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Job Listing: Historic Site Coordinator

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Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach, VA

About Cape Henry Lighthouse

Cape Henry Lighthouse is the first federally funded public works project of the newly formed United States government. It was authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. The Lighthouse is situated near the “First Landing” site where English settlers first set foot on their way to settle in Jamestown. Built with the same Aquia sandstone as much of Washington, D.C, the lighthouse guided sea travelers to safety for almost 100 years.

In 1930 an act of Congress deeded the Lighthouse and surrounding land to Preservation Virginia’s care. Today, Cape Henry Lighthouse is surrounded by the Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story (JEBFS) and receives 50,000 visitors annually.

Visitor Experience at Cape Henry Lighthouse

Upon arrival at the gate, guests let the base security personnel know that they are visiting Cape Henry Lighthouse and they are directed to parking adjacent to the gate. Guests proceed to an awning area for a security check before boarding a shuttle to be transported to the historic sites. Masks are required on the shuttle and in all interior spaces.

 

Once at the Visitors Center, guests can climb the new “visitor plaza” at the base of the tower. Completed in 2019, the plaza showcases new interpretive signage and views of the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Guests also have the opportunity to join a walking tour of historic waypoints nearby, such as the site of the first landfall.

Due to Covid-19 precautions, all interior tower climbs are private. They are offered seven days a week at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. They are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 people and all visitors are required to wear a face mask.

Position Summary

Under the guidance of the Director of Museum Operations, the Site Coordinator is responsible for the management and administration and interpretation of Cape Henry Lighthouse including the successful performance of the museum store. The site coordinator is Cape Henry Lighthouse and Preservation Virginia’s liaison to the City of Virginia Beach and the military command at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story.

 This is a full-time year round position that will require weekend work, close coordination with statewide staff in the Richmond office, communication, data collection, and coordination with our liaisons at JEBLCFS.

 

Duties of the position include:

  • Acting as liaison with community organizations in the region, including JEBLCFS, the City of Virginia Beach, tourism organizations, historical and cultural attractions, etc.
  • Monitoring the historic structure as well as all support structures on the property. This includes attending to the appearance of the grounds, stairs, walls, etc. and notifying the appropriate staff of any maintenance needs.
  • Compliance with financial and accounting policies at Cape Henry to ensure adequate security and control of monetary and inventory assets maintained at the site to prevent loss, theft or misuse of those assets.
  • Implementation and adherence to all of the procedures and policies of Preservation Virginia including those for employees, maintenance, preservation, care of collections, disaster preparedness, filming, facilities use etc.
  • Preparing weekly and monthly reports for admissions, sales, etc., using Excel template worksheets and e-mail communications from the site and according to the schedule set by the Finance Office.
  • Managing site operations to ensure budgeted goals for expenses, as well as admissions and retail sales are achieved annually by working with the Finance Office, or designated Inventory Manager, to order retail merchandise and as a resource for product mix to improve retail sales and maintain reasonable inventory levels.
  • Ensuring proper and accurate interpretation by recruiting and selecting, training, evaluating, and monitoring interpretive staff. All staff, including shuttle drivers are considered interpretive staff and volunteers and must be fully knowledgeable of the history and significance of the site.
  • Attend training and informational meetings in the Richmond office or at such locations as may be determined. This includes participating by Zoom conference call in regular staff meetings as scheduled.
  • Performing other duties as required by the position or as assigned by the supervisor.

 

Salary: Commensurate with experience

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to jhurstwender@preservationvirginia.org. Position is open until filled. EOE.