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Executive Director

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.

Qualifications

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: executivesearch@wavehill.org

 

No telephone calls, please.        

EOE


 


Accounting Associate

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 the spring of 2015.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Salary

Excellent salary and benefits.

To Apply

 

Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resume by email to the Deputy Director at:

businessoffice@wavehill.org.

 

No telephone calls, please.                                                                                               

EOE


Marketing Fellowship

May 2015–May 2016

Description

Wave Hill offers a one-year fellowship in marketing, working closely in a small department on all aspects of arts marketing, with a special focus on press relations and social media. The Marketing Department at Wave Hill supports all programming at Wave Hill, including horticulture, education and the arts. This position offers a recent college graduate significant mentorship and learning opportunities. During the fellowship period, the department will continue to develop its content marketing strategy, refine Wave Hill’s website to be more inclusive of social media communications, evaluate Facebook-sponsored posts and alternate platforms, develop strategic social media campaigns and begin preparing for a mobile version of Wave Hill’s website.

The Marketing Fellow’s primary responsibilities focus on  press outreach and social media. The candidate will produce and distribute press releases and work with Wave Hill’s database of press contacts. S/he will also maintain the institution’s social presence across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which includes regular photography of the gardens. The Marketing Fellow is also responsible for analytics for press and social media. 

Requirements

  • Solid editing and writing skills
  • Basic knowledge of traditional and digital marketing principles
  • Excellent computer literacy, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Photoshop
  • Strong interest in, and experience using, social media
  • Experience with Facebook marketing and social media analytics a plus
  • Nature photography and candid photography skills
  • Creativity and initiative in managing solo projects
  • Ability to be flexible and contribute to a collaborative environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts, in marketing and/or experience at a cultural organization preferred

Salary

$13.50/ hour for a 7–hour workday (not including lunch), 4 days, including occasional weekends

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to Director of Marketing & Communications at marketing@wavehill.org.

 

No telephone calls, please!

EOE

March 2015



Forest Project Crew Leader

Summer 2015

Wave Hill is seeking current college students to lead crews of high school interns in ecological restoration work in Wave Hill’s Herbert & Hyonja Abrons Woodland. Crew Leaders are responsible for developing a restoration plan for their site and for day-to-day management of their assigned crew. Crew Leaders report to Wave Hill's Forest Project Manager to ensure that goals are met and that interns are working to their highest potential. Two weeks of paid orientation and training are provided. 

Forest Project provides a unique paid internship opportunity for 25 local high school students. Led by Crew Leaders, Forest Project interns carry out ecological restoration work on Wave Hill’s eight acres of woodland. They experience a rich combination of field work, academic training, guest speakers and field trips to diverse ecological sites. Interns also take an enrichment course in ecological restoration or geographic information systems. Learn more about the Forest Project here

Responsibilities

  • Work with Wave Hill's Forest Project Manager to develop a restoration plan for assigned site, and manage its implementation
  • Lead a crew of six to seven interns in field work, data collection, team building and educational activities
  • Maintain an open, friendly and productive dynamic within the crew
  • Document work through videos, social media and photography
  • Assist Forest Project Manager with administrative duties, as well as with planning activities, special projects and field studies

Requirements

  • Current undergraduate student with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues
  • Knowledgable about forest restoration, eager and self motivatated to learn more as needed throughout the summer
  • Able to work outdoors with little supervision, and to perform labor-intensive tasks
  • Enthusiastic, organized and possessing strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexible in handling different situations
  • Has completed significant college-level coursework in one or more of the following areas: natural resources, ecology, plant science, environmental science, GIS

Wages

Commensurate with experience ($10.75- $12.75 per hour)

Employment Dates

June 10th−August 22nd, 2015. This period includes training and post-program wrap-up.
Monday–Friday, 9:00am–4:30pm

To Apply

Please use the form found at  https://forestproject.wufoo.com/forms/crew-leaders-summer-2015/ to submit your cover letter and resume.

