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Posted: Sunday, December 3, 2017 12:02 AM


Position Overview: The Programs Coordinator is one of the public faces of Northwest Folklife and works closely with many cultural communities and performers who support and participate in the work of the organization. The Programs Coordinator assists in all duties related to year round programming such as scheduling, coordinating, curating and producing performances, including the annual Northwest Folklife Festival held every Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center. In cooperation with other programming department staff, the coordinator will work closely with representatives from various communities to organize music and dance performances, panel discussions and workshops.

Responsibilities and General Duties:
- Maintain relationships and community outreach with current community coordinators as well as develop new relationships with communities of the Northwest
- Assist in the general programming for all Northwest Folklife programs, including the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Seattle Children’s Festival, including the scheduling, coordination and production advancing of performances
- Prepare written materials for Marketing department, including blog posts, event copy, and reports
- Make focused outreach efforts to new communities of the Northwest, especially those not yet represented at Northwest Folklife programs
- Researches and updates current cultural and heritage program resources and interests
within the community
- Assist with advancing programmatic elements of performances, in collaboration with the Production Department
- Work with other Folklife departments to provide programmatic related materials
- Liaise with community coordinators to organize logistics around community performances
- Liaise with external agencies such as funding bodies, professional associations, other heritage organizations and regional development agencies, for joint-venture programs
- Troubleshoot stage and programmatic issues during events

Successful candidates for this position must demonstrate the following core competencies:
· Ability to build productive relationships in a high-performing, collaborative and multicultural environment
· Knowledge of and/or training in music, cultural anthropology, folklore, performance studies, dance, cultural studies, gender studies, race or ethnic studies, area studies, or other fields in the humanities and social sciences
· Experience in outreach work with ethnic, occupational, regional and other community groups
· Ability to work under tight deadlines
· Excellent oral and written communication skills, with experience writing blog posts and marketing copy
· General working hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. A flexible schedule is required for off-site events that may occur during evenings and weekends.

Desired Qualifications:
1. Experience, interest and education in a wide variety of cultural performance traditions, such as music, dance, and storytelling.
2. Level of experience comparable to the duties explained above (ideally 2+ years working in a cultural programming field and event production)
3. Familiar with stage and sound technicalities
4. Ability to work independently, while communicating progress to team
5. Good communication and public relations skills
6. Excellent attention to detail coupled with sensitivity to timelines and deadlines
7. Excellent general office skills
8. Experience with Microsoft Office
9. Familiarity with database navigation
10. Sensitivity to working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds
11. Most work is performed in an office environment and access to the office is up three flights of stairs. There is no elevator to access the office building.
12. Some field work is involved. Some evening and weekend work is required.
13. Must be available to work during the eight days of the Festival (load-in, Festival, load-out) as well as the two days of the Seattle Children's Festival. During the Festival, work will be performed in several Seattle Center facilities, which requires moving outdoors between buildings and indoors between multiple floors in various buildings.
14. This position will be required to lift, pull, and/or carry objects up to 25 lbs.

Hours: 32 hours per week. *
* It is understood that March – May are peak months for Northwest Folklife Festival and additional hours may be worked during this period of time. Scheduling will be negotiated with your supervisor.

Compensation: $30,000-$31,000 a year
This position includes health and retirement benefits.
Reports To: Executive Artistic Director

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by email as an attachment to with Festival Programs Coordinator and your name in the subject line or by postal mail to Northwest Folklife attn: Festival Programs Coordinator Search, 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109-4623. All applications must be received by 5PM on November 17th, 2017.

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