Here you can find opportunities related to current HAHS initiatives and job listings for positions open at HAHS member-sites.

Professional Opportunities


CALL FOR PRESENTERS:  7th Biennial Symposium of the Grant Wood Art Colony at the University of Iowa presents "A Home and Studio of One’s Own"


Symposium Dates: Friday-Saturday, October 16-17, 2020

Location: School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

The Grant Wood Art Colony at the University of Iowa seeks paper proposals investigating 20th-21st-century artists who, like Grant Wood, extended their practice to creating distinctive homes and studios. Do these environments reflect or shape an artist’s output, or might we consider them independent works in their own right? What role do these spaces play in an artist’s self-fashioning?
We are looking for new work about contemporary or historic figures who created unique homes and/or studios. Selected speakers will provide 20-minute presentations or may propose panels that utilized a similar timeframe per participant that address the symposium’s topic. We encourage proposals from artists, art historians, decorative arts specialists, along with any others who can bring a fresh angle of vision on this understudied topic.
This two-day-long symposium will explore the intersections of home, creativity, and identity. Our prototype is Grant Wood, who renovated a hayloft into a studio and home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and restored and furnished a significant mid-nineteenth-century historic home in Iowa City where he lived and worked.

Proposals will be peer-reviewed. Speakers invited to present papers will receive a stipend to use for travel and overnight accommodation. Every participant is expected to participate fully in the two-day event.

Proposals should consist of a single PDF or Word file containing the following:
• presenter’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation (if relevant)
• title of presentation
• format of presentation (lecture, paper, panel, performance)
• brief biographical information of presenter(s) or one-page CV (Please do not send a full CV.)
• proposal of less than 800 words
• brief bibliography or list of sources (as relevant)
• anticipated AV needs and any other logistical or technical requirements

Please submit a proposal via electronic mail to Maura Pilcher, grantwood@uiowa.edu by March 1, 2020.


COLE FELLOWSHIP 2020-2021 | Call for Applicants

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) is now reviewing applications for the Cole fellowship, a one-year, residential

fellowship at the Thomas Cole National Historic site. Fellows participate in the research and interpretation of the work, home,

and studios of the artist, Thomas Cole (1801 – 1848). Four candidates are invited to join the site June 3, 2020 – May 23, 2021.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the

Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first art movement. Cole's profound influence on America's cultural landscape inspires

us to engage broad audiences through programs and exhibitions that are relevant today.

Through a combination of research, interpretation, and hands-on projects, Cole Fellows conduct significant research and gain professional museum experience. Selected candidates are provided the opportunity to:

 - Conduct in-depth research that leads to a major project and /or paper based on their work.

- Attend an intensive one-week seminar with the leading Cole scholar and Professor, Dr. Alan Wallach.

- Lead tours of the historic site, galleries, and have full engagement in interpretive programming.

- Work closely with the Curator, and other TCNHS staff on projects that may include collection care and research, exhibition planning, educational programming, and special events.

- Participate in various events and site wide staff meetings to learn about the structural, strategic, and creative decisions involved in the day-to-day operations of a historic artists’ house museum.

- Attend monthly field trips and site visits to museums and cultural venues; benefit from professional development opportunities including resume review and next step planning based on individual career goals.

Additional Compensation: Free shared housing on-site in a fully furnished house with private bedrooms. Electric, water, heat, internet, and garbage removal is provided, along with a monthly stipend of $500.


TCNHS seeks self-motivated recent graduates, graduating college seniors, and graduate students who have expressed a commitment to pursue careers in history, art, museums, material culture, decorative arts, collection and exhibition

management, and/or education. Applicants should be flexible, organized, energetic, have a passion for art and ideas, and an affinity for working with the public.

A car is helpful, but not required. Participation for the entire program is required. The work-week in season is Wednesday-Sunday.

APPLICATIONS will be accepted through February 10, 2020, with priority given to those received before or on JANUARY 24, 2020.

