Job opening for Folklife and Traditional Arts Coordinator

Bobby Rutland

The traditional arts are art forms and practices that contribute to the shared identity of a particular group. Pictured: chair caner Bobby Rutland of Winnsboro, S.C.

McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Arts Commission  invite applications for the position of Folklife and Traditional Arts Coordinator. The two organizations partner to administer the state’s Folklife and Traditional Arts Program. The coordinator is a McKissick employee.

Duties
The Folklife Program Coordinator works closely with the McKissick Museum’s Curator of Folklife and Fieldwork and the staff of the South Carolina Arts Commission to administer an ongoing grants program that supports development of quality folklife and traditional arts programming, a statewide Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative, the annual Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award and the S.C. Folklife Resource Center-related public programming.

  • Knowledge of the field of traditional arts, as well as cultural/heritage tourism issues.
  • Experience in managerial level program operations, organizational development and strategic planning.
  • Experience facilitating group processes (meetings and panels) and working effectively with culturally diverse community organizations and individuals in developing projects/proposals, including providing technical assistance in documentation of support materials.
  • Public speaking skills and experience delivering folk arts education to public audiences.
  • Ability to develop partnerships, nurture collaborations, and work congenially and effectively with diverse constituencies in the public and private sectors, other Museum staff and departments while working well within and understand state university regulations.

Minimum qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and three years related experience in business management, administrative services or related field; or equivalency.

Preferred qualifications
BA degree in American Studies, anthropology, cultural geography, ethnomusicology, folklore, history, performance studies or related discipline and three years of work experience, two of which must have been in public sector or a related work area; or M.A. degree in American Studies, anthropology, cultural geography, ethnomusicology, folklore, history, performance studies or related discipline and one year work experience. Proficiency in MS Word, Access, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Adobe programs such as Photoshop, InDesign and Audition. Some knowledge of Final Cut Pro and video editing preferred. Preferred fluency in Spanish.

Find out more on USC’s jobs page. Click “Search Postings,” and then select McKissick Museum as the Department.


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