Employment

Working at Olana

  • Current Openings

    MEMBERSHIP & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

    Reports to:      Director of Advancement and Marketing
    FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt-Salaried
    Schedule:        Monday- Friday, occasional weekends

    Position Description

    The Membership and Volunteer Coordinator has primary responsibility for The Olana Partnership’s membership and volunteer programsThis position requires a variety of administrative and computer skills, a high level of social interaction with a wide range of individuals and groups, and great initiative and enthusiasm. The Coordinator must be able to work closely with and express a positive attitude and appreciation toward people giving their time and energy as volunteers and their support as donors and members.

    The Coordinator will report to the Director of Advancement and Marketing and have ongoing interaction with Development team members, including the President. The Coordinator will work a regular schedule from Monday through Friday with additional weekend duties occasionally.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The Coordinator is charged with the stewardship and growth of The Olana Partnership’s membership and volunteer programs.  Responsibilities include:

    Membership Program

    Coordinator is responsible for leading a multi-faceted membership program that includes membership recruitment and retention, marketing, and special events. The Coordinator serves as the overall strategist for the membership program and is the point-person for all membership events.

    Among other activities, the Coordinator will:

    • Develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies for membership
    • Develop and implement strategies to encourage member advancement upwards to higher membership levels
    • Develop strategies to restore lapsed members
    • Identify and pursue new feeder systems for potential members
    • Develop/enhance membership initiatives for businesses
    • Draft all membership related letters
    • Enter membership gifts into donor database
    • Provide management reports and trend analysis of membership program
    • Manage membership budget
    • Update membership recruitment materials
    • Direct member stewardship programs
    • Draft quarterly report for inclusion in development report for Trustee meetings

    Volunteer Program

    Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the volunteer experience is fulfilling to volunteers and supports the annual activities and mission of The Olana Partnership. This position facilitates recognition and effective use of an active, dedicated, motivated, trained, and well-organized volunteer workforce.

    Among other activities, the Coordinator will:

    • Oversee and support the volunteer program;
    • Recruit, cultivate, assess and place volunteers;
    • Promote the volunteer program using traditional and online marketing techniques.
    • Create informational materials as needed.
    • Develop and implement volunteer recognition programs to steward longtime volunteers and cultivate the newly involved;
    • Maintain volunteer records;
    • Coordinate annual volunteer trainings;
    • Organize and facilitate regular recruitment events/volunteer program activities;
    • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree required.
    • A minimum of two years of experience in non-profit work, preferably in fundraising & membership or alumni relations & management with a record of quantifiable results.
    • Superior computer skills required including database management, desktop publishing and website abilities.
    • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) and ability to lead as well as function as a team member.
    • Knowledge and appreciation The Olana Partnership’s mission.
    • Willingness to work irregular hours, including weekends, evenings, and/or holidays.

    Supervisory Responsibilities: Regular supervision of volunteers

    Salary Range: $41,600-$44,000 based on experience. The Olana Partnership offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

    To Apply:
    Submit resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to members@olana.org by August 20, 2021.

    All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening, and all offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check.

    Olana State Historic Site is a tobacco-free environment.

    The Olana Partnership is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    The Olana Partnership
    The Olana Partnership (TOP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and operates Olana State Historic Site in a cooperative agreement with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. TOP’s mission is to preserve and interpret Olana, and, through five decades, TOP has harnessed the passion and philanthropic support of thousands of supporters to restore Olana’s treasures of art, architecture, and landscape. TOP’s mission extends to the stewardship of Olana’s nationally-significant viewshed and to developing Olana as a vital educational resource for visitors from across the world and the communities of the region.

    Olana State Historic Site
    A National Historic Landmark, Olana is the greatest masterpiece of America’s preeminent artist of the mid-19thC, Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). He achieved international fame with paintings such as Niagara (1857) and The Heart of the Andes (1859) and created Olana over 40 years, beginning in 1860. Church designed every aspect of Olana, the eclectic fantasy of the main house, the bucolic assemblage of the farm complex, and the 250-acre landscape that provide a romantic, picturesque setting for the whole and engages sweeping 360-degree views. In 2019 there were approximately 170,000 visitors to the landscape and 33,000 visitors to the main house.

