Folk Arts Coordinator

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, an arts service organization and presenter, seeks a full-time, exempt from overtime Folk Arts Coordinator to run a year-round Folk Arts Program. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Folk Arts Coordinator works directly with traditional artists and their communities to present, document, and safeguard the traditional cultural resources found throughout the service region, which includes Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

The ideal candidate must have a passion for the arts, and be willing to engage with local communities, seeking out traditional arts practices in ethnic groups and underserved populations, as well as working with established arts and culture organizations. Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in folklore or a related field with credits in folklore, and have experience creating and producing public programming. Candidates must have field research skills (interviewing, recording, transcribing, and photography/videography) and be computer literate (MS Word, Excel, email, internet) with experience producing and managing digital content. Candidates are required to have knowledge of interactive cultural mapping techniques. Candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a high degree of initiative, and be committed to working with a team of staff and Board members. A knowledge of the Southern Tier of New York is preferred.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting regional fieldwork to identify and document folk life practitioners;
  • Producing interactive cultural maps on digital platforms
  • Planning and presenting a minimum of four (4) significant public programs annually;
  • Providing technical assistance to local artists and organizations;
  • Maintaining The ARTS Council’s Folk Arts archive;
  • Assisting in identifying and securing funding from public and private sources to support folk arts programs; and
  • Assisting with the daily operations, as well as special events at The ARTS Council.

This is a full-time, exempt from overtime, salaried position with benefits. Weekly hours fluctuate with demands of programs and frequently involve evening and weekends, both for the Folk Arts Program and for general ARTS Council programs.

To apply, please email the following as a single pdf to Connie Sullivan-Blum, Executive Director, at

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Two writing samples

Please title your email Folk Arts Coordinator. Applications are due no later than 5:00pm on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Download the job description here.