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

As the National Archives’ nonprofit partner, the Foundation generates financial, creative support, and public awareness for exhibitions, public programs, capital projects, strategic partnerships, and educational initiatives. The Foundation advances its mission by inspiring a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage and encouraging citizen engagement in our democracy by introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world.

The Foundation’s partnership with the National Archives has produced numerous achievements over the years including renovating the Rotunda where the Charters of Freedom are on view, the creation of the Public Vaults permanent exhibition space, DocsTeach.org education resource, and the new David M. Rubenstein Gallery with the “Records of Rights” permanent exhibition.

A visit to the iconic Archives building and its famous Rotunda requires long entrance lines and wait times to enter existing exhibitions and education spaces that were designed in the last century, which impede a memorable and positive visitor experience. The Foundation’s comprehensive Campaign includes a redesign and upgrades to the permanent exhibition space, theater, learning center sections of the building seek to expedite the entrance process, increase visitation capacity, and create a new museum and education experience for visitors grounded in civics and U.S history using modern exhibition strategies and technology. In addition to the physical upgrades to the building, the Foundation is also undertaking:

  • An expansion of the Archives’ civic education program to all 50 states by the end of 2022.
  • A major initiative with the Smithsonian and Library of Congress in 2024 looking at the impact of federal laws and policies related to race.
  • A national 250th anniversary of our founding and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.
  • The creation of permanent funds to support on-going exhibition, education, and research projects at the National Archives.

The Foundation offers opportunities for employment and internships with a competitive benefits package. Stay tuned for up-to-date opportunities.


Director of Special Events
The National Archives Foundation is seeking a Director of Special Events.
The position will provide support to the Foundations Special Events team in the successful completion of all Foundation hosted and private events.

Scope and Responsibilities

The Director of Special Events assists with the facilitation of the planning and execution of all private and public events for the Archives Foundation including, but not limited to, corporate and private functions, July 4, the annual Gala, exhibition openings and congressional events.

This position works at the direction of and in collaboration with the Deputy Executive Director to ensure successful management of the special events personal and coordinators; Assists with collaborations with the marketing team as well as the department’s annual plan development, vendors/caterer relationships, print/email marketing collateral development, event budgets, and tracks as directed all special events-related expenses, in coordination with the Deputy Executive Director and the Senior Director of Finance, to ensure event benefit fulfillment for corporate donors.

The Director of Special Events will be tasked with, but not limited to the following:

  • Oversee the planning and execution of all NAF internal events and private events. Ensure Corporate Council events are properly managed (site visits, timely responses to inquiries, follow up, and contracting). Handle promotion and outreach to partners for external events/weddings (ie Caterers, Event planners, Wedding planners, event/wedding trade media).
  • Manage staff of the Special Events department on a daily basis.
  • Coordinate with the development team on Corporate Council marketing by developing an outreach plan, hosting events for vendors/caterers, and direct personal interactions, and networking.
  • Manage Tour/Tourism outreach program with Marketing and Partnerships Manager, including work with private tour operators, concierges, Destination DC, DC group bus operators, education tour operators, as well as other colleagues in cultural and educational institutions, and special events networks.
  • As directed and in conjunction with the management team, establish and maintain relationships with other colleagues in cultural and educational institutions, city-wide tourism/visitor institutions, and special events networks for professionals; all other duties as assigned.
  • Coordinate all major NAF events (July 4, Gala, exhibition openings, congressional events, etc). Provide onsite logistical support for major evening and weekend events with special events staff.
  • Manage all Capital Campaign event planning and programming for high-level donors with the Executive Director.
  • Serve as a member of the Senior Staff. Write Board of Directors briefings, and participate in department and institutional planning. Prepare and monitor department and program budgets.
  • Oversee outside vendors, consultants, NARA event planners to coordinate and implement special events/programs. Ensure compliance with operations and facility protocol.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Experience and Desired Qualifications

The successful candidate will excel and thrive in a collaborative, energetic environment. Outstanding interpersonal communication skills are required. The candidate must be detail-oriented and have an ability to maintain diplomacy, while working effectively with a wide range of constituencies, both internally and externally. Ability and flexibility to work evenings and weekends.

