Now Hiring: Director of Programs and Visitor Engagement

The Director of Programs and Visitor Engagement is a new position designed to align all of the Foundation’s activities and programs in an educational framework that leverages the organization’s history and the site’s historical, agricultural, and natural resources for the greatest impact. Reporting to the CEO, the Director will work collaboratively with staff on development and implementation of a unified approach to education, interpretation, and visitor engagement, bringing together previously discreet functions into a coherent whole that promotes deep connections to this landscape on the Potomac River.

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Engage staff and advisers in development of interpretive and educational offerings that weave together the historical and contemporary agricultural stories of the National Colonial Farm and Ecosystem Farm, with particular attention to creating meaningful visitor experiences that highlight African American and Native American history and culture in Southern Maryland.
  • Guide growth of K-12 school tours, special programs and partnerships, as well as development of teacher support materials and tools for evaluating impact.  Build relationships and partnerships with school districts, teachers, local schools, and youth organizations, with attention to development of STEM-based programs.
  • Oversee design and implementation of new youth and family-centered experiential learning program on sustainable agriculture at the Ecosystem Farm.
  • Oversee design, implementation, and evaluation of visitor experiences that create meaningful connections to the natural resources of the land and river.
  • Supervise all program managers, and provide guidance in accountability and management to  promote a culture of excellence.
  • Oversee development, implementation and continuous monitoring of program budgets.
  • Work closely with development staff in identifying grant opportunities and preparing applications for programs and initiatives.
  • Work closely with Director of Marketing and Communications to communicate the Foundation’s mission and programs, and continually evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Expand the organization’s professional connections and visibility in interdisciplinary circles related to spaces of informal learning – museums, national parks, nature centers, etc.
  • Be an active representative of the Accokeek Foundation at the local, state and national levels and maintain a high professional profile.


  • Master’s degree in related area.
  • At least 5 years supervisory experience in a science center, nature center, living history farm, natural history museum, other non-profit focused on informal learning and visitor engagement.
  • Experience with engaging diverse communities and stakeholders in program development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated success in creating a collaborative, productive team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships.
  • Experience with outcomes-based planning and evaluation.
  • Strong program management experience, including developing and monitoring budgets, conceptualizing projects, and writing grant applications.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities with competence, grace, and humor.

To apply: Send a resume and cover letter describing how your experience, skills, and interests make you uniquely qualified for this position to with “Director of Programs” in the subject line. Please include a two-page writing sample from a project you have done that has some connection to this position (can be excerpted from a report, grant proposal, etc.).

Position is open until filled; preference given to applications received by November 8, 2013.

About the Accokeek Foundation

The Accokeek Foundation is a non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to connect people to history, agriculture, and nature through innovative educational programs and engaging visitor experiences. Founded over fifty years ago to “preserve the view” from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Foundation was one of the first land trusts, blazing new trails in preservation through a public/private partnership that led to the creation of Piscataway Park, a nearly 5000-acre national park. Through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, the Foundation cares for two hundred acres of the park, while fulfilling its mission. This working landscape includes the National Colonial Farm (demonstrates life of a tobacco planter on the eve of the American Revolution) the Ecosystem Farm (demonstrates sustainable agriculture on an 8-acre organic vegetable farm), heritage breed livestock, nature trails, gardens, a fishing pier, and boat dock (with kayak launch). In addition, this is the sacred homeland of the Piscataway people, and its significance as an indigenous cultural landscape makes it a key site on several national trails.

The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the safety and well-being of the organization’s staff and visitors. This position is open until filled. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.