Applications must include:

- Brief letter of introduction describing your interest in the Fellowship and career goals

- Resume

- References – Include the names and full contact information for 3 people (professors, teachers, and/or employers only)

- Writing sample (2 to 5 pages MAX please)

- Please label each PDF file/s with your name and content, for example "Sally_Green_Resume"

Send By Email (PDF file/s only) to Kate Menconeri, Curator: kmenconeri@thomascole.org

For questions, please email kmenconeri@thomascole.org. For general information about Thomas Cole National Historic Site, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events, please visit: www.thomascole.org.



Site:  Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534

Start Date:  Spring 2020

Compensation: $45,000-$60,000

About the Position:

The Director of Education and Public Programs is a key member of the leadership team and contributes to the overall growth of The Olana Partnership (TOP) and our public-private partnership with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in the operation and interpretation of Olana State Historic Site. This position requires a proven leader with experience in an institutional setting – academic and/or cultural. The ideal candidate is prepared to take on significant responsibility at a rapidly growing organization and is adept at mediating the needs of multiple internal and external stakeholders. The Director of Education and Public Programs is under the direction of TOP’s President and works closely and collaboratively with the entire TOP-OPRHP leadership team to support our shared vision of Olana as an outward-facing, visitor-centric educational environment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Create, execute, manage and evaluate programs and initiatives that encourage new, diverse, multigenerational audiences; strengthen and increase participation; and foster active learning and curiosity. Established Programs and initiatives include but are not limited to: K-12 school group program; Family Storytelling tours; Artists on Olana tours; Panorama Summer Camp (3 weeks); Olana Summer Market; Healthy Hikes (partnership with Columbia Memorial Hospital); and Seeding Vitality in the Arts Creative Aging program.
• Ensure delivery of relevant, engaging, accessible, diverse and inclusive mission-based experiences, educational programs and activities that broaden the contemporary understanding of Olana as a holistic, artist-designed environment and of American art and landscape design with a particular focus on exhibition-related programming.
• Work closely and collaboratively with the Curatorial team to develop public programming that uses Olana’s collections and exhibitions as springboards to support organizational goals and outreach.
• Expand and enrich relationships in the community, region and state with a concentration on schools, educators, and collaborating non-profit and corporate organizations.
• Establish programmatic impact goals in advance of implementation that ensure mission and strategic alignment, creative engagement and learning across all demographics. Monitor effectiveness by gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative statistics, including attendance and other engagement metrics, for use in evaluation, reports, grants and other funding proposals.
• Recruit, train, mentor and supervise education and program staff, including Education Coordinator and Education Interns.
• Develop and manage the education and public programs budget, including the tracking of income and expenditures, reporting on its progress throughout the fiscal year to the Director of Finance and President.
• Lead the planning and delivery of training programs for all education, public program and interpretive programming staff in coordination with leadership, curatorial staff, and Interpretative and Visitor Experience teams.
• Plays a leadership role in responding to public safety and security concerns on site (should receive CPR/First Aid certified training).
• Collaborate with Development and Communications teams by preparing information and supporting materials for fundraising, marketing and PR in an organized and timely fashion.
• Support the leadership team and colleagues in public interpretation and visitor services in the development of interpretive materials, website content, and visitor publications.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

• Bachelor’s degree in arts education, museum studies, public humanities, cultural studies or related field with five to seven years’ experience required.
• Master’s degree in arts education, arts administration, museum studies, public humanities, cultural studies or related field with three to five years’ experience preferred.
• Demonstrated knowledge of art and museum education theory and practice, especially current trends in interactive learning technologies, facilitated dialogue, project-based learning, equity and inclusion, and visitor-centered experiences.
• Experience developing participatory experiences for adults and children, especially engaging low-income, historically underrepresented and/or culturally diverse populations.
• Demonstrated project management and evaluation experience.
• Enthusiasm for and ability to work in a positive, cooperative team environment with frequent group meetings for collaborative decision-making.
• Recognized experience in public speaking and superior organizational, writing and verbal communication skills.
• Fluency in Spanish (or a second language), a plus.
• Able to balance multiple priorities in order to meet deadlines and ensure completion of projects on schedule and on budget.
• Ability to conduct meaningful program evaluations, interpret data and communicate results.
• Extremely organized, reliable, punctual, accurate and detail-oriented.
• High level of computer literacy including, MS Office Suite and calendaring.
• Use of CRM and database systems – experience with Ascent and Counterpoint is a plus.

