Montpelier Engagement Fellow

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Tyler Stanley

Tyler Stanley is excited to be serving as the Montpelier Engagement Fellow for the 2018-2019 year. He is from Chesterfield, VA, and graduated from JMU in 2018 with a major in History with a Public History concentration and minors in European Studies and Business German. While in undergrad, he was a member of the Madison Historians and as a DJ at WXJM radio station from 2014 to 2016. He was recognized as an inductee of both Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Phi Alpha in 2017 and was an active member of Phi Alpha Theta from 2016 to 2018 (serving as a presenter at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial National Conference in January of 2018).

As the Montpelier Engagement Fellow, his fellowship will require him to wear many hats. He will be hard at work assisting in Montpelier's museum programs and collaborating with the Montpelier Communications Department and the Center for the Constitution to coordinate recording projects including Scholar Talks and Your Weekly Constitutional radio shows. He is excited not only to begin his career in public history, but also to serve the greater community as an engaged historian. He also looks forward to building lasting relationships with his fellow Dukes!


The Position:

As the Montpelier Engagement Fellow, Tyler assists the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution in formulating and implementing programming that educates law enforcement officers about constitutional issues. This includes tracking applications, coordinating with other departments, managing databases of program participants, and writing survey reports to assess program performance.

The 2019-2020 fellow will continue this work, and will also take on a broader role with historic Montpelier. The fellow will also be responsible for archiving and indexing the numerous documents pertaining to Montpelier's House Restoration Project; recording, editing, and contributing to on-site podcasts hosted by visiting scholars and speakers, and presenting at several civic and public engagement events.  



Now Seeking Applicants for the 2019-2020 Fellowship:


Work Objectives

Montpelier embraces its unique identity as a monument to James and Dolley Madison, a museum of American history, and a center for constitutional education that engages the public with the enduring legacy of Madison’s most powerful idea: government by the people. As the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights, Montpelier’s mission is to communicate Madison’s role in creating our modern, democratic government.

The JMU Engagement Fellow position at Montpelier will work across multiple departments at the Foundation in order to gain a better understanding of core operations and maintenance of cultural institutions.


Museum Programs

A central function of Montpelier’s museum programs is the care, preservation, and interpretation of the Montpelier house and other exhibition spaces in the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.

  • Assist the museum team with routine maintenance and preservation activities, including maintaining stability, cleanliness, and safety of the historic interiors and collections in Montpelier’s exhibition and collections storage spaces
  • Learn best practices in the field in the handling of museum collection objects and in the cleaning and maintenance of historic house interiors and other exhibition spaces.
  • Fellow may elect to undertake a research project on an object or objects in the museum or collection.


Marketing and Communications

The Fellow will assist this department in creating, developing, and executing foundation-wide marketing and communications strategies internally and externally. With an emphasis on writing and content creation, this position requires the ability to think creatively and write for various audiences, including visitors, donors, and prospective donors.

  • Draft stories for website and press releases around major Montpelier news and events
  • Assist digital marketing manager in social media campaign creation and execution
  • Assist in the creation and deployment of email campaigns
  • Assist tourism marketing manager in project management of We the People (We the People) Magazine
  • Other duties as assigned


Visitor Services and Visitor Engagement

Museums and cultural institutions rely on feedback from visitors to improve their programming, enhance their visitor experience, and strategize their outreach. At Montpelier, visitors have the opportunity to complete a survey after their visit, allowing them to share details about their experience at Montpelier and suggestions for improvement.

  • Analyze over 1,000 responses to Montpelier's visitor survey and develop a report summarizing key findings and trends in the data. The report will be presented to the Vice President for Museum Programs and will be used to inform programming, interpretation, and visitor services decisions.


Overall Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree and demonstrated interest in cultural institutions and/or material culture
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including early hours or after 5:00.
  • Familiarity with popular social media platforms
  • Ability to work well with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of products
  • Ability to meet production deadlines
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills
  • Experience with primary and secondary source historical research

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