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Job Title: Seasonal Landscape Interpretive Guide
Facility: Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9G
Hudson, NY 12534

Program Dates: May-November 2018
2-4 days a week (Fri, Sat, Sun, Tuesdays)
Compensation: $150 per diem

 

Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, is a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region. It is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to inspire the public by preserving and interpreting Olana, Frederic Church’s artistic masterpiece. Our collective vision is a fully restored Olana, vibrant with the activity of students, visitors, scholars and artists; and to be the most widely recognized artist’s home and studio in the world.

The Olana Partnership is seeking part-time professional Landscape Interpretive Guides, with current drivers’ licenses, to work select dates by contract, which include weekends and holidays during the months of May-November. The Landscape Interpretive Guides will deliver a professional, positive, and educational outdoor experience for Olana’s visitors by means of tours that are being offered to the public 4 days per week as part of a new program. These tours will be delivered both as walking tours (approximately one mile in length) and electric vehicle tours. The guides will be paid to be formally trained, and are required to become familiar with Olana’s safety procedures, and enforce rules and regulations as needed for the well-being of the visitors and the protection of the site and the collection. Guides will perform minimal administrative duties relative to visitor ticketing, and other duties as they arise. Information regarding tour content, interpretive paths, and vehicle specifics will be provided in advance of the start date.

Qualifications and Requirements:
-Bachelor’s Degree preferred, however a documented interest in at least one of the following: history, art history, landscape development and viewshed protection trends, education, or interpretation is required
-English fluency required; other language fluency is a plus
-Current driver’s license and a clean driving record required
-Red Cross First Aid Certification preferred
-Must be able to interact with public in a professional and courteous manner at all times
-Professional conduct, appearance, and ability to work independently is required
-Ability to stand, walk the one mile loop at least two times a day including walking on uneven gravel carriage roads with typical outdoor/weather exposures, and ability to stay alert for long periods of time outdoors throughout the year is required; ability to lift 40 pounds.
-Positive energy, flexibility and a sense of humor a must

To Apply: E-mail resume and three references to Amy Hufnagel, Director of Education, The Olana Partnership Ahufnagel@olana.org

Deadline:  March 15, 2018


The Olana Partnership
Hudson, NY
Development Assistant (full-time)
 

Department:    Development
Reports To:     Development & Marketing Communications Manager
FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

The Olana Partnership (TOP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire the public by preserving and interpreting Olana, the artistic masterpiece of famed Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church and a National Historic Landmark. We operate in a public-private partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to support the restoration, development and improvement of Olana State Historic Site, which comprises the Persian-inspired home, studio and 250-acre designed landscape by Church.

Position Description
TOP seeks an enthusiastic individual with an eagerness to learn all aspects of fundraising and development work. The Development Assistant is primarily responsible for providing entry-level support to the Development Team, with additional roles as needed.  This position reports to the Development & Marketing Communications Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assist the Development & Marketing Communications Manager and Membership and Volunteer Coordinator in implementing donor and membership solicitation strategies and stewardship activities, including direct mail, events, major donors, foundations and corporations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and coordinate fundraising mailings, including producing all related materials as necessary – reports, lists, nametags, labels, etc.;
  • Provide donor information (when appropriate) with acknowledgement letters
  • Maintain files of all gifts and grants
  • Proof reading and copy edit all written materials, as needed
  • Maintain all donor records and files with the utmost attention to accuracy and detail;
  • Develop and maintain gift acknowledgement policies and enter all gifts, process payments and pledges, and prepare gift acknowledgements;
  • Prepare regular and special gift reports and other reports as requested;
  • Ensure accuracy and efficacy of donor management data base, including maintaining donor and prospect activity records;

Provide support to the Development Team – President, Senior Vice President & Creative Director, Development & Marketing Communications Manager, Development Associate and Membership and Volunteer Coordinator and Trustees as assigned via:

  • Detailed record keeping (membership, foundation and development files – hard copy and in database)
  • Manage and tracking of guest lists for development/membership events
  • Provide support of all development/membership events
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Prospect, foundation, corporate research

Opportunities for Advancement
As the Development Assistant becomes more comfortable in routine activity of position, opportunities for professional advancement will be explored.

Qualifications

  • BA degree or equivalent, such as BFA;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent attention to detail and a commitment to quality in all work;
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and verbal skills;
  • A collegial approach to her/his work and a sense of humor; and,
  • An appreciation for discretion and confidentiality.
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 25 lbs.
  • Must have a valid NYS driver’s license

Compensation
Comprehensive benefits package with a starting salary ranging between $30,000-$34,000, depending on experience and qualifications.

