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Job Listing: Colvin Run Mill Manager (HISTORIAN III)

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Colvin Run Mill Historic Site - Great Falls, VA

Closes - 6/18/2021

Position Title – Colvin Run Mill Manger (HISTORIAN III)

Salary - $59,000-99,000/annually

Job Type - Full-Time

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Make history happen as the site manager at one of the Park Authority’s premier historic sites. The Site Manager at Colvin Run Mill Park Historic Site is responsible for the buildings and grounds including an operating 19th-century water powered grist mill, an early 19th-century house with exhibits, a dairy barn serving as an exhibit and education center, a general store maintained as a museum shop and 30 acres of grounds.

Supervises the planning, protections, development, and maintenance of cultural and natural resources, including historic buildings, grounds, and collections records. Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for the development and implementation of short and long-term goals, annual operations plans, programs, park resource management plans and activities to retain professional museum accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums. May be assigned to oversee other sites with cultural resources.

The ideal candidate will have experience in these areas: preparing operations budgets, coordinating, monitoring and approving budget expenditures and serving as contact for donations and fundraising activities.

As the manager, this position recruits, trains, supervises, directs, evaluates, and provides guidance to parks’ personnel. The incumbent oversees an active volunteer program.

A strong candidate will have demonstrated ability to connect with a variety of partners and stakeholders within the community and the agency to lead Colvin Run Mill as a premier historic site that meets the needs across a broad spectrum of visitors.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)

  • Reviews the overall development of educational programs and events and coordinates other
  • visitor services;
  • Develops historic preservation plans and procedures;
  • Develops long- and short-term goals, operating objectives, strategies and implementation plans;
  • Makes recommendations to the division manager regarding long-range plans;
  • Ensures that all facilities meet quality standards for housekeeping, cleanliness and maintenance;
  • Ensures that facilities and grounds are free of safety hazards, that appropriate safety measures
  • are implemented and that all federal, state and county safety standards are applied and satisfied;
  • Ensures compliance with the American Alliance of Museums accreditation standards;
  • Develops and implements security guidelines to protect park facilities and the public against fire,
  • vandalism, and other threats;
  • Recommends, develops and implements plans for improved service delivery;
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on plans for architectural restoration and construction;
  • Contributes to the development of Park Authority and County wide strategic plans related to
  • historic preservation;
  • Completes and evaluates various financial, administrative and statistical reports;
  • Develops and submits an annual operating budget and monitors revenue/expenditure
  • performance levels;
  • Complies with financial guidelines and reconciles revenue and expense reports;
  • Authorizes the procurement of supplies, equipment or services;
  • Prepares and reviews contracts for facility use and contractual services;
  • Plans, schedules, directs and evaluates the work of staff;
  • Provides subordinate staff with specialized training and professional development opportunities;
  • Interacts with citizens and community organizations regarding park use, maintenance and
  • resource protection issues;
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the public, interest groups and
  • County staff.


Knowledge Skills And Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  • Knowledge of American and regional history;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of historical park or museum maintenance and
  • management;
  • Knowledge of the principles of historic education and interpretation;
  • Knowledge of curatorial practices and procedures;
  • Knowledge of financial management controls relating to budgeting and accounting of
  • expenditures;
  • Ability to manage a large, complex operation with extensive capital equipment, property value
  • and inventory;
  • Ability to motivate and supervise others;
  • Ability to schedule, coordinate and prioritize the work of a diverse group of employees;
  • Ability to evaluate employees performance against comprehensive performance standards;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise financial and administrative reports;
  • Ability to analyze programs and procedures and evaluate their performance against established
  • objectives;
  • Ability to prepare and adhere to a budget;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with employees and the general public;
  • Ability to develop and implement effective management practices;
  • Ability to develop and implement staff training programs.

Employment Standards

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:

(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in American history, American studies, archaeology, museum education, or a closely related field; plus three years of progressively responsible experience in museum or historical site interpretation, collections, education and/or research, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous historic site and/or cultural resource site development and management experience. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with applying the methods, principles, techniques, and practices necessary to document a site with cultural and natural resources. Demonstrated ability to use effective leadership skills related to interpersonal relations and team building, and to establish positive relationships with mangers, peers, subordinates, customers and stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement master plans, interpretive plans, operations plans, etc. Demonstrated ability to set and maintain multiple program priorities while having the flexibility to adapt to change, collaborate and negotiate with diverse stakeholders. Experience managing revenue generating programs and facilities. Comprehensive understanding of budget development and management, and experience with budget development and management. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Any National Association for Interpretation certification is desirable.

Certificates And Licenses Required

Valid driver's license.

Necessary Special Requirements

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective services registry check, and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Physical Requirements

Ability to start and stop milling operations, using manual levers and manual flywheels. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, enter building, use stairs without ADA access. Must be able to navigate uneven terrain on park proper and leading up to the mill pump site. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Selection Procedure

Panel interview; may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.