Apply Now: Public Historian at Monticello

Apply Now: Public Historian at Monticello


The Thomas Jefferson Foundation seeks a Public Historian to join the staff of the Getting Word African American Oral History Project to interpret and preserve Black history in and beyond central Virginia. The Public Historian will play a critical role in Monticello’s work to interpret American history to guests online and virtually.


The successful candidate must possess:

  1. knowledge of African American history and historiography of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century;
  2. knowledge of Thomas Jefferson, his life, times, and legacy or a willingness to quickly develop such knowledge base;
  3. experience conducting primary source research and the inclusion of that research in published articles, book chapters, or monographs;
  4. experience collecting and preserving oral histories;
  5. experience researching African American genealogy;
  6. excellent writing skills and attention to details;
  7. knowledge of and experience with historical research methods;
  8. high level research skills;
  9. excellent public speaking skills;
  10. ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations and audiences;
  11. ability to direct an expanding team and collaborate across departments;
  12. and excellent computer skills and ability to utilize social media effectively.

To apply:

To apply, submit the following materials:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a resume;
  3. and names and contact information for two professional references.


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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



About the organization

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has a twofold mission of preservation and education, and was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, the Foundation seeks to bring history forward into national and global dialogues by engaging audiences with Jefferson’s world and ideas, and sharing the history of everyone, enslaved and free, who lived and labored at Monticello. Monticello is recognized as a National Historic Landmark, a United Nations World Heritage Site and a Site of Conscience.

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