Mid Atlantic Arts Seeks Program Director

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Mid Atlantic Arts seeks a Program Director, Folk and Traditional Arts, to direct and develop initiatives including the Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) program and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Folk Arts Partnership program. This position manages, refines, and supports the organization’s existing work in the creation and implementation of grants and programs in the folk and traditional arts. This position also supports the development of organizational initiatives and best practices to advance institutional equity, with a particular focus on serving folk and traditional artists. This position supervises the Program Associate, Folk and Traditional Arts.

Salary: $65,000.00 – $75,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in folklore, ethnomusicology, arts management, or relevant field, or equivalent in work experience.
  • 5-7 years of experience in the folk and traditional arts or a relevant field.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with a wide variety of folk and traditional arts disciplines, artists, and genres as well as the non-profit folk and traditional arts field, including public programs, collaborative fieldwork, and community-engaged grantmaking, particularly in the mid-Atlantic and Central Appalachian regions.
  • Direct and recent experience working with folk arts practitioners and cultural communities in Central Appalachia preferred.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and facilitation skills with a track record of developing strong relationships with colleagues, partners, and potential applicants.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with program research, planning, and evaluation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluency in languages beyond English is a plus.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and attention to detail, with ability to anticipate, initiate, and advance multiple priorities and projects concurrently.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate projects, set and meet deadlines, conduct efficient and effective research, and work independently.
  • Team player with enthusiasm for taking on tasks both large and small and continuously learning.
  • Comfortable speaking to groups of people both in person and in digital settings.
  • Intermediate proficiency using: Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook; Constant Contact or other email marketing software; and social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Basic proficiency using: SmartSimple or other grant management software; Microsoft PowerPoint and Publisher; and SurveyMonkey or other survey development tool.
  • Video Conferencing: Intermediate proficiency in conducting meetings and events via Zoom, Teams, or other video conferencing technology.

Mid Atlantic Arts strongly encourages and seeks applications from all qualified individuals whose racial,
socioeconomic, ability status, and other individual dimensions allow them to bring unique and diverse

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