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Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, Historian / Scholar, American Brewing History Initiative, IS-11 ($64,650 plus benefits)

The Smithsonian Food History project at the National Museum of American History, in Washington, DC, is seeking a professional historian / scholar to conduct archival and field research for a new initiative on American brewing history, with special emphasis on the craft industry. The position is located in the Division of Work and Industry and will be a three-year appointment. The successful candidate will have proven experience in scholarly research, organizing and conducting oral history interviews, writing for both scholarly and general audiences, and knowledge of material culture and archival materials. The candidate will work with members of the curatorial staff on collections work and develop content for a wide variety of programs and applications, including digital formats. Candidates with an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization within history are encouraged to apply. Must be able to travel, work independently as well as within a team environment, to meet deadlines, and to communicate effectively with co-workers and the public.
To apply, send a CV, a cover letter, and names of three references to: NMAHApplications@si.edu.
Application deadline: August 10, 2016
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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Artes de México en Utah – Director of Operations and Programs (Part-time with potential of growth in responsibilities, hours, and pay)

Salary: Starting $15/hour (negotiable upon experience), 20 hours a week, non-exempt

Artes de México en Utah is a nonprofit organization that promotes the appreciation of Mexican art in Utah with a vision of a community united through cultural connections. Learn more at http://www.artesmexut.org/

To apply: send email with resume and cover letter to admin@artesmexut.org

*FULL JOB DESCRIPTION: *

https://www.keepandshare.com/doc12/238939/amu-director-of-operations-job-description-pdf-1-1-meg?accesshash=WIWbxg%2C1%2CwPfQ5bjbwkxHQoSD9-0ynbodocn-Pg1m57bom0LnmqY

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Four Rivers Cultural Center in collaboration with Oregon Folklife Network

Contract Staff Folklorist Position, Ontario, OR (2 years, 40 working days each year)
RFP: Due August 30, 2016

Four Rivers Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Oregon Folklife Network, seeks to hire an experienced, well-qualified folklorist to oversee public programs, exhibits, and technical assistance to in folk and traditional arts for artists, communities, cultural organizations, and Tribes in Eastern Oregon. Position requires flexible hours including evenings and weekends to support 40 work days per year for each of two years at $400/day plus housing allowance, food, and travel. This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

Duties and Responsibilities: Working in partnership with the Oregon Folklife Network, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Historical Society, and the Oregon Cultural Trust, the staff folklorist will make use of the folklife fieldwork conducted in eastern Oregon (OFN folklife surveys from 2013-16) to create and implement programs (performances, exhibits, demonstrations, etc.) and collaborations with folk and traditional artists, communities, cultural organizations, and Tribes. This contract staff position will support a growing folklife infrastructure in Oregon. The intent of this contract position is to create a permanent Staff Folklorist position in Eastern Oregon. Whoever is hired will work with Four Rivers and OFN to write future NEA Art Works and other grants to fund the position and related projects.

Resources provided: Four Rivers will provide office space, phone, computer, exhibit development support, and other resources. OFN Executive Director, Riki Saltzman, will work in collaboration with Matt Stringer, ED, Four Rivers Cultural Center, to provide support and consultation for this new position. OFN will provide access to all field data, including survey final reports, fieldnotes, photos, recordings, data sheets, etc. Another resource is OFN’s regularly updated Culture Keepers Roster ofn.uoregon.edu/resources/oregon-folk-artist-roster/ , which provides information on Oregon’s traditional artists. NOTE: Four Rivers Cultural Center will not cover transportation to/from Oregon.

Service Region: This position will serve the very rural eastern Oregon counties of Harney, Malheur, Grant, Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, and Morrow. Public programs should build on documentation of ethnic and regional folklore including Asian (Asian Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino); Latino (Panamanian, Peruvian, Salvadoran, Venezuelan); Native (Burns Paiute, Umatilla, Northern Paiute, Cayuse, Wala Wala); North American (Canadian, Hawai’ian, Mexican, African American) and European (Basque, Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Scotch-Irish, Scottish, Swedish) peoples; regional occupational folklore such as ranching, logging, mining, hunting, and fishing: and foodways, music, quilting, saddle making, silversmithing, and cowboy poetry.

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful applicant should have

  • at least an MA in folklore or related discipline, such as cultural anthropology or ethnomusicology, and at least1-3 years’ professional experience in public folklore and cultural/humanities/arts programming (please note that this does NOT include work conducted as part of a degree program);
  • the ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, and community partners from a variety of diverse backgrounds;
  • the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, be a self-starter, be able to work without direct supervision, be able to handle a fluctuating workload and times of stress, and have excellent problem-solving skills;
  • ethnographic fieldwork experience;
  • experience in art and culture programming;
  • excellent skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • capacity to interact competently with a culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse population of artists, community members, advisory board members, volunteers, and staff, and be able to work respectfully with all age groups; and
  • access to, experience with, and technical competence with digital equipment (camera, audio recorder, computer/laptop) and his/her own transportation.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit email applications and all attachments by midnight, August 26, 2016. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Position will be open until filled. Expected work start date is October 1, 2016; staff folklorist may negotiate specific work-date ranges with Four Rivers ED, Matt Stringer.

Required materials for qualified applicants:

  • A letter of interest, addressing qualifications described under “Duties and Responsibilities”
  • A detailed resume or curriculum vitae
  • A list of three professional references with contact information
  • 3 relevant reference letters (no exceptions!)—send WITH application, not separately
  • representative work samples (please submit only digital and/or online work samples) to include
    • a self-recording (audio or video) with applicant’s personal introduction along with a summary of qualifications (no more than 3-4 minutes)
    • photography (10 images, jpg format, with metadata: subject, date, place, purpose of original photo). Note: we are looking for ethnographic/fieldwork type photographs with contextual information as part of the photo. Do not send simple portraits, photos used for advertisements, or videos.
    • 1 published professional writing sample (festival catalogue pieces are more than fine)
    • At least two of the following:
  • Photos and/or PDFs of exhibits (1-2 exhibit examples)
  • Public program flyers and/or programs (1-3 examples)
  • Online exhibits and/or websites (1-2)—send URLs

Applications submitted without these items will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.

