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About Boscobel

Overview

The mission of Boscobel House and Gardens is to engage diverse audiences in the Hudson Valley’s ongoing, dynamic exchange between design, history, and nature.

Boscobel opened as a nonprofit museum sixty years ago. Built between 1804 and 1808, it was originally the dream house of wealthy Loyalists. By the 1950s, after falling into disrepair, it was demolished. Preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north, where the Neoclassical mansion was restored back to—and even beyond—its original grandeur. Boscobel was saved as a beautiful piece of art.

Now an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the Federal period, Boscobel offers admission to 68 acres of our grounds, featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River.

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Staff

Our dedicated, passionate team

Jennifer Carlquist

Jennifer Carlquist

Executive Director

Jennifer Carlquist is a 20-year museum professional specializing in period interiors, and decorative arts that were made, collected, and/or retailed in America. She joined Boscobel as Curator in 2015, creating the award-winning exhibitions Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now (2016) and Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques (2017).

Ms. Carlquist lectures widely on design history, including for SUNY New Paltz, the New York School of Interior Design, and the Victorian Society in America Summer Schools. She holds a certificate in Museum Studies and is a graduate of the Cooper-Hewitt’s M.A. Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies, the University of Minnesota, and the Attingham Summer School.

Kasey Calnan

Kasey Calnan

Collections Manager

Kasey holds a B.A. in History from SUNY New Paltz and an M.A. in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute, along with certificates in Archives as well as Conservation and Digital Curation. She completed the 2018-’19 Pratt Fellowship at the New York Public Library. As Collections Manager at Boscobel, Kasey oversees the decorative arts and furniture collection, archives, and research library. Her hobbies include reading WWII books and snowboarding.

Lisa DiMarzo

Lisa DiMarzo

Museum Educator

Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo is one of the most inventive, sought-after educators in the Hudson Valley. A naturalist with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she has spent 20 years developing family programming on Hudson River history and ecology. Boscobel visitors of every age and background benefit from her ability to distill information, develop workable program logistics, and engage audiences through active learning.

Lea Emery

Lea Emery

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Lea directs Boscobel’s finance and human resources functions. She holds a masters in arts administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and has led administration at the Taft Museum, another venerable historic house museum, as well as the Neuberger Museum of Art. She comes most recently from the Katonah Museum where she led development and held broad financial responsibilities. Lea has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke and loves to garden and restore old things.

Edward Glisson

Edward Glisson

Director of Visitor Engagement

At Boscobel, Ed’s focus is delivering exceptional experiences to diverse audiences. Ed is the co-founder of CausBuzz, a network platform supporting incentive-based services for schools. Previously, he was the Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and the Director of Exhibitions at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. He holds an M.S. in Human Resources Management.

Dana Hammond

Dana Hammond

Development Manager

Dana manages fundraising and membership initiatives at Boscobel. She has nearly a decade of fundraising and nonprofit experience, having worked for Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Abilities First in Poughkeepsie. She serves on the Education Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Hudson Valley Chapter. Dana graduated with a Master’s in International Relations from Hult University in London and a Master’s in Special Education from Brooklyn College.

Ryan Hontz

Ryan Hontz

Event Manager

Ryan comes to Boscobel with ten years of experience creating personalized events in New York City’s premier venues, including Rockefeller Center, The New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Brooklyn Museum. Ryan Hontz and his husband live with their dog in the Hudson Valley, where they enjoy trying new restaurants, exploring hiking trails, and soaking in the stunning river views.

John Malone

John Malone

Facilities Manager

John directs operations and security at Boscobel. For twenty years, John worked at M&T Bank as the Capital District / Hudson Valley Region Property Manager, overseeing all bank-owned properties and rentals. Happily married with two children for over 30 years, John is a member of the Elks and a local Multiple Sclerosis fundraising group. He rescues dogs and enjoys boating and snowmobiling.

