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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 30-year museum professional celebrating historic landscapes, buildings, and interiors; their contents; and contexts as powerful tools for community engagement. 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, SUNY Purchase, 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 Operations

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.

Angie Tocci

Angie Tocci

Event Manager

Angela joins Boscobel with ten years of experience designing and executing thousands of memorable, meaningful events, and 20 years as a social services professional.  She is fiercely committed to making magic happen for her clients, be they wedding couples or individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Angela has an MBA from Mercy College, a National Certification in Event Planning from New York Institute of Art and Design. She is a Beacon resident and mother of two: daughter and Great Dane.  Angela enjoys hiking, breathtaking views, shopping, and centering herself through her books, yoga, and crystals.

Martha Pearson

Martha Pearson

Development Director

Martha Pearson leads Boscobel’s fundraising activities by fostering relationships with individual, foundation, government, and corporate supporters. She joined the staff after nearly two decades of successful fundraising in Manhattan’s performing arts sector, as well as other arts and community-focused organizations. Previous freelance clients include Origin Theatre, New York Irish Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Libraries Without Borders. Martha served in leadership and key development roles at Irish Repertory Theatre, where she oversaw all development operations and campaigns; La MaMa, a world-renowned experimental arts presenter on the Lower East Side, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a multi-disciplinary arts presenter with an annual operating budget of over $50 million. A native of Toronto, Canada, Martha attended NYU, where she received a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts. She also holds a B.A. in Drama from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON). Martha lives locally with her family and is an active community volunteer.

Amber Stickle

Amber Stickle

Director of Audience Engagement and Programs

Amber Stickle joined Boscobel with an an impressive toolkit for project management, program development, financial administration, and event planning. She spent 15 distinguished years as Director of Recreation and Parks for the Town of Philipstown, overseeing the acquisition, launch, and management of a 35,500 square-foot community center, a variety of sports fields, and multiple parkland sites within the community. Amber has collaborated with countless local schools, organizations, and citizens to provide learning and recreational opportunities for children, adults, and senior citizens.

Amber holds a B.A. in Public Administration and Policy with a concentration in education from SUNY Albany, and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Marist College. She is currently a member of the Melzingah Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Senior State Vice President for the New York State chapter of the Children of the American Revolution.

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
Ms. Allegra Driscoll
Mr. Peter M. Kenny
Mr. Aaron Mair
Mr. Frederick H. Osborn III
Gov. George Pataki
Mr. John Sadlon
Ms. Maria Stein-Marrison
Ms. Margaret Tobin

Careers

Communications and Media Manager

Boscobel House and Gardens’ Communications and Media Manager develops and executes communication strategies that promote the museum’s mission and impact, expand audience, drive attendance and sales, cultivate donations, and elevate its reputation. The CMM integrates marketing, publicity, and public affairs efforts across print, digital, and presentation media; and through personal contact with press, stakeholders, and community members.  The CMM is responsible for messaging and design for general and/or specialist audiences, in a voice that embodies inclusivity, expertise, and the highest standards of professionalism.  The CMM must have a strong background in communications strategy, related technologies and analytics, teamwork, and managing deadlines and budgets.

The Communications and Media Manager reports to the Executive Director.  S/he/they must work effectively with colleagues in other departments and partner organizations, and directs contracted web and graphic designers, photo/videographers, printers, etc.  The CMM position is a year-round, full-time, non-exempt position averaging 35 hours/week.  The CMM is responsible for allocating his/her time to manage press inquiries, ticket availability updates, emergencies, etc. that occur outside of weekday business hours.  All employees work special events throughout the year including the Boscobel Chamber Music Festival, Twilight Tours, and other major programs.

Specific duties to be performed:

Communications/Marketing/Media

  • Based on each year’s strategic goals, program calendar, and budget, develop a communications strategy to grow awareness of and support for Boscobel’s mission, programs, site and organizational changes, community impact, and fundraising efforts
  • Work closely with Program team to gather information necessary to draft, design, and distribute effective messaging (posters, flyers, signs, brochures, rack cards, social media ads, press releases, etc.) to promote the museum’s core experiences, signature events, academic programs, and hosted events (partner programs, private rentals, etc.); track use and effectiveness
  • Collaborate with the Development Department to ensure that member and donor messaging is strategically integrated and amplified across all channels
  • Utilize brand-standard design templates in Adobe software or similar and oversee contract graphic designers
  • Oversee weekly eblast in Emma or similar software, and periodic print communications to achieve strategic and revenue goals: manage/grow recipient lists; track response rates
  • Manage social media presence: Craft/gather content, graphics, and photography for Facebook and Instagram posts. Maintain engagement through commenting, sharing, sponsored posts, etc.  Anticipate and respond strategically to controversial topics.  Review/report on analytics and adjust tactics as needed.
  • Shoot and contract photography for use in marketing, press, reporting, etc.