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    COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
    The Olana Partnership, Hudson, NY
    Department: Development
    Reports to: Director of Advancement and Marketing
    FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

    The Olana Partnership
    The Olana Partnership (TOP) supports the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) in preserving and interpreting Olana State Historic Site (Olana). TOP is both a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an education corporation chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. TOP’s annual operating budget is $1.5 million. Through four decades, TOP has harnessed the passion and philanthropic support of thousands of supporters to restore Olana’s treasures of art, architecture, and landscape. TOP’s mission extends to the stewardship of Olana’s nationally-significant viewshed and to developing Olana as a vital educational resource for visitors from across the world and the communities of the region. TOP’s vision is of a fully-restored Olana, vibrant with the activity of artists, scholars, students, and visitors, that will be the most widely-recognized artist’s home and studio in the world.

    Olana State Historic Site
    A National Historic Landmark, Olana is the greatest masterpiece of America’s preeminent artist of the mid-19thC, Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). He achieved international fame with paintings such as Niagara (1857) and The Heart of the Andes (1859) and created Olana over 40 years, beginning in 1860. Church designed every aspect of Olana, the eclectic fantasy of the main house, the bucolic assemblage of the farm complex, and the 250-acre landscape that provide a romantic, picturesque setting for the whole and engages sweeping 360-degree views. In 2019 there were approximately 170,000 visitors to the landscape and 33,000 visitors to the main house.

    Position Description
    TOP seeks a Communications Assistant to support its growing communications and marketing needs. The Communications Assistant will provide exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills. Candidates should have a ‘can do’ attitude and be flexible with their work and be able to adapt to business demands. S/he will possess the core competencies of TOP’s communications activities with particular responsibility for coordinating and developing content, tracking analytics, managing the communications calendar, and drafting press releases. The Communications Assistant will work within and support the Development Office with a primary responsibility toward social media and communications.

    Key Responsibilities
    • Assist with the implementation of communications strategies
    • Provide communications support to internal teams
    • Draft and edit communications copy (e.g. press releases, publications, social media posts, eblasts)
    • Assist in the design of marketing materials
    • Assist in maintaining web content and executing social media strategies
    • Update databases and media lists
    • Track projects and media exposure
    • Facilitate effective internal communications
    • Maintain calendars and appointments
    • Prepare reports, track and analyze analytics
    • Prepare press kits and coordinate press tours and image permissions
    • Update the website and draft eblasts
    • Update and maintain spreadsheets and data entry
    • Assist Development Department as needed
    • Assist with photography for social media and promotion
    • All other tasks as assigned

    Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree; Major or concentration in communications, marketing, journalism or equivalent preferred;
    • Substantial experience with social media, preferably in a professional capacity;
    • A command of spreadsheet preparation and analysis as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
    • Experience in Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator);
    • Excellent attention to detail and a commitment to quality in all work;
    • Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and verbal skills;
    • Willingness to have a flexible work schedule including nights and weekends;
    • A collegial approach to her/his work and a sense of humor; and,
    • An appreciation for discretion and confidentiality.

    Compensation
    Comprehensive benefits package with a starting salary ranging between $36,000-$42,000, 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
    Submit cover letter, resume and any professional/work-related social media to:
    Communications Assistant Search
    c/o Melanie Hasbrook
    The Olana Partnership
    PO Box 199
    Hudson, NY 12534
    mhasbrook@olana.org

    Application Deadline: July 31, 2021

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    Seasonal Position at Olana and Clermont State Historic Sites

    Supervisor: Tim Dodge
    County of Employment: Columbia County
    Facility: Olana and Clermont State Historic Sites
    Current Title: PRA5
    Hours per Week: 40 (weekends required)
    Effective Date: TBD

    NY State Driver’s License Required: Yes

    Duties Description:

    Spend your summer and fall working at beautiful New York State Parks! New York State Parks is seeking a new, enthusiastic team member who will contribute to keep historic buildings and landscapes at Olana and Clermont State Historic Sites in good, well-maintained condition for the summer and fall season. Under supervision of the Park Supervisor, the seasonal position will join a dedicated team who maintains beautiful historic landscapes along the Hudson River (Olana: 250 acres, Clermont: 503 acres). Duties include but are not limited to mowing, plowing, weeding, repairing/maintaining roads, etc. and assisting with preservation of a variety of significant historic structures (basic painting/plumbing, repairs, garbage/recycling collection, cleaning bathrooms, etc.) to ensure safe public enjoyment and appreciation of these unique historic sites and scenic public parks. Shift: 40 hours/week; weekends required) Please email tim.dodge@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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    Visitor Services Associate
    Department: Visitor Operations and Engagement
    Reports to: Visitor Operations & Engagement Manager
    FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, hourly
    Part-time: 24 hours per week/ $20 per hour

    Position:

    Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent VisiHudson 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 master work. 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.