Kimberley Mazzuca

Kimberley Mazzuca

Executive Assistant

Kimberley comes to Boscobel from The Putnam County News and Recorder, where she served for six years as a Reporter, and for the past four also managing subscriptions and legal notices as the Business Coordinator. A Cold Spring native, Kimberley is a graduate of College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. She is an avid reader and cinephile.

Lee Mundy

Lee Mundy

Visitor Services Manager

Lee manages the visitor services staff and functions with a goal of providing a positive guest experience during all phases of planning and enjoying a visit at Boscobel. Coming from a career in mortgage sales, Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in business and is a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley.

Board Members and Annual Report

Board Members:

Mr. Arnold S. Moss, Co-Chair
Mr. Alexander Reese, Co-Chair

Mr. William J. Burback
Mr. Gilman S. Burke, Esq.
Mr. Henry N. Christensen, Jr.
Ms. Susan Davidson
Col. James M. Johnson
Mr. Peter M. Kenny
Mr. Frederick H. Osborn III
Gov. George Pataki
Mr. John Sadlon
Ms. Maria Stein-Marrison
Ms. Margaret Tobin

Careers

Director of Audience Engagement

The Director of Audience Engagement leads Boscobel’s efforts to provide onsite guests and other communities with exemplary Boscobel experiences by

  • designing and implementing mission-specific programs for broad and diverse audiences and
  • allocating the resources (staff, space, materials, etc.) necessary to facilitate those programs.

The DAE must collaborate effectively with other department managers, partner organizations, vendors, and other outside contacts. They must understand and uphold the museum’s strategic and interpretive goals, and instill a culture of inclusion and graciousness.  They must stay abreast of changing trends in technologies, interpretation, and visitation.

 

The Director of Audience Engagement reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Visitor Services Manager, Event Manager, and Program Assistant.  This position is full time and requires evening and weekend hours as needed.

 

Specific duties to be performed:

Audience Engagement:

  • Design, revise and maintain mission-specific programs for a broad and diverse audience.
  • Control and monitor the museum’s master calendar. Assign dates, spaces and staff time. Prepare and disseminate monthly programmatic schedule; communicate changes as needed.
  • Utilize institutional rubrics to articulate programmatic goals, measure, and share progress toward those goals.
  • Monitor front desk functionality and improve whenever possible with equipment, software and transactional procedures.
  • Recruit and schedule volunteers
  • Function as the direct supervisor of the Visitor Services, Group Sales, and Events staff maintaining the highest standards of service, communicate policies and procedures, and address questions and anticipate and resolve problems.
  • Communicate program set up, equipment, technology, and staffing needs to the appropriate departments according to a mutually agreed schedule.
  • Assist fundraising efforts by providing information on programs, audience, and resources.
  • Assist the Communications Manager in gathering and disseminating program information to general and targeted audiences for tourism and local populations.
  • Assist the Director and Finance of HR with recruitment and onboarding of Visitor Services, Group Sales, and Event staff.

 

Administration:

  • Support Visitor Services staff entering their timesheets in our automated payroll system and approve.
  • Prepare annual performance evaluations for Visitor Services, Group Sales, and Event staff.
  • Prepare monthly reports for tracking staff hours and evaluations of programs.
  • Attend weekly management meetings and provide pertinent information.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the Program Committee, a committee of the Board.
  • Serve as primary administrator for Altru record-keeping, ticketing system. Program new rates, tours, events in Altru as needed. Train others to maintain.
  • Ensure that Emergency Response procedures are comprehensive and current.
  • All other duties as required.
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Facilities Manager

Boscobel’s Facilities Manager is responsible for overseeing site safety, security, and stewardship; and providing program support in accordance with Boscobel’s strategic goals and institutional values. Responsible for safeguarding the museum’s core assets and managing the largest portion of the museum’s operating budget, the FM plays a key role in Boscobel’s resource management and operations.