Complete applications (including all reference letters) should be sent to:

Riki Saltzman at riki@uoregon.edu  plus attachments (OR submit up to 2 gigs of materials FREE via WeTransfer.com) by midnight August 30, 2016 (please put FOUR RIVERS CONTRACT FOLKLORIST in the subject line). Do NOT use Drop Box.

For further information, please contact Riki Saltzman riki@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

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Arts BoardFolk and Traditional Arts Coordinator 
Job Announcement Code: 1600997
County(ies):
Dane
Classification Title(s)/JAC:
  Job Working Title(s): 
COMMUNITY SERVICES SPECIALIST – 1600997
Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinator
Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Salary:
Starting salary will be between $17.25-$24.00 an hour depending on qualifications, plus benefits. This classification is assigned to pay schedule/range 07-04. A six-month probation will be required.
Contact:
Stephen Hermosillo, Human Resources Specialist-Senior, 608-266-0058, stephen.hermosillo@wisconsin.gov
Bargaining Unit:
Non-Represented
Area of Competition:
Open
Deadline to Apply:
4/15/2016

The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.Job Duties:

With the general supervision of the Assistant Director, plan, coordinate and implement the Wisconsin Arts Board’s statewide programs and services for folk and traditional arts.  Plan, coordinate, and implement the Creative Communities – Folk Arts, Creative Communities – Arts Education, the Folk Arts Apprenticeship, and the Woodland Indian Arts Initiative grants programs. Assist with the agency’s Arts in Education programs and services. Work with underserved communities and local governmental personnel.  Direct the Wisconsin Folk Arts Education program. Direct other special projects as assigned.  For a complete position description, please click here.

Special Notes:   A background check will be required. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   Extensive knowledge of Wisconsin folklife, folk arts, and regional and local cultural communities.  Ability to manage physical and digital collections of documentation and to work in collaboration with state records office for permanent deposit.  Maintain database of the collections.  Skill in directing a multi-faceted, multi-year project, including field research projects on Wisconsin folklife and folk arts.  Excellent fieldwork skills. Ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse cultural groups and individuals.  Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies such as students, administrators, folk artists, scholars, fellow folklorists, and members of underserved communities.  Ability to communicate effectively via multiple media in all areas relating to folk arts with various audiences and constituencies.  Excellent communication skills. Ability to provide technical assistance, informational services, and training programs to folk arts constituents. Skill in working collaboratively with folk arts constituents to meet mutual programming and funding goals. Well-qualified applicants will have graduation from a college or university with a degree in folklore or a related discipline. Advanced degree preferred. Coursework in public sector folklore is a plus.

How To Apply:   You must complete the online exam to be considered for this position. Application materials will not be accepted if received in an email, as a hard copy or a fax. If you are unable to complete the materials due to a disability or system problem, contact Stephen Hermosillo at 608-266-0058.

If you have not already done so, you will need to create an account. After you are logged in and are viewing the announcement, click “Apply Now.” You will be asked to provide your personal information, attach a resume (not to exceed two (2) pages, which will not be reviewed during the scoring process), and then complete the exam. Your response to the questions will be used as an examination to determine your eligibility for this recruitment. The most qualified candidates will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Questions may be directed to Stephen Hermosillo at 608-266-0058 or stephen.hermosillo@wisconsin.gov.

 

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Job Announcement: CSWS Operations Manager position now open

Link to posting #16013 (CSWS Operations Manager) http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5478

Posting Number: 16013

Title: Operations Manager

Department: Center for the Study of Women in Society

Reports to: Director, CSWS

Term: 1.0 FTE for 12 months (renewal annually)

Salary Range: $50,000 – $56,000 annually plus an excellent benefits package

Review Date: Search will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials by April 15, 2016.

The Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) invites applications for the position of operations manager. The Operations Manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the center, including budget management and administration, event coordination, grant preparation and administration, and human resources. This position reports to the director of the center. Additionally, the operations manager supervises classified and student staff and works in collaboration with the director in making high-level decisions affecting the center.

This position must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. CSWS is an interdisciplinary research center that generates, supports, and disseminates research on women and gender, is supported by an endowment and other funds generated through gifts, and is part of the division of Research and Innovation.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Business, Management, Accounting, or related field;
Minimum of five (5) years of experience in office management, accounting, budgeting, and grant management.
Professional Competencies:

Demonstrated commitment to women’s and gender studies.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
Preferred Qualifications:

Higher education experience.
At least one year of supervisory experience.
Trained in and experience with BANNER systems, such as FIS and HRIS, UO travel reimbursement processes, HR, and payroll administration.
Advanced degree from an accredited institution.
Application Process: This position is subject to a criminal background check.

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and names of three people who could provide letters of reference. Please email (preferred) materials to: csws@uoregon.edu. Reference “CSWS Ops Mgr” in the subject line. Review of materials will begin April 18, 2016. The search will remain open until the position is filled. Materials may be sent via mail to:

CSWS Ops Mgr Search Committee

ATTN: Megan Burdick

1201 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-1201

 

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The Director for the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, a new position, will lead Humanities Washington’s collaborative efforts with ArtsWA (the Washington State Arts Commission) and Northwest Heritage Resources to advance the study, documentation and practice of folk and traditional arts and cultural heritage within Washington State.

Cultural traditions provide unique opportunities for intra- and inter-cultural dialogue and exploration that cross and blur the boundaries between the arts and humanities. Our organizations believe strongly that they are important to the cultural fabric of Washington State and are committed to a joint effort to build and sustain a virtual center for the Folk and Traditional Arts in Washington State.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions will oversee, design, and produce statewide programs and projects, which protect, preserve, document, promote and celebrate the folklife and traditional arts of Washington State. The Director of the CWCT will report to Humanities Washington’s Executive Director and will work closely and collaboratively with a 10-12 member advisory committee.

