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Posted: 01/14/2020

County of Passaic
Cultural & Historic Affairs

Dey Mansion Washington’s Headquarters is a registered state and national historic landmark. It is located at the Preakness Valley Golf Course within the Township of Wayne. The site includes five (5) structures, in addition to a visitor center, cemetery, and formal garden. The site is one of nine historic sites owned and preserved by the County of Passaic and is one of four facilities administered by the Passaic County Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs. Under the direction of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the staff at Dey Mansion are dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Dey Family and the important role that their home played as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the summer and fall of 1780. Through tours, lectures, and special events the Dey Mansion promotes the exploration of life in Colonial America, the events and people of the American Revolution, and the need and importance of historic preservation.

Museum Attendant/Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Wayne, NJ
Open Until
Until Filled



Under the direction of the Director of the Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs and Museum Curator, the primary function of this position is to assist in the planning and execution of daily museum functions; including but not limited to exhibit installations, preservation of existing collections, guiding visitors and performing clerical and other museum-related duties as required and/or assigned.


·         Welcomes visitors and responds to questions about the history of the site and its programming;


·         Provides tours of the museum, buildings, and grounds to school and bus groups and engages the public with American, military, material, and cultural histories;


·         Help prepare museum exhibits and collections for public display;


·         Catalogue and conduct inventories of collections (including photographing and researching objects);


·         Assist in the implementation of grant funded projects;


·         Plans, organizes, and implements special events and exhibits at the historic site;


·         Assist in the management of daily operations of the historic site;


·         Develops, plans, and organizes promotional material for activities and events in conjunction with local community organizations, the media, and the Countys Division of Tourism Coordinator;


·         Conducts off-site programming and presentations as needed;


·         Assists visitors with gift shop purchases and maintains inventory levels;


·         Balances cash register receipts and makes daily deposit; and


·         Regular duties may include reports on the conditions of property and museum space; writing and researching, editing promotional material and brochures, coordinating with other historic sites and partners, registering guests for events, and compiling data on attendance and visitor experience.




·         Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in history, anthropology, art history, museum studies, or related field;


·         Previous experience in museums, cultural programs, art spaces, etc. are preferred but not required;


·         Proficient computer skills including but not limited to: Office, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator;


·         Working weekends are required for this position. Depending on the event taking place, some nights may be required. Candidates will not be considered otherwise;


·         Passaic County residency is preferred


·         New Jersey residency is required.



How to apply
County of Passaic, EOE Please send cover letter and resume as a PDF attachment to: Kelly C. Ruffel, Director Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs 199 Totowa Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 Email kellyr@PassaicCountyNJ.org
Kelly C. Ruffel
Phone: 9737066640
199 Totowa Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

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