No phone calls, please

EOE/AAE


 

Curatorial Fellowship

 

June 2015–June 2016

Description 

Wave Hill offers a one-year fellowship that is an excellent opportunity to work on a small curatorial team in a multi-disciplinary cultural organization. The arts at Wave Hill encompass contemporary exhibitions in the galleries, concerts indoors and out, a winter workspace program and arts-related public programs. This position offers a recent college graduate significant mentorship and learning opportunities as a curatorial assistant and exhibition interpreter. The Fellow provides administrative support for the department, works in the gallery one day each week and provides exhibition tours for the public and organized groups of adults and families. The Fellow helps to select artists for a number of opportunities which involve research, review and studio visits. The Fellow contributes writing to labels and catalogues, interviews artists for blog posts, and facilitates winter workshops.

Requirements

 We seek a motivated and enthusiastic individual who is knowledgeable about contemporary art and interested in curating. The position requires well-developed research, writing and speaking skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and the Adobe Creative Suite. The successful candidate must be well organized, detail-oriented and able to manage several projects at once, as well as have excellent interpersonal skills. Experience giving public tours, enthusiasm for New York City’s diverse cultural resources and previous office experience are assets. 

Recommended Education

 BA in Art History, Studio Art or a related major

Position Dates

June 2015–June 2016 

Salary

$13.50 an hour for a 7-hour workday (not including lunch), 5 days a week that must include Tuesday and Saturday, with occasional Sundays.

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (5 pages maximum) and the names of three references with contact information, by email to fellowship@wavehill.org or by mail to:

Director of Arts
Wave Hill
675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY  10471

 

No telephone calls, please.

EOE


High School Programs Coordinator

14-month Fellowship

Wave Hill is seeking a High Shcool Programs Coordinator to assist with its teen internship programs. Reporting to Wave Hill's Forest Project Manager, the Coordinator will assist in planning, administering and teaching all aspects of programs for teens, including the Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM), the Forest Project and school programs for middle and high school students. This position is ideal for a current graduate student or recent college graduate, and requires a flexible schedule.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the supervision of five Crew Leaders and 25 interns for the Forest Project ,and nine WERM students
  • Work with the Forest Project management team and instructors to develop and implement field-study research projects for GIS and Ecological Restoration enrichment courses
  • Work with WERM students during the academic year, assisting with planning and implementing workshops—mostly on Saturdays during the shcool year—and accompanying students to offsite presentations and projects 
  • Plan, prepare, and teach onsite lessons for middle and high school students
  • Assist with outreach and recruitment, including school visits and career fairs
  • Assist manager with administrative duties ,as well as planning for activities, special projects and field studies and documenting work through videos, social media and photography

Requirements

  • Must be a current graduate student or recent college graduate with a demonstrated interest in the environment
  • Knowledgable about forest restoration, NYC natural areas, field data collection methods and GIS technology
  • Able to work outdoors with little supervision, and to perform labor-intensive tasks
  • Experienced working with teenagers in educational and supervisory roles
  • Enthusiastic, organized, and possessing strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexible in handling varied situations
  • Has complete significant college-level coursework and/or has work experience in the following areas: natural resources, ecology, plant science, GIS
  • Able to make a 14-month commitment
  • Flexible schedule during academic year (September to June)
  • Has a valid driver's license

Wages

$13.50 per hour

Employment Dates

May 27th, 2015–August 20th, 2016

Summer 2015 and 2016: Monday–Friday, 9:00am–5:00 pm

September 2015–May 2016: Approximately 25 hrs per week, including Saturdays

To Apply

Please use the form found at https://forestproject.wufoo.com/forms/high-school-programs-coordinator-2015/to submit your cover letter and resume.

 

No phone calls, please.

EOE/AAE


Security Officer

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.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • 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.

Qualifications     

  • 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.

Salary

 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.

To Apply 

If you meet the qualifications spelled out above, send resume and cover letter by email to visitorservices@wavehill.org.

 

No telephone calls, please.        

EOE