Employment Opportunities

Though our administrative offices are located in downtown Syracuse, Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) is constantly growing its footprint throughout Onondaga County and evolving to meet the demands of the community. To reach our goals, we are committed to cultivating a collaborative work environment with a staff as rich and diverse as our collections. Learn about our current employment opportunities by browsing below.

Development Associate (OHA)

Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) seeks an energetic, persistent, creative, and detail oriented individual to join our development team. The candidate must be a strong self-starter, multi-tasker, and writer. The Development Associate provides support to, and collaborates with, the Development Officer and Executive Director and works closely with all departments to meet the needs and goals of the organization.

Job Summary: Responsible for all administrative aspects of the Development team including, but not limited to: updating records, pulling reports, populating records with correspondence and notes, event planning and donor research. The position requires professional demeanor, attention to detail, and commitment to the goals of the agency and its programs.


  • Research local, state, national, and corporate funding opportunities
  • Assist with the composition of grants and corresponding reports
  • Coordinate organizational mailings and web communications for events, fundraisers, membership, and programs
  • Draft letters and support materials
  • Assist with donor recognition
  • Assist with event and programming logistics including follow up calls to potential sponsors
  • Coordinate volunteers and committees
  • Assist in the creation of digital and print marketing materials
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to handle large amounts of detailed information with accuracy and organization while working both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • A willingness and ability to work with a variety of individuals and constituencies, including students, families, media, major donors, board members, teachers, faculty, and administrative staff.

Preferred Qualifications & Experience:

  • Master’s Degree
  • 1-2 years of development or event planning experience
  • Experience using Abila Fundraising 50 or other database systems
  • Knowledge of Hootsuite and Google Apps
  • Familiarity with WordPress or other website content management systems
  • Photoshop or graphics software experience
  • Email Marketing Systems Experience

How to Apply:

Please email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to ohamuseum@cnyhistory.org. Only those who OHA seeks to interview will be contacted.

Cultural Center Attendant (Ska-nonh Center) 

Job Summary: The Cultural Center Attendant is the first point of contact. He/She will welcome guests and greet people who visit the center. He/She is the foremost representative of the cultural center to the visiting public and therefore, should have a pleasant personality, should be helpful and professional, with good customer service skills. He/She is responsible for helping make the center a pleasant environment for all patrons and employees by providing courteous assistance and performing routine maintenance. Attendants monitor exhibits, inform and guide visitors, and facilitate interactions between visitors and exhibits. Multitasking and stress management skills are essential for this position. This role may require working in shifts, so flexibility is a plus.


  •  Opening and Closing the Center
  •  Greet and welcome guests as soon as they arrive at the Center
  •  Informing the public on upcoming happenings at the Center
  •  Direct visitors to the appropriate person
  •  Answer, screen, and forward incoming phone calls
  •  Provide basic and accurate information in-person and via phone/email
  • Frequently checking your work email for updates and notifications
  • Reviewing the schedule for upcoming tours, rentals, events, programs, etc…
  • Ensure reception area is tidy and presentable, with all necessary stationery and materials
  •  Routinely remove fingerprints and dust from exhibit cases, touch pads, and glass walls
  •  Basic cleaning duties (sweeping, vacuuming, dusting) when needed
  •  Supervision of gift shop
  •  Maintaining an up to date inventory on stock
  • Inform appropriate person when stock is low to ensure the shelves remain stocked
  •  Updating computer when new inventory arrives
  •  Quarterly inventory count
  •  Conducting financial transactions
  •  Reiterating the tour script
  •  Ability to handle large groups
  •  Booking and updating calendar with tours and facility rentals
  •  Updating attendance log
  •  Setting up and breaking down tables and chairs for events and facility rentals
  •  Photograph events and programs for social media updates
  •  Assisting visitors in the research area


  • Knowledgeable of Haudenosaunee culture and history
  •  Background in Museum Studies, Native American Culture or other related fields
  •  Conducting Knowledgeable guided tours through the facility
  •  Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  •  Working knowledge of Google Applications
  •  Professional attitude and appearance
  •  Solid written and verbal communication skills
  •  Ability to be resourceful and proactive when issues arise
  •  Independent research during downtime
  • Assist in event and program planning
  •  Assist in gallery assembly and disassembly
  •  Excellent organizational skills
  •  Multitasking and time-management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks
  •  Available to work during the Center’s operating hours and some non-operating hours

Being a small scale museum has its advantages. With minimal staff each employee is required to perform various tasks. This broadens the employee’s skill-set thus, making them more marketable in the marketplace. Here at the Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center we believe the success to our mission lies with-in. We work closely with our employee’s to prepare them for interactions, so they can deliver great performances. With the increased competition in the marketplace, working in an organization can give you the confidence needed to be successful. This is what we are offering here at the Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center. By working here you will learn what it takes to work proficiently in both an independent and team setting.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this position please send your resume with two references to nicole.abrams@cnyhistory.org.

The OHA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.