Employment

Working at Olana

  • Current Openings

    Job Title: Director Education & Public Programs

    Facility:
    Olana State Historic Site
    5720 Route 9G
    Hudson, NY 12534

    A National Historic Landmark, Olana is the greatest masterpiece of America’s preeminent artist of the mid-19th century, Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). He 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 provides 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 30,000 ticketed admissions.

    Olana’s collections of art, artifacts, and archives range widely, including Church’s own art and that of his contemporaries to objects that demonstrate the broad range of his and his family’s interests. The Church-designed landscape includes parkland, farmland, an orchard, and five miles of scenic carriage roads.

    About the Position:
    The Director of Education and Public Programs is a key member of the leadership team and contributes to the overall growth of The Olana Partnership (TOP) and our public-private partnership with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in the operation and interpretation of Olana State Historic Site. This position requires a proven leader with experience in an institutional setting – academic and/or cultural. The ideal candidate is prepared to take on significant responsibility at a rapidly growing organization and is adept at mediating the needs of multiple internal and external stakeholders. The Director of Education and Public Programs is under the direction of TOP’s President and works closely and collaboratively with the entire TOP-OPRHP leadership team to support our shared vision of Olana as an outward-facing, visitor-centric educational environment.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    • Create, execute, manage and evaluate programs and initiatives that encourage new, diverse, multi generational audiences; strengthen and increase participation; and foster active learning and curiosity. Established Programs and initiatives include but are not limited to: K-12 school group program; Family Storytelling tours; Artists on Olana tours; Panorama Summer Camp (3 weeks); Olana Summer Market; Healthy Hikes (partnership with Columbia Memorial Hospital); and Seeding Vitality in the Arts Creative Aging program.
    • Ensure delivery of relevant, engaging, accessible, diverse and inclusive mission-based experiences, educational programs and activities that broaden the contemporary understanding of Olana as a holistic, artist-designed environment and of American art and landscape design with a particular focus on exhibition-related programming.
    • Work closely and collaboratively with the Curatorial team to develop public programming that uses Olana’s collections and exhibitions as springboards to support organizational goals and outreach.
    • Expand and enrich relationships in the community, region and state with a concentration on schools, educators, and collaborating non-profit and corporate organizations.
    • Establish programmatic impact goals in advance of implementation that ensure mission and strategic alignment, creative engagement and learning across all demographics. Monitor effectiveness by gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative statistics, including attendance and other engagement metrics, for use in evaluation, reports, grants and other funding proposals.
    • Recruit, train, mentor and supervise education and program staff, including Education Coordinator and Education Interns.
    • Develop and manage the education and public programs budget, including the tracking of income and expenditures, reporting on its progress throughout the fiscal year to the Director of Finance and President.
    • Lead the planning and delivery of training programs for all education, public program and interpretive programming staff in coordination with leadership, curatorial staff, and Interpretative and Visitor Experience teams.
    • Plays a leadership role in responding to public safety and security concerns on site (should receive CPR/First Aid certified training).
    • Collaborate with Development and Communications teams by preparing information and supporting materials for fundraising, marketing and PR in an organized and timely fashion.
    • Support the leadership team and colleagues in public interpretation and visitor services in the development of interpretive materials, website content, and visitor publications.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

    Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree in arts education, museum studies, public humanities, cultural studies or related field with five to seven years’ experience required.
    • Master’s degree in arts education, arts administration, museum studies, public humanities, cultural studies or related field with three to five years’ experience preferred.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of art and museum education theory and practice, especially current trends in interactive learning technologies, facilitated dialogue, project-based learning, equity and inclusion, and visitor-centered experiences.
    • Experience developing participatory experiences for adults and children, especially engaging low-income, historically underrepresented and/or culturally diverse populations.
    • Demonstrated project management and evaluation experience.
    • Enthusiasm for and ability to work in a positive, cooperative team environment with frequent group meetings for collaborative decision-making.
    • Recognized experience in public speaking and superior organizational, writing and verbal communication skills.
    • Fluency in Spanish (or a second language), a plus.
    • Able to balance multiple priorities in order to meet deadlines and ensure completion of projects on schedule and on budget.
    • Ability to conduct meaningful program evaluations, interpret data and communicate results.
    • Extremely organized, reliable, punctual, accurate and detail-oriented.
    • High level of computer literacy including, MS Office Suite and calendaring.
    • Use of CRM and database systems – experience with Ascent and Counterpoint is a plus.

    Other Requirements and Working Conditions
    • This is an exempt, 37.5-hour/week position that includes benefits. This position typically works Tuesday through Saturday, with additional weekend days and evenings as required. Work schedules may require expanded hours and flexibility when needed, including for major Olana events beyond those organized by Education and Public Programs.
    • Valid driver’s license with good driving record; ability to drive a golf-cart style electric vehicle used in public programming on site.
    • Physical requirements: combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis. Lifting modest weights (up to 30 pounds) may be required occasionally.

    Salary Range:
    $45,000-$60,000

    How to Apply:
    Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with list of references by February 14 to DEPPSEARCH@olana.org

    The Olana Partnership is an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, different abilities, gender identity or veteran status.

     


    Job Title: Peak Season Educator

    Department: Interpretation and Engagement.
    Reports to: Education & Engagement Managers
    FLSA Status: Non Exempt, hourly
    Part-time: 8-24 hours per week/ $20 per hour
    Application deadline: February 24th, 2020

    Facility:
    Olana State Historic Site
    5720 Route 9G
    Hudson, NY 12534

    About the 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 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.

