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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.

Ryan Hontz

Ryan Hontz

Event Manager

Ryan has 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 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.

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.

Anthony Pellegrino

Anthony Pellegrino

Marketing and Communications Manager

Anthony is responsible for aligning Boscobel’s communications across multiple channels and platforms. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Anthony brings a creative eye and passion for the arts, local history, and the natural world. Anthony has elevated brands for mission-driven organizations in the area such as Greyston Bakery, Historic Hudson Valley, and the New York Botanical Gardens.

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
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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Development Manager/Director

The Development Manager/Director is a key member of Boscobel management and will lead the organization into its next phase of growth. They will work with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and a team of committed, creative colleagues to increase contributed income to support an annual operating budget of over $3 million.  They will oversee Boscobel’s membership and annual fund drives; solicit gifts, grants and corporate sponsorships; plan and implement donor events; and formalize the museum’s prospect research, solicitation, acknowledgement, recognition, and reporting procedures. The Development Manager will be an active, hands-on fundraiser who is as comfortable making the ask as crafting the ask.

The Development Manager/Director’s title is commensurate with experience and demonstrated accomplishment.  The position is full-time and reports to the Executive Director, a seasoned, active solicitor of leadership gifts. The Development Department is supported by a part-time Development Assistant, contract grant writer and other consultants as needed, part-time Data Entry Specialist, and works closely with the Communications Manager, Event Manager, and all other department heads to identify and fulfill funding needs.  The successful candidate will demonstrate superlative abilities in strategy, communication, organization, collaboration, resourcefulness, and mastery of relevant technologies.  Altru is Boscobel’s fundraising, CRM, retail inventory database, and ticketing platform.

 

Specific Duties to be performed:

  • With the Executive Director and Board of Directors, plan and execute a comprehensive development plan that supports Boscobel’s mission and strategic goals, broadens its donor base, increases its financial resources, and is operationally sustainable.
  • Understand and articulate Boscobel’s mission, operations, and strategic goals in ways that inform and excite potential donors; draft and edit letters, proposals, reports, digital copy, talking points, etc.
  • Collaborate with key staff to develop, maintain, and effectively utilize contact lists and data analytics.
  • Lead and manage fundraising initiatives; track their success. Prioritize resources and find efficiencies to achieve maximum results within staff, time, and budget limits.
  • Lead and manage sponsorship proposals and grant applications, acknowledgements, recognition, and reports. Works with part-time Grant Writer.
  • Develop and execute with key staff and trustees fundraising, friend-raising, and recognition events, including evening, weekend, and holiday occasions
  • Represent Boscobel favorably to donors and the donor community, and coach and inspire other staff members and trustees on doing the same.
  • Cultivate productive relationships with internal colleagues, donors, programmatic partners, government officials, and the local fundraising community.
  • Work closely with the Director of Finance and Human Resources to prepare and manage the fundraising reports and budgets; and to structure and monitor the development department’s budget to achieve maximum results.
  • Prepare prospect research, call lists, and remarks for the Executive Director, trustees, and other development ambassadors.
  • Additional duties as assigned..

 

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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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