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.
Seeking an enthusiastic individual who loves books (and people who love books) to join the Chautauqua Literary Arts team at the Veranda this summer. The best candidate will have a passion for the oldest book discussion group in the nation, the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC), as well as a commitment to exceptional member service. The selected individual will read the books on this year’s CLSC schedule, as well as the winner of the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, before the season starts—and be available for a half-day training session before Sunday, June 23 (the Veranda’s opening day).
The role requires both comfort and patience with the technology necessary to conduct book sales and record member information, as well as the ability to multitask while maintaining a friendly demeanor with guests. Every effort will be made to work with the right candidate to find a regular 20-hour weekly schedule that works for the entire staff, but special events and circumstances may sometimes require extra time and changing schedules. The person selected must be available to work August 5-9. There may also be extra hours required the previous week (July 29 – August 5) and the final week of the summer season (August 19-26).
This role requires being able to lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally stand for extended periods. The most important requirement is a passion for books and literary community.