The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (JYF), which operates two world-class museums, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, seeks a qualified candidate to direct efforts to commemorate four national landmark historical events of 1619:

  • The first representative legislative assembly in British America, at Jamestown,
  • The arrival of the first recorded Africans in Virginia,
  • Recruitment of women to expand the Virginia colony,
  • A precedent for Thanksgiving in America at Berkeley Hundred.

The 2019 commemoration provides the Commonwealth of Virginia with opportunities to expand economic and tourism initiatives, as well as programs and events to educate the public on the importance of Virginia in the creation of the United States.

This position will serve as the principal liaison to the 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee and will provide overall staff direction and management of activities and resources.  The individual will work closely with an array of historical, educational and tourism organizations and individuals to maximize opportunities related to the commemorative period.   The staff director will develop and implement communication systems to build awareness of the 2019 commemoration and engage key organizations.  Focus also will be placed on leveraging public and private resources and providing effective management as projects and events are developed and implemented.   The individual will work closely with other state and local agencies and state and national officials, and will manage paid and volunteer staff.

Job Requirements

To Qualify: Proven senior management experience working with state and local officials, boards, and educational and tourism-related organizations.   History of strategic marketing experience needed.  Strong budget and project management skills are required.  Outstanding writing and editing skills with experience delivering clear and persuasive oral, written and digital communications.  Fundraising experience helpful.  Experience planning and executing events with national significance is a plus. 

Salary:  $125,000 with state benefits package.  This is an excepted and restricted position that will end no later than June 30, 2020.

TO APPLY:  You must fully complete a Commonwealth of Virginia employment application. Applications must be received by, May 31, 2015 at 5:00PM.   Background Check/E-Verify Required.   EEO/AA/ADA.  Visit our website at


Contact Person: Patrick O. Teague Phone: (757) 253-4042
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