Working at Olana
Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator (full-time)
The Olana Partnership
Olana State Historic Site
Reporting to The Olana Partnership’s (TOP) Associate Curator and working in collaboration with project-specific guest curators and colleagues at New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), the Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator works with OPRHP staff to care for objects in the New York State Parks collection and oversees the planning and implementation of special exhibitions and collection-based installations in collaboration with OPRHP staff.
- Stewardship of collections at Olana State Historic Site in close coordination with the OPRHP Historic Site Director and OPRHP staff, including: climate and collections safety monitoring; overseeing conservation needs; supporting implementation of Historic Furnishing Plan to provide interpretation and public tours;
- Management of The Olana Partnership’s program of special exhibitions, including: maintenance of exhibitions planning calendar and individual exhibition implementation timelines and budgets; coordination of loans with OPRHP Registrar; coordination of texts and image rights/credits for labels, panels, pamphlets; coordinate exhibition design and gallery preparation and installation; manage fine art transport logistics; track professional service agreements, including for guest curators/artists;
- Manage internal and external image reproduction requests, and support TOP communications and marketing with photography, credit lines, etc.
- Bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, arts administration, or a related field. Master’s or graduate work in museum studies or in library and information science a plus.
- Two years administrative and project-management experience in a not-for profit setting, preferably in a museum environment, or the equivalent education and experience;
- Demonstrated experience managing museum collections or archives. Knowledge of art handling and conservation best practices in historic environments a plus.
Required Skills and Abilities:
- Attention to detail and excellent organizational, project management, research, writing, and editing skills;
- Demonstrated ability to prepare and meet timelines and budgets;
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines;
- Collaborative and collegial work style;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, in particular Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel and collection management systems.;
- Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.
Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $45,000 – $55,000. TOP offers a competitive benefits package, including medical/vision insurance (80% of the premium paid by employer) and 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% match.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Olana Partnership is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
HOW TO APPLY
Send a cover letter and resume to CEM@olana.org
About Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership
Olana State Historic Site (Olana) is the masterwork of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century and the most intact artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. Administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Olana was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and is one of the most visited sites in the state.
Olana collections are owned by the State of New York and managed by OPRHP with collaborative support from The Olana Partnership. The public collection contains over 42,000 items owned by Frederic Church and his immediate family. It includes works on paper (sketches, correspondence, bills and receipts, a library of over 1,700 19th c. books, etc) as well as personal items and the furnishings of the house. This is supplemented by another 50,000 documents/research items which were donated to the site by people key to Olana’s preservation in 1964-66. Collections in the historic house include 16th- through 19th-century decorative arts, paintings, pre-Columbian artifacts, Mexican folk art, historic costumes, photography, and historic library.
The Olana Partnership (TOP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and is cooperative partner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Olana State Historic Site. Established in 1971, TOP’s mission is to inspire the public by preserving and interpreting Olana State Historic Site.
The Olana Partnership: Per Diem Educator, K-12 Programs
Reports to: Education Coordinator
FLSA Status: Per Diem
The Olana Partnership seeks two Per Diem Educators to join the Education staff to provide interactive experiences for K-12 school audiences at Olana State Historic Site. Olana’s field trip curricula focus on art history, art education, civic readiness, social studies, English language arts, and environmental sciences through place-based learning at a landmark site of American art. Onsite and virtual tours incorporate inquiry-based teaching strategies and hands on activities to foster learning experiences for a wide range of school audiences from kindergarten through high school. Per Diem educators will participate in trainings and facilitate The Olana Partnership’s field trip curricula onsite. There is some flexibility as to which days of the week candidates are available, but priority will be given to those who can work Tuesdays-Fridays from 9:00-1:00pm and can be available two or more days a week.
The Olana Partnership (TOP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret Olana, Frederic Church’s artistic masterwork. We operate Olana State Historic Site in a cooperative agreement with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Comprised of a 250-acre designed landscape containing a Persian-inspired house and studio and a historic farm complex, Olana is a masterwork of American landscape art created over 40 years (1860-1900) by famed Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. The Olana Partnership’s (TOP’s) vision is to make Olana the most widely recognized artist’s home and studio in the world, and since our founding in 1971 we have worked closely with our New York State partners to make this vision a reality. Olana hosts more than 170,000 visitors annually and is a National Historic Landmark. TOP continuously introduces new educational programs to reflect our vision of Olana as a true teaching museum, offering diverse learning experiences like field trips, virtual webinars, workshops, and classes, walking tours, family programs, and events.
- Implement field trips and school programs by engaging students in inquiry and hands-on activities for groups in grades K – 12.
- Attend 1-3 trainings led by The Olana Partnership staff throughout the year.
- Work within the guidelines for each school tour curriculum to design a lesson plan for specific tour groups responsive to grade level and developmental needs.
- Prepare materials, research, and teaching tools for your group’s visit.
- Clean up after each group’s visit and aid the Education Coordinator in maintaining the organization of the Wagon House Education Center.
- Work with full-time staff to communicate about group needs, and concerns about programs, and/or evaluate programs as needed.
- BA or BS in art, art education, education, history, art history, or museum studies.
- Prior K-12 teaching experience is required.
- Prior experiences teaching in a museum or cultural setting is appreciated.
- Excellent communication skills an enthusiasm for working with school-aged children is a must.
- An interest in researching content related to Frederic Church’s Olana to prepare for field trips; an ability to learn and retain information to support age-appropriate program facilitation.
- A reflective approach and ability to think creatively.
- Ability to work independently and proactively while being a team player.
- An interest in fostering accessible and equitable experiences for school groups in museum and cultural spaces.
- Commitment to DEI initiatives and accessibility within education environments. Documentation of this commitment preferred.
- English fluency required; Spanish language fluency is a plus.
- Red Cross First Aid Certification preferred
Works on select program days when available Tuesdays-Fridays. Must be able to carry chairs and tables (around 30lbs), walk longer distances during outdoor programs, and work outside in all seasons. Please note that all per diem educators will be required to go through a background check.
Educators are paid $200 per program ($100 for abridged tours). This rate is inclusive of prep, research and clean-up. Training rate is $20 per hour.
To apply, please submit a resume, short cover letter, and a sample lesson plan demonstrating your past experiences working with youth audiences in an educational capacity to email@example.com.
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 Carolyn Keogh or call 518-567-2170 for more information.
At this time, there are no specific internship openings.