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Posted: 10/19/2018

Prince William County Historic Preservation Division

Do you have a passion for public history and working with the public? Are you looking to be part of a growing local preservation program with a diverse inventory of sites that spans 300 years of history that caters to local residents, school groups and visitors from around the world? Join the Prince William County Department of Public Works' Historic Preservation Division. Qualified candidates will have experience with working at historic house museums or historic parks with an emphasis on Virginia and Civil War history. Experience in interpretation and museum management a plus, ability to work on a small but energetic and forward looking team is a must. Historic Preservation Division manages 13 County owned historic sites and parks and averages nearly 150,000 visitors a year.

Historic Site Manager
Professional Opportunity
Manassas, VA
Open Until

General Definition of Work, Typical tasks, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The statements in this class specification are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


Performs responsible professional and managerial work involving overall program management of a historic site. Work involves day-to-day operations of a historic site, monitoring public use and implementing historical programs and educational activities.

Work is performed under general supervision of the Historic Preservation Division.


Manages all aspect of visitor programs and activities including staffing, facility use, security, safety, resource protection, visitor control, operating procedures and hours of operation;

Manages site historic artifact collections ensuring compliance with guidelines for interpretation, security and maintenance procedures;

Supervises employees involved in implementing operational decisions on projects, programs, resources protection, and public use of a County historic site;

Monitors public use and implementation of historical programs and educational activities;

Assists in the development and accounting for site and historic annual budget including donated funds;

Purchases supplies, equipment and services for day-to-day operation of a historic site; and ensures that facilities, equipment and property are maintained;

Ensures the facilities are a safe environment for historic site visitors, general public and employees;

Recruits, interviews, and selects applicants for employment at a historic site; and provides training for subordinate employees;

Assigns projects to staff and volunteers; sets priorities and work schedules and evaluates both paid and volunteer staff;

Supervises submission of cash reports and required reporting of management indicators such a visitation, program number and project accounting;

Assists administrative staff in research, writing, implementation and evaluation of site's annual operational plan, project plans, prospectus and interpretive plan, including goals and objectives or delivering programs and services;

Plans, develops and implement site programming and interpretation including the planning, development and evaluation of site events, tours, exhibits, museum education and outreach programs;


Thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of historical research procedures; thorough knowledge of American and regional history and thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of historic education and interpretation; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of facility management, thorough knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of historical parks or museum management; thorough knowledge of curatorial practices and procedures; ability to conduct comprehensive historical research and prepare factual reports on historical issues; ability to provide technical resources and program leadership to historical staff; ability to perform effective administrative work including budgeting, human resource management, purchasing and revenue accounting; ability to manage and operate interpretation/conservation programs at a historic site; ability to coordinate major special activities; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with specialty consultants such as archeologist, architects, engineers, historians, County employees and the general public; ability to perform duties and responsibilities independently within established polices and procedures.

Education and Experience


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in American History Studies, Archeology, Museum Education or a closely related field; and 2-3 years experience in museum or historical site interpretation and education to include 1-2 years supervisory experience.

How to apply
Visit the PWC website at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pwcgov/jobs/2237668/historic-site-manager?keywords=Historic&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

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