Press and Public Relations:

  • Proactively cultivate positive media relations; generate and distribute compelling press releases; curate and maintain media lists that reach target audience markets.  Act as media support to facilitate onsite visits and other media engagements.
  • Develop advantageous marketing partnerships and sponsorships with businesses, orgs, and media outlets; ensure internal and external messaging aligns with Boscobel’s mission, strategic goals, and brand
  • Design strategic communications and content that expand awareness of Boscobel as a valued cultural institution.
  • Serve as a key Boscobel spokesperson and coach others to do so effectively.

Administration:

  • Develop and maintain the department calendar, budget, and key performance indicators based on strategic goals, revenue targets, and best practices. Evaluate and report monthly on performance to ensure effective use of resources.
  • Collaborate with the Program team to secure photographs, partner feedback, and audience evaluations to inform strategies, distribute to press, use in reports, appeals, etc.
  • Oversee contracted work; review department invoices
  • Oversee general and emergency messaging systems such as web banners, general and emergency telephone greetings, etc.
  • Help with staffing during programs and as needed; enlist help from fellow colleagues in other departments, partners, contractors/consultants, and volunteers as needed.
  • All other duties as required.

Requirements:

  • Exceptional communicator; highly organized; detail-, deadline-, and results-oriented
  • Strong proficiency in design and messaging software for digital, print, and presentation media
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience managing marketing and public relations with a record of success across traditional and digital channels
  • Ability to track, analyze, and report upon effectiveness
  • Proven ability to problem-solve independently and collaboratively with staff, volunteers, contractors/consultants, partner orgs, and stakeholders
  • Passion and intellectual curiosity for Boscobel, its mission, impact, and audiences
  • 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, outdoors in all weather conditions, and the ability to lift and carry media equipment, marketing materials, etc. with or without reasonable accommodation

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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Guide

Boscobel Guides are expert storytellers who connect audiences to the museum and the important cultural resources that it protects and shares.  As Boscobel’s primary interpreters and experience facilitators, they are the most prominent representative of Boscobel to many visitors.  It is essential that Guides are gracious and show respect toward diverse audiences. They must be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, have good communication and teaching skills, be willing to work as a team, and project professionalism.

Guides are required to master the materials in the Museum Guide manual and in training sessions, as well as review relevant books and research materials in the guide office and staff library, to develop engaging and accurate tours.

 

Guides are required to dress in accordance with personnel policy. They must be available to work at least two weekend days per month when the property is open to the public and be available to work during peak season in May-October and holiday programming November-December, including evenings as needed.  Guides report to the Museum Educator and work collaboratively with other departments.

Specific duties to be performed:

  • Provide guided tours and/or informal interpretation of the Historic House Museum, Grounds, and special exhibitions to visitors on a rotating basis with other guides
  • Support other programming and outreach initiatives such as school programs, community events, fundraisers, private rentals, and the Cold Spring Farmers’ Market
  • Staff and monitor the gallery during special exhibitions
  • Provide security in the Historic House Museum, keeping visitors in view, maintain tour pathway, etc. and preventing physical contact with the collection
  • Protect the collection and monitor and report any condition variances, unexpectedly missing objects, etc. to the Museum Educator and Facilities department
  • Report unusual/problematic building and/or grounds conditions to the Facilities department and Museum Educator
  • Be familiar with and execute emergency response procedures: respond to/report accidents to appropriate staff and/or emergency personnel and fill out an emergency report for incidents they witness or are directly involved in
  • Participate in scheduled staff meetings and training sessions.
  • Keep office, kitchen, and other working areas clean and orderly
  • 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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Guest Services Associate

Guest Services Associates (GSAs) are responsible for welcoming every guest graciously, providing exemplary and proactive sales service, and encouraging all guests to enjoy and support the museum. GSAs play a key role in onsite educational and revenue-generating programming, while providing support for all museum departments.

GSAs 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 and reports directly to the Manager of Guest Services. GSAs must be available to work weekend days and occasional evenings; be comfortable with handling cash and the responsibilities that entails; be able to efficiently operate a Point-of-Sale system, PC computer, telephone, and copy machine. They 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, Guest 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, gift shop 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.

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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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