Thursday, March 19, 2009

Smithsonian Seeks Folklife Festival Director

From a posting to the Publore listserv:

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Director, Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The highly acclaimed annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival draws over one million visitors to the National Mall in Washington DC and celebrates the best of traditional cultures both domestic and international. In keeping with the Center's mission of research, presentation and preservation, the Folklife Festival brings over 300 culture bearers to Washington DC each year, for a two-week, outdoor celebration of music, dance, craft demonstrations and narrative sessions, free to the public. The Festival Director is responsible for managing collaborative partnerships, directing research, fundraising, and supervising production and staff. He or she would be the principal spokesperson for the Festival to the media, Congress, heads of state and other officials, and would be a member of the Center's senior management committee. The successful candidate should possess knowledge of folklore or a related field, have superior management skills, and experience in event production and website development. Further information about the Center is available at

The salary range for the position is $86,927 - $102,721 and the position will be posted from March 20 to April 17, 2009. For further details and information on how to apply go to and click on announcement # 09A-MS-295093-DEU-CFCH for applicants without current or former federal employment status or announcement #09A-MS-295093-MPA-CFCH for applicants with current or former Federal employment status. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.

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