Other Requirements and Working Conditions:
• This is an exempt, 37.5-hour/week position that includes benefits. This position typically works Tuesday through Saturday, with additional weekend days and evenings as required. Work schedules may require expanded hours and flexibility when needed, including for major Olana events beyond those organized by Education and Public Programs.
• Valid driver’s license with good driving record; ability to drive a golf-cart style electric vehicle used in public programming on site.
• Physical requirements: combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis. Lifting modest weights (up to 30 pounds) may be required occasionally.

How to Apply:

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with list of references by February 14 to DEPPSEARCH@olana.org

About Olana:

A National Historic Landmark, Olana is the greatest masterpiece of America’s preeminent artist of the mid-19th century, Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). He created Olana over 40 years, beginning in 1860. Church designed every aspect of Olana: the eclectic fantasy of the main house, the bucolic assemblage of the farm complex, and the 250-acre landscape that provides a romantic, picturesque setting for the whole and engages sweeping 360-degree views. In 2019 there were approximately 170,000 visitors to the landscape and 30,000 ticketed admissions.

Olana’s collections of art, artifacts, and archives range widely, including Church’s own art and that of his contemporaries to objects that demonstrate the broad range of his and his family’s interests. The Church-designed landscape includes parkland, farmland, an orchard, and five miles of scenic carriage roads.

The Olana Partnership is an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, different abilities, gender identity or veteran status.

Position: Museum Educator (Seasonal: Full or part time)

Site: Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY

Start Date: May through November 2020

Compensation: $13 per hour

Essential Responsibilities Include:

Facilitating positive experiences for visitors, school groups, and other audiences in a confident and professional manner; acting as the tour staff’s ‘go-to person’ on a rotating basis along with other educators to ensure daily tour operations are running smoothly; keeping informed about events/programming, and the surrounding area of Catskill and being able to communicate this information to visitors; running the Visitor Center by greeting and orienting visitors, and operating the cash register and online ticketing system for sales and reservations; helping with small tasks around the site such as refilling brochures, wiping down interpretive panels, and maintaining visitor writing/art areas.


The position requires a comfort with speaking in front of a group, a passion for learning about history, and the desire to communicate this knowledge and passion with others. The ideal candidate will enjoy working as part of a team, can problem-solve effectively and take initiative when needed, and can calmly handle different kinds of situations with patience, and with a smile. The candidate must be punctual, reliable, and responsible, as well as open to constructive feedback and new ideas. The position requires moderate physical activity including climbing stairs and moving about the historic site in hot summers and cool spring and fall weather. Flexibility in schedule is preferred. To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, and contact information for three professional references via e-mail to employment@thomascole.org. Deadline is March 20, 2020.

For full listing see https://thomascole.org/employment/


Position: Database Manager - Part Time

Site: Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY

Start Date: Immediate Opening

Qualifications:  Seeking a qualified part-time database manager to develop and maintain the donor database (Raiser’s Edge/NXT). The candidate should have 2+ years’ experience working with Raiser’s Edge database administration with a non-profit organization. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to employment@thomascole.org with “Database Manager” in the subject line.

Summary Job Description: The Database Manager is responsible for providing support to the Development Department by carrying out the duties required to develop and maintain Thomas Cole Historic House’s donor database (Raiser’s Edge/NXT) and provide information to other departments as needed.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform gift entry in Raiser’s Edge, entering gifts on a weekly basis.
  • Work with the Business Manager to gather all gift entry data.
  • Produce Raiser’s Edge/NXT reports for Development and Finance.
  • Manage Raiser’s Edge donor database, including maintenance, global changes, reporting, queries, and data clean-up projects with the goal of providing current, consistent and accurate data. Perform updates and corrections to data records as requested by TCHS staff.
  • Support the Development Associate in the best practices of pulling mailing lists.
  • Perform periodic database reconciliations with Business Manager.
  • Create organization database training manual and training documentation including protocols for data entry. Train staff and troubleshoot issues as needed.
  • Maintain confidentiality of donor information.
  • And any other duties as assigned.