Hieronymus Mueller Museum

Hieronymus Mueller Museum

Museum Director

 The Museum

The Hieronymus Mueller Museum (HMM) opened its doors in the Central Illinois city of Decatur in 1995.  In 2005, HMM  relocated and built  its 8,000 square foot site next door to the Mueller Company.  The museum annually averages about 1,500 visitors.  HMM is a private organization and is primarily funded through the Mueller family’s Hieronymus Mueller Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.  The family’s objective for the museum is to share with the public the history of the Mueller Company, the Mueller family, and its employees.

The Board and staff operate HMM, the Board at the strategic level and the staff at the tactical level. The Board is comprised of four Hieronymus Mueller descendants, a Mueller Company representative, and a community volunteer who is also a Mueller Company retiree. Board meetings are held quarterly via telephone, as most board members are remote. The staff is comprised of a Director, Assistant Director, Museum Associate, and Consultant.

Looking forward, the Board seeks to grow significantly HMM’s first and repeat visits and geographic awareness.  To facilitate this, the Board has authorized that the director will be a full-time position for the first time in HMM’s history. The Board has identified four core strategies in place for the Director to execute: (1) Collection , (2) Visitor Experience , (3) Community Engagement, and (4) Marketing.    


Sole Responsibilities


  • Budget planning and management
  • Project management & prioritization
  • Board relations (communications, meetings, etc.)
  • Professional relationship with service providers (CPA, legal, government, website design, etc.)
  • Building maintenance and site operations
  • Accounts payable
  • Record keeping
  • Time management (deadlines)


  • High energy
    • Always be selling the HMM story to visitors, the community (business, civic, and cultural), and other museums.
  • Entrepreneurial motivation
  • Mentoring

Dual Responsibilities with Assistant Director

Museum Management (Collection & Experience)

  • Oversee curating and archiving
  • Apportion and organize public floor space to align with objectives for permanent collection, internal exhibitions, visiting exhibitions, and events
  • Exhibitions and their content
    • Create a playbook and process for selecting and executing internal and visiting exhibitions  
  • Museum partnerships
  • Visitor experience: tours & literature

Community Engagement

  • Events
  • Speaker presentations
  • Partnerships
  • Volunteer Program
  • Recruiting and training
  • Mueller Company Relationship
  • Sponsorships/Scholarships


  • HMM Website
  • Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter
  • Advertising: print, online
  • Reach: local, regional, national


  • Minimum B.A. degree from an accredited college with preferred course work in museum studies, historic preservation , business administration or related field
  • Three years of experience in a museum or like institution
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing standards and best practices for non-profits and museums.
  • Success in growing first and repeat visits for a museum, attraction, or business
  • Adept at preparing budgets and managing a profit & loss statement
  • Experience in developing and executing a tactical plan that supports Board approved objectives and strategies
  • Experience in community engagement and public relations
  • Must possess essential computer literacy skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with web design and graphics
  • Strong working knowledge of various social media platforms
  • Strong written, verbal and research skills

What We Offer

  • Annual Salary Range: $60,000+ DOE
  • Vacation: 10 days, earned on a monthly accrual basis
  • Paid Holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

How To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Search Committee at [email protected]  Please, no phone calls.