Local/Global Travel Tech Company, ViaHero, Relocates To Beacon

As Beacon grows in the number of apartments available, the demand for office space also grows. From the City Council’s new requirements for developments to build a percentage of office space into their residential projects, to movers and shakers leaving and filling office space on Main Street.

One of the newest companies to hunker down on Main Street is ViaHero, a travel-planning platform where travelers can choose local residents to plan a personalized trip. ViaHero, which uses locals who live in the destination the traveler wants to visit, has been featured in Travel + Leisure, TechCruch and The Associated Press. ViaHero posted three jobs here at A Little Beacon Blog, looking for local talent in tech and marketing, so we wanted to learn more about them. We started by interviewing the co-founder, Greg Buzulencia.

Where’s The Office?

ViaHero moved into The Valley Table’s old office, above the Beacon Pantry, in the Carriage Works building at 380 Main Street. (You’ll recall that Valley Table magazine recently sold to Hudson Valley Magazine.)

Says Greg of the move: “My co-founder and I started the company in Pittsburgh, and we knew that in order to grow, we needed to be in an area that had the quality of life that we had in Pittsburgh, but with access to a large tech hub. Rachel and I moved to Beacon when each of our spouses got job offers in the Hudson Valley and we moved the company to New York City when we made that shift in 2017. This summer we saw an opportunity to make a few hires in the Beacon area, after seeing there was a diverse talent pool here that is tired of commuting to the city for their tech jobs, so we made the leap and signed a lease for a new office in Beacon!”

When Did ViaHero Start?

ViaHero launched in April 2016 in Cuba. Since then, the company has expanded into 13 destinations across the world, “and we’re still growing!” says Greg. The idea behind ViaHero is that you have a local planning your trip, instead of someone (maybe a broader travel agent) who doesn’t know the area quite as well. “There's a lot of people who are frustrated with spending dozens of hours planning their trip only to find out that they fell into inauthentic tourist traps,” says Greg. “Our mission is to make it easy to broaden your perspective through travel. We allow people to do that by diving deeper into the culture. Plus, more of your travel dollars stay in the local community that you're traveling to.”

Look into the job postings by ViaHero, and see if you or a friend is a fit!

COMMITTEE MEMBER OPPORTUNITY: Beacon Farmers Market Seeks Committee Members

The Beacon Farmers Market is seeking new Market Committee members. Here’s your chance to support the market and advocate for the change you would like to see. The mission of the Beacon Farmers Market is to feed and engage the Beacon community, support local farms and businesses, and create a more just food system. The Market Committee is a group of volunteers who steer the market and advise the Market Manager year-round.

Learn more about this great opportunity to work with the Beacon Farmers Market in this opportunity listing on A Little Beacon Blog.

Jobs! Jobs! New Jobs Listing This Week, 7/31/2019

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A reader wrote in, asking us if we had more job listings. She said she'd rather look on A Little Beacon Blog than on Indeed or LinkedIn. Yay! We wanted to make it easier for businesses to list, so we’ve adjusted our Job Listing pricing. We’ve received a few great opportunities that you should know about, and tell your friends about.

But also, there are some art opportunities as well! See below for some open application opportunities.

3 Jobs From ViaHero, a Beacon/NYC-Based Travel/Tech Startup

ViaHero is an exciting new travel company that helps people design their travel plans around local favorites, travel independently, and see a place through a local's eyes. The concept is: Locals Plan. You Travel. ViaHero matches you with a like-minded local. They plan everything you need for your trip. You travel how you want, without missing a thing. ViaHero has been featured in The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and others. Learn more about ViaHero here.

Web UX/UI Designer (part-time) At ViaHero

  • Work with our COO and product team to develop the scope of a new feature.

  • Develop drawings, wireframes and final designs, through iterative feedback.

  • Work with our engineering team to ensure the feature is executed successfully.

  • 3+ years of UX/UI experience required, preferably with an online consumer brand.

  • Bonus: HTML, CSS, Javascript or React experience.

  • $50-70/hourly rate based on experience

More Details >

Marketing Manager/Director at ViaHero

  • Develop and execute the marketing strategy across all ViaHero channels including content marketing, affiliate partner marketing, customer referral marketing and performance marketing (email, retargeting ads, prospecting ads).

  • Craft a marketing plan that accelerates momentum and evangelism among our 20,000 paying travelers.

