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Posted: 01/14/2020

County of Passaic
Cultural & Historic Affairs

The Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs (DCHA) creates and maintains a flourishing cultural landscape throughout Passaic County. As the designated proponent for the County’s heritage and the agent for arts and history programming, the DCHA is responsible for developing, promoting, and implementing an extensive public programs calendar and heritage tourism campaign to encourage public awareness and visitation to the County’s various historic sites. Included in these sites are the Dey Mansion Washington’s Headquarters, Hamilton House Museum, Lambert Tower, Lambert Castle, Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House, Westervelt-Vanderhoef House, Passaic County Court House, Passaic County Court House Annex, Goffle Brook Park, and Garret Mountain Reservation. Through this ongoing endeavor, the DCHA maintains these sites for Passaic County residents and visitors to enjoy today, and will ensure that these sites are preserved for the benefit of future generations.

Program Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Wayne, NJ
$40,000 - $59,000* / Full-time
Open Until



JOBTITLE:  Program Specialist, Cultural & Historic Affairs


SCHEDULE:   Wednesday Sunday 9:00am 5:00pm



JOBDESCRIPTION:  Under the direction of the Director of the Department of Cultural& Historic Affairs, the primary function of this position is to plan, execute, and evaluate public programming across county-owned cultural and historic sites, and other program-related duties as required and/or assigned.



LEVEL:     Non-entry








·         Designs, develops, and implements all public and museum programming at our county owned historic sites; including but not limited to the Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House, the Dey Mansion Washingtons Headquarters, the Hamilton House Museum, and the Westervlet-Vanderhoef House;


·         In addition to leading, facilitating, and engaging in direct programs with museum guests and visitors, the Program Specialist holds primary administrative and logistical responsibility for programs and events;


·         Assists the Museum Curator with curating and programming of exhibitions;


·         Assists the Heritage Tourism Coordinator with newsletter, social media, and marketing campaigns to ensure the promotion of the Countys historic assets;


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


·         Seeks funding sources for programming and manages grant funded projects;


·         Manages receipt of invoices and expenses for all related program expenses such as teaching artists, lecturers and others who provide services; and


·         Coordinates all other internal and external administrative requirements related to the implementation of programs.







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


·         Minimum of two to five (2-5) years experience in planning, monitoring, coordinating programs;


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


·         Previous experience in museums, cultural institutions, art galleries, etc. is required;


·         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



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 DEADLINE TO APPLY: MARCH 31, 2020
Kelly C. Ruffel
Phone: 9737066640
199 Totowa Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

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