Sandy Spring Museum Seeks Director of Folklife and Community Engagement

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The Director of Folklife and Community Engagement directs and determines programming necessary to sustain and advance regional folklife. This position supervises the Community Programs Coordinator. 

Sandy Spring Museum connects diverse communities and advances social equity through shared and inspiring experiences of our region’s cultural heritage. Sandy Spring Museum envisions an equitable Montgomery County that leverages the rich and diverse cultural heritages of its residents as a vehicle toward increased empathy, cross-cultural understanding, and coalition building

This is a full-time, on-site position in Sandy Spring, Maryland. The salary is $70,000 per year.


Fulfill the vision established by the Regional Folklife Center Strategic Plan.

  • Support folk artists through existing and new initiatives, including:
  •  Programming
  •  Develop community engagement and build a regional folklife network
  •  Conduct fieldwork with traditional artists and document regional traditions
  •  Marketing
  •  Planning


  • Relevant degree in folklore, ethnomusicology, anthropology, arts administration, etc or significant, documented experience in obtaining this knowledge through on-the-job training
  • 3- 5 years developing public programs
  • Experience managing staff and volunteers
  • Experience writing grants
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Public speaking skills
  • Ability to manage project budgets
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English, such as Mandarin, French, Spanish or Amharic preferred
  • We will consider hiring a candidate in an advanced state of degree completion.

Inquiries can be sent to Allison Weiss at [email protected].

To apply, send a single PDF with a cover letter, resume, and three references to [email protected].

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