The FM anticipates, plans, and implements plant management work including general operating and capital projects; oversees related outside contractors; schedules and supervises the maintenance and security staff; supports programming by providing set-up and other services to other departments, guests, and clients; and is responsible for developing policies, procedures, and precuring the technologies that achieve the highest possible standards in stewardship, safety, and guest relations.

This position reports to the Finance and Human Resources Director and keeps them informed weekly of departmental progress on assigned projects, maintenance problems, emergency situations, and purchases. The FM schedules, supervises, and ensures the ongoing development a team of seven full-time Maintenance Technicians and Security Guards, with part-time/seasonal help as budgeted. They demonstrates exemplary organization, communication, and sales skills to collaborate effectively with every department, the trustee Site Management Committee, clients, tenants, and vendors to achieve the museum’s strategic and financial targets, and to anticipate and resolve potential conflicts between the museum’s site, mission, and operations, and client/vendor/guest expectations.

The FM position is envisioned as a year-round, full-time, non-exempt position averaging 35 hours/week, with at least 80% of hours performed onsite and at least one weekend day onsite per month. The FM is responsible for structuring their department to ensure 24-7 site security, with direct or delegated site supervision during all public hours. All Boscobel year-round employees are expected to work periodic special events throughout the year.

Specific duties to be performed:

  • Schedule, train, and supervise the maintenance and security staff to ensure 24-7 coverage and manage workflow so that all rounds/tasks are being completed as required, even in the FM’s absence
  • Ensure property security including controlling the main gate and other access points, opening and closing all buildings, examining museum interiors to insure proper conditions and account of art objects, utilizing relevant surveillance and communications technologies appropriately
  • Maintain the site to the highest possible standards including: plant and care for trees and plants as determined by the Master Plan; maintain the beauty and integrity of all historic structures; keep the site as free as possible from invasive plants, litter, and unwanted animal/insect populations; manage snow/ice/rainfall and other weather conditions
  • Serve as primary contact and administrator for Boscobel’s VOIP phone system.
  • Coordinate with Director of Visitor Engagement, Event Manager, Collections Manager, Museum Educator, etc. to provide the set-ups, deliveries, and other services necessary to execute programs and events, including partner programs such as the Philipstown Garden Club Herb Garden and Cold Spring Farmers’ Market
  • Support, implement, and maintain Boscobel’s horticultural strategy
  • Maintain off-site properties owned by Boscobel; and serve as tenants’ maintenance contact
  • Assist Curator and/or Collections Manager with gallery preparations, exhibition installation, and de-installation, and object handling/transport as directed
  • Develop and monitor annual department budget assist in drafting the Capital Budget
  • Gather accurate estimates for vendor contracts and, upon approval, confirm all jobs are completed as contracted; communicate closely with Finance
  • Develop, implement, manage, and communicate the museum’s efforts to improve environmental sustainability, such as chemical-free plant care, composting, energy efficiency, reduced use of fossil fuels, etc.
  • Develop, implement, manage, and communicate the museum’s Emergency Preparedness Plan and related procedures, including fire safety, protection, and suppression systems Conduct on-site training sessions for staff, volunteers, tenants, and vendors regarding emergency preparedness and response, security awareness, and other safety and security related issues. Addresses groups at orientations, employee training sessions, and state-mandated trainings to explain the role of Safety and Security at Boscobel; build and/or maintains relationships with local emergency response entities
  • Develop, implement, manage, and communicate the museum’s schedule of capital improvements and repairs, including infrastructures, buildings, technical/mechanical systems, etc.
  • Coordinate stewardship and security requirements tactfully with outside entities operating onsite, such as vendors
  • Understand and enforce OSHA guidelines and other appropriate regulations to insure the health and safety of the staff and the visiting public. Report any and all work-related injuries and related incidents immediately to Human Resources
  • Maintain the inventory, operational state, and safe use of maintenance equipment and supplies
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and be able to perform and teach safe operation of equipment such as snow blowers, tractors, lawn maintenance equipment, power tools, etc.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations. Work entails moving about the 112-acre site, extended periods outdoors in all weather conditions, and the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds in dead weight
  • Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Must be sufficiently technologically proficient to access and edit shared calendars, spreadsheets, and other documents
  • Provide mutually beneficial project experience for volunteers, interns, etc. as appropriate
  • All other duties as required

