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  • Current Openings

    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 2017 there were approximately 170,000 visitors to the landscape and 30,000 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 and managing the communications calendar. The Communications Assistant will be 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-$40,000, 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 Pamela Salisbury
    The Olana Partnership
    PO Box 199
    Hudson, NY 12534
    Email


    Job Title: Peak Season Educator
    Facility: Olana State Historic Site
    5720 Route 9G
    Hudson, NY 12534

    Dates: Start around April 1 2019, 24 hours per week; must be willing to work weekends; work shifts between 9:30am and 7:00pm Compensation: @$20 per hour

    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 numerous seasonal part-time professional Educators, with current drivers’ licenses, to work part-time (approx. 24 hours per week) during select seasonal months, which includes weekends and holidays during the months of April-November. Educators will deliver a professional, positive, and educational tour experience for Olana’s visitors by means of house and landscape tours. Educators 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. Educators will also have responsibilities to assist guests in navigating the site in terms of welcoming and general information sharing, phone duties, and some basic office work. Educators will follow all guidelines for interpretation of Olana; perform minimal administrative duties relative to visitor ticketing, and other duties as they arise.

    Qualifications and Requirements:

    • High School completion required.
    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, however a documented interest in at least one of the following: history, decorative arts, art history, landscape development and viewshed protection trends, education, or interpretation is encouraged
    • English fluency required; other language fluency is a plus
    • Current driver’s license and a clean driving record required
    • 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 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, and ability to stay alert and engaged for long periods of time indoors and outdoors throughout the year is required; ability to lift 30 pounds.

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


    Job Title: Visitor Services Associate
    Facility: Olana State Historic Site
    5720 Route 9G
    Hudson, NY 12534
    Date: April 1, 2019
    Part-time, year round must be willing to work one weekend day and some holidays
    Compensation: @$20 per hour

    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.

    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.

    Qualifications and Requirements:

    • 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

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


    Job Title: On-Call Educators

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

    Program Dates: High Season April-November 2018

    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 a team of per-diem, on-call educators for K-12 field trips for the spring & fall seasons between April-November. These educators will be needed to deliver tours of Olana’s Main House & Historic Landscape. The guides will receive honorariums to be 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.

    ABOUT THE POSITION

    As part of the education staff, per deim educators will take part in leading and teaching fun, age-appropriate (grades K-12) tour experiences of Olana’s Main House & historic landscape. You will spend each day working directly with visiting students, developing and teaching lessons about the Hudson River School of Art, architecture, landscape design, environmental science, and 19th century history and supervising them during outdoor trips and visits to the historic home’s rooms. You will help visiting teachers and chaperones and encourage visiting students to solve problems creatively. If qualified, this contracted position has the possibility of growing into other opportunities.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Must have flexible schedule, M-F availability, typically three-hour blocks, between 8:30-11:30am
    • BA preferred, however a documented 2 years’ experience working with children between ages of 5-18, in a classroom, day camp, afterschool program or museum education, including curriculum development and hands-on teaching, object-based and/or place-based learning is required
    • Flexibility and ability to quickly assess the needs of a situation, including group management and conflict resolution skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, especially with culturally diverse communities and varying backgrounds
    • Ability to work independently, or as part of a team
    • Desire to work with and inspire children through art, historic collections, and the environment
    • English fluency required; other language fluency is a plus
    • Positive energy and enthusiasm; flexibility and a sense of humor a must
    • Ability to stand, walk a one mile loop, including walking on uneven gravel carriage roads with outdoor/weather exposure
    • Ability to lift over 30 pounds

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

    Compensation: $75 per diem stipend. Trainings are paid at same rate. (Time onsite usually is about 2 hours for each contracted visit.)

  • 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 Andrea Cerbie.

    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 to Amy Hufnagel, or call 518-751-6837 for more information. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for Summer 2019 is May 1st, Fall 2019 is August 1st, Spring 2020 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.

    Photography Intern
    The Olana Partnership Education Department offers a photography internship annually (fall, spring, and summer). Students work with the Education 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. Interns will receive a small honorarium at the completion of their internship. If interested, please send portfolio of 10-15 images, resume and cover letter to the Director of Education, Amy Hufnagel, or call 518-828-1872 x 105 for more information. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for Summer 2019 is May 1st, Fall 2019 is August 1st, Spring 2020 is December 1st.

    Olana Museum Store Intern
    The Olana Museum Store for The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site offers an internship program geared to students wishing to gain hands-on experience while spending the majority of the internship working on our sales floor and the rest of your time learning business and management skills. You will be working closely with the store manager on custom product development, consignment with Hudson Valley artisans, wholesale outreach, product selection and in-store display, on-line store sales and marketing, attending gift shows/fairs, and developing/hosting store programs such as book signings, pop-up stores, and tastings with Taste NY. The Olana Museum Store is happy to provide any documentation necessary for the intern to receive college credit. This is a paid internship. Applicants will need to commit to at least one day a week, over the course of the semester or summer, and a minimum of 60 hours. Two days a week and 120 hours are preferred. Submit cover letter and resume via email to Rachel Tice.