Programmatic responsibilities will include:

•      Research and fieldwork: Survey and maintain information on existing resources in the area of folklife and traditional arts. Conduct and supervise fieldwork with community-based organizations, and Washington tradition bearers.

•      Public presentations and outreach: Nurture existing and establish new relationships with organizations and individuals involved in folklife and traditional arts. Develop and present public programs showcasing the diversity of folk and traditional arts and cultural heritage resources within our state, including Washington’s Native American populations as well as recently established and recently arrived populations.

•      Support for artists and tradition bearers: Identify and develop methods to encourage and support the ongoing vitality of folklife and traditional art forms in Washington State. Program formats could include workshops or the development of fellowship and/or apprenticeship programs.

Immediate and ongoing operational/administrative responsibilities will include:

Work closely with HW and ArtsWA staff, as well as the Center’s Advisory Committee to:
•      Develop system to catalogue and track contacts, resources and activities in the Humanities Washington database.
•      Identify and prioritize needs and opportunities within the state.
•      Develop a multi-year plan outlining the Center’s priorities and anticipated funding sources, including plans to raise awareness for the Center’s work.
•      Identify and procure financial resources to support the Center’s activities (with the support of HW and ArtsWA staff).
•      Oversee the development, content and maintenance of a modern, interactive web portal dedicated to the Center’s programs

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

1.   Depth of knowledge and at least five years work experience in the field of folklife and traditional arts with the training and abilities necessary to:
–      conduct or oversee fieldwork;
–      design and implement public programs, and;
–      provide direct services to the field.
2.   Advanced degree or equivalent in folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, or a related discipline is preferred.
3.   Skilled in program administration with the ability to prioritize projects and manage resources effectively.
4.   Skill in audio recording, video recording and still photography for publications and archival use.
5.   Knowledge of cultural traditions of Washington State is helpful, but not required.

GENERAL BEHAVIORAL COMPETENCIES

•      Skilled convener, facilitator, collaborator and networker with proven ability to build and sustain relationships.
•      Dynamic and articulate communicator.
•      Sensitivity to different cultures and a variety of aesthetic systems, as well as the ability to work well with people.
•      Ability to travel around the state in support of the Center’s work and flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.
•      Self-motivated individual who can work independently.
•      Skill in audio recording, video recording and still photography for publications and archival use.
•      Comfortable with web and internet technology and systems.

CENTER LOCATION
The Center’s main office is at Humanities Washington’s offices in Seattle. The Center Director will also be provided with additional ad hoc office space in Olympia at ArtsWA’s offices, and will be expected to travel statewide as needed.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2016 or until a suitable candidate is found.
Salary: commensurate with experience.

To apply please send:
•      a letter of interest that addresses qualifications,
•      a resume or curriculum vitae,
•      three references (with phone numbers and email addresses), and
•      samples of previous work (audio-visual and/or printed products).

By Mail:
Humanities Washington
1015B – 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Attention: CWTC Director Search

By Email:
info@humanities.org
subject line: CWCT Director Search (your last name)

(Please send hard copies of materials via US Post, or upload to an online sharing site such as dropbox.)

 

 

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OPEN UNTIL FILLED

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:The Historic Preservation Specialist works with property owners, government agencies, and interested parties to manage, supervise, and administer the standards and requirements of the Federal Investment Tax Credit program per 36CFR67, the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470), and the National Park Service (NPS), and provides architectural technical assistance to government and private property owners statewide.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

  • Administer the Federal Investment Tax Credit program per 36CFR67 requirements in the State of Wyoming: supervise and manage all submitted tax credit applications; provide training, support, mentoring, guidance and assistance in the development of the materials in the expected NPS format; maintain communication with the NPS reviewer on any issues, or updates; stay abreast of new standards, requirements, and expectations of the NPS in completing tax credit applications.
  • Review and comment on the proposed treatment of historic properties proposed by federal and state agencies and private property owners: use professional training and experience to review proposed treatment of historic building, structures, and other cultural properties; ensure treatment is appropriate for the resource type; recommend additional treatments if necessary, and advise agencies and owners on proper materials and methods to preserve historic properties.
  • Review, analyze, and comment on federal agency’s determinations of eligibility of cultural resources to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); review project reports and ensure they meet professional standards (National Park Service and Wyoming SHPO standards).
  • Negotiate Programmatic and Memorandum of Agreements per 36CFR800 to mitigate adverse effects to historic properties between federal and state agencies, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and interested parties.
  • Develop and implement Wyoming state standards for the treatment and documentation of historic properties.
  • Participate in on-site inspections and review of undertakings at the request of federal agencies and project proponents.
  • Research and document properties eligible for listing in the NRHP.  Write and prepare formal nominations to be submitted to the Keeper of the NRHP.
  • Develop, promote, and conduct public education and outreach efforts throughout Wyoming to reach agency officials, legislators, project proponents, industry officials, and the general public on the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act and the proper treatment and preservation of historic resources.

PREFERENCES: 

Preference may be given to those with a Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Architecture, Historic Preservation, Historic Architecture, or Historic Preservation.