    Olana’s Educators will deliver a professional, positive, and educational experience for our visitors by means of house and landscape tours. They will be paid to be formally trained and are required to become familiar with Olana’s safety procedures, rules, and regulations as needed for the well-being of visitors and protection of the site and collection. Educators will also assist guests in navigating the site in terms of welcoming and general information sharing. Basic office work may also be assigned.

    Primary Duties and Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, a documented interest in at least one of the following is encouraged: history, decorative arts, art history, landscape development and viewshed protection trends, education, interpretation.
    • English fluency required; other language fluency is a plus
    • Current driver’s license and a clean driving record required, CPR certified a plus
    • Provides information to the public both by phone and in person
    • Flexibility and ability to quickly assess the needs of a situation, including group management and conflict resolution skills
    • Ability to work as part of a team and interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures
    • Must be able to interact with public in a professional and courteous manner at all times
    • Professional conduct, appearance, and the ability to work independently is required. Educators will be provided with a uniform element and name tag that allows them to be easily identified by the general public.
    • Ability to stand for hours each day, walk the one-mile loop including walking on uneven gravel carriage roads with typical outdoor/weather exposures, drive an electric vehicle (training provided), ability to stay alert and engaged for long periods of time indoors and outdoors, and ability to lift 30 pounds
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Commitment must be made for the entire 2020 season, May 8th – November 1st, with required paid training March 31st, April 1st,2nd 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 so as to help cover additional days with colleagues
    • Desire to expand knowledge and participate in study and research on own time

    How to Apply:
    Please submit cover letter, resume and at least two references to Louise Kerr. Please list the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

    The Olana Partnership is an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, different abilities, gender identity or veteran status.

     


    Job Title: Visitor Services Associate

    Department: Visitor Services
    Reports to: Visitor Center & Engagement Manager
    FLSA Status: Non Exempt, hourly
    Part-time: 3/5 time, April to November

    About the Position:

    Visitor Center Associates are a vital part of the Visitor Center staff and the visitor experience. They work on the front line of the visitor experience and are responsible for completing sales transactions (cash and credit), taking reservations by phone, tracking sales and reservations, providing information to the public, problem solving, customer service and support, end of day tabulations/reports, and other duties as assigned.

    Primary Duties and Qualifications

    • Opens, closes, and operates a cash register and receives payment from customers in cash, check, or credit card; accurately counts and provides change to customers as required.
    • Takes reservations by phone or in person in the Visitor Center.
    • Tracks the number of persons on each tour both reserved and actual tickets sold.
    • Provides information to the public both by phone and in person.
    • Follows all customer service and cash handling policies and procedures.
    • Responsible for the accuracy of transactions.
    • Great customer service skills including the ability to deal with disappointed visitors.
    • Ability to use a variety of office equipment.
    • Ability to work as part of a team and interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.
    • 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 and sit for hours each day, walk on uneven ground, and ability to lift 30 pounds.

    How to Apply:
    Please submit cover letter, resume and at least two references to Louise Kerr. Please list the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

  • Internships

    Museum Education Intern
    The Education Department for The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site is offering an internship for the 2020 summer season. 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 the Director of Education & Public Programming and the Education Coordinator, 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 summer. Interns will receive a small honorarium at the completion of their internship. Submit brief cover letter and resume via email to Liz Bouyea, or call 518-751-6837 for more information. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

    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 Director of Advancement and Marketing 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 Mabel Bermejo.

    Photography Intern
    The Olana Partnership offers a photography internship annually (fall, spring, and summer). Students work with the Education and Marketing Department staff to schedule for a variety of 10 events to shoot – art-making workshops, staged photos, tours, etc. After the internship, interns are required to send their edited and organized photo files. A memory card will be provided and there is a camera for use. Students may use their personal cameras if preferred. Every photo used in Olana’s publications will give the intern name credit for their photos. Must have some flexibility in hours and availability on Saturdays. This internship is unpaid, but we can assist with formal recommendations or academic credit requirements. If interested, please send portfolio of 10-15 images, resume and cover letter to Liz Bouyea, or call 518-751-6837 for more information. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Olana Museum Store Intern
    May 20th-August 5th, 2020
    Two Days a Week, 165 hours
    Paid

    The Olana Museum Store is seeking an intern to work with the Olana Museum Store Manager with a strong interest in retail, eCommerce and marketing to help grow the Olana Museum Store’s digital and eCommerce presence.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The intern’s duties and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
    – Photographing merchandise
    – Photo editing
    – Writing product descriptions
    – Preparing store promotional materials relevant to holidays, exhibition, programs and events
    – Researching advertisement opportunities as relevant to publications, groups and radio
    – Assisting in development of wholesale outreach for merchandise offered to other venues
    – Participating in staff meetings as needed
    – Providing support for ongoing projects and events as related to store and marketing needs
    Qualifications

    – Strong reading, writing and proofreading skills
    – An interest in retail, the arts, marketing, business, photography
    – Good organizational and project management skills
    – Self-motivated, proactive approach to projects, and ability to work well with others
    – Fluency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Adobe Suite

    How to Apply

    Please email resume, cover letter and three references to Rachel Tice.
    Deadline, March 31st, 2020