Job Listing: Director

Job Postings,

Workhouse Arts Center - Lorton, VA

Closes - Open until closed

Position Title – Director

Salary - $62k - $67k

Job Type - Full-Time

For more info and to apply: Please submit the following PDF items electronically, with the subject line containing the words “Director, LBM” stated. Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Please direct all submission to:
• Cover letter including salary requirements.
• Resume including demonstrable accomplishments. 

Background: The Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc. (WAF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation with a mission to operate the Workhouse Arts Center (opening in 2008) with programs in the visual arts, performing arts, arts education, and history through the repurposing of the former Workhouse correctional facility. WAF’s budget is currently $3 million annually.

Summary Statement: A vital member of Workhouse Arts Foundation’s Senior Staff, the Director is the driving force behind the identity of the Lucy Burns Museum’s curatorial programming and significantly contributes to the museum’s vision and ongoing growth. This dynamic leadership position acts as a representative of the organization, supervises staff and volunteers, maintains close involvement with exhibition realization, education teams, and multifaceted interaction with the community. Located in Lorton, VA, the WAF is a non-profit dedicated to providing outstanding visual and performing arts, arts education, history programs and the Lucy Burns Museum, all in a unique historic setting. In this role, the Director will represent the WAF professionally on-site and with community partners, including Fairfax County, the owner of the site. This position will also oversee Museum employees and volunteers and serve as the subject matter expert for on-site staff regarding the history of the site.

Role and Responsibilities:
• Overall administration and management of the staff and the museum facility, including budget
   preparation and management, day-to-day operations of the museum facility, and personnel and
   volunteer management.
• Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Museum that includes
   restorative justice and accounting for equitable collecting of oral histories
• Develop and implement plans for the museum to become an International Site of
   Consciousness, to put the museum on the path to accreditation by American Alliance of
   Museums, and to include the Workhouse in the 250th Celebration of America’s founding.
• Oversee the overall exhibition and program development of the museum, including developing
   high-quality exhibitions, programs, and activities that include experiences for school, family,
   youth, adult, and community audiences.
• Engage with regional museums, community organizations, local, state, and national
   governmental and educational organizations to build advocacy for the museum and assess
   community needs and issues.
• Participate in fundraising activities, including grant writing, to support the Museum’s exhibits,
   conservation and preservation initiatives, and educational programs.
• Ensure compliance with museum best practices as defined by the American Alliance of

• Ethics: Values and demonstrates honesty and integrity, based on strong ethical principles.
   Follows through on commitments. Treats people with respect. Upholds organizational values.
• Organizational Support: Supports the WAF’s goals and values. Follows and supports policies and
   procedures. Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time. Responds to management
   direction and follows instruction, as appropriate.
• Interpersonal Skills and Teamwork: Exhibits strong interpersonal skills. Works well with others to
   support the successful operations of the Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc. and the Workhouse
   Arts Center. Represents museum aspects of operations on project teams and day-to-day crossorganizational activities. Uses interpersonal       skills to work through complex issues regarding
   museum management with other staff and come to a positive resolution of issues.
• Oral/Written Communication Skills: Speaks and writes clearly and persuasively in positive or
  negative situations. Listens and gets clarification. Represents the organization professionally.
• Computer skills: Computer application competency with MS Outlook, Excel, and Word, Adobe,
  and basic understanding of CAD applications.
• Well Organized: Displays excellent organization skills.
• Detail Oriented: Delivers focus on accurate financial and accounting details that is essential for
   success in this position.
• Cost Consciousness: Operates and manages within approved budget. Focuses on conserving
   organizational resources. Develops and implements cost saving measures.
• Innovation: Displays original thinking and creativity. Meets challenges with resourcefulness,
   generates suggestions for improving work, develops approaches and ideas.
• Flexibility: Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands changes
   approach or method to best fit the situation, able to deal with multiple assignments with
• Ability to lift 25 pounds.
• Ability to work independently: A self-starter with the ability to operate with minimal guidance

Experience and Education:
• Master's degree in American Studies, Public History, or Museum Studies, or a closely related
   field, plus five years of progressively responsible experience in planning, directing, and managing
   all aspects of a museum, public historical program or institution, business, governmental
   program, or non-profit organization (or an equivalent combination of education and
• Demonstrated knowledge of the museum field, current museum practices, and artifact
   preservation and conservation standards.
• Curatorial and/or interpretive experience in a museum.
• Demonstrated knowledge of, and familiarity with, historical and material culture research, issues
   and trends in criminal/ social justice history.
• Demonstrated experience in supervising a wide range of staff positions -- both professional and
   non-professional -- in planning and developing complex projects, such as museum exhibits or
   educational programs.
• Knowledge of PastPerfect.

Accountabilities: Satisfactory completion of this job will be evidenced by excellent attention to detail, anticipation of financial need, exercising sound professional judgement, meeting financial goals, building and maintaining good working relationships with staff, artists and other colleagues, keeping excellent records, and working well as a team member, and by operating within the Workhouse approved budget.

Compensation/Benefits: $62,000 - $67,000 annually, with a benefit package that includes a health/dental insurance plan, a retirement plan, paid time off, and other employee benefits.

Workhouse DEI Statement: The Workhouse is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff that honors their experiences, perspectives, and unique identity. We strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

Workhouse EEO Statement: The Workhouse is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Workhouse provides employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibility, genetic status or information, military, or veteran status or in any status protected by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Workhouse will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any circumstances.

Workhouse Health and Safety Policy: The Workhouse is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for our staff, artists, contractors, volunteers, students and guests. With the continuing presence of COVID and its variants, the Workhouse is following CDC guidance and State of Virginia and Fairfax County directives and is recommending that everyone wear a mask while inside any building. The
Workhouse is a Non-Smoking campus.

Additional Notes: The Workhours for this position are a function of work and support requirements and directed by the President/CEO. The Workhouse business hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Some business meetings or special events may require working some weekends and weeknights.

Applications and Inquiries: Please submit the following PDF items electronically, with the subject line containing the words “Director, LBM” stated. Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Please direct all submission to:
• Cover letter including salary requirements.
• Resume including demonstrable accomplishments.