KNOWLEDGE: 

  • Skills in critical thinking, communication, negotiation and conflict resolution.  Ability to analyze and review complex documents with technical details. Extensive understanding of proper treatment of historic sites and their placement in Wyoming history.
  • Understanding and knowledge of Wyoming history; proper identification, classification, and review of historic resource in the appropriate historic context.
  • Skills in the identification and evaluation of historic buildings, structures, objects, landscapes and districts. Knowledge and skill in the application of the Secretary of Interior’s standards for rehabilitation; identification of historic fabric, character defining features, and historic integrity. Ability to justify and communicate proper treatment with property owners, developers, and agency property managers.
  • Skills in research, good organizational habits, and time management. Expert understanding and knowledge of the 36CFR800 and 36CFR67 regulations, tax credit guidelines, and Secretary of Interior’s standards.
  • Knowledge and skill in the use of computerized analytical tools, including but not limited to GIS, MS Access databases, word process programs, and power point.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education:
Bachelor’s Degree (typically in Cultural Resources)
PLUS
Experience:
1-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist
OR
Education & Experience Substitution:
4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
None
PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Travel to communities outside of Cheyenne required
  • Work is performed in headquarters office environment and in agency and community offices.
  • Must be comfortable with meeting and speaking with the general public, and community and government leaders.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming/jobs/1368689/crcr10-04164-historic-preservation-specialist-cheyenne

 

 

 

 

 

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GTF Positions Available 2016-2017

 

WGS Grad Students,

We just posted our 2016-17 GTF Grader and Teaching positions on the Grad School website.

Visit the links below for more informations.

The priority deadline for applications is 5:00 PM on March 15th.

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
University of Oregon
(541) 346-5529

wgs@uoregon.edu

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Harvard Folklore College Fellow Position

Folklore and Mythology

The Undergraduate Degree Program in Folklore and Mythology  is seeking applications for a College Fellow to teach three undergraduate courses in the field during the 2016-17 academic year (e.g., F&M 98, F&M 154), with the remaining 25% of the appointment reserved for the Fellow’s own research.  The Fellow may also be asked to advise one senior thesis and to evaluate senior theses.  A doctorate or terminal degree is required by the start of the 2016-17 academic year, and must have been received no earlier than 2012.  The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  Detailed requirements and information, as well as a link to the online application, are available at http://facultyresources.fas.harvard.edu/college-fellows-program.  Complete applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, teaching materials, a list of proposed courses, and letters of reference, must be submitted by April 8, 2016.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Theater, Dance, and Media & Women, Gender, and Sexuality

The Committees on Degrees in Theater, Dance, and Media (TDM) and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) are seeking applications for a jointly-appointed College Fellow to teach three courses, with 25% of the appointment reserved for his or her own research. The Fellow may also be asked to evaluate senior theses. Experience in theater/dance/media performance with focus in gender and/or sexuality studies preferred. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the start of academic year 2016-17. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by March 20, 2016.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Arts Management, George Mason University

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening.  To apply for the position, please click the Apply for this Job link/button.

If you would like to bookmark this position for later review, click on the Bookmark link. If you would like to print a copy of this position for your records, click on the Print Preview link.

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F030Az at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Position Information

Position Information

Department College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA)
Alternate Department Description Arts Management
Criminal Background Check No Check Required, Standard Background Check
Restricted Position?
Job Category Instructional or Research Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Arts Management
Working Title Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Arts Management
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F030Az
Recruit Number Faculty – 5632
Working Hours
Location Arlington
Pay Band No Response
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
Web Announcement

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Arts Management 

The George Mason University Arts Management Program, within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, seeks an experienced arts manager for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Arts Management to begin in August 2016 or January 2017.

The Arts Management Program is a thriving 10-year-old program, serving a talented, highly diverse, and increasingly international student population in the dynamic, arts-rich greater Washington, D.C., area. This position is based at Mason’s graduate campus in Arlington, Va.

Responsibilities: 
The successful candidate will teach a graduate seminar in Arts Management and other graduate courses such as: Fundraising and Development, Finance and Budgeting, Governance and Leadership, Programming and Project Management in the Arts, Arts Entrepreneurship, or a course in the candidate’s area of expertise. This position also includes oversight of graduate internships.

Qualifications: 
The program seeks a colleague who has contributed to addressing contemporary challenges faced by nonprofit arts organizations, and who will continue to innovate in the sector from the platform of the university. Promotion and tenure for this position will be informed by standards for public or engaged scholarship.

MFA (60-credit or equivalent) in any arts discipline, or a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, is required. Seven years of professional arts management experience and some teaching experience are preferred. Service to the program, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the university is required.

This position is pending budgetary approval from the university.

The Arts Management Program is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We encourage candidates from groups historically underrepresented to apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F030Az at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
For Full Consideration, Apply by:
Posting Date 03/10/2016
Job Close Date 04/08/2016
Open Until Filled? No
Telework Friendly? No
Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Equity Statement George Mason University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer encouraging diversity.
Campus Safety Information Mason’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at http://police.gmu.edu/annual-security-report/

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Required Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV
  3. List of Professional References

Optional Documents

  1. Philosophy of Teaching
  2. Resume
  3. Transcript

 

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Oral History Workshop
The Southern Foodways Alliance is now accepting applications for our
2016 oral history workshop. Each summer SFA brings together a diverse
group young scholars and documentarians to explore SFA methods and
approaches to oral history fieldwork, collecting life stories of those
who inhabit the American South. The workshop will be held in Atlanta,
Georgia, on the campus of Emory University.

Throughout the week participants learn digital recording skills and
techniques, hear guest lectures from Atlanta-based oral historians and
documentarians, visit with former SFA oral history narrators, and
collect an oral history interview.  The session ends with participant
presentations at an SFA gathering.

Our oral history workshop is open to undergraduate and graduate students
(with no tuition fees for current students) and those currently working
in oral history or documentary fieldwork. Applicants must have a strong
interest in oral history and have a project he/she is in the process of
collecting or has finished. An interest in foodways is a plus! WE
STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MINORITY AND BILINGUAL APPLICANTS. Diversity
scholarships are available.

Applications are due by 5 pm EST on March 25th. We will notify all
applicants by April 8th.

Please see our website for more information:
http://www.southernfoodways.org/scholarship/workshops-2/

 

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JOB OPENINGS

The Director for the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, a new position, will lead Humanities Washington’s collaborative efforts with ArtsWA (the Washington State Arts Commission) and Northwest Heritage Resources to advance the study, documentation and practice of folk and traditional arts and cultural heritage within Washington State.

