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Posted: 12/12/2016

Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

Headquarters of General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79 and the only surviving building associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, America’s first military academy. A National and New Jersey historic site, the Vanderveer House interprets 18th century Dutch-Colonial life through the Vanderveer and Knox families and underscores the Pluckemin Cantonment’s role in helping the Continental Army to defeat the British during the American Revolution.

Museum Coordinator
Professional Opportunity
Bedminster, NJ

Job Purpose


The Museum Coordinator performs a range of duties associated with the daily operations of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum (JVH). The Coordinator will promote the mission of JVH by supporting the Board of Trustees and their initiatives.


Key Duties and Responsibilities


Events and Programs:

  • Preparing for and overseeing open house(s) and scheduled events, both at JVH and off-site
  • Seeking out and proposing JVH participation in additional appropriate events within the community
  • Assisting in creating and coordinating annual calendar of events and educational programming
  • Assisting with all related recordkeeping and correspondence
  • Recruiting, scheduling, and training volunteers
  • Assuming docent responsibilities


Recordkeeping and Database Management:

  • Creating and maintaining records associated with all daily operations
  • Maintaining PastPerfect database, including contacts, memberships, volunteers, campaigns, events, donors, donations and other income


Collections Management:

  • Assisting in development and implementation of collections policies and procedures



  • Assisting with grant documentation and fulfilling grant requirements
  • Managing membership program, annual appeal, and additional development activities with key Board members


Facilities and Administration:

  • Assisting the Board President and committee chairs with meeting schedules, preparatory materials, and attend meetings of the Board of Trustees and relevant sub-committee meetings
  • Assisting with general maintenance of the historic home and immediate property


Communications and Outreach:

  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with other organizations, such as schools, museums, historic groups, etc.
  • Assisting with promoting the JVH and its programs in coordination with the Communications Director


Other Responsibilities


Assume other duties as assigned by the Board President per the Board of Trustees.





  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Educational background in museum studies, history, or similar degree preferred


Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in PastPerfect, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Drive required
  • Experience using QuickBooks, Network for Good, and/or WordPress a plus



  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Database management and recordkeeping skills required


Specialized Knowledge:

  • Interest in American history, military history, and/or Dutch-Colonial history a plus



Special Working Conditions


Must be available to work some evenings and weekends. Some work takes place outdoors.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please send cover letter and résumé to Taryn Nie at tnie@jvanderveerhouse.org
Taryn Nie
Phone: 908-396-6053
P.O. Box 723
3055 River Road Park
Bedminster, NJ 07921

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