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JOB OPENINGS

Visitor Center & Museum Store Manager            

The Visitor Center in Oatlands Carriage House is the first point of contact for visitors to Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This position is responsible for providing initial orientation and excellent client service for all visitors before and after tours, programs, and events.

The job requires the processing of retail sales and completing ticket transactions in person and on the phone in a courteous and professional manner.

Candidate must demonstrate a collaborative, positive, supportive spirit, and work with all staff members to provide a seamless, warm, welcoming experience for all visitors.  We are seeking a motivated, talented, creative individual to ensure visitors a positive experience from the moment they enter Oatlands Carriage House.

Other duties include:

  • Open and close register and Visitor Center five days per week.
  • Buy and stock merchandise that supports the mission of Oatlands as a historic house museum.
  • Seek out local artisans and craftspeople for merchandise for the store.
  • Organize and keep track of merchandise inventory; restock items; some lifting is required for storing, restocking and inventory adjustments.
  • Create and maintain visual displays; keep store neat and orderly at all times.
  • Provide assistance during special events and programs.
  • Oversee and supervise part-time employees and volunteers who may assist in the Visitor Center and Museum Store; organize their work schedules.
  • Work closely with the Oatlands Finance Director.

This is a full time, 40-hour per week job that will require frequently working on weekends and some holidays (not Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day).  The position offers a competitive salary and a full benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, a Health Savings Account, as well as disability and life insurance.

This position will report to the Oatlands Executive Director.

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with computers and POS systems.
  • Retail experience – sales and buying.
  • A background in business, museum studies, historic preservation, history or communications.
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with flexibility and poise.
  • Experience working in a professional retail, hospitality, or museum environment.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

About Oatlands Historic House and Gardens:  Oatlands is a 400-acre estate located in the Piedmont region of Virginia between Washington, D.C. and the Shenandoah Valley within Loudoun County, one of the nation’s fastest growing areas.  Once part of the extensive Carter family plantation holdings, Oatlands tells the stories of a 19th century working plantation, an early 20th century country house, and the people who lived and worked there.  In addition to the mansion, Oatlands property includes magnificent formal terraced gardens, one of the earliest extant greenhouses in North America, barns, and other outbuildings.  Oatlands is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by Oatlands, Inc., both non-profit, non-government organizations.

Oatlands is a rich resource for the community, state, and nation.  We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. Today, we tell the story of the enslaved community that lived, worked, and built Oatlands.

Oatlands welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year through our school programs, house and garden tours, afternoon teas, and large-scale events such as Oatlands’ Strawberry Festival, World War I and World War II Weekend, Harvest Festival and more.

Start date:  Immediately

Employment type:  Full-time

Professional level:  Managerial

Job functions:  Visitor services, customer services, historic site, non-profit, museum, sales, education & administration.

Education:  High school diploma or equivalent required; college degree preferred.

Email cover letter and resume to:  jobs@oatlands.org

 

 

SEASONAL GARDENER

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens is seeking a qualified, energetic, and competent individual to work at a historic garden just outside Leesburg, Virginia, from April through November.

Requirements:

Individual must have a background in horticulture and possess an interest in history.  Applicant must have the ability to work outdoors in a wide range of temperatures.  He or she must be able to walk up and down uneven stone stairs and lift 50 pounds.  The correct candidate will be expected to follow instructions well, work independently at times, yet be able to get along with other staff members and volunteers.

Responsibilities:

  • Help maintain garden and grounds in historic areas; tasks will include mowing, watering, edging, weeding, pruning, planting and mulching.
  • Assist with pest control, documentation, and record keeping.
  • Answer questions for visitors and staff; give tours of the garden to the public.
  • Prepare and exhibit the garden for weddings and special events as needed.
  • Assist the Head Gardener as needed.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

This is a part time, approximately 28-hour per week job that will require frequently working on weekends and some federal holidays.

About Oatlands Historic House and Gardens:  Oatlands is a 400-acre estate located in the Piedmont region of Virginia between Washington, D.C. and the Shenandoah Valley.  Once part of the extensive Carter family plantation holdings, Oatlands tells the stories of a 19th century working plantation, an early 20th century country house, and the people who lived and worked there.  Oatlands property includes four and ½ acres of magnificent formal terraced gardens, one of the earliest extant greenhouses in North America, barns, and other outbuildings.  Oatlands is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by Oatlands, Inc., both non-profit, non-government organizations.

Start date:  Immediately

Employment type:  Part-time (28 hours per week)

Professional level:  Assistant

Education:  High school diploma or equivalent required.

Email cover letter and resume to jobs@oatlands.org

 

 

 

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT                                                              

LEESBURG, VA

Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site, seeks an enthusiastic and seasoned Director of Development with a successful record of leading multi-million dollar campaigns.  Located in one of the nation’s wealthiest and fastest developing counties, Oatlands interprets over 200 years of history and comprises more than 400 acres of preserved rolling fields and features a magnificent 4.5-acre formal terraced garden, an 1804 Mansion, the South’s Oldest Greenhouse and several other important and historic assets that must be protected and preserved for the future.  

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for creating and managing comprehensive fundraising strategies to retain and identify and cultivate new relationships with individual, corporate and institutional donors to support the organization’s pioneering work in generating new audiences, support, and funding for education and preservation, new programs, and strategic expansion.

Job Responsibilities:

Development and Major Donor Cultivation

  • Meet and Exceed Development Goal of raising $2 million over the next two years  
  • Major Donor Prospect Identification, Research, Cultivation, Stewardship and Recognition 
  • Collaborate with staff regarding fundraising events, including the Annual Spring Fundraising Event
  • Maintain a current rationale for why supporters should invest in the future of Oatlands.  Develop individual, corporate and capital campaign donor pitch packages according to board vision

Corporate Sponsorships

  • Identify and secure corporate sponsorships for events to achieve budget goal
  • Identify and pitch corporate prospects
  • Identify needed special projects for corporate interest
  • Provide special benefits to corporate sponsors in keeping with Oatlands’ brand

Education and Job Qualifications:

  • Substantial multiple years of fundraising experience preferably in mid-sized non-profits
  • Demonstrated success in closing five, six and seven figure donations
  • Knowledge of non-profit fundraising best practices, rules and regulations
  • Executive presence and skills.
  • Must be able to communicate in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit 
  • Ability to prioritize under pressure
  • Ability to work well with a wide variety of individuals
  • Ability to enthusiastically lead and/or be part of a team
  • Proven record of stable employment
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required

About Oatlands Historic House and Gardens:  Oatlands is a 400-acre estate located in the Piedmont region of Virginia between Washington, D.C. and the Shenandoah Valley within Loudoun County, one of the nation’s fastest growing areas.  Once part of the extensive Carter family plantation holdings, Oatlands tells the stories of a 19th century working plantation, an early 20th century country house, and the people who lived and worked there -- including the enslaved community.  In addition to the mansion, Oatlands property includes magnificent formal terraced gardens, one of the earliest extant greenhouses in North America, barns, and other outbuildings.  Oatlands is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by Oatlands, Inc., both non-profit, non-government organizations.

Oatlands is a treasured resource for the community, state, and nation.  We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. 

Oatlands welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year through our school programs, house and garden tours, afternoon teas, and large-scale events such as Oatlands’ Strawberry Festival, World War I and World War II Weekend, Harvest Festival and more.

Start date:  Immediately

Employment type:  Full Time

Professional level:  Executive

Job functions:  Development, fundraising, donor management, historic site, non-profit, museum, and administration.

Education:  College degree required, relevant advanced degree welcome.

Email cover letter and resume to:  jobs@oatlands.org