Cultural traditions provide unique opportunities for intra- and inter-cultural dialogue and exploration that cross and blur the boundaries between the arts and humanities. Our organizations believe strongly that they are important to the cultural fabric of Washington State and are committed to a joint effort to build and sustain a virtual center for the Folk and Traditional Arts in Washington State.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions will oversee, design, and produce statewide programs and projects, which protect, preserve, document, promote and celebrate the folklife and traditional arts of Washington State. The Director of the CWCT will report to Humanities Washington’s Executive Director and will work closely and collaboratively with a 10-12 member advisory committee.

Programmatic responsibilities will include:

•      Research and fieldwork: Survey and maintain information on existing resources in the area of folklife and traditional arts. Conduct and supervise fieldwork with community-based organizations, and Washington tradition bearers.

•      Public presentations and outreach: Nurture existing and establish new relationships with organizations and individuals involved in folklife and traditional arts. Develop and present public programs showcasing the diversity of folk and traditional arts and cultural heritage resources within our state, including Washington’s Native American populations as well as recently established and recently arrived populations.

•      Support for artists and tradition bearers: Identify and develop methods to encourage and support the ongoing vitality of folklife and traditional art forms in Washington State. Program formats could include workshops or the development of fellowship and/or apprenticeship programs.

Immediate and ongoing operational/administrative responsibilities will include:

Work closely with HW and ArtsWA staff, as well as the Center’s Advisory Committee to:
•      Develop system to catalogue and track contacts, resources and activities in the Humanities Washington database.
•      Identify and prioritize needs and opportunities within the state.
•      Develop a multi-year plan outlining the Center’s priorities and anticipated funding sources, including plans to raise awareness for the Center’s work.
•      Identify and procure financial resources to support the Center’s activities (with the support of HW and ArtsWA staff).
•      Oversee the development, content and maintenance of a modern, interactive web portal dedicated to the Center’s programs

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

1.   Depth of knowledge and at least five years work experience in the field of folklife and traditional arts with the training and abilities necessary to:
–      conduct or oversee fieldwork;
–      design and implement public programs, and;
–      provide direct services to the field.
2.   Advanced degree or equivalent in folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, or a related discipline is preferred.
3.   Skilled in program administration with the ability to prioritize projects and manage resources effectively.
4.   Skill in audio recording, video recording and still photography for publications and archival use.
5.   Knowledge of cultural traditions of Washington State is helpful, but not required.

GENERAL BEHAVIORAL COMPETENCIES

•      Skilled convener, facilitator, collaborator and networker with proven ability to build and sustain relationships.
•      Dynamic and articulate communicator.
•      Sensitivity to different cultures and a variety of aesthetic systems, as well as the ability to work well with people.
•      Ability to travel around the state in support of the Center’s work and flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.
•      Self-motivated individual who can work independently.
•      Skill in audio recording, video recording and still photography for publications and archival use.
•      Comfortable with web and internet technology and systems.

CENTER LOCATION
The Center’s main office is at Humanities Washington’s offices in Seattle. The Center Director will also be provided with additional ad hoc office space in Olympia at ArtsWA’s offices, and will be expected to travel statewide as needed.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2016 or until a suitable candidate is found.
Salary: commensurate with experience.

To apply please send:
•      a letter of interest that addresses qualifications,
•      a resume or curriculum vitae,
•      three references (with phone numbers and email addresses), and
•      samples of previous work (audio-visual and/or printed products).

By Mail:
Humanities Washington
1015B – 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Attention: CWTC Director Search

By Email:
info@humanities.org
subject line: CWCT Director Search (your last name)

(Please send hard copies of materials via US Post, or upload to an online sharing site such as dropbox.)

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Grant Program Director

category Unclassified
location Dane county
division Administrative offices
date posted 02/23/2016
date expires 03/10/2016

description

Outreach Program Manager (Grant program), 100% FTE

The Wisconsin Humanities Council, an independent nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities and UW-Extension, seeks an outreach professional to implement a statewide grant program under the guidance of the WHC Executive Director and in conjunction with a statewide board of directors.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

– Professional experience in the outreach field

– Bachelor’s degree or higher in a humanities discipline

– Comfort and experience with database software

Preferred:

– Evidence of superb interpersonal skills, including sensitivity to culture, class, race, gender, and other differences.

– Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships with constituents, colleagues, and board members.

– Evidence of excellent administrative and time management skills including attention to detail.

– Excellent written and oral communication skills.

– Demonstrated ability to work in respectful collaboration with people of diverse backgrounds.

– Knowledge of Wisconsin history and culture.

– Experience working in outreach with a statewide cultural or educational organization, including work with individuals and organizations in both rural and urban communities.

– Experience with public humanities programming.

SPECIAL NOTE:

Wisconsin Humanities Council is under the umbrella of UW-Extension, which is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. UW-Extension values diversity and inclusion. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the following: 1) the establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, 2) a background check, and 3) submission of an official transcript upon hire.

It is the policy of UW-Extension to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at  hrstaff@uwex.uwc.edu.

TERMS:

Full-time salary rate of $47,400 – $55,000 with excellent state medical and other benefits. Anticipated start date: April 15, 2016 or as soon as possible.

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION:

The position will remain open until filled but to ensure consideration please apply by March 10, 2016.