    Visitor Services Associates (VSAs) are the frontline of Olana’s visitor engagement team. Based in the Visitor Center, they are the first staff members that visitors encounter and set the tone for the overall visitor experience. VSAs are responsible for explaining tour and ticketing options and availability, completing ticketing and museum shop transactions, taking reservations by phone, tracking sales and reservations, completing end of day tabulations/reports, and providing overall excellent customer service and support. VSAs are also able to assist with parking, greeting and orienting visitors, and tracking demographic data.

    Commitment must be made for the entire 2021 season, June 12th – October 31st, with required paid training in May with up to 5 additional paid days between these dates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

    Must commit to one weekend day for the duration of the season, be flexible with schedules to help cover additional days with colleagues. Some holidays may be required.

    Qualifications:

    • English fluency (spoken and written) required; other language fluency is a plus
    • Must consent to a background check required of all staff and volunteers at Olana
    • Great customer service skills, including the ability to work with a range of individuals from diverse backgrounds; experience in conflict resolution a plus.
    • Ability to use a variety of office equipment including a cash register, credit card terminal, and iPad
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to work as part of a team and in conjunction with other teams
    • Must be able to interact with public in a professional and courteous manner at all times
    • Professional conduct, appearance, hygiene, and ability to work independently is required
    • Ability to walk on uneven ground, stand for prolonged periods of time, and lift 30 pounds
    • Must be able to comply by all COVID-19 rules and regulations; social distancing, mask wearing, etc.

    To Apply
    Submit cover letter and resume to: vjuliano@olana.org

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    Peak Season Interpreter
    Department: Visitor Operations and Engagement
    Reports to: Visitor Operations & Engagement Manager
    FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, hourly
    Part-time: 8-24 hours per week/ $20 per hour

    Position:

    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 master work. 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.

    Olana’s Interpreters deliver a professional educational experience for our visitors by means of public tours of the designed landscape and Olana’s architectural elements, particularly the Main House, in all weather. Interpreters also participate in visitor engagement, welcoming visitors and providing orientation and general information.  Formal training in all aspects of the position, including health and safety procedures and collections safety, is provided. Interpreters may also be assigned limited clerical duties and asked to support programming and operations as needed.

    Commitment must be made for the entire 2021 season, June 12th – October 31st, with required paid training in May with up to 5 additional paid days between these dates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

    Must commit to one weekend day for the duration of the season, be flexible with schedules to help cover additional days with colleagues. Some holidays may be required.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, a documented interest in at least one of the following is encouraged: history, decorative arts, art history, landscape design, environmental history and policy, museum education and interpretation.
    • English fluency (spoken and written) required; other language fluency is a plus.
    • Current driver’s license and a clean driving record required, CPR certified a plus.
    • Must consent to a background check required of all staff and volunteers at Olana
    • Ability to work as part of a team and interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures; experience with conflict resolution a plus.
    • Desire to expand knowledge and learn in a cooperative environment
    • Must be able to interact with the public in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
    • Professional conduct, appearance, hygiene, and the ability to work independently is required. Must be willing to wear a uniform element and name tag that allows them to be easily identified by the general public.
    • Ability and willingness to walk 1-2 miles a day, drive an electric vehicle (training provided), stay engaged with audiences on tours, and lift 30 pounds
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Must be able to comply by all COVID-19 rules and regulations; social distancing, mask wearing, etc.

    To Apply
    Submit cover letter and resume to: vjuliano@olana.org

  • Internships

    The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site offers annual internships in different departments and areas of responsibility. Internships aim to teach research and administrative methods and project assignments are tailored to interns’ specific interests. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis based on availability. Submit a brief cover letter and resume via email to Liz Bouyea or call 518-567-2170 for more information.

    At this time, there are no specific internship openings.