  • Bachelor’s degree and over ten years of event planning, public programming and administrative experience required. Meeting planning and protocol experience preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication required
  • Collegial working style and ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to maintain interpersonal diplomacy, while working effectively with a wide range of demanding constituencies, both internally and externally.
  • Comfortable with deadline-driven responsibilities and the capacity to handle multiple priorities at once
  • Ability to participate and manage evening/weekend events and occasional travel
  • Strong working understanding of event management and database management software — Raiser’s Edge, Accruent (EMS), Social Tables, & G-Suite (Google) preferred
  • Interest in American history, civic engagement, and/or museums a plus
  • Comfortable with deadline-driven responsibilities and the capacity to handle multiple priorities at once;

How to Apply:
The position is open immediately. Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume, cover letter with salary preference, and three references to: Laura Giroux, Deputy Director of Campaign Operations at jobs@archivesfoundation.org

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to the National Archives Foundation’s focus on advancing equity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The National Archives Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis. Email resume, cover letter(For Associate) with salary preference, and three references (references will not be contacted unless the candidate is a finalist).

Jim Doumas
Deputy Executive Director
700 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Room G-12
Washington, DC 20408
jobs@archivesfoundation.org


Manager of Individual Giving & Membership
The National Archives Foundation is seeking a Manager of Individual Giving & Membership

The Manager of Individual Giving & Membership will manage and oversee the Foundation’s membership and individual giving programs including acquisition, retention, messaging production, and tracking. The manager will lead efforts to steward and grow our national member base using various engagement and solicitation mediums, such as email, direct-mail, in-person, and social media. They will also serve as the primary customer service contact for members and prospective members, and as a key representative of the organization to these constituencies and others. The preferred candidate will bring contemporary strategies for retention and acquisition and have a vision for how to strengthen and expand the membership program. Demonstrated prior success in similar endeavors is highly desirable.

Scope and Responsibilities
This position reports to the Deputy Director of Campaign Operations and collaborates with other Foundation staff, and our National Archives & Records Administration professional staff partners. 

  • Manage and oversee all aspects of the individual giving and membership programming (<$5,000 individual giving);
  • Design and execute creative membership, small-gift, recruitment, and recapture/retention campaigns to reach short-term and long-term financial and growth objectives for membership (and individual gifts), including the design and implementation of all cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship materials;
  • Use research and prospecting skills to continually identify new member and individual donor prospects, and manage a prospect management system to ensure a consistent and strategic approach to top prospects and to steward members to increased giving;
  • Create reports on membership activities and track metrics to measure performance and efficacy of tactics and activities;
  • Serve as a frontline representative of the organization to prospects and members, and as the primary customer relations contact for members and donors;
  • Support the maintenance and integrity of the Development database;
  • Other Development or organizational needs as assigned.

Experience and Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of membership/fundraising experience required, especially managing successful membership programs;
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies for membership programs, individuals, customer-relations methods, and direct mail and online strategies necessary, and a broad awareness of traditional and contemporary fundraising strategies and techniques preferred;
  • Experience with prospect research, pipeline tracking, and fundraising databases (ideally, Raiser’s Edge);
  • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including facility interacting directly and personally with members, donors, and the public; 
  • Experience in developing and maintaining strong and positive relationships with donors and volunteer leaders, and in creating structures that support their active involvement in fundraising;
  • Experience planning and managing donor events;
  • Willingness to approach activities with a positive attitude and proactive working style; and comfort as both an independent worker and in small team environments;
  • Comfortable with deadline-driven responsibilities and the capacity to handle multiple priorities at once;
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays (particularly 4th of July);
  • Familiarity with non-profit accounting and ability to work within budgets;
  • A strong interest in American history, civic engagement, and/or museums is a plus.

How to Apply:
The position is open immediately. Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume, cover letter with salary preference, and three references to: Laura Giroux, Deputy Director of Campaign Operations at jobs@archivesfoundation.org

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to the National Archives Foundation’s focus on advancing equity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The National Archives Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.