Job Listing: Deputy Director

Job Postings,

Gunston Hall - Mason Neck, Virginia

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – Deputy Director

Salary - $85,000 - $105,000; eligible for benefits, paid vacation and sick day

Job Type - Exempt-Full Time

Apply - please send a cover letter and resume to Scott Stroh, Executive Director, at no later than December 31st, 2022

George Mason’s Gunston Hall is seeking a strategic, resourceful, and action-oriented leader to serve as Deputy Director and to manage facilities and operations at its 554-acre educational campus. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director and serve on Gunston Hall’s Leadership Team. As such, the Deputy Director is expected to actively participate in strategic planning, organizational advancement, coordinated work with the Board of Regents of Gunston Hall and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and collaborative work with Gunston Hall’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

The Deputy Director is further responsible for the preservation and stewardship of the National Historic Landmark home of George Mason; leading and managing all capital and maintenance projects; creating a safe and secure physical environment; maintaining the efficient functionality of all facility and operational systems; and ensuring buildings and grounds are impeccably maintained. In performing these duties, the Deputy Director should demonstrate a commitment to, and knowledge of, historic preservation, environmental conservation, “green” strategies, and energy efficiency.

To be successful in this position, the Deputy Director must value authenticity, inclusiveness, stewardship, and civic engagement. The Deputy Director should bring a positive attitude to their work and promote good will and wellness within the organization. Finally, the Deputy Director should be an enthusiastic and willing learner, one who is committed to their own development and growth, and one who is passionate about facilitating the success of their colleagues.

Compensation will be based on qualifications. Performance will be evaluated based on the achievement of team and individual goals specific to the requirements of the position.

Additional benefits of employment at Gunston Hall include:

· Opportunities to experience 554 acres along the Potomac River.

· An organizational commitment to wellness and personal fulfillment.

· Access to comprehensive professional development programs.

· The ability to create flexible work experiences.

· The opportunity to collaborate with a creative team of individuals committed to the organization, our mission, and to each    other’s success.


· A Bachelors’ Degree in business, facilities management, museum studies, or a comparable degree and/or combination of      work experience is preferred.

· Progressive experience in leadership including strategic thinking, budget planning, project management, team building,          and administration is preferred.

· Experience creating, supporting, and sustaining an environment in which a unified team works for organizational                    excellence is preferred.

· A minimum of 5 years progressive experience in physical plant operations and facility management is preferred.

· Experience with historic sites, museums, cultural organizations, and/or parks is preferred.

· Expertise in the operation of a complex and diverse organization is preferred.

· Ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects and initiatives is preferred.

· Experience identifying and implementing solutions when faced with challenges or obstacles is preferred.

· Excellent people and communications skills are preferred.

· Experience providing and supporting exemplary guest service is preferred.

· A commitment to entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives is preferred.

· Exceptional organizational skills are preferred.

· Physical requirements include prolonged sitting and standing; must be able to balance, bend, climb, crouch, reach, and          twist; must have dexterity to operate equipment; must be able to lift 30 pounds; and must exhibit mobility necessary to          monitor and maintain sites and systems throughout Gunston Hall’s extensive campus.

Key Responsibilities:

· Serve as the acting executive director during the Executive Director’s absence.

· Lead and support the overall advancement of the organization including mission fulfillment, strategic plan                                  implementation,  and team development.

· Work closely with and support all organizational departments.

· Identify and implement strategic goals related to operations and facilities including budget planning and resource                    allocation.

· Participate in fundraising and resource acquisition efforts including the preparation of funding requests to the                          Commonwealth of Virginia.

· Lead, plan, and manage all capital and maintenance projects including coordinated work with the Board of Regents of            Gunston Hall, the Commonwealth of Virginia, architects and engineers, contractors, staff and volunteers, guests, and the        local community.

· Monitor and maintain Gunston Hall’s physical plant including buildings and grounds.

· Develop and implement time specific plans for building and grounds maintenance including preservation plans for all            historic structures that comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards and professional best practice.

· Plan and coordinate all building and system inspections and certifications.

· Conduct regular inspections of the buildings and grounds to determine maintenance needs and make recommendations      for improvements and repairs.

· Serve as the information technology manager and ensure associated systems are functioning at maximum efficiency              including the recommendation and planning of system enhancements and updates. This responsibility includes serving as    the organizational liaison to the Virginia Information Technology Agency.

· Work closely with various Commonwealth of Virginia agencies to complete and provide required facility, grounds, and            operational reports, and maintain accurate files.

· Create and disseminate information about operations and facilities, and associated projects and initiatives, to staff and          volunteers to ensure a continuity of operations.

· Help ensure the security and safety of people and facilities including serving as a first responder in the event of an                  emergency, the custodian of keys and locks, and the primary liaison with all security and fire system technicians.

· Monitor, implement, and update Gunston Hall’s Emergency Response Plan and serve as the organization’s Emergency            Operations Coordinator.

· Build strong relationships with Gunston Hall’s broad constituencies including but not limited to the Board of Regents of          Gunston Hall, the Commonwealth of Virginia, members, donors, peer institutions, service providers, and vendors.

· Maintain knowledge of professional best practices in historic preservation, cultural resource management, natural                  resource stewardship, facility management, and museum operations.

· Work collaboratively with the Gunston Hall team to facilitate a positive work environment and guest experience.

· Actively pursue professional development opportunities.

· Be on-call in the event of emergencies.

· Be available for early morning, evening, and weekend work in support of project management, site stewardship, and               events.

About George Mason’s Gunston Hall:

The mission of Gunston Hall is to stimulate the exploration and understanding of principles expressed by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a National Historic Landmark, the site includes Gunston Hall, reconstructed outbuildings, a visitor center and museum, event facility, museum shop, and 554 acres of diverse landscape situated along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. For more information, please visit

Application Process:

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Scott Stroh, Executive Director, at no later than December 31st, 2022.

Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and a wide range of experiences to the workplace are encouraged to apply