Join our energetic and passionate team at the National Archives Foundation.

As the independent nonprofit that serves as the National Archives’ private-sector partner in the support of exhibitions, educational initiatives and public programs, your work with the Foundation will contribute to our mission to educate, enrich, and inspire a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage through the records held in trust by the National Archives.

The Foundation offers opportunities for employment and internships with a competitive benefits package. Job postings are updated regularly. We welcome applications and inquiries.

Open Positions as of 3/16/2015:

Interested in an internship? We are always looking for candidates for communications, development, and special events interns. Send your resume and a cover letter to to be considered on a rolling basis.

Retail Director

The Retail Director is a vital position on the Foundation’s senior staff focused on generating earned revenue for the National Archives Foundation. The incumbent will oversee museum shop at the iconic National Archives building in Washington, DC by meeting sales projections, maintaining inventory control, providing stellar customer service, and stewarding a well-trained floor staff. The Director will also collaborate on product development with the marketing department and work to ensure the online store functions well within the retail operation.

Responsibilities include:

  • - Responsible for all financial management of retail and wholesale operations
  • - Oversees all daily operations of the Museum Shop, myArchives Store
  • - Creates annual budgets and sales goals for shop. Maintain daily, weekly, monthly sales reports. Make adjustments to sales strategies to reflect current sales environment
  • - Maintains profit margins and inventory control, annual inventory review, and related reporting
  • - Supervises Floor and Inventory managers
  • - Oversees visual merchandising of shop. Create strong visual brand identity (i.e. shopping bags, products, displays)
  • - Prepares periodic and annual fiscal reports for finance department and board meetings
  • - Works closely with marketing department on development of museum and exhibition-related products, including quantities, shipping dates, fulfillment, and storage needs.
  • - Handles all buying activities in the museum shop
  • - Works with eCommerce Manager and marketing department to grow revenue sources online
  • - Manages POS reporting system
  • - Represents store at trade shows, MSA and ABA meetings to purchase merchandise for museum shop
  • - Oversees planning and organization of event sales and any secondary shops
  • - Works with development and marketing departments as well as the National Archives Education & Programs staff to create additional exposure for retail
  • - Additional tasks as assigned by the Executive Director

Experience Required:

  • - 5-10 years of retail management and supervisory experience
  • - Knowledge of visual merchandising, and merchandise buying
  • - Extensive experience with a business environment; including daily financial reconciliations
  • - Strong organizational and time management skills
  • - Experience in a museum setting preferred, but not required
  • - Knowledge of manufacturing and product development procedures
  • - Knowledge of Counterpoint P.O.S. system preferred

The successful candidate will have a vision for how to expand and grow the shop’s presence onsite and online. The incumbent will excel and thrive in a collaborative and energetic environment. Flexibility and outstanding interpersonal skills are expected for working with internal and external constituencies.

How to apply:

Position open immediately. Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis. Email resume, cover letter with salary preference, and three references to:

Patrick Madden, Executive Director
National Archives Foundation


References will not be contacted until candidate is a finalist. EOE. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted. No calls please.

Development Intern

Join the National Archives Foundation team as our Development Intern! The position will support the Development Department on a wide variety of office tasks to help facilitate the Foundation’s fundraising strategies. These tasks include:

  • - Data entry using the Raiser’s Edge database (no prior experience necessary)
  • - Preparing and assembling mailings using mail merges
  • - Filing donor records
  • - Conducting research into prospective supporters
  • - Assisting with tours and events (ability to work evening and weekend hours preferred)
  • - Drafting social media posts and letter/email content
  • - Compiling marketing materials and benefits fulfillment packages

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in American history, civic engagement, and/or museums and will be able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.

This position will be full-time during regular business hours at an hourly rate of $10.50 per hour, up to 40 hours per week.

How to apply:
Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis. Email resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Dianne Hammond, Membership Manager

References will not be contacted until candidate is a finalist. EOE. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted. No calls please.