This job is no longer active.

TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineApril 7, 2021
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Rangelike $80-85,000, commensurate with experience
PhoneNo phone call please. All inquiries are confidential.


St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia is one of America’s most important historic sites, where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Colonial leaders met and — swayed by Patrick Henry’s ‘Liberty or Death’ speech — made a decision that changed the course of American history. Indeed, it was at St. John’s that the American Revolution found its voice — a voice that reverberates to this day.  The Foundation’s programs bring to life the events that led to the American Revolution and allow us to maintain and preserve St. John’s Church for future generations. 

Since 1938, the St. John’s Church Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has helped to maintain and preserve the hallowed Church building, in keeping with its mission to spark a global appreciation for understanding the role that Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” speech had in setting America on its path to liberty for all, and to ignite the public’s commitment for preserving the historic site where it happened.

More than 40,000 students and adults from all fifty states, the District of Columbia and around the world travel to this National Historic Landmark annually. Programs include guided tours (translated into the six most common languages), dramatic reenactments of Henry’s speech, classroom lessons aligned to Virginia Standards of Learning, free programs for Title I schools, a summer camp for children, a historical exhibition and the Liberty Lecture Series, a scholarly lecture exploring Virginia’s history in the context of national events.

Job Duties

Reporting to and working in partnership with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will:

 Provide leadership of the Foundation and work closely with the Board of Trustees and other volunteers to advance the mission of the Foundation. The Executive Director writes and executes the annual operating plan, including strategies for all fund development, marketing, public and educational programming, and preservation projects. The Executive Director supervises all operations in a way that guarantees the highest standards of fiscal integrity and financial stewardship.

The successful candidate will possess the personal qualities necessary to interact with and engage visitors, donors and potential donors, collaborators, educators and the Board.  Candidate should also have strong leadership skills, supervisory experience and some familiarity with historic projects.

Skills Required


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Understanding of nonprofit organizations and their operations, including reporting to a Board of Trustees.
  • Experience in the areas of financial development and management, including fundraising, some event planning, budget preparation and administration.
  • Ability to supervise, motivate and work with staff, volunteers, visitors and the general public.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to make public presentations.
  • Experience in historical site administration, preservation, and a knowledge of early American history is desired.

Work Schedule



Additional Info

St. Johns Church Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our policy is to comply with all federal and/or state laws regarding equal employment opportunity as they relate to employees and applicants for employment. According, personnel decisions are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual preference or veteran status.