Education Research Assistant, Menokin

  • 08 Jul 2019 1:09 PM
    Message # 7768658
    John Witek (Administrator)

    Menokin Education Research Assistant

    The Education Research Assistant position provides the opportunity for an energetic, confident and organized individual to make a significant contribution to a cutting edge cultural heritage site in the heart of Virginia’s Northern Neck. Menokin, a 500-acre land conservancy and home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is in the midst of a multi-year capital campaign to fund the most engaging preservation project in America. Menokin hopes to become the home for builders and makers to contemplate and explore the building of America.

    Position Summary

    The Education Research Assistant will be responsible for the research activities that fuel Menokin’s mission to use the historic ruin and the surrounding landscape to transcend the traditional house museum experience and use contemporary methods to create opportunities for the public to contemplate and explore the building of America.  The Education Research Assistant reports directly to the Director of Education to carry out research on a variety of eras in Menokin’s history. The primary research project is to continue Menokin’s efforts to complete the story of the people of Menokin, by continuing current research on enslaved laborers and their modern day descendants. The long-term goals of this project are threefold: 1.) to honor the legacies of those who were enslaved at Menokin. 2.) To understand the social and political role slavery effected the events, barriers and opportunities of these American descendants. 3.) To create a place where those families who were a part of Menokin’s past can become part of its future in the creation of exhibits, programs and events.

    NOTE: The grant will fund the position for one calendar year with the possibility of further funding beyond.

    Research to Include but not limited to:

    • ·         Identifying enslaved individuals at Menokin from 1700 through 1865
    • ·         Identify connections in the greater Northern Neck enslaved community through historic relationships and movements of individuals from plantation to plantation
    • ·         Identify and connect with modern descendants
    • ·         Identify the original enslaved and free builders of Menokin
    • ·         Begin a database of enslaved skilled laborers that worked on the building of the early homes of the tidewater region of Virginia

    Other Duties:

    • ·         Assist Director of Education in creating conversational based programming
    • ·         Assist Director of Education in creating exhibits
    • ·         Assist in interpreting Menokin for tours on a regular set rotation

    What we are seeking

    • ·         BA Degree in a related field, advanced degree preferred
    • ·         Demonstrated historic research capabilities
    • ·         Excellent organizational skills and a proficiency documenting historical research
    • ·         Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, required
    • ·         A history of working and communicating with the public on difficult historical topics preferred
    • ·         Must have a positive attitude and be a motivated team player
    • ·         Ability to work well independently
    • ·         Available for weekend and evening events
    • ·         Experience at a history or cultural non-profit or an interest in American history required

    Hours: Full Time with Employee Health Insurance Plan

    T0 Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Education Coordinator Alice French at:

    Position Closes: August 1, 2019

    Menokin values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the institution. Menokin is an Equal Opportunity employer.