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Located in the Jefferson School City Center, The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s mission is to honor and preserve the rich heritage and legacy of the African-American community of Charlottesville-Albemarle, Virginia and to promote a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the contributions of African Americans and peoples of the Diaspora locally, nationally and globally.

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center works

  • To be a cultural and historic touchstone for residents and visitors alike
  • To play a key role in creating an equitable, inclusive and plural Charlottesville
  • To allow visitors to consider how untold narratives impact the efficacy of America’s founding principles
  • To serve as an incubator of resources and research for question of race relations in the 20th & 21st centuries.
  • To add a unique and essential dimension to the cultural diversity of the city of Charlottesville.

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is an equal opportunity employer.


Donor Relations Associate

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC) seeks an energetic idea oriented person to join its advancement team as a donor relations associate. The donor relations associate provides the foundation for relationships with JSAAHC donors. The right person is responsible for gift and membership processing, donor acknowledgment, grant research, data entry and project coordination related to fundraising, donor relations and constituent engagement efforts.

Compensation: 2 year contract with possibility of renewal. $15 per hour for 30 hours per week. We offer no health benefits except social security and workers compensation. Paid vacation is offered on an accrual basis.

Report: Position reports to the Executive Director and serves the development committee of the JSAAHC board.

Specific duties include:

  • Support executive director and board development committee in setting donor prospect meetings.
  • Manage and grow membership program including processing memberships and ensuring ongoing member relations.
  • Enter gifts and memberships into JSAAHC database (GiftWorks) following established protocols.Support donor acknowledgement and strategies for wide array of donors.
  • Prepare and mail gift/membership acknowledgements.
  • Provide customer service support by responding to donor inquiries and questions via phone, email, and mail.
  • Prepare quarterly reports regarding membership and funding trends
  • Participate in the development of fundraising collateral material including but not limited to annual report.
  • Participate in planning and execution of fundraising events.
  • Research grant opportunities in support of programs
  • Maintain donor related portion of website.


  • Commitment to JSAAHC core mission and values.
  • Bachelors degree and 2-3 years customer relations experience.
  • Strong data entry skills and knowledge of CRM (customer relationship management) database preferably GiftWorks. Proficient with Microsoft word/excel
  • Project coordination and management skills.
  • Should be task and detail oriented.
  • Good communications and writing skills.
  • Some knowledge of WordPress.
  • Experience with working with confidential information.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and work independently.
  • Ability to attend off premises events occasionally, such as community events and meetings.
  • Must be able to work weekends and have flexibility to vary work hours for special work demands and events.
  • Dependability, punctuality, attendance, and commitment are essentialPossession of a valid drivers license and the ability to lift 5 lbs.

To apply:

Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references to


Curator of Education

The Curator of Education creates and manages a multidisciplinary program to promote the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s educational philosophy and mission. The education program is meant to diversify the Center’s audience, encourage repeat visitation, and engage youth and adults by providing a creative and meaningful learning experience.


This is a full time position. The salary is $20 – 22.50 per hour. We offer no health benefits except social security and workers compensation. Paid vacation is offered on an accrual basis.

Report: Executive Director

Essential Functions:

K-12 program

  • Classroom Outreach Create, develop and maintain a repertoire of age appropriate curriculum based history and cultural programs that integrate Virginia’s Standards of Learning. Effectively communicate and promote the Center’s education programs and services to strengthen alliances with teachers, and school officials. Assist teachers with selecting programs and activities that best meet the needs of their age group and grade level. Schedule and implement class visits to all City and County schools to introduce Center programs. Develop, implement and promote a program package that will encourage teachers to visit Center and extend their students learning experience beyond the classroom.
  • Tours Establish a formalized policy and procedure for booking class visits and school field trips at all grade levels. Should include comprehensive teacher’s guide for scheduling field trips, including how to make reservations. Check in times, late arrivals, cancellations, bus-parking, pre-visit preparation, museum etiquette, name tags, maximum number of students and chaperones allowed in one group etc. Coordinate and communicate class visit schedules with center staff in advance

 Adult Program

  • Manage and promote fee based adult guided tour program. Schedule tours and reservations, and collect fees.
  • Work with Executive Director/Public Program director to establish annual lecture series
  • Work with tenants to identify collaborative educational opportunities.

 Community Guide Training

  • Recruit community guide class of ten students in fall and spring.
  • Schedule trainers and guest speakers and work to develop curriculum
  • Research and provide community guides with appropriate materials that improve tour skills. Evaluate community guides.
  • Attend all classes during training.

Temporary Exhibitions & Special Events

  • Work with curator of temporary exhibitions to ensure that Community Guides are trained in themes related temporary exhibitions.

 Community Outreach

  • Create opportunities to partner with other community organizations such as arranging off site visits and live presentations to local groups clubs and civic associations

Budgeting, Development and Communications

  • Provide information about education program for marketing purposes.
  • Assist in budgeting process
  • Assist Museum director in targeting grants, private funding and other support geared at developing education programs.


  • Measure and report attendance and service level trends to evaluate short and long term growth of Center programs.

 Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in History, Education or closely related field; three years experience in teaching, public speaking or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.

To apply:

Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references to