The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue.
This assistant will work behind the scenes and at the second floor reception desk of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall to ensure that all literary arts communication with staff, registered students, community members and guest authors is accurate, swift, professional and welcoming.
The Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall is the hub of Chautauqua Literary Arts activity on the grounds and has multiple specific stakeholders, including the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, the CLSC Veranda (a bookstore) and the Alumni Association of the CLSC. The assistant to the director will sometimes be the first person any visitor encounters when entering the building, especially if they’ve arrived through the rear entrance, but often visitors have been directed upstairs by front desk reception staff. This person must be friendly, courteous and willing to make all visitors feel welcome. This position is a part of the Department of Education, and the immediate supervisor for reception desk work is the building host/manager, while the immediate supervisor for email, phone and print communication is the director of literary arts. This assistant will work alongside Literary Arts staff and interns, 4-5 days/week (20 hours), as coordinated with the Building Manager.
Hours for the position – 20-25 hrs/week. This position is primarily for weekday mornings (8am-11am) and weekday afternoons (12:45pm-3:45pm). Occasional substitutions as needed.