Equal Opportunity
We firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.

To Apply
Please send cover letter and resume, along with two writing samples to:

Development Associate Search
The Olana Partnership
PO Box 199
Hudson, NY 12534
psalisbury@olana.org

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Development Associate
The Olana Partnership
Hudson, NY
Full-time

The Olana Partnership (TOP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire the public by preserving and interpreting Olana, the artistic masterpiece of famed Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church and a National Historic Landmark. We operate in a public-private partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to support the restoration, development and improvement of Olana State Historic Site, which comprises the Persian-inspired home, studio and 250-acre designed landscape by Church.

In anticipation of launching a major capital campaign later this year, TOP invites applications for the position of Development Associate. The Development Associate will support TOP’s senior staff, board members and campaign counsel on all aspects of the capital campaign, as well as general development functions.

Essential Duties:

  1. Works closely with campaign counsel to manage the day-to-day implementation of the overall campaign plan;
  2. Tracks all cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities for campaign donors and prospective donors;
  3. Coordinates the production of all campaign materials, including brochures, talking points and newsletters;
  4. Organizes and staffs meetings of campaign steering committee;
  5. Prepares tailored proposal packages for presentation to prospective donors;
  6. Coordinates donor recognition and stewardship plans and policies;
  7. Helps shape and implement donor strategies, preparing senior staff and volunteers for donor meetings and solicitations;
  8. Follows up with campaign donors regarding pledge agreements, payment schedules and other topics;
  9. Ensures that all campaign donors are acknowledged on a timely basis and recognized appropriately;
  10. Maintains the accuracy of all campaign donor records in the fundraising database;
  11. Tracks the campaign budget and capital campaign donor reporting;
  12. Works closely and collaboratively with other development staff members;
  13. Other duties as assigned or requested.

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelors degree and familiarity with non-profit cultural institutions
  2. Two to three years of professional experience in fundraising or a related field
  3. Knowledge of local, statewide and national philanthropic communities
  4. Superior verbal and written communication skills
  5. Successful track record in managing relationships with volunteers
  6. Excellent interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with board members, staff members, volunteers and consultants
  7. Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  8. Computer fluency in MS Office, fundraising database software and web applications

Equal Opportunity

We firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.

To Apply

Please send cover letter (indicating salary range being sought) and resume, along with two writing samples to Pamela Salisbury.


Internships

Curatorial Department Intern
Interns in Olana State Historic Site’s Curatorial Department work on projects related to the collections and the main house at Olana.  Projects might include research on a collections item, research related to a future exhibition in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery at Olana, helping with the furnishing of the second floor, collections management, changing the displays on the tour floor, writing an article for the news letter and other curatorial tasks.  The intern would receive a good introduction to the daily workings of the Curatorial Department.  The Curatorial Department would be happy to supply any documentation necessary for the intern to receive college credit.  Applicants must be college students or further along in their academic pursuits and should be prepared to commit a minimum of 60 hours over the course of a semester, 120 preferred.  Submit cover letter and resume to via email Diane Forsberg, dforsberg@olana.org. 

Museum Education Intern
Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership team up to offer internships annually (fall, spring, and summer). Education internships aim to teach research, program design & implementation, administrative support, and public education methods. Interns will work on projects relating to Olana’s adult and youth audiences. Project assignments will be tailored to our interns’ specific interests; participants take on a distinct project and can use as a work example in future job interviews. Interns will work directly with senior level staff who can assist with formal recommendations or academic credit requirements. Applicants should be prepared to commit a minimum of 2 days per week over the course of a semester or the summer. Olana is committed to interpretation that spans centuries and continents. Interns will receive a small honorarium at the completion of their internship. Submit brief cover letter and resume via email, ahufnagel@olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x 105 for more information. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for Summer 2018 is May 1st, Fall 2018 is August 1st, Spring 2018 is December 1st.

Marketing and Development Intern
Interns in the Marketing and Development Department work closely with development staff to advance marketing and development objectives for the organization which includes upcoming exhibitions, events and programs. The intern will gain valuable hands-on experience in a nonprofit advo­cacy organization while improving their communication and organizational skills. Responsibilities will include research, writing, editing and project management for a nonprofit whose mission is to advocate for Olana State Historic Site. The Development and Marketing Communications Manager will work in conjunction with university or college staff to coordinate requirements for credit. Applicants should be prepared to commit a minimum of 60 hours over the course of a semester, 120 preferred. Submit cover letter and resume via email to Melanie Hasbrook, mhasbrook@olana.org.

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