Job Listing: Virginia State Folklorist and Director of the Virginia Folklife Program

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Virginia Humanities - Charlottesville, VA

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Position Title – Virginia State Folklorist & Director of Virginia Folklife Program

Salary - Anticipated Hiring Range: $70,000 - $78,000 commensurate with education and experience

Job Type - Full-Time

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Virginia Humanities, the state humanities council based at the University of Virginia and an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, seeks candidates for State Folklorist and Director of the Virginia Folklife Program at the University of Virginia.  This position works to sustain and empower the vital and diverse cultures and traditions of communities across the commonwealth. Serving as the State Folklorist, the director supports communities and bearers of traditional arts across the state through field work documenting and sustaining those traditions and educating publics about them through platforms such as media, writing, and programming. The State Folklorist also connects communities, artists, and projects with other programs at Virginia Humanities, including its grants program, to provide resources for folklife to flourish in the state. In short, Virginia Humanities seeks a director to raise the profile of the traditional arts through statewide strategic collaboration with other organizations and to develop program goals that will determine the direction of the Virginia Folklife Program in future years.

The Director must have knowledge of American folklife and folklore, as well as of current scholarship in these areas. The Director has a great deal of autonomy but needs also to be able to work closely with other members of the Virginia Humanities staff and outside agencies in program and resource development. Reporting to Virginia Humanities’ Chief Operating Officer, the Director of the Virginia Folklife Program attends board, staff, and special committee meetings; submits funding proposals; consults on and participates in meetings with funders; prepares outcome reports on request; and manages a program budget.

We are interested in reviewing candidates with a broad range and combination of experiences and qualifications. The minimum education and experience requirement for this position is a master’s degree and seven years of related experience.  Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree in folklore, or related degree such as ethnomusicology or cultural anthropology.  Related experience can include internships, externships, shadowing, volunteering with non-profit organizations, community organizations, student worker, cooperative education, field study, undergraduate research, part time or summer jobs, leadership and involvement in student groups that are relevant to the work of the position.  Preference will be given to candidates familiar with Virginia folklife and possess a sensitivity to how Virginia’s folkways and traditions are changing. Preferences will also be given to candidates who have demonstrated folklife fieldwork experience; project planning and management; proficiency with audio and video documentation; and exceptional writing, collaborative, and interpersonal skills.  If you are interested in applying, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position requires statewide travel. Virginia Humanities offers a dynamic work environment and a wide array of statewide programming ripe for collaborative opportunities. We support a flexible work schedule, but fully remote work is not possible.

Virginia Humanities is affiliated with the University of Virginia, an equal opportunity employer. At Virginia Humanities, we are wholly invested in cultivating a staff that embodies our commitment to inclusion and equity, which is increasingly reflected in our cultural programming statewide. We deeply value the voices and work of marginalized communities and strongly encourage applicants who represent the diverse and intersecting identities that contribute to the fabric of Virginia.

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This position will remain open until filled. Review of Applicants will begin October 28, 2021. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. Anticipated Hiring Range: $70,000 - $78,000 commensurate with education and experience. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. 

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0029737. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.   Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • Resume

  • Letter of interest with a diversity and inclusion statement

  • Contact information for at least 3 references

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission.  Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at   

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