  • $60-85k/annual salary; competitive salary based on experience, with stock options and bonuses; awesome health insurance benefits

More Details >

Mid-Level Full-Stack Engineer at ViaHero

  • Design, develop, test and deploy new, innovative features on our web app.

  • Collaborate with the team on product management, UX design and feature prioritization.

  • You have 2+ years of experience writing JavaScript.

  • You have experience developing scalable APIs and databases with Node.js and MongoDB or comparable technologies.

  • $75-110k/annual salary; competitive salary based on experience, with stock options and bonuses; awesome health insurance benefits

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City Of Newburgh Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Hiring Administrative Positions - PART TIME

The City of Newburgh Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has two positions available in its office. The positions can be combined or remain separate. The first position is for bookkeeping, and the second position is for secretarial services to assist the Executive Director. A background in modified accrual accounting is required for the bookkeeping position. Candidates with PARIS and/or IDA work experience will be given preference, but experience is not necessary.

$25/hour

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OPTOMETRIST at Luxe Optique

Luxe Optique is searching for an optometrist to join a growing team and recently expanded practice. We are a well-established full-service optical practice in Beacon, NY, providing the best eyewear and eyecare experience to our flourishing clientele. Applicants should:

  • Be licensed to practice optometry in New York State.

  • Have a passion for providing excellent patient care.

  • Be knowledgeable and confident working with pediatric and adult patients.

  • Perform routine comprehensive eye exams and vision care procedures.

  • Provide extreme attention to detail and thorough examinations.

  • Administer special testing as needed.

  • Customize patient treatment based on individual needs in order to improve or correct vision.

More Details >

Now Hiring: Web UX/UI Designer (part-time) At ViaHero

ViaHero is seeking an experienced part-time Web UX/UI Designer. Are you excited about building a new way to travel? Want a fast-paced startup environment where you can try out features, get feedback and iterate? Want autonomy on a small team? Have wanderlust? ViaHero is a Beacon travel startup. We've built a platform where locals plan your trip. We're reinventing the travel agent. It's a brand new way to travel, for those who want to travel independently and see a place through a local's eyes.

Responsibilities

  • Work with our COO and product team to develop the scope of a new feature.

  • Develop drawings, wireframes and final designs, through iterative feedback.

  • Work with our engineering team to ensure the feature is executed successfully.

Now Hiring: Marketing Manager/Director At ViaHero

ViaHero is seeking an experienced full-time Marketing Manager/Director. Are you excited about building a new way to travel? Want a fast-paced startup environment where you can try out features, get feedback and iterate? Want autonomy on a small team? Have wanderlust? ViaHero is a Beacon travel startup. We've built a platform where locals plan your trip. We're reinventing the travel agent. It's a brand new way to travel, for those who want to travel independently and see a place through a local's eyes.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute the marketing strategy across all ViaHero channels including content marketing, affiliate partner marketing, customer referral marketing and performance marketing (email, retargeting ads, prospecting ads).

  • Craft a marketing plan that accelerates momentum and evangelism among our 20,000 paying travelers.

  • Demand generation: Develop, test and implement new high-impact, multi-channel strategies.

  • Define and own marketing metrics and goals, including owning the marketing stack and attribution models.

  • Work strategically with founders to drive quarterly and yearly goals.

Now Hiring: Mid-Level Full Stack Engineer At ViaHero

ViaHero is seeking an experienced full-time Mid-Level Full-Stack Engineer. Are you excited about building a new way to travel? Want a fast-paced startup environment where you can try out features, get feedback and iterate? Want autonomy on a small team? Have wanderlust?

ViaHero is a Beacon travel startup. We've built a platform where locals plan your trip. We're reinventing the travel agent. It's a brand new way to travel, for those who want to travel independently and see a place through a local's eyes.

Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, test and deploy new, innovative features on our web app.

  • Collaborate with the team on product management, UX design and feature prioritization.

  • Track and evaluate new features using site metrics and A/B tests, and iterate quickly based on results.

  • Normal business hours, with some flexibility.


Mid-Level Full Stack Engineer


Marketing Manager/Director


Web UX/UI Designer (Part-Time)

If you are interested in any of these positions, email greg@viahero.com with a note about the role is perfect for you, along with your resume or LinkedIn profile.

