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Folklife Program Assistant

Middlesex County
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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Dec 8, 2021

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The Folklife Program Assistant is responsible, under the supervision of the Folklife Program Coordinator, for the development, promotion, and implementation of Folklife Program activities.The position requires a general knowledge of public folklife methods and programming, including public programming, artist interaction, property and equipment management, and public information communication. Essential Responsibilities: Conduct fieldwork to identify folklife practitioners and document folk traditions inCentral New Jersey, through written report and audio, photo, and/or video;Research into the existing Folklife Program Archives to recommend additional follow up,future projects or initiatives;Work with folklife practitioners to develop and implement public programming for thepublic and for specific audiences (senior facilities, schools, etc.), produce educationalmaterials relating to folklife and the field in general;Support to other Folklife Program initiatives as appropriate, including Share YourFoodways; andDraft content for Folklife Program communications.Marginal Responsibilities: Travel to sites within Middlesex County required, as needed for some programs andevents; andOutreach to community stakeholders to assess needs as supportable by the FolkifeProgram.Skills & Qualifications Demonstrated work experience of 2 or more years in folklife/cultural/arts programdevelopment or ethnographic fieldwork;A bachelors degree from an accredited university, in folklife, cultural anthropology,ethnomusicology, arts management or related field; relevant work experience will beconsidered in lieu of education.Keen interest in DEI-centered work;Strong writing and communication skills targeted to a wide variety of audiences;Computer literacy, particularly in Word, Excel, Zoom software;Current drivers license;Experience working with Premiere Pro or other video editing software preferred;Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish, preferred.Salary, Timeline and Application Deadline $42,000/year plus excellent benefits package including health insurance, pension, vacation, sick, and personal time. The position is a temporary one year full-time position, renewable pending funding, and based in New Brunswick, NJ. Position open until filled. With questions, contact Sally Van de Water, Folklife Coordinator ( About the Folklife ProgramThe Folklife Program for New Jersey, is housed within the Division of Arts & History within the Arts Institute of Middlesex County ( One of the five regional Folk Arts Centers recognized by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Middlesexs Folklife Program manages a robust series of public folklife programs, supports grassroots community organizations through small grants, develops exhibits and publications, addresses food insecurity through the Share Your Foodways initiative, manages a publicly accessible Folklife Archive, and offers technical assistance to artists and community organizations. The Folklife Program was designated a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress in 1990.
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