To apply submit:

– a letter of application addressing educational and professional level work experience as it relates to all required and preferred qualifications

– a professional resume

– the names, titles, and telephone numbers of three professional references

For further information about the WHC, please see our web site at www.wisconsinhumanities.org/ , or contact the WHC at 608-262-0706.

web link For more information, please visit https://www.careers.wisconsin.edu/?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&JobOpeningId=11572&PostingSeq=1.
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Position Announcement – Historic Preservation Specialist

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:The Historic Preservation Specialist works with property owners, government agencies, and interested parties to manage, supervise, and administer the standards and requirements of the Federal Investment Tax Credit program per 36CFR67, the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470), and the National Park Service (NPS), and provides architectural technical assistance to government and private property owners statewide.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

  • Administer the Federal Investment Tax Credit program per 36CFR67 requirements in the State of Wyoming: supervise and manage all submitted tax credit applications; provide training, support, mentoring, guidance and assistance in the development of the materials in the expected NPS format; maintain communication with the NPS reviewer on any issues, or updates; stay abreast of new standards, requirements, and expectations of the NPS in completing tax credit applications.
  • Review and comment on the proposed treatment of historic properties proposed by federal and state agencies and private property owners: use professional training and experience to review proposed treatment of historic building, structures, and other cultural properties; ensure treatment is appropriate for the resource type; recommend additional treatments if necessary, and advise agencies and owners on proper materials and methods to preserve historic properties.
  • Review, analyze, and comment on federal agency’s determinations of eligibility of cultural resources to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); review project reports and ensure they meet professional standards (National Park Service and Wyoming SHPO standards).
  • Negotiate Programmatic and Memorandum of Agreements per 36CFR800 to mitigate adverse effects to historic properties between federal and state agencies, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and interested parties.
  • Develop and implement Wyoming state standards for the treatment and documentation of historic properties.
  • Participate in on-site inspections and review of undertakings at the request of federal agencies and project proponents.
  • Research and document properties eligible for listing in the NRHP.  Write and prepare formal nominations to be submitted to the Keeper of the NRHP.
  • Develop, promote, and conduct public education and outreach efforts throughout Wyoming to reach agency officials, legislators, project proponents, industry officials, and the general public on the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act and the proper treatment and preservation of historic resources.

PREFERENCES: 

Preference may be given to those with a Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Architecture, Historic Preservation, Historic Architecture, or Historic Preservation.

KNOWLEDGE: 

  • Skills in critical thinking, communication, negotiation and conflict resolution.  Ability to analyze and review complex documents with technical details. Extensive understanding of proper treatment of historic sites and their placement in Wyoming history.
  • Understanding and knowledge of Wyoming history; proper identification, classification, and review of historic resource in the appropriate historic context.
  • Skills in the identification and evaluation of historic buildings, structures, objects, landscapes and districts. Knowledge and skill in the application of the Secretary of Interior’s standards for rehabilitation; identification of historic fabric, character defining features, and historic integrity. Ability to justify and communicate proper treatment with property owners, developers, and agency property managers.
  • Skills in research, good organizational habits, and time management. Expert understanding and knowledge of the 36CFR800 and 36CFR67 regulations, tax credit guidelines, and Secretary of Interior’s standards.
  • Knowledge and skill in the use of computerized analytical tools, including but not limited to GIS, MS Access databases, word process programs, and power point.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education:
Bachelor’s Degree (typically in Cultural Resources)
PLUS
Experience:
1-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist
OR
Education & Experience Substitution:
4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in Cultural Resources) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
None
PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Travel to communities outside of Cheyenne required
  • Work is performed in headquarters office environment and in agency and community offices.
  • Must be comfortable with meeting and speaking with the general public, and community and government leaders.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming/jobs/1368689/crcr10-04164-historic-preservation-specialist-cheyenne

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NEW MEDIA AND CULTURE CERTIFICATE

The New Media and Culture Certificate is a transdisciplinary program open to graduate students working at the intersection of new media and culture in any master’s or PhD program at the University of Oregon. This innovative certificate blends scholarly research on new media topics with hands-on experience creating new media content and using digital research tools. Taking advantage of the creative opportunities possible within existing degree programs across campus, the certificate features an array of courses in the history, criticism, aesthetics, and production of new media technologies. The certificate program trains scholars, designers, and media practitioners in the skills and credentials appropriate for 21stcentury workplaces in academia and beyond.

The New Media and Culture Certificate serves as a hub for new media scholarship and activities across campus—coordinating courses, posting professional development activities, and connecting a community of scholars and practitioners engaged in like-minded work. The certificate program is a collaborative venture among the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the School of Journalism and Communication.

What should NMCC students expect?

  • To understand theoretical, historical, and aesthetic contexts pertaining to the study and practice of new media
  • To grow as active and engaged practitioners of new media technologies
  • To obtain professional development and related skills for 21st century workplaces in academia and beyond

WHY NMCC?

Learn more.

Apply now.

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TITLE

Cultural Arts Manager

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

The Town of Leland, incorporated in 1989, is located along the scenic Brunswick River in northern Brunswick County, just five minutes west of the historic river city of Wilmington. Leland is the fastest growing community in southeastern North Carolina and is the centerpiece of northern Brunswick County’s continuing business expansion. Leland is primarily suburban in nature with beautiful natural amenities and wildlife. It is the home to alluring golf courses and public parks and trails.

The Town of Leland is the largest municipality in Brunswick County and is committed to maintaining its small-town atmosphere and quality of life as it experiences continued growth and prosperity. The Town of Leland is dedicated to providing effective and fiscally responsible municipal services in a manner that promotes a high quality life with a neighborly feel. It’s vision is a flourishing community for families to live, work and play.

POSITION Cultural Arts Manager
FULL-TIME/PART-TIME Full-Time
EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT Exempt
SALARY $50,125 – $70,175 Annually
NUMBER OF OPENINGS 1
CLOSING DATE Open Until Filled
NUMBER FILLED 0
DESCRIPTION

Under the supervision of the Parks and Recreation Director, the Cultural Arts Manager develops, oversees, and administers the cultural arts program for the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) and provides strategic leadership for the activities, events, instructional programs and exhibits of the LCAC.

