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The White House Historical Association seeks a part-time Education Assistant to lead historic tours of the Stephen Decatur House and Slave Quarters on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.

The Education Assistant serves as a tour guide for both public and private tours and will report to the Director of Education. The Education Assistant is expected to work collaboratively with other staff members at the Association including the education, historian, and rentals teams. Beyond facilitating tours, the Education Assistant is expected to work with the education and historian teams to continually improve tour content and quality.

This part-time position will continue indefinitely. Guides will earn $15.20 per hour for their work and will be expected to set a consistent work schedule with the Director of Education.

Schedule:

Through 2021, regular public tours run at 10:30am and 1:30pm on Mondays. The Education Assistant is expected at Decatur House from 9:30am to 3:30pm on tour days. Staff schedules will be discussed collaboratively and planned in advance with the Director of Education as well as other Education Assistants.

Additional tours may be scheduled as necessary, including those for public programming conducted by the Association as well as private events.

The Education Assistant will also be required to attend occasional meetings to discuss updates to historic Decatur House, learn new content to be incorporated on the tour, or to participate in department-wide trainings.

Duties:

  • Greet visitors arriving for public tours and interact with them in a friendly, professional manner throughout the duration of their visit
  • Lead public and private tours of historic Decatur House for up to 20 guests per tour
  • Provide general information about Decatur House and the White House Historical Association
  • Maintain a daily visitor log

Qualifications:

  • An interest in history and/or museum education
  • Comfort speaking and interacting with the public
  • Ability to retain large amounts of information and interpret the information for a public audience
  • Passion for sharing the stories of individuals who lived and worked in the White House neighborhood
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and to walk up and down several flights of stairs during a shift
  • A completed or in-process undergraduate college degree in a relevant field
  • Past tour guide experience preferred

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter addressed to Samantha Hunter-Gibbs, Director of K-12 Education, and resume via email to education@whha.org with Education Assistant in the subject line by Friday, October 29th at 11:59pm EST. The White House Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Learn more about WHHA’s Education Department here!