthly reports on annual fund, designated, restricted and other gifts and provides information to the finance department for reconciliation.
  8. Establishes and monitors standards and guidelines for donor-centric communications organization-wide.
  9. Attends special events as appropriate to foster member and donor engagement.
  10. Contributes to the effort to build a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.
  11. Supports other development initiatives as requested.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required, with 3-5 years of experience in a development program. Demonstrated analytical, organizational and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, as well as the ability to work with and motivate other development professionals and volunteers. Excellent skill and understanding of computer and constituent software required, including experience with complex, conditional mail merges. Ability to work independently and within a team environment. Willingness and ability to travel statewide and to work nights and weekends, as required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Donor Search programs preferred.

Salary: $38,000-$42,000

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume electronically to wglasco@preservationvirginia.org.

Preservation Specialist/Project Manager

General Responsibilities: The Preservation Specialist/Project Manager is responsible for ensuring preservation and short and long-term maintenance plans for each Preservation Virginia property and works with external groups to advise and assist on fee-for-service projects. The position oversees and directs maintenance and capital projects at Preservation Virginia properties, including the budget and arrangements with external contractors. The Preservation Services Specialist supervises a team of two restoration craftspeople. The position reports to the Director of Museum Operations.

Qualifications: This position requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in historic preservation and an understanding of historic buildings’ construction, care and maintenance. Demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and meet tight deadlines. The successful candidate will have the ability to read and interpret complex documents, such as contracts and legal documents, as well blueprints and other plan documents; ability to write detailed reports and ability to speak effectively in small groups.

Salary: Position is a full-time, salaried position. Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Preservation Virginia offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes, Medical, Health Savings Account with employer contribution, Dental, Life, Short & Long Term Disability, 403(b) plan with an employer match, paid time off and holiday pay.

To Apply: Send resume with cover letter and two writing samples to info@preservationvirginia.org or by mail to Preservation Virginia, 204 West Franklin St. Richmond VA 23220. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown Interpreter

Through programs and tours of the site, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown’s historic interpreters promote dialogue and historical perspective about the American Revolution, liberty and human rights by examining Henry’s experiences at Scotchtown.

This position is part-time, hourly and provides no benefits. Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation. The interpreter is directly supervised by the Site Coordinator.

Requirements: Must be over 18, able to lift 30 lbs, be able to climb up and down stairs repeatedly. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

Read the Scotchtown Site Interpreter Job Description. To apply, click here and print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to scotchtown@preservationvirginia.org. The position is open until filled. EOE.

John Marshall House Interpreter

The position of John Marshall House Museum Interpreter is a part-time, hourly position without benefits. Located in downtown Richmond, the John Marshall House is a 1790 brick Federal-style structure, which served as the home of Chief Justice John Marshall from 1790 to 1835. The house is significant for its remarkable preservation and architectural form and its outstanding collection of Marshall family and Richmond-made objects.

Requirements: Must be over 18, able to lift 30 lbs, be able to climb up and down stairs repeatedly. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

Read the full job description. To apply, click here and print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org. The position is open until filled. EOE.

Smith’s Fort Plantation Interpreter

The position of Smith’s Fort Museum Interpreter is a part-time, hourly position without benefits. Located in Surry, VA, Smith’s Fort site contains both an 18th-century manor house and the earthworks of a 1609 fort site. Smith’s Fort is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.

Requirements: Must be over 18, able to lift 30 lbs, be able to climb up and down stairs repeatedly. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

Read the full Smith’s Fort Plantation Job Description. To apply, click here and print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to smithsfort@preservationvirginia.org. The position is open until filled. EOE.