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Join our energetic and passionate team at the National Archives Foundation!

As the independent nonprofit that serves as the National Archives’ private-sector partner in the support of exhibitions, educational initiatives and public programs, your work with the Foundation will contribute to our mission to educate, enrich, and inspire a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage through the records held in trust by the National Archives.

For 25 years, the Foundation’s support has made possible the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC and national efforts, which include: the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the David M. Rubenstein Gallery and its “Records of Rights” exhibition, the “Public Vaults” exhibition, the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, the William G. McGowan Theater, Boeing Learning Center, the DocsTeach website, as well as regional and national advertising and marketing campaigns.

The Foundation offers opportunities for employment and internships with a competitive benefits package. Job postings are updated regularly. We welcome applications and inquiries.

Communications and Partnerships Manager

The National Archives Foundation (NAF), is seeking a Communications and Partnerships Manager.

As the nonprofit partner of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), NAF generates financial and creative support and public awareness for exhibitions, public programs, capital projects, strategic partnerships and civic and educational initiatives. NAF advances its mission by inspiring a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage and encouraging citizen engagement in our democracy by introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world.

NAF partnerships with the NARA have produced numerous achievements over the years including renovating the Rotunda where the Charters of Freedom are on view, the creation of the Public Vaults permanent exhibition space, development of the DocsTeach.org education resource, and the David M. Rubenstein Gallery with the “Records of Rights” permanent exhibition. 

In addition, NAF has supported many notable special exhibitions and public programs. The annual Gala is a highlight of the year bringing together influential figures from business, society, and government to recognize an individual whose work has fostered a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records. The NAF is currently engaged in a capital campaign that will increase support for new civic and educational programming and will develop and build a new highly interactive state of the art, interactive multi-million-dollar permanent exhibition at the National Archives Museum in Washington DC.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to the National Archives Foundation’s focus on advancing equity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The National Archives Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Scope & Responsibilities

This position will handle a diverse range of communications and outreach efforts. The incumbent will execute the organization’s communications plan across all aspects of the organization. This includes writing and editing all communications collateral, developing and managing media relations, and online, social, and traditional communications content for both local and national campaigns in support of National Archives exhibitions, programs, and other initiatives. 

In addition and in collaboration with the Deputy Executive Director, the incumbent will develop partnerships with high profile individuals and organizations, connecting these external networks to the National Archives civic, exhibit and educational programming. 

The incumbent will support the efforts of NAF’s senior management team and serve as an internal and external liaison between internal departments, and NARA staff on a variety of communications projects including NARA educational and exhibit programming, annual sleepovers, NAF partner programs, paid NAF programming, July 4th celebration at the Archives, the “Annual Foundation Gala”, and additional duties as assigned.

In coordination with the development and marketing teams, the ideal candidate will be able to manage independent projects as well, working with diverse teams across departments, ensuring deadlines are met related to task-level execution of all communications and additional coordinated marketing strategies. 

This is a great opportunity to be part of a dynamic, creative environment, learn all aspects of a nonprofit organization, and deepen your skills across the communications mix.

Specific duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Develop regular online content for NAF newsletters, website and social media platforms, i.e. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Manage media contacts and online thought-leaders and relationships for regular media pitching and story profiles about educational and civic programming at the Archives, along with drafting and distributing NAF press releases, op ed’s etc. 
  • Manage NAF communications consultants to assist with on-time communications deliverables.
  • Support the Executive office by preparing NAF organization communications collateral i.e, annual report, quarterly Board  and development and fundraising collateral.
  • Coordinate existing relationships and help identify new NAF partners to collaborate on NAF public programming opportunities.
  • Collaborate regularly with marketing manager and occasionally across all departments to ensure organization-wide strategic communications, developing communications resources that ensure consistent messaging. 
  • Develop timelines to ensure NAF has strong social media, traditional media and external promotions of program events.
  • Participate and run individual and group NAF tours as assigned including annual Tauck tours and the accompanying lectures as needed.
  • Act as communications point of contact as directed for large Foundation-led initiatives, including July 4th, the annual Gala, paid programming, and other similar events to encourage forward momentum while ensuring deadlines are met & accurate recognition is given. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 3 years of communications/programming experience with a communications firm or a nonprofit.
  • Comfortable in deadline-driven environment with the capacity to handle multiple projects at one time; 
  • Strong writing skills and impeccable attention to detail, proofreading, and project management skills required.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and comfortable working with partners, vendors, donors, members, organization leadership and displaying a positive and collegial working style;
  • Working knowledge of Hootsuite, Meltwater, Mailchimp and Raiser’s Edge/NXT a plus.
  • Ability to participate in assigned evening/weekend events as needed.
  • A strong interest in American history, civic engagement and/or museums.

The National Archives Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. A diversity of ideas and opinions is paramount in our workplace and advancing our mission to educate Americans and inspire a deeper appreciation for our nation’s history. All qualified candidates will be reviewed regardless of race, sexual orientation, or religion. 

Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis. Email resume, cover letter with salary preference, and three references (references will not be contacted unless the candidate is a finalist) to jobs@archivesfoundation.org.


Interested in an internship? We are always looking for candidates for communications, development, and special events interns. Send your resume and a cover letter to jobs@archivesfoundation.org to be considered on a rolling basis. No calls.