New Job Listings from Luxe Optique: Licensed Optician And An Optometrist

Luxe Optique has two positions available at their Main Street boutique - a Licensed Optician and Optometrist. As a member of the Luxe Optique team, you will have the opportunity to work with curated handcrafted eyewear collections from around the world, as well as sophisticated affordable lines. Luxe Optique’s mission is to provide all of their clients with the best eyewear experience possible, so a passion for providing the absolute best customer service is a must!

Licensed Optician

Luxe Optique is searching for a full/part time licensed optician to join our growing team and recently expanded store. We are a well-established full-service optical store in Beacon, NY, providing the best eyewear experience to our flourishing clientele.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • New York state licensed optician

  • Must have a passion for providing excellent customer service

  • Available to work weekends

  • Eyewear sales experience is a must

  • Knowledge of dispensing and adjusting frames

  • Reliable and excellent work ethic

  • Great sense of style

  • Must work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience working with high-end eyewear is preferred

  • Must be organized and pay extreme attention to detail


Optometrist

Luxe Optique is searching for an Optometrist to join our growing team and recently expanded practice. We are a well-established full-service optical practice in Beacon, NY, providing the best eyewear and eyecare experience to our flourishing clientele.

BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform routine comprehensive eye exams and vision care procedures

  • Provide extreme attention to detail and thorough examinations

  • Administer special testing as needed

  • Customize patient treatment based on individual needs in order to improve or correct vision

  • Assess the need for a third-party referral

  • Contact lens evaluation/insertion and removal

  • Tend to eye emergencies as needed

  • Coordinate patient care with in-house providers and opticians

  • Strictly comply with HIPAA standards and regulations in handling patient information

  • Effectively perform a variety of other projects as may be required

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • License to practice optometry in New York State

  • Must have a passion for providing excellent patient care

  • Knowledge and confidence working with pediatric and adult patients

  • Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience with Electronic Medical Records software is helpful

Both positions are available immediately. People interested in either position can contact and send their resumes to info@luxeoptique.com.

Job Listing: Administrative Assistant, Jensen Artists

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About Jensen Artists

Founded in 2007 as Christina Jensen PR, the company expanded in 2015 to include artist management services and was renamed Jensen Artists. Jensen Artists is dedicated to developing the careers and telling the stories of today's most vibrant classical musicians. We are motivated by a desire to illustrate the abundance and appeal of today’s classical music world by sharing our clients’ personalities, creativity, and art with the public. 

Job description:

Jensen Artists seeks a career-minded individual with a working knowledge of classical music and the classical music industry to fill an administrative assistant position. Some prior experience working, interning, or completing coursework related to public relations or the classical music industry is preferred for this entry-level position. Attention to detail, promptness, strong organizational skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Duties include but are not limited to:

• Monitoring press clips and routing to artists, presenters, managers and label representatives

• Preparing press reports

• Posting event listings on a variety of online calendars and websites

• Researching new press contacts and publications

• Updating artists’ individual accounts and concert calendars on a variety of online resources (Spotify, Bands in Town, and others)

• Updating the Jensen Artists website as directed using the Wix platform

• Assembling materials for industry conferences and meetings

• Scheduling meetings and phone calls

• Attending artists’ performances in the New York area

• General office management – mailing, filing, copying, ordering supplies, renewing subscriptions, running errands, etc.

• A variety of tasks as directed

This position is 20 hours per week. The ideal schedule is 10 am to 2 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday working from the Beacon, NY area, and 10 am to 6 pm on Tuesday at Jensen Artists’ Manhattan office. Competitive hourly wage. Position is available in early September 2018.

To apply:

Please send cover letter, résumé, and three writing samples (preferably press releases or pitch letters) to christina@jensenartists.com addressed to Christina Jensen. No phone calls please.


Pay rate:

Competitive hourly wage.

Now Available on A Little Beacon Blog: Job Listings

Looking for someone amazing in Beacon or the Hudson Valley to come work for you and make your business that much better? List your job position at A Little Beacon Blog. It will be shared right here as an article, in our Instagram and Facebook feeds, and featured once in our Happening This Weekend newsletter. We'll use this image you see here, and can even put your logo on it!

There are so many talented people in this area. We know, because we've listed jobs here for A Little Beacon Blog, and heard from applicants we had no idea about!

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