 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Manages day-to-day operations of the Leland Cultural Arts Center and provides outstanding customer service to Leland citizens, LCAC patrons, instructors and staff by responding and assisting in a timely, courteous and professional manner
  • Serves as the Art Center’s representative in the community and promotes, encourages and facilitates cultural arts activities within the community by providing presentations to local groups, businesses and elected and appointed boards
  • Creates, interprets and implements facility policies and procedures
  • Develops and administers LCAC budgets
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises LCAC staff and volunteers
  • Plans, organizes and supervises a variety of arts, educational and recreational programs and community events
  • Oversees facility scheduling and usage, including facility rentals
  • Coordinates janitorial, maintenance and service operations for the Leland Cultural Arts Center in cooperation with the Leland Public Works Department
  • Monitors and evaluates program activities
  • Prepares a variety of documents including forecasting, operating, activity, marketing, budget and statistical reports, and other items as assigned
  • Researches, prepares and completes grant applications. Administers grants as awarded
  • Develops gift catalogs and sponsorship packages as needed
  • Serves as liaison to the Leland Cultural Arts Committee and other committees and boards as assigned. Works closely with the Friends of the Leland Cultural Arts Center and associated nonprofit organizations
POSITION REQUIREMENTS
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in business, non-profit, government or arts administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience to perform essential job functions
  • Valid NC Driver’s License
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including day, night and weekend work
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel. Ability to learn and use social media and computer software for registration, point-of-sale, facility booking and membership quickly and proficiently
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs

 

Other Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and the ability to successfully implement the principles and practices of developing, managing and evaluating arts programs, events and facilities. Additional experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus: Professional pottery studio management, gallery hanging and show coordination, administration of facility rentals, special event coordination/planning, volunteer coordination and training.
EOE STATEMENT We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Title:  Fabric of Freedom Curator and Coordinator

 

Job Description:

ArtsGreensboro, an arts-funding, -presenting, and -marketing organization based in Greensboro, N.C., seeks to contract a professional folklorist/cultural anthropologist/historian to curate and coordinate a Fabric of Freedom program to be featured at the National Folk Festival (Greensboro is the host city from 2015-2017) and ArtsGreensboro’s popular 17DAYS Festival in September 2016. The National Folk Festival will take place in downtown Greensboro from September 9-11, 2016; it will serve as the three-day kick-off to the 17DAYS Festival, which will continue through September 25, 2016.

 

ArtsGreensboro was awarded a prestigious Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a special public program entitled, “Fabric of Freedom.” The Fabric of Freedom showcases Greensboro’s unique history as a crucible in the quest for freedom and a catalyst for social change since colonial times—from the pacifist traditions of the city’s 18th-century Quaker founders and the power of the Underground Railroad, through the industrial influence of local textile mills and furniture factories and the birth of the sit-in movement of the 1960s, and continuing into the present with the struggle among recent immigrants for standing and equality.

 

The goal of the Fabric of Freedom is to weave together the arts with Greensboro’s civic, social, and industrial history to create public programs that elevate and celebrate freedom in all its forms, in a place vital to the American civil rights movement. The programs will illuminate the ability of the arts to bridge cultural and economic differences and to navigate the complex and emotionally-charged contemporary issues of social justice and civil rights worldwide.

 

The Our Town funding supports this second year of a 2-year initiative to feature Fabric of Freedom programming within the National Folk Festival and the 17DAYS Festival. In 2015, these festivals featured Fabric of Freedom performances, panel discussions, and exhibitions. Find more information at www.nationalfolkfestival.com/fabric-of-freedom. The Fabric of Freedom initiative is based on the principles of creative placemaking, most significantly by placing artists at the center of planning and execution, harnessing the creative potential of Greensboro (expanding on what is already happening as part of many cultural and civic projects), and creating a distinct destination based on Greensboro’s history and culture—capitalizing on the city’s diversity, opportunity, and ability to connect people of different backgrounds.

 

The applicant will serve as a convener who will efficiently and effectively gather community input from various stakeholders to inform the curation of a program of Fabric of Freedom presentations at these events in September 2016. He/She will work closely with ArtsGreensboro, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), and the Folklife Program of the North Carolina Arts Council to integrate Fabric of Freedom presentations into the overall program of the 2016 National Folk Festival. He/She will work with ArtsGreensboro to incorporate the program into the 17DAYS Festival. The exact number and types of presentations will be determined through collaborative partnerships with community organizations and close examination of the program budget.

 

Examples of a successful program could include:

–Performances in music, dance, theater, multidisciplinary, and traditional art forms by artists whose work addresses issues of civil rights, equality, and freedom.

–Audience and community activities such as panel discussions, workshops, master classes, visual arts, film, and public art projects to further engage artists and audiences in meaningful conversations to learn about these issues through the arts.

–Building on Greensboro’s cultural development plan, energize the greater downtown area by presenting events in sites all over downtown in places such as partners’ spaces, public parks, university campuses, churches, community centers, shops, and restaurants.

–Presentations produced by ArtsGreensboro or in partnership with other community organizations.

 

ArtsGreensboro will provide preliminary contact information and introductions for several community stakeholders and organizations in the greater Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. Additionally, Greensboro is in close geographic proximity to major research centers including UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, UNC’s Southern Folklife Collection, and Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, among others.

 

Work for this project may begin as soon as the chosen contractor is available, but must be completed by September 30, 2016 (which includes any post-festival wrap-up work).

 

The successful applicant should have an MA and/or Ph.D. in folklore or a related discipline, such as cultural anthropology or ethnomusicology, and at least 5 years’ experience in public folklore or in producing large arts events for the public.

 

Applicants must supply a cover letter detailing qualifications and experience curating multidisciplinary programs and describing how the applicant worked with multiple stakeholders to successfully implement such programs; a C.V.; and three relevant reference letters. Applications submitted without these items will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.

