Arlington Historical Museum (VA) seeks a part-time Museum Director (unpaid)

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ORGANIZATION: Arlington Historical Society


Arlington Historical Society is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving the history of Arlington County, VA ( We maintain a 6000+ artifact collection, the Arlington Historical Museum, and the oldest house in Arlington County, the Ball-Sellers House.

We are looking for a passionate, motivated Museum Director to replace our retiring director and guide the Arlington Historical Museum through the redevelopment of our permanent exhibition. You will work with a committed group of community historians to make the Museum a welcoming, inclusive space that documents the breadth of Arlington's history and stories of all Arlingtonians.

On a regular basis the Museum Director:

  • Oversees redesign of permanent exhibits in conjunction with existing Museum Committee (this is a short-term project currently in progress)

  • Oversees development of temporary exhibits in conjunction with community organizations and Museum Committee

  • Prepares Museum budget

  • Coordinates with other Museum managers (Collections, Facilities, Docent, and Consulting Historian) and Ball-Sellers House Director

  • Supports Fundraising Committee in writing museum-related grant proposals and grant management

  • Promotes the Museum, performs outreach to the community, and serves as the public face of the Museum

  • Leads Museum Committee and serves on Collections Committee

  • Serves as ex officio Arlington Historical Society Board member, currently meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 7pm

  • Commit to 10 or more hours per week of work in support of these efforts. Some weekday and weekend availability required.

Desired experience:

  • Knowledge of professional museum best practices and standards.

  • Understanding of effective museum interpretation and label writing.

  • Familiarity with museum display, such as mount making, and exhibition techniques and standards

  • Familiarity with collections management databases (we use PastPerfect), MS Office suite, and Adobe Acrobat

  • Experience with fundraising and/or grant writing

  • Ability to support the vision for the museum as a space that represents all of Arlington’s residents, past and present

  • Ability to lead volunteers and interns of diverse backgrounds and skill sets

  • Ability to set and meet deadlines, manage projects, and self-motivate

  • Experience creating and managing budgets

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow volunteers and the general public

Interested? Please include a brief description of your relevant skills and why you're interested in the position when you reply to the post. We’ll contact you for resume and references once we have your contact information.

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About Arlington Historical Society


Arlington Historical Society, P.O. Box 100402, Arlington, VA 22210, US

Mission Statement

Our goal is to help build stronger communities through a better understanding of our shared history.


The Arlington Historical Society (Arlington, VA), founded in 1956, is an all-volunteer, 501(C)3 non-profit organization. We promote Arlington history through monthly public programs, community outreach, and social media. We have two museums: the Ball-Sellers House (the oldest building in the county) and the Arlington Historical Museum (at the Hume School, the oldest school house in Arlington County).


Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


1805 S. Arlington Ridge Rd.Arlington, VA 22202



  • Executive Admin
  • Management
  • Community Outreach
  • Organization
  • Project Management
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 hours/week

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