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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.

Open Friday through Monday, Boscobel hosts outdoor, in-person events with careful COVID protocols as well as engaging virtual programs for families. Children are always welcome.

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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.

Lauren Daisley

Lauren Daisley

Director of Communications

Lauren directs Boscobel’s content, messaging, publicity, advertising, and digital initiatives. She has led high-impact communications campaigns for some of the country’s leading experts at Fortune 500 companies. Lauren’s writing appears in outlets including Newsday, Salon, Parents, and The Morning News. A former host on SiriusXM, WNYC, and WQXR, she has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC, and the CBC. Lauren is a graduate of N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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.

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.

Diane Gocha

Diane Gocha

Director of Finance and HR

Diane is responsible for finance, human resources, contracts, and insurance at Boscobel. After working as an auditor for three years in New York City, she held business management positions at Bell Atlantic, a nonprofit childcare center in Massachusetts, and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Diane earned a B.B.A. from Pace in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.

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.

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 managers 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

Finance and Human Resource Director

The Finance and Human Resource Director leads Boscobel’s finance administration, including budgeting, analysis, reporting, forecasting, processing incoming and outgoing payments, recordkeeping, and compliance. S/he also oversees processes for hiring, compensating, insuring, onboarding, terminating, and ongoing development for staff. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the FHRD ensures that museum policies, legal requirements, and best business practices are followed throughout the organization.

The FHRD is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling business and human resource administration; ensuring that business and support areas are properly coordinated with programmatic areas; serving as thought leader on organizational matters; overseeing and directing policies and procedures relative to general operations; and leading efforts for process improvements and performance enhancements.

The FHRD serves as Boscobel’s chief financial spokesperson, working closely with appropriate members of the Board of Directors, auditors, investment and banking vendors, and stakeholders to ensure and communicate sound fiscal strategies. As a member of the management team, s/he also represents the museum at civic, social, and professional events and may, in the absence of the Executive Director, be charged with leadership responsibility.

The position is full-time with some holidays, evenings, and weekends required; and\ supervises a part-time Bookkeeper.

Key responsibilities of the FHR Director include:

Finance
• Ensure adequate funding, facilitate and oversee endowment management, and increase
financial efficiencies by working closely with the Executive Director, department heads,
and appropriate trustees on budgets, reports, forecasts, risk assessments, and investment
activities.
• Develop and maintain financial data in computer software including journal entries,
general ledger, payroll, payroll tax forms, and institutional tax returns.
• Manage timely production of all financial reports including monthly financial statements.
• Review, analyze, and report on the museum’s financial performance monthly, annually,
and/or as needed for the Executive Director, trustees and committees, and relevant
stakeholders.
• Oversee all treasury functions including managing cash, investment accounting and
developing sustaining banking relationships; tracking and managing performance of
endowment and cash investments, in consultation with professional investment advisors
and in keeping with established policies and investment guidelines.
• Provide cost-accounting and projections for planning, reporting, and fundraising efforts.
• Maintain and revise property leases, contracts, licenses, charitable status, insurance, etc.
and other assigned business activities, utilizing external expertise as needed.
• Assist the auditors and trustee Audit Committee with the annual audit and preparation of
the audited financial statement to assure fiduciary compliance in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles.
• Ensure internal control systems are properly designed, implemented, maintained and
consistently adhered to; ensure key transaction systems (including fundraising,
membership, store sales, admissions and ticketing, restaurant sales, rental sales, and
parking revenues) are efficiently and fully implemented and regularly reconciled to the
general ledger.
• Ensuring the maximum financial contribution of earned revenue activities of the museum
by working closely with the Director of Visitor Engagement to ensure that admissions,
retail, rental, and similar operations reflect the institution’s financial and strategic goals.
• Ensuring the maximum financial contribution of development efforts by working closely
with the Development Team to ensure that membership, annual appeal, grants, estate, and
corporate giving programs reflect the institution’s financial and strategic goals.
• Monitoring and tracking donor-designated endowments and other donor-restricted funds
and their related uses.

Human Resources
• Support productivity and institutional advancement by promoting inclusivity, positive
morale, and professional development.
• Utilize external services to process and record all payroll, tax, pension, attendance and
leave data and make accessible to personnel and as appropriate, supervisors.
• Act as fiduciary on retirement plans and overseeing the defined benefit and defined
contribution retirement plans in accordance with general accounting principles.
• With external HR support and Personnel Committee, advise on and implement personnel
policies, benefits, and procedures; oversee hiring, onboarding, and departure processes;
maintain OSHA and EOE standards and diversity, equity, and accessibility policies.
• Set and communicate high standards for integrity, productivity, professionalism,
creativity, diversity and cooperation in the workplace.
• Facilitate annual performance and compensation reviews for all staff that rigorously
analyzes performance towards goals; and determine areas for potential revenue
enhancement, cost reduction, program improvement, and/or policy change.

CANDIDATE PROFILE
The ideal candidate possesses the following professional and personal skills and characteristics:

Finance Expertise and Operations Acumen
The Finance and Human Resources Director brings deep experience running a 21st-century financial department, inspiring confidence that Boscobel’s financial oversight is prudent, strategic, and appropriately transparent. The FHRD is a strategic and tactical leader with the ability to analyze detailed data points as well as the overall financial health and sustainability of the organization. The FHRD must have proven experience in budgeting, strategic forecasting and planning, and in overseeing financial, accounting, compliance, and risk management.

Collaborative and Communicative Working Style
This finance leader will bring a high level of intellectual curiosity and resourcefulness. This leader possesses strong quantitative, analytical, and communication skills. As a strategic partner to the Executive Director and Board, the FHR Director conceptualizes, analyzes, and articulates problems and solutions in a collaborative manner to achieve the organization’s goals.

Inspiring and Inclusive Teambuilder
The FHR Director designs and implements personnel policies and procedures geared toward maximizing performance across the organization. S/he fosters trust and collaboration among team members and possesses the ability to manage change with flexibility and poise. The leader embraces the culture of the Boscobel, while encouraging openness to better practices. This leader is an individual with unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted with highly confidential and sensitive information.

A Passion for the Mission
The ideal FHRD shares a passion for the mission of the Boscobel. S/he understands and embraces that the finance and human resources administration are dedicated to serving the overall mission of the institution. S/he possesses the ability and desire to inspire those around him/her to work together to support the mission during a period of growth and direction setting. This leader brings a deep appreciation for the business challenges that nonprofits face, and an excitement to be part of a team that is focused on identifying creative and strategic solutions.

While a working knowledge of 501c(3) operations would be helpful, it is not necessary for the FHRD to have experience in the nonprofit field. A CPA is desirable but is not required.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist at jcarlquist@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.

Apply

Seasonal Maintenance Support Technician

The Seasonal Maintenance Support Technician position is designed to provide support to Boscobel’s Buildings & Grounds department from mid-June through Labor Day during the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival season.

This is a seasonal position, 32 hours per week, Thursday – Sunday (weather dependent),  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

SPECIFIC DUTIES TO BE PERFORMED

  • Grass Cutting
  • Trimming
  • Weeding
  • Property clean up
  • Watering plant material
  • Woodland Trail maintenance
  • Greet guests at the front gate during large events
  • Work and assist with security
  • Other duties as may be required

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist at jcarlquist@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.

Apply

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 Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist at jcarlquist@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.

Apply

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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