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23 Jun 2022 5:04 PM | Anonymous

Gunston Hall is pleased to announce an opening for full-time educators.  Gunston Hall is a small museum with a highly collaborative, energetic staff dedicated to the power of place, historical objects, and storytelling to create meaningful experiences for visitors of all ages.  Once a site of slavery, Gunston Hall is now a museum dedicated to telling the stories of all the people who lived on the 18th-century plantation, including enslaved women, men, and children, indentured workers, and George Mason, one of the leaders of the Revolution and new nation.  Gunston Hall uses stories of the past to help visitors better understand the ideas and contradictions that formed our nation. 


We are seeking candidates who are friendly and people-oriented, love history, and are eager to share Gunston Hall’s story with visitors. Educators divide their time between the visitor center and the mansion, and in some seasons educators spend significant time in outdoor locations. Their responsibilities center on ensuring visitors have a meaningful and content-rich experience at Gunston Hall. 


Specifically, educators:

  • engage visitors, in a pleasant and welcoming manner; 

  • lead tours that are accurate and engaging for visitors of all ages; 

  • facilitate informal learning experiences, including during public programs and special events;

  • assist with the development of and preparation for public programs and special events;

  • participate in a variety of activities that support educational initiatives, including conducting historical research, writing social media posts, creating pre- and post-visit materials for teachers;  

  • promote and relay accurate information about planned programs and events; 

  • provide support for volunteer-run school programs;

  • take a positive and problem-solving approach to the daily challenges that arise in a visitor-centered organization;

  • take the lead on opening museum buildings, and provide access for part-time staff members, on weekends and holidays;

  • serve as a point of contact between staff on-site and supervisors if no supervisors are present;

  • monitor the museum exhibitions in the visitor center, period room installations in the mansion, and reproduction outbuildings; 

  • interact with visitors throughout their time on the property; 

  • answer telephones; 

  • schedule tours and special events; 

  • keep accurate records, including admissions records; 

  • reconcile cash and charge receipts; 

  • support other projects related to Gunston Hall’s educational mission. 


An ideal candidate will be interested in history, solution-oriented, detail-oriented, able to adapt to changing circumstances, and committed to serving as an effective ambassador for Gunston Hall and its content, whether the candidate is working with teachers, students, program attendees, museum visitors, or other members of the general public.  The candidate will be dedicated to ongoing learning.  Furthermore, an ideal candidate will excel at thinking creatively about how to convey historical material in ways that reach diverse audiences. 


This position reports to the Education Manager. It requires:

  • excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with people of different backgrounds and ages;

  • excellent customer service skills; 

  • commitment to telling stories from multiple perspectives and to talking about difficult subjects;

  • responsibility and trustworthiness; 

  • knowledge of basic office procedures; 

  • ability to read and write the English language and to understand, follow, and give oral instructions; 

  • knowledge of computers, telephone systems, audio-visual equipment, and cash registers;

  • ability to reconcile cash and credit card receipts; 

  • ability to maintain an electronic calendar in order to schedule events; 

  • exhibition of professional manner and dress at all times; 

  • ability to multi-task; 

  • ability to lift up to 25 pounds. 


This position includes regular weekend days and some holidays.  It is full-time and non-exempt, paying an hourly rate of $15-17, depending on qualifications.  Benefits include paid annual and sick leave, health insurance, life insurance, a retirement plan, and a discount in the museum shop.  Additional benefits of employment at Gunston Hall include opportunities to enjoy 554 acres of outdoor recreational and environmental amenities along the Potomac River, an organizational commitment to wellness and personal fulfillment, access to comprehensive professional development programs, and the opportunity to collaborate with a creative, innovative, and fun team of individuals who are all enthusiastically committed to the organization, our mission, and to each other’s success.


To apply please send a letter of interest and resume to Rebecca Martin, Director of Education and Guest Experiences, at rebecca.martin@gunstonhall.org.  Applications should be submitted by July 22, 2022.


Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer. 

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