 

The stipend for this contract, paid for by National Endowment for the Arts funding, will be commensurate with experience and will also cover in-state travel expenses. The contractor will be supervised by Amy Grossmann, local director of the National Folk Festival in Greensboro.

 

Complete applications (including reference letters) should be sent to: Fabric of Freedom Coordinator Search Committee, ArtsGreensboro, P.O. Box 877, Greensboro, NC 27402 OR as a PDF email attachment to agrossmann@nationalfolkfestival.com (please put “Fabric of Freedom Coordinator” in the subject line).

 

The application review process will begin January 4, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled—with a goal to fill it as soon as possible. For further information, please contact Amy Grossmann at agrossmann@nationalfolkfestival.com. (Please note the 2 “n’s” at the end of my last name)

 

ArtsGreensboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

The deadline is approaching for the Upstate Regional Survey position posted for the Finger Lakes of New York State.  Please plan to apply by March 7th!

Applications are invited for a consultant to survey folklife and plan related program development for nine counties in the Finger Lakes and Western Southern Tier regions of New York State.   This nine month position is for a joint initiative of the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and New York Folklore Society (NYFS) that will begin in April 2016.   The consulting folklorist will work closely with the NYSCA Folk Arts Program and NYFS, public folklorists and ethnomusicologists in these regions, community members with local folklife expertise as well as three arts organizations – Auburn Public Theater, Cattaraugus County Arts Council and the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. This survey and program development initiative will result in a plan to support folklife programming through these organizations.
New York State has a highly collegial and tightly interwoven network of public folklorists who have carried out field research in most of our counties.  This initiative will point to new directions for expanding infrastructure and programming with new partners and collaborative projects.  It will both build upon field research carried out in the past and document traditions that have not yet been researched.
The regions in this initiative are largely rural, with the regions’ traditional occupations including farming, dairying, fruit orchards, vineyards and forestry industries.   The counties included in this project are Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates (served by Auburn Public Theatre); Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua (served by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council) and Tompkins (served by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County).  Cities and villages in this area include Alfred, Auburn, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Geneva, Olean and Seneca Falls.  These regions include a Seneca Indian reservation, as well as African American, Amish, Asian American, Latino,  Mennonite and European ethnic communities.  There are maritime, occupational and waterways traditions around the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, canals and rivers.

Responsibilities –

*         Carry out field research on traditional music, dance, material culture, occupational traditions, narrative, occupational folklife and other customary practices in these regions.  The primary purposes of this field research are to identify traditions and folk artists who can be supported through the participating arts organizations and presented in future collaborative projects in Upstate New York.  Through this fieldwork, the consulting folklorist will generate documentation, field notes and reports for the use of the three arts organization and for archiving in regional repositories.  At least 40 artists must be documented.   The consulting folklorist will also be expected to research past fieldwork carried out in these regions, and consult with folklorists and community members who have engaged in research and safeguarding of local traditions. Preliminary contact information and introductions will be provided for many communities, folk artists, and organizations !
in these regions.

*         Convene meetings of a steering committee consisting of regional staff folklorists from cultural organizations in Western New York and the Southern Tier as well as the directors of the NYSCA Folk Arts Program and NYFS.   Consult on a regular basis with the steering committee, other folklorists and ethnomusicologists and community consultants.  Folklorists, ethnomusicologists and community consultants will be available and compensated for field research and project assistance related to their areas of expertise.

*         Submit interim reports to the steering committee and a final report for each arts organization summarizing activities and recommendations, profiling artists for potential inclusion in programs and recommending how the organization will support folklife activities in the future.  Present the results of the final reports to the staff and board of each organization as well as interested community members.  Recommend possibilities for collaborative programming across regions.

*         The consultant will report about the progress of the project on an ongoing basis to the Folk Arts Program of NYSCA and NYFS.

Qualifications –
Masters or doctorate degree in folklore or ethnomusicology; at least three years work in the public folklore field and demonstrated abilities in folklife field research, program planning and implementation.  The position requires knowledge of the various forms of art traditional to ethnic, regional, religious and occupational communities and an understanding of the needs and functions of arts organizations.  Qualified applicants must have access to, experience with, and technical competence with digital equipment (camera, audio recorder, computer/laptop).
The candidate should have a strong sense of detail, experience in convening meetings,  relevant computer and software program skills and proven ability to communicate clearly, effectively and persuasively both verbally and in writing.  Sensitivity to a variety of aesthetic systems and the ability to work well with administrators and community members from a variety of cultural backgrounds are essential.   Candidates should be willing to travel extensively within these regions, including overnight and on weekends.  Use of a car is necessary in these regions since there is no public transportation available in most of the area.
Compensation –
The consultant will be paid $45,000, payable in three installments, with the fourth payment upon submission of field research documentation, required reports and presentations to the arts organizations.  A housing stipend of $5000 will be provided for the consultant, who must reside in one of the regions where the surveys will occur throughout the course of this project.  Reimbursement will be provided for automobile mileage expenses at the New York State government rate, overnight lodging and meals when travelling at least 70 miles away from the consultant’s residence during the project, and expenses related to documentation.  Office space will be made available at the participating arts organizations.   The consultant will be provided preliminary contact information/introductions for many of the communities, folk artists, and organizations to be documented (audio log, photo log, general release, artist data sheet, release for internet materials), funds for digital storage !
and other consumable supplies associated with field documentation and travel (in-state only) expense reimbursement at the state rate.  Documentation equipment will be provided, as needed.

Application –
Send a letter of interest that addresses qualifications and experience and proposed plans for how the applicant will conduct work for this project, a resume, three references and representative work samples of recorded interviews, photography, field notes, and professional writing. Applications submitted without these items will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.   Send these materials electronically to:

Ellen McHale, Executive Director, New York Folklore Society  emchale@nyfolklore.org<mailto:emchale@nyfolklore.org> .

Applications must be received by March 7, 2016.

Ellen McHale, Ph.D.
Executive Director
New York Folklore Society



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