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Monday, October 10, 2022

Search for New Director of the Washington Library at Mount Vernon

I share the relevant portion of the following search announcement to anyone who might be interested.


The Position 

Reporting to Mount Vernon’s President & CEO and serving as an integral member of the leadership team at one of America’s most storied public history sites, The Executive Director of the Washington Library is charged with fostering scholarship surrounding George Washington and his era, leading impactful academic and public programs, and growing the breadth, depth, and significance of the library collection. This is a compelling opportunity for an innovative, visionary leader to direct the preeminent center for the study of our first President as it celebrates its tenth anniversary in September 2023 and charts the course for its next dynamic decade, including Mount Vernon’s programming around the significant anniversaries recognizing America’s 250 in 2026 and George Washington’s 300th Birthday in 2032. 

The position calls for substantial scholarly knowledge of the Founding Era, a knack for developing innovative and compelling ways to connect with multiple audiences, strategic vision, administrative acumen, inspiring management, entrepreneurial drive, and a passion for the life of George Washington and the long, rich history of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. 


● Develop and execute the strategy to maintain and cultivate the reputation of the Washington Library as the premier center for the study of George Washington and his era while actively seeking ways to make the history relevant to a variety of audiences; 

● Manage a dedicated and hard-working professional staff including librarians, historians, and program directors to serve the MVLA mission the estate, researchers, and the general public 

● Effectively disseminate scholarly research and other relevant knowledge to a wide range of external audiences on numerous platforms; 

● Promote the leadership and civic values exemplified by George Washington; 

● Maintain and expand public and private events at the Library, including those as a place to convene for relevant conversations on George Washington’s legacy, leadership, and preservation; 

● Build collections of the Library to encourage research and support preservation; 

● Develop and foster external partnerships intended to strengthen the dual preservation and education missions of Mount Vernon; 

● Connect and align programs with the broader estate’s priorities; 

● Assist in fundraising for specific Library programs and initiatives; and 


Mount Vernon seeks an accomplished, enthusiastic, and experienced leader with outstanding interpersonal, communication, and management skills. This individual should be committed to promoting Washington’s life and legacies to future generations and furthering the important mission of the MVLA. 

The successful applicant will be an established Ph.D. who has published in the field and has taught at the University level or has related experience in a historic museum, society, or research library. The best candidates will demonstrate new and exciting ideas on how to impart the legacy of George Washington and his continuing relevance today. We look forward to meeting candidates who are charismatic, creative, enterprising, and who possess an energetic leadership style. 


A letter formally exploring the reasons the candidate would like to be considered, a full curriculum vitae, and three references sent to the attention of Leah Noce, Director of Human Resources, via email [email protected], will open the candidate to consideration. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be sent electronically and in confidence to: Leah Noce, Director of Human Resources, via email at [email protected] 

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on October 10, 2022 at 01:44 PM | Permalink


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