Jobs & Internships
At the beginning of the July, 2015, as Wave Hill concludes celebrations of its 50th anniversary as a public institution, its leadership will change. The primary mandate of the Executive Director is to lead the institution and guide its staff by providing institutional vision, forming judgments and acting in a manner that fulfills Wave Hill's mission and core values.
Wave Hill’s new Executive Director will begin a strategic planning effort for the organization, the second in its history. The Board and senior management will work together to analyze the institution's strengths, to assess its challenges and to design a broadly articulated road map for the future.
Wave Hill is governed by a Board of Directors, currently comprising 22 dedicated individuals; they are joined by five New York City officials, who serve ex-officio. The staff comprises approximately 50 full-time and part-time employees, augmented by 10 to 15 seasonal workers in the warmer months. In addition to its 28-acre garden and woodland property, the facility includes a conservatory complex and four historical buildings.
Position and Responsibilities
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, working through its Co-Chairs and committees. Direct reports to the Executive Director under the present structure include the Deputy Director (Finance and Administration), Director of Visitor Services, Director of Horticulture, Director of Development, Director of Marketing and Communications, Director of Arts and Senior Curator, Director of Education and Director of Facilities and Capital Projects.
Key Roles of the Executive Director
- Lead the senior management in working productively through program and policy priorities.
- Envision additional ways in which Wave Hill can best accomplish its mission with excellence.
- Involve and engage the Board in the work of the organization and interface with the Board Chair(s) on regular basis.
- Serve as the public face of the institution.
- Take an active leadership role in fundraising, working closely with the Board of Directors and the Director of Development.
- Build and enrich the multiple relationships with the City of New York; with colleagues within the city’s Cultural Institutions Group, of which Wave Hill is a member; with peers in the cultural, horticultural and local communities; and the many other constituencies and stakeholders of Wave Hill, including Wave Hill’s Friends of Horticulture committee.
- Facilitate the best working environment for the varied professional staff, which ranges from not-for-profit administrators, to gardeners, curators, educators, visitor service employees and facility maintenance crews.
- Take a strong role in working with the Committee on Directors as the Board continues its evolution and growth.
- Guide the organization through its upcoming Strategic Review and implement agreed-upon initiatives.
The chosen candidate will have an ideal mix of the following skill sets, experience and temperament:
- Dynamic leadership, as demonstrated by prior experience in defining and articulating institutional vision, high level strategy development and effective guidance and integration of multiple departments.
- Experience in the stewardship of a public institution, its grounds, its buildings and its staff. Ability to engage the varied stakeholders so as to maintain their enthusiastic advocacy of Wave Hill.
- At least 10 years of high-level management within the not-for-profit sector.
- Prior success in major fundraising campaigns.
- Demonstrated ability to be the leading public face of an institution with an awareness of visitorship and membership goals.
- A management style that is collegial and focused on team building.
- Consummate professionalism, with the capability of deftly combining vision and pragmatism.
- Broad familiarity and experience with marketing and public relations.
- A passion for gardens, culture and nature.
Procedure for Application
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and salary history to the Wave Hill Executive Search Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
No telephone calls, please.
Public Programs Manager—Part-Time
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Public Programs, the Public Programs Manager conceptualizes and implements public programs with an emphasis on art, nature and wellness, primarily for adult audiences.
- Work closely with Wave Hill staff and outside instructors to develop public programs supporting the institutional mission, both on an intimate and large scale.
- Build relationships with diverse local and regional artists, naturalists and other appropriate instructors and partner organizations.
- Collaborate with all departments: with Visual Arts and Education to plan joint programming; with Visitor Services regarding program registration, scheduling and set-ups; and with Marketing and Communications for promotion.
- Write engaging program text for newsletter and website.
- Coordinate and oversee schedules and work agreements for instructors and volunteer assistants.
- Create and work within the designated budget: process check requests for instructor fees, order supplies, and so on.
- Monitor participants’ satisfaction, providing program reports and statistics.
- Develop long-term program goals and objectives for adult public programs, in collaboration with Public Programs and other departments, under the direction of the Assistant Director of Public Programs.
- Other duties as deemed necessary.
- The successful candidate must be self-motivated, well-organized, creative and flexible.
- The position requires demonstrated experience managing programs for adults and families, both large and small scale, in the arts, environmental education and/or nature studies in a cultural institution.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with attention to detail, are a necessity.
- The candidate must be able to interact effectively with staff, instructors, volunteers, program participants and the general public.
- Experience managing budgets, balancing many projects at once and working in team-oriented situations is essential.
- At least three to five years of experience in program developmentand coordination in a museum, public garden or other cultural institution.
- Knowledge of cultural programming in New York City and surrounding communities is preferred.
- Experience working with diverse populations of all ages, primarily with adults.
- Bachelors degree minimum, in the arts, education, museum studies or a related field.
- Microsoft office applications and database proficiency is essential.
- Must be available to work 28 hours per week on a flexible schedule, including some weekends and evenings. A valid driver’s license is required.
This position is available immediately and offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.
Please send a letter of interest, with resume, cover letter and samples of prior programs produced, to:
Public Programs Manager Search
675 West 252 Street
Bronx, NY 10471
No phone calls, please.
Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Accounting Associate is responsible for all aspects of general accounting and financial reporting. The start-date for this position is te spring of 2015.
- Perform weekly accounting responsibilities, including accounts payable, cash receipts and check printing.
- Prepare monthly financial statements.
- Assist with preparing the annual operating budget and the quarterly budget projections.
- Submit monthly, quarterly and annual financial and operational reports to the Department of Cultural Affairs.
- Assist with year-end W-2, 1099 reporting and filing of quarterly sales tax.
- Assist with year-end financial audit and prepare footnotes for audited report.
- Reconcile quarterly payroll reports with general ledger.
- Prepare budgets and financial reports for grants.
- Reconcile monthly endowment accounts.
- Serve as back-up to other department staff.
- Assist Deputy Director with other projects ,as needed.
- Graduate degree in Accounting required.
- Audit experience is a plus.
- Must have strong communication skills.
- Knowledge of MAS90 accounting software is helpful.
- Candidate must be able to pay meticulous attention to detail, have respect for confidential matters and present a professional demeanor and positive attitude.
Excellent salary and benefits.
Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resume by email to the Deputy Director at:
No telephone calls, please.
As a member of the Visitor Services Department, the Security Officer plays an integral role in helping to provide a positive visitor experience. Security Officers report directly to the Security Supervisor. Two positions are currently available.
- Patrol the grounds.
- Enforce Wave Hill's visitor rules and help protect our buildings and property.
- Set up conference facilities and equipment for public and private events.
- Drive the Wave Hill shuttle van for visitor pick-up from the subway and from Metro-North.
- Perform some custodial duties during inclement weather, including snow-shoveling.
- New York-certified with at least one year of experience in the security field.
- Background in fire prevention; NYC Fire Guard is a plus.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and be an experienced driver.
- Enthusiastic, self motivated and able to interact with the public and staff.
- Must be able to lift and carry equipment, including folding tables, chairs and boxes.
- Must be able to work varied hours, including weekends.
Two positons are currently available:
- One position is part-time, with a wage range of $10.00 to $12.50 per hour based on experience.
- The second position is for regular employment with a schedule of fours days a week and an excellent benefits package.
If you meet the qualifications spelled out above, send resume and cover letter by email to email@example.com.
No telephone calls, please.