Contact the Executive Director at director@theredmill.org

Red Mill Museum Village Executive Director

The Executive Director of the Red Mill Museum Village is the public face of the museum. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility Red Mill Museum Village (RMMV) staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. They will serve as the chief fundraiser and development director of the Museum and will conduct all fundraising activities and grant writing. She or he will initially develop deep knowledge of the Museum, core programs, operations, and business plans.


Leadership & Management: 

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals. 
  • Actively engage and energize RMMV volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction. Lead, coach, develop, and retain RMMV’s staff.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other stakeholders. 
  • Working 35 hours per week, maintain the flexibility to work when needed noting the organizational events skew heavily toward weekends. Presence is required during key RMMV events. 

Fundraising & Communications: 

  • Fundraising is a core responsibility; the planning and execution of a fundraising plan will be fundamental to the role.
  • Personal acumen with grant writing at all levels.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations (Locally, Statewide and Nationally) with the goal of continuing to strengthen RMMV’s brand. 
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities. Planning & New Business:
  • Implement and influence the strategic plan.
  • Build partnerships, establishing relationships with the funders and community in local and new markets.
  • Seek out and secure corporate, individual, foundation, state, federal, county, and local grants, and community funding opportunities for the Museum. Research, write, supervise, and submit grant applications for corporate, foundation and government  funding. 
  • Be an external local presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication. 


The ED will be thoroughly committed to RMMV ‘s mission. All candidates should have  proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Specific requirements include: 

  • Minimum BA or BS plus demonstrable experience in running a visible, non-profit organization with a focus on fundraising. A degree in Museum Studies, History, or Education or a related field is preferred but not required depending on experience in  relatable non-profits. 
  • A track record of effectively leading staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth. 
  • A proven track record of effective grant writing at all levels.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation Proficiency with technology
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget. 
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning 
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people. Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed Ability to assist as necessary with the operational components of events and

programs at the RMMV. This includes set up, break down, ticket sales, security,  parking, etc of special events on key RMMV-sponsored evenings and weekends.

General Work Environment: 

The below is representative of the general work environment associated with this role. 


∙ Computer and other office equipment 

Work Environment: 

∙ Traditional Office/Outdoor Museum Grounds/Historic Buildings 

Physical Effort: 

∙ Sedentary/Moderate 

∙ Ability to lift 25 – 50 pounds regularly. 

Must be able to walk and stand for up to two hours and have the ability to bend, stoop and reach


  • $75,000 per year
  • Additional bonus compensation to be discussed.
  • 2 weeks paid holiday

Interview and Applications Process: 

  • Submit application via the posting to director@theredmill.org by: 10 October 2023 Interview process to follow for qualified candidates. 
  • Background check required for all candidates. 

RMMV is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in  our staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply. RMMV does  not discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation,  marital or family status, veteran status, or disability. 

Part Time Seasonal Tour Guide/Workshop Leaders

The Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ, seeks individuals for part time, seasonal positions as tour guide and workshop leaders for our main visitor season in spring and summer.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead tours of museum grounds and historic buildings describing the history of site; must be able to customize to various groups including elementary school children, Scouts, senior citizen groups, adult groups, and general museum visitors.  Tour guide manual including historic information will be provided.
  • Lead students in hands-on historic workshops. Colonial-era costume is required and will be provided by the Museum.

Position requirements:

  • Training will be provided for all aspects of tours and workshops so that the tour guide/workshop leader can provide coverage wherever needed.
  • Must be able to work within a tight time-frame and keep up with tour schedule.
  • Ability to stand and walk for duration of tour required (some breaks are built into tour schedule). Tours take place outdoors and inside buildings without climate control.
  • Occasional weekends and evenings may be required.
  • Must be able to communicate tour information and answer visitor questions effectively.
  • Friendly and polite manner required – tour guides and workshop leaders are the face of the museum to the public.
  • A love of history and desire to share it with museum visitors is most important – this is an opportunity to be a part of the legacy of a Hunterdon County historic gem.
  • Reports to Assistant Director who will assign calendar dates and communicate schedule to tour guides and workshop leaders prior to tours.

*Please note: this is not an appropriate position for teachers seeking summer employment as our primary need is in the spring for school tours.

Visitor Services/Gift Shop Assistant

The Red Mill Museum Village hires volunteer (weekday) and paid (weekend) Visitor Services/Gift Shop Assistants to serve as the first point of contact for all visitors. The assistants are responsible for the successful daily operations of all aspects of the visitor experience, including collecting admission, providing information about the museum, selling memberships and gift shop items and generally providing excellent customer service.

Detailed responsibilities include:

  • Greet, orient and direct visitors.
  • Sell admission and program tickets. Record pertinent information on admission sheets.
  • Sell memberships.
  • Provide information on current exhibits and programs.
  • Provide information on the history of the Red Mill and other buildings.
  • Remind visitors of policies when relevant, including no smoking, no pets, etc.
  • In order to provide the above information, become familiar with the materials provided in the Visitor Services and Gift Shop Manual.
  • Assist visitors with local information.
  • Promote the sale of gift shop merchandise.
  • Process all gift shop sales through integrated Point of sale system.
  • Alert office staff of visitors with appointments or questions that require additional assistance.
  • Answer phone.
  • Daily housekeeping, including straightening of merchandise, neatening desk area.
  • Identify yourself to visitors by wearing a name tag or museum-logo shirt.
  • On weekends, open all museum buildings. Disarm and arm security system.

Necessary skills/abilities include:

  • Dependability, flexibility, and adaptability.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service in a friendly, yet authoritative manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to understand and follow operating procedures.
  • Ability to read, understand, and complete written and verbal requests and work assignments.
  • Ability to represent the museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to museum policies, and support management decisions in a positive manner.
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and stay alert in a quiet environment.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations and help resolve customer complaints with tact and courtesy. 
  • Ability to work well with others and take constructive criticism in a team environment.
  • Ability to handle some physical labor and work in indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Customer service experience desirable.