McKissick Museum opens search for folklife program director

Application deadline: Friday, July 15, 2022

The University of South Carolina McKissick Museum is looking for a folklife program director to implement folklife-related public programs and research.

The position is funded by a renewable folklife partnership grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission. That grant enhances McKissick Museum’s ability to document for archival purposes the cultural practices of tradition bearers in South Carolina and to raise public awareness and appreciation of these practices through a variety of public program formats.

McKissick Museum’s folklife program director plans and implements folklife-related research and public programs that engage on and off campus audiences. The role will involve managing:

  • the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award
  • Phase 2 of the Tradition Bearers Survey Project
  • the Folklife Resource Center
  • the South Carolina Broadcast Archives

The person in this position is also responsible for conducting in-depth fieldwork/research and continued asset mapping in communities across the state.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in American studies, anthropology, cultural geography, ethnomusicology, folklore, history, or related discipline and two (2 ) years of work experience in public sector folklore, folklife, ethnomusicology, or related work areas; or equivalency. Spanish fluency is strongly preferred.

Learn more about the position by visiting the official posting here.