Skills Desired:

  • +3 years of experience in a similar role managing facilities.
  • Degree in one of the following fields is desired, i.e. Architecture, Engineering, Environmental
  • Experience in or working with construction trades (i.e. carpentry, electrical, MEP, etc.)
  • Experience is operation and maintenance of building system, in particular HVAC
  • Past experience training personnel is desired
  • Computer software skills, familiarity and proficiency in MS Office suite, and MS Project
  • Preparing daily, weekly, monthly and annual work schedules.
  • Evaluating performance of employees.
  • Creating and fostering enduring relationships with the Boscobel community, neighbors, and vendors.
  • Reviewing planning, design, and construction documents to ensure work complements current infrastructure and considers long term maintenance.
  • Obtaining competing bids for contracted work
  • Currently has or has the ability to obtain within 60 days of employment the OSHA 30 Safety Course
  • Interest in and ability to complete the project management institute (PMI) Project Management Professional certification, certifications and/or classes with institutions like the Project Management Institute or APPA as funded by Boscobel.

Responsibilities by percent of time:

Facilities and projects, management 50%
Procurement 25%
Financial 15%
Misc. other duties as assigned 10%

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Visitor Services Associate

The Visitor Services Associate (VSA) is responsible for welcoming every guest graciously, providing exemplary and proactive sales service, and encouraging all guests to enjoy and support the museum. This position plays a key role in onsite educational and revenue-generating programming, while providing support for all museum departments.

The VSA must demonstrate the highest level of courtesy and inclusivity; be knowledgeable about the museum, its programs, and products; communicate effectively with guests, callers, and fellow staff; remain calm under pressure; and resolve occasional conflicts to ensure an exemplary visitor experience.

This position is part time, seasonal (April-December) and reports directly to the Manager of Visitor Services. The VSA must be available to work weekend days and occasional evenings. He/she must be comfortable with handling cash and the responsibilities that entails. He/she must be able to efficiently operate a Point-of-Sale system, PC computer, telephone, and copy machine. He/she must have sufficient mathematical skills to make change, compare the cash receipts at the end of the day to cash register totals, calculate attendance figures, etc. Experience in retail or hospitality industries, and fluency in foreign languages are welcomed attributes.

Specific duties to be performed:
● Staff the Gatehouse, Visitor Services Center Front Desk, and other Point-of-Sale (POS) locations throughout the site.
● Greet visitors and guests warmly and exhibit exemplary customer service and inclusivity.
● Understand the programs, membership levels, merchandise, and discounts offered by the museum; and proactively promote them.
● Operate the Altru POS effectively so that attendance and sales are accurately entered throughout the day.
● Open and maintain a cash drawer.
● Restock brochures, etc. in the Visitor Center.
● Keep the gatehouse and front desk area clean and tidy.
● Provide information about the area to guests, including directions to nearby restaurants, accommodations, other attractions, etc.
● Answer incoming phone calls and redirect as needed. Collect, respond to and/or redirect e-mail and voice mail messages.
● Monitor walkway as guests enter the grounds.
● Alert the Facilities staff of equipment malfunctions or maintenance needs, as well as potential security threats
● All other duties as required

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Lea Emery at lemery@boscobel.org.

Boscobel is committed to diversifying its audience and workforce. Veterans and candidates of any gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural background are encouraged to apply.

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Boscobel is committed to diversifying its audience and workforce. Veterans and candidates of